Admission Criteria

BSN Admission

Application Requirements:

  1. Meet UTRGV's admission requirements.
  2. Seek university 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. (link)  
  4. Students are eligible to apply to the program when they have completed 45 semester credit hours towards the degree and achieve a 75% or higher on the required components of HESI Admission Assessment Exam (English Language, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Math, Anatomy and Physiology, and Critical Thinking). The 45 semester credit hours must include the following courses and must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better.
• BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I
• BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II
• MATH 1342 Elementary Statistical Methods (or MATH 1387 Honors) or MATH 1343 Introduction to Biostatistics (or MATH 1388 Honors)
• ANTH 2351 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology or SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology
• CLSC 2429 Clinical Microbiology in Health Care
• CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I
• CHEM 1111 General Chemistry I Lab
• PSYC 2301 General Psychology
• PSYC 3337 Developmental Psychology: Lifespan


**Meeting application requirements does not guarantee admission to the BSN Program** 

Students will be evaluated for admission 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.

For more information read the HESI FAQs.

Admission requirements

  • Be admitted to UTRGV.
  • Be selected by the Undergraduate Admission, Progression & Graduation (APG) Committee for admission to the School of Nursing BSN Program.
  • Maintain a minimum of 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale in all prerequisite courses.(link) 
  • Complete all BSN prerequisites with a minimum grade of "C" in each course.
  • Students must complete 63 hours towards the degree to be officially admitted to the program.
  • The 63 semester credit hours must include the courses needed to apply (see application requirements above) plus the following courses:

• ENGL 1301 Rhetoric and Composition I (or ENGL 1387 Honors)
• ENGL 1302 Rhetoric and Composition II (or ENGL 1388 Honors) or ENGL 1305 Writing Cultural Studies
• HIST 1301 U.S. History I (or HIST 1387 Honors) or HIST/MASC 2327 Mexican American History I
• HIST 1302 U.S. History II (or HIST 1388 Honors) or HIST/MASC 2328 Mexican American History II
• POLS 2305 U.S. Federal Government & Politics (or POLS 2385 Honors)
• POLS 2306 Texas Government & Politics (or POLS 2386 Honors)
• Core Category 040-Language, Philosophy and Culture (core) – 3 SCHS
• Core Category 050-Creative Arts – 3 SCHs
• Core Category 090-Integrative/Experiential Learning Option – 3 SCHs
• HRPT 2303 Medical Terminology or SPAN 2317 Spanish for Healthcare Professionals I
• KINE activity course – 2 SCHs
• NUTR 2351 Introduction to Clinical Nutrition

After official acceptance to the BSN Program, students are required to complete the following prior to the BSN Program orientation:

  • 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.
  • Complete the ATI Critical Thinking Exam.(Instructions will be sent to students) 

Congratulations to Nursing Students starting Spring 2020!

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You are the top 33% of over 200 applications.
Your average overall GPA is 3.88
Your average strategic GPA is 3.88
Your average science GPA is 3.80
Your average HESI A2 Comprehensive score is 88/100
Your average HESI A2 Critical Thinking score is 845/1000
Your overall average admission score is 92/100.

Incoming Class in Spring 2020, You Rock!

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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