As the cornerstone of healthcare across the country, nurses continue to be highly sought after healthcare professionals.

TLU's Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) gives students the necessary education, training and hands-on opportunities to earn a degree in this rapidly growing profession.

The Nursing Schools professors are leaders in their specialties and have the most advanced degrees, and you will have the opportunity to work with faculty one-on-one in class, practice, service and research. TLU also has partnered with highly regarded local and regional hospitals and healthcare facilities to provide you with opportunities to practice in simulation and learning centers and provide actual nursing care.

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 of Nursing at TLU offers a curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN). The BSN program is a competitive entry program with limited space and is approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the Texas Board of Nursing. 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.

The mission of the Department of Nursing at TLU is to provide exemplary undergraduate nursing programs that promote academic excellence, serve as leaders and a community resource in the provision of services to consumers and agencies in collaboration with other disciplines, and participate in scholarly pursuits to enhance the evidenced-base of the nursing profession.

Emphasis is placed on preparing the baccalaureate professional nurse for a variety of modern healthcare settings as they care for patients across the lifespan and health-illness continuum. In addition, graduates will be prepared to continue their education in graduate programs in specialized nursing fields.

Major in Nursing for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree

  • Admission Information

    The BSN program is a competitive entry program with limited space. There are two parts to the program of study for nursing:

    1. Prerequisite course requirements - Before students are eligible for admission to the nursing program, they must complete foundation coursework in the humanities, arts, social and natural sciences. These prerequisites can be taken at TLU or at other accredited colleges or universities.
    2. Admission to the nursing program and specific nursing coursework – 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.
  • Admission Criteria

    All students who wish to be considered for admission to the nursing program in their junior year must complete the following by the application deadline:

    1. Unconditional acceptance to TLU through the Office of Admissions.
    2. Completion of or currently enrolled in all prerequisite courses for the Nursing Program.
    3. Completion of the nursing program application by the deadline for admission.
    4. Three reference evaluation forms completed by healthcare supervisors or faculty who are familiar with the student’s performance.
    5. A minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale for all college work.
    6. A minimum score of proficient on all sections on the TEAS®V (Test for Essential Academic Skills) exam within the last six months.
    7. Completion of Health Requirements.
    8. Texas Board of Nursing Mandatory Background Check and Drug Screening.

    Transfer Policy 

    Students wishing to transfer into the TLU Nursing Program must follow the same application process as TLU currently enrolled students. The student must first be accepted by the TLU Office of Admissions and then complete the nursing application process.

  • 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 may repeat the course only once. A student will be allowed to do this in only two nursing courses.
    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 will all policies and procedures outlined in the TLU and Department of Nursing Student Handbook.
  • Nursing Program Curriculum

    Supporting Courses/Prerequisites (40 credit hours to include)

    • BIOL 147 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credit hours)
    • BIOL 148 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 Chemistry for Health Professions (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)

    Additional 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)
    • PRWB 130 Personal Well-Being (3 credit hours)
    • THEO 133 Introduction to Theology (3 credit hours)
    • SPAN 131 Spanish Language and Culture I (3 credit hours)
    • HUMANITIES electives (6 credit hours)
    • ARTS electives (6 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)
  • Nursing FAQ
    1. How do I apply to the Nursing Program?

      Students must first apply and be accepted at Texas Lutheran University before they can apply to the BSN Nursing Program. Students must meet the admission criteria along with completing all pre-requisite coursework prior to admission into the program. Students are admitted to the BSN program each fall.  Application forms and specific deadlines can be found at MyTLU.

    2. What is the TEAS® V Exam?

      The Test of Essential Academic Skills V (TEAS V) 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 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 Texas Lutheran University or you may go to to find a location.

    3. How do I find out about pre-requisite coursework required for this nursing program?

      You may go to the catalog to find out the pre-requisite requirements for this program or click here.

    4. 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.

    5. 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 following immunizations:
        • 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.
    6. 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 by the Director of the program 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.

    7. 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.

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

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

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

      No, the BSN nursing program at TLU is a full time study program.

    10. I financial aid available for nursing students?

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

  • Contact TLU Department of Nursing

    The faculty at TLU are qualified to fulfill the mission of the university and the nursing program by preparing the students for professional nursing practice and assisting students in achieving their academic goals. Their backgrounds are diverse with most holding doctorates in nursing or related fields of study. Upon admission, every student is matched with a faculty member who serves as an academic advisor until the student's graduation.

    Department of Nursing

    Tammy Morales
    Administrative Assistant

  • Application Deadline

    The BSN track will begin accepting applications on November 1, 2014 through January 30, 2015 for fall 2015 admission. The BSN track 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.

    The deadline for all application material to be received in the Department of Nursing is January 30, 2015 at 5 p.m. Only students who have completed (or will complete by time of enrollment) the prerequisites for the nursing program should apply. Letters of acceptance into the BSN track will be sent after March 1, 2015.

    Applications are currently being accepted for the RN to BSN track. Learn more about the RN to BSN track.

Why TLU?

With an average class size of 30 students or less and specific small group study with six to eight students, TLU nursing majors are able to receive hands-on practice in state-of-the-art simulation labs and clinical experience in various healthcare organizations and agencies. Throughout the program, students develop technical skills, professional competencies and critical thinking/decision-making as part of the hallmark of professional nursing practice. Clinical practice sites are selected from many hospitals, healthcare agencies and community institutions in the local community and the greater San Antonio area based on their suitability to meet the educational needs of students.

RN to BSN Track

TLU offers the RN to BSN track for nurses looking to advance their career. Flexible class schedules allow you to continue working as you earn your BSN.

Learn more about the RN to BSN track.

Nursing Faculty

Kathie Aduddell

Nursing Director, Professor

Amie Bedgood

Instructor, Nursing

Whitney Bischoff

Assoc. Professor

Kimberly Griffith

Instructor, Nursing

Amy Long

Asst. Professor

Cecilia Trinidad

Instructor, Nursing

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RN Refresher Course

The TLU Department of Nursing is offering the RN Refresher Course to strengthen the nursing workforce through education. The course is open to inactive registered nurses interested in reactivating or applying for a Texas nursing license.

Application Deadline: August 24, 2015

Course Dates: September 14, 2015 - November 20, 2015

Learn more about the RN Refresher Course.


  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Employment Projections for 2010-2020, the registered nursing workforce is the top occupation 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.
  • 87.96% of baccalaureate degree students (January-March 2014) passed the exam on the first attempt.
  • The January 2012 U.S. Registered Nurse Workforce Report Card and Shortage Forecast presented a state-by-state analysis predicting the RN shortage to be most intense in the South and the West.

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