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RN BS

    acceptance to TWU with a minimum GPA of 2.0

    • current license to practice professional nursing in the US
    • completion of a majority of nursing core requirements, or "core complete" status at a Texas public college or university, or have a prior bachelor's degree
      • the following prerequisite courses may be taken with the first level of nursing courses
        • Visual or Performing Arts
        • Math 1013
        • approved Sophomore Literature or Philosophy core course
        • an elective
      • all prerequisites must be completed to progress beyond Nursing 3643, Nursing 3612, and Nursing 3614
    • completion of Multicultural Women's Studies (3 hours) requirement before graduation

    Prerequisite Courses for the RN BS


    Prerequisite Courses

    Hours

    Eng 1013 Composition I

    3

    Eng 1023 Composition II

    3

    Literature or Philosophy

    3

    History 1013 History of the United States, 1492 – 1865

    3

    History 1023 History of the United States, 1865 to the Present

    3

    Gov 2013 U.S. National Government

    3

    Gov 2023 Texas Government

    3

    Psy 1013 Introduction to General Psychology

    3

    Psy 1603 Developmental Psychology (Lifespan)

    3

    Math 1013 Quantitative Approach to Introductory Mathematics

    3

    Math 1703 Statistics

    3

    NFS 2323 Introduction to Nutrition

    3

    Chemistry with lab

    4

    Bact 1001 and 1003 Microbiology and Lab

    4

    Zool 2011 and 2013 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab

    4

    Zool 2021 and 2023 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab

    4

    *Multicultural Women’s Studies

    3

    Visual or Performing Arts

    3

    Elective

    2

    Total

    60

    *Course may be taken before or after admission to upper division nursing.

    TWU Course Equivalencies 

    Texas Community Colleges [pdf]
    Texas Public Colleges and Universities [pdf]
    Texas Private Colleges and Universities[pdf]
    Computer and Speech Equivalencies [pdf]

    Core Curriculum Transfer Policy

    The TWU Academic Affairs, Core Curriculum web site provides a listing of courses approved for Core Curriculum. In accordance with the Texas Education Code, students who have satisfactorily completed a 42 hour core curriculum at an institution of higher learning in Texas are not required to complete the core curriculum at TWU.

    Core Competencies

    According to the TWU General Catalog 2009 – 2011 (page 73), each student must pass a 1) computer science course (CSCI 1403 or CSCI 2433) or a competency examination in computer literacy, and 2) a speech course (SPCH 1013, BUS 3513, or DRAM 3493) or document successful completion of two or more evaluated oral presentations. Students are encouraged to complete these requirements prior to enrolling in the nursing program. Information about the computer requirement may be found at http://www.twu.edu/mtsc/computer-literacy-exam.asp.

    Registered Nurses Who Are Core Complete in Texas or Have Earned a Bachelor’s Degree from an Accredited College or University in the U.S.

    Registered nurses who have a baccalaureate degree or have completed a 42 hour core curriculum at an institution of higher learning in Texas (community college or state supported university) are not required to complete the core curriculum at TWU or the core competencies (speech and computer). Courses that have been previously successfully completed do not have to be repeated. The following prerequisites are required:

    Prerequisite Courses

    Hours

    History 1013 History of the United States, 1492 – 1865

    3

    History 1023 History of the United States, 1865 to the Present

    3

    Gov 2013 U.S. National Government

    3

    Gov 2023 Texas Government

    3

    Psy 1603 Developmental Psychology (Lifespan)

    3

    Math 1703 Statistics

    3

    NFS 2323 Introduction to Nutrition

    3

    Chemistry with lab

    4

    Bact 1001 and 1003 Microbiology and Lab

    4

    Zool 2011 and 2013 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab

    4

    Zool 2021 and 2023 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab

    4

    Total 37

    Credit Awarded

    Twenty-eight semester hours of credit will be awarded to those individuals who are licensed to practice professional nursing in the USA as a registered nurse and who have met the criteria for admission to the College of Nursing. Credit is awarded for Nurs 3813 Pharmacology, Nurs 3025 Women’s Health and Family Role Competencies, Nurs 3035 Adult Health Competencies I, Nurs 4615 Mental Health Competencies, Nurs 4055 Child Health Competencies, and Nurs 4045 Adult Health Competencies II.

    Advanced Placement

    Students in the RN BS, RN MS, and Post Baccalaureate RN MS Program are eligible to challenge the undergraduate nursing courses. Advanced placement through the challenge examination process offers the registered nurse the opportunity to challenge courses for which the student has gained knowledge through continuing education, life experiences, or academic course work.

    Advanced Placement Application [pdf]

    The following courses may be challenged by students who are officially enrolled in the course and complete the challenge exam during the first week of the semester.

    • Nurs 3612: Introduction to Nursing Research*
    • Nurs 3614: Nursing Assessment Across the Life Span*
    • Nurs 3804: RN with Families and Groups
    • Nurs 4612: Promoting Wellness in the Aging Family
    • Nurs 4803: The Nursing Leadership and Management Experience
    • Nurs 4813: RN High Acuity Nursing

    *Courses may not be available for challenge for the RN to MS or Post Baccalaureate RN to MS student. These programs, dependent on the track selected, may require NURS 5023 and NURS 5644.

    Upper Division Course Requirements

    The following upper division course requirements are taken at TWU:

    Courses

    Hours

    Biol 4344 Pathophysiology

    4

    Nurs 3643 RN Introduction to Baccalaureate Nursing

    3

    Nurs 3612 Introduction to Nursing Research

    2

    Nurs 3614 Nursing Assessment

    4

    Nurs 3804 RN with Families and Groups

    4

    Nurs 4612 Aging

    2

    Nurs 4614 Community Health Competencies*

    4

    Nurs 4803 Leadership

    3

    Nurs 4813 RN High Acuity Nursing

    3

    Nurs 4823 Competencies in RN Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing*

    3

    Total

    32

    * Indicates courses with clinical components

    page last updated 10/20/2014 2:49 PM