Nursing: Pre-licensure BSN

Nursing: Pre-licensure BSN
BSN-prepared registered nurses continue to be highly sought after healthcare professionals.

Nursing application opens in November. 

The pre-licensure BSN program gives students the necessary education, training, and hands-on opportunities to earn a degree in a rapidly growing profession. The program consists of 60 credit hours taken during the student's junior and senior years at TLU. Nurses work individually and cooperatively with other health professionals to provide care that promotes well-being in individuals, groups and communities they serve. To begin your career in nursing you must graduate from an approved program of nursing and successfully complete a national examination for a Registered Nurse (RN) license. 

However, a baccalaureate degree in nursing is the preferred educational requirement for registered nurse practice in many healthcare settings. Due to high demand, nursing graduates can expect to work immediately in healthcare, often with greater benefits and salaries than ever before.

The department offers a curriculum that is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Graduates of the BSN program at TLU are eligible for Texas state licensure after successfully completing the requirements from the Texas Board of Nursing and passing the National Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing. 

Pre-licensure BSN

  • Admission Criteria

    Students wishing to transfer into the pre-licensure BSN program must complete the following by the application deadline to be considered for admission to the nursing program in their junior year: 

    1. Apply and gain admission to TLU (using ApplyTexas beginning July 1) before nursing applications can be reviewed. A student's application is considered complete only after all required documents have been received.
    2. Completion of or currently enrolled in prerequisite courses for the Nursing Program. Before students are eligible for admission to the nursing program, they must complete foundation coursework in the humanities, arts, mathematics, and social and natural sciences. These prerequisites can be taken at TLU or at other accredited colleges or universities.
    3. Completion of the Nursing application by the deadline for admission. Nursing application opens in November. 
    4. Three reference evaluation forms completed by healthcare supervisors or faculty who are familiar with the student’s performance.
    5. Earned at least a "C" in each prerequisite course with an overall minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale for all college work.
    6. A minimum score of 70% or higher on all sections on the TEAS®V (Test for Essential Academic Skills) exam within the last six months.
    7. Completion of Health Requirements before enrollment in nursing courses.
    8. Completion of Texas Board of Nursing Mandatory Background Check and Drug Screening requirements.

    Only students who have completed (or will complete by time of enrollment) the prerequisites for the nursing program should apply. After completion of the prerequisites, students seek admission to the nursing program where they are introduced to the profession, various nursing practices and settings, specific nursing concepts in health, illness, patient-care, nursing process, and various nursing professional competencies and skills related to health maintenance and management of illness in patients, groups, communities, and populations. Specific nursing concepts and practices will also include mental health, critical care, care of childbearing families, care of newborns and children, health promotion, community and population health, care of vulnerable populations, nursing research and nursing management and leadership.

    Click here to view the transfer equivalency guide.

  • Nursing Application Deadlines
    • Fall Admission: November 1 through January 30 at 5 p.m.
    • Spring Admission: June 1 through August 15 at 5 p.m.

    Letters of acceptance into this program will be sent approximately 30 days after application deadline.

  • Nursing Program Curriculum & Prerequisites

    General Education Courses (33 credit hours to include)

    • COMP 131 English Composition I (3 credit hours)
    • COMP 132 English Composition II (3 credit hours)
    • FREX 134 Exploring the Arts and Sciences (3 credit hours)
    • MATH 133 College Algebra (3 credit hours)
    • THEO 133 Introduction to Theology (3 credit hours)
    • SPAN 131 Spanish Language and Culture I (3 credit hours)
    • HUMANITIES electives (3 credit hours)
    • ARTS electives (3 credit hours)

    Supporting Courses/Prerequisites (40 credit hours to include)

    • BIOL 245 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credit hours)
    • BIOL 246 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credit hours)
    • BIOL 233 Pathophysiology (3 credit hours)
    • BIOL 235 Principles of Nutrition (3 credit hours)
    • BIOL 242 Microbiology (4 credit hours)
    • CHEM 147 Principles of Chemistry (4 credit hours)
    • PSYC 131 Intro to Psychology (3 credit hours)
    • PSYC 236 Developmental Psychology (3 credit hours)
    • COMM 374 Professional Speaking (3 credit hours)
    • SOCI 130 Introduction to Sociology (3 credit hours)t hours)
    • SPAN 133 Spanish for Health Professionals (3 credit hours)
    • STAT 374 Statistics (3 credit hours)

    Nursing Courses Plan of Study (60 credit hours to include)

    • Semester 1 (15 credit hours)
      • NURS 330 Age-Span Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual Assessment (5 credit hours)
      • NURS 332 Fundamental Nursing Concepts & Practice (5 credit hours)
      • NURS 334 Evidence-Based Professional Nursing I (3 credit hours)
      • NURS 336 Health Care in 21st Century (2 credit hours)
    • Semester 2 (15 credit hours)
      • NURS 340 Complex Nursing Concepts & Practice I (7 credit hours)
      • NURS 342 Behavioral Health/Psychiatric Nursing (5 credit hours)
      • NURS 344 Nursing Research for Evidence-Based Practice(3 credit hours)
    • Semester 3 (15credit hours)
      • NURS 430 Nursing of Childbearing Families (5 credit hours)
      • NURS 432 Complex Nursing Concepts & Practice II (7 credit hours)
      • NURS 434 Leadership & Management of Nursing Care (3 credit hours)
    • Semester 4 (15 credit hours)
      • NURS 440 Community Health Nursing (5 credit hours)
      • NURS 442 Evidence-Based Professional Nursing II (2 credit hours)
      • NURS 443 Capstone - Nursing Leadership Practicum (6 credit hours)
      • NURS 479 Special Topics (2 credit hours)
  • TEAS® Exam

    What is the TEAS® Exam?

    The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS VI) by ATI is used by many nursing programs to determine an applicant’s readiness for admission. The exam consists of academic content in general college coursework.The applicant must enroll and take the examination during the exam window. A minimum score of proficient (70%) is required for admission into the nursing program. Tests sections include reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, mathematics, biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology. This assessment exam is offered several times at TLU or you may go to to find a location.

    Exam Dates:

    Friday, October 26, 4-8 p.m.
    Saturday, November 10, 2-6 p.m.
    Friday, November 16,1-5 p.m.
    Saturday, December 1, 2-6 p.m.
    Thursday, December 13, 2-6 p.m.
    Thursday, January 10, 2-6 p.m.
    Monday, January 14, 2-6 p.m.
    Friday, January 25, 4-8 p.m.

  • TEAS Prep Program Information

    Please contact the Department of Nursing at 830-372-6314 or for more information or to register for a session.

    TEAS Workshop Dates:

    Tuesday, October 23, 4-5:30 p.m.
    Thursday, November 29, 4-5:30 p.m.

  • Scholarships

    TLU Scholarships

    All students must have a 3.0 or greater cumulative GPA to gain admission into the Nursing Program and will qualify for an academic scholarship.

    External Scholarships



  • Retention in the Nursing Program
    1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale in all courses completed at TLU for graduation requirements.
    2. Maintain a minimum grade of “C” or better in all nursing courses. A student who does not obtain the minimum grade in a nursing course either trough failure or withdraw may repeat the course only once. A student will be allowed to fail one course, a second failure in the same or different course will result in dismissal from the program.
    3. Demonstrate continual progress toward completing all nursing courses, competencies and clinical proficiencies.
    4. Demonstrate appropriate professional behavior during the time in the program, including in the classroom, laboratory sessions, and clinical agencies.
    5. Comply with all policies and procedures outlined in the TLU and Department of Nursing Student Handbook.
  • Nursing FAQ
    1. How do I find out about prerequisite coursework required for this nursing program?
    2. You may go to the catalog to find out the general education/prerequisite requirements for this program.

    3. When will I find out if I have been accepted into the TLU nursing program?

      Acceptance letters are sent out by US mail about 4 weeks after the application deadline. Applicants are not notified of acceptance/denial by electronic mail.

    4. What are the health requirements to be admitted to this nursing program?

      Student must provide appropriate documentation/validation of all the listed requirements to be allowed to enroll in any courses within the nursing program. Specific health requirements prior to beginning the program include the following:

      • Proof of completed health history questionnaire
      • Current health insurance
      • Current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Certification (CPR) and First Aid Certification or American Red Cross Professional Rescuer Certification (CPR) and First Aid Certification
      • Documentation and validation of the specific immunizations or titer documents:
        • Hepatitis B completed series due before program enrollment
        • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (2 doses due before program enrollment)
        • Varicella (2 doses OR positive titer). History of chickenpox is not accepted.
        • Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (1 dose TdaP due before program enrollment)
        • Seasonal Influenza (due annually in Fall)
        • TB screen test (due annually). If contraindicated, a medical recommendation must be submitted.
    5. Please explain about the criminal background and drug screen check for this program.

      A criminal background and drug screening is completed on all students before acceptance into the nursing program per Texas Board of Nursing (BON) and clinical agencies requirements. Students pay expenses related to all screenings. Drug screening will be required during the first week of the program and at specific times during the nursing program as appropriate to clinical requirements and will be done at designated drug screening facilities. A student who has a positive drug screen will not be allowed to continue in nursing courses.

      Each applicant to the nursing program will be required to complete a criminal background check which includes a complete fingerprint scanning through the Texas BON. After students are admitted to the program, they will be directed on how to complete this process. Following review, the BON reports directly to the applicant by mail. If accepted, applicants must show this verification of the background check by the Texas BON before enrolling in nursing courses. Further information about the process for criminal background and drug screening will be provided in the acceptance letter by the nursing program. Additional questions and details may be found at the Texas BON website.

    6. Do I need liability insurance?

      Nursing students are required to be covered by liability/malpractice insurance and the fee for this is included in the nursing course fees.

    7. Will I need transportation while in the nursing program?

      Yes, you will need reliable transportation to class and clinical sites.

    8. Can I attend part time in the BSN program?

      No, the pre-licensure program at TLU is a full time study program.

    9. Is financial aid available for nursing students?

      Financial aid is available for nursing students.  For more information, visit the Financial Aid webpage.

Nursing: Pre-licensure BSN Faculty

Amie Bedgood

Instructor, Nursing

Whitney R. Bischoff

Assoc. Professor

Kimberly Griffith

Assistant Professor

Carolyn Lewis

Nursing Director, Professor

Amy Long

Assistant Professor

Quanza Mooring

Asst. Professor

Cecilia Trinidad

Instructor, Nursing

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Department of Nursing 
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  • The baccalaureate degree in nursing program at Texas Lutheran University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Employment Projections for 2010-2020, the registered nursing workforce is one of the top occupations in terms of job growth through 2020.
  • The Texas Board of Nursing officially approved the TLU BSN program in April 2014.
  • Boards of Nursing are state governmental agencies that are responsible for the regulation of nursing practice. To ensure public protection, boards of nursing require a candidate for licensure to pass an exam that measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as an entry-level nurse.