Admission to upper division nursing courses is based on consideration of multiple criteria. These criteria include the following: successful completion of a previous bachelor's or master's degree; GPA for prerequisite coursework; admission assessment test scores; grades received on first course completion for Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology, and Statistics. (Note: If a "WF" [withdraw failing] is earned, it will be considered the grade upon course completion according to university policy). Consideration will be given to students who have completed 16 or more semester credit hours of the required non-nursing lower division courses at TWU.
To be eligible to be considered for progression into upper division (3000-4000 level) nursing courses, students must have completed all of the following:
- Been admitted to TWU using the Texas Common Online (Apply Texas) application. In order to qualify for admission to the upper division program the student must be admitted to TWU. Thus, the student must complete the "Apply Texas" application and submit all transcripts from prior schools to: Student Records, P.O. Box 425649, Denton, TX 76204. Because it takes approximately 6 weeks for the admssion to TWU to be completed, we urge students to apply early - at least 6 weeks prior to the College of Nursing application deadline of February 1.
- Completed at least 25 hours of required lower division non-nursing courses by the application deadline to include core nursing courses (Anatomy and Physiology + Labs 8 hours, Chemistry + Lab 4 hours, Microbiology + Lab 4 hours, Developmental Psychology 3 hours, Nutrition 3 hours, Statistics 3 hours) and be able to complete all 37 hours of the lower division course work specified in the degree plan before beginning nursing courses;
- A minimum grade of C in anatomy and physiology, chemistry, and microbiology including all labs. If a student has not taken Anatomy & Physiology I and II before Fall 2009, the student must take the sections designated for science majors. Beginning Fall 2010, for qualified applicants to upper division nursing, credit will only be given for Anatomy and Physiology I and II and Microbiology completed within 5 years of the application deadline date (example: February 1, 2011 applicants will be given credit for classes completed after February 1, 2006, and so on for future application deadlines) unless the student has completed a Bachelor degree in an approved science major (Biology, Chemistry, etc.). Please contact the College of Nursing for a list of approved majors. Students with a bachelor's degree in one of the approved fields (degree is at least 10 years old) allows the use of A&P I, II and Microbiology that is over 5 years old. These students may elect to use the 10-year degree form in order to improve their grades in older courses. Completion of the form means that the A&P I, II and Microbiology courses taken in the approved bachelor's degree and listed on that form will no longer be considered applicable toward the nursing prerequisites. They will be considered expired, as they would for anyone without an approved degree/major. The classes can then be retaken to try for an "A" so that "first attempt" preference may be earned and the new grade can be used to calculate the GPA.
- A minimum grade point average of at least 3.0 on the required non-nursing lower division core courses. All courses which are listed below are calculated in the grade point average. If a course is taken more than once, the most recent grade received will be counted in calculating the GPA. Other courses which the applicant may have taken are not calculated in the grade point average.
- Successfully pass the Entrance Exam before application and admission to upper division nursing courses. Entrance testing results must be submitted to the TWU College of Nursing by application dates. It is the applicant's responsibility to inform the testing agency at the time of registration to forward their score to TWU. An applicant is allowed to take the entrance test only once before each deadline date.
- Submitted to the College of Nursing a completed application for upper division nursing with the required nursing processing fee.
- Submitted to TWU Student Records Processing in Denton, official transcripts from all colleges attended postmarked no later than the following College of Nursing application deadline of February 1.
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