Admission Criteria

BSN Admission, Progression, and Graduation Criteria

Admission requirements

Meet UTRGV's admission requirements.

  • For generic [pre-licensure] students who are not UTRGV students, please go to:
    • Apply online at www.applytexas.org by submitting a “Transfer Undergraduate” application.
    • Submit official transcripts from each college or university attended.
    • All required documents must be submitted to:
      • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 
        Office of Undergraduate Admissions
        1201 West University Drive, VC 1.113
        Edinburg, Texas 78539-2999
    • If you have questions about how to apply to UTRGV, call 888-882-4026 or 956-882-8983 or email admissions@utrgv.edu
  • Seek academic advisement every semester
  • Have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale in all prerequisite courses.
  • Complete all BSN prerequisites with a minimum grade of "C" in each course.
  • Submit application to the BSN Program by the stipulated date.
  • Be admitted by the BSN Student Development Committee. After being rank-ordered according to the admission criteria, students will be admitted on a space-available basis.

After official acceptance,

  • Pass math quiz [grade of 100].
  • Provide proof of current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for health care providers.
  • Provide documentation verifying absence of active (infectious) pulmonary disease.
  • Provide documentation verifying current immunization or immunity status for specified diseases (hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus/diphtheria or tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis, varicella, flu/influenza, meningitis if <age 22, etc.). Immunization Compliance Student Form
  • Submit evidence of being cleared by the Texas Board of Nursing’s (TBON) criminal background check.

From Spring 2020 the admission criteria will be:

  1. Meet UTRGV's admission requirements.
  2. Seek academic advisement each semester regarding prerequisite progression.
  3. Have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale in all prerequisite courses. 
  4. Complete all BSN prerequisites with a minimum grade of "C" in each course.
  5. Be admitted by the BSN Student Development Committee. Students will be admitted based on space-availability after being rank-ordered using the total points obtained from the following criteria:
      A.  GPA for Science Courses - 40%
1.   BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I
2.   BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II
3.   CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I and CHEM 1111 General Chemistry Lab I
4.   CLSC 2429 Clinical Microbiology
      B.  GPA for Strategic Courses - 20%
1.   MATH 1342 Elementary Statistical Methods or MATH 1343 Introduction to Biostatistics
2.   PSYC 2301 Introduction to Psychology
3.   PSYC 3337 Psychology of Lifespan
4.   SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology or ANTH 2351 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
      C.  HESI A2 Composite Score (includes English, Math, Anatomy and Physiology) - 20%
      D.  HESI A2 Critical Thinking Score - 20%
      E.  Subtraction of 1% from the total points obtained if student withdraws, drops, repeats, or fails in                   each science courses.


Progression Criteria

  1. Maintain at least $1 million in professional liability insurance.
  2. Provide annual documentation verifying absence of active (infectious) pulmonary disease.
  3. Provide documentation verifying current immunization or immunity status for specified diseases (hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus/diphtheria or tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis, varicella, flu/influenza, and, if <22, meningitis, etc.).
  4. Provide annual proof of current certification in CPR (health care provider).
  5. Maintain a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  6. Achieve a minimum grade of "C" in each required BSN course.
  7. Satisfactorily complete BSN courses in approved sequence.
  8. Seek academic advisement each semester [or module] regarding program progression.
  9. Abide by and adhere to the BSN Student Guide.

Graduation Criteria

  1. Achieve a minimum grade of "C" in each required course for the BSN degree.
  2. Satisfactorily complete all required courses for the BSN degree.
  3. File a Degree Plan approved by the BSN Coordinator.
  4. File an acceptable Application for Degree via ASSIST on or before the date specified in the University Calendar. 
  5. File an Application for Graduation via Assist based on the published graduation deadlines.

For more information please contact the School of Nursing 

School of Nursing Offices
Brownsville campus:
BLHSB 2.720
Phone: 956-882-5070
Fax: 956-882-6827
Edinburg campus:
EHABE 2.201
Phone: 956-665-3491
Fax: 956-665-2878