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The University of Texas of the Permian Basin 
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Admission Criteria
Admission Criteria (PDF)

  1. All students interested in applying for the Nursing Program must be admitted to the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

  2. After acceptance to UT Permian Basin, students must apply for the Nursing Program and complete all of the Admission Criteria for the Nursing Program.:

    1. Overall cumulative college GPA 2.75

    2. Grade of B in each science course (all BIOL, CHEM, and MATH). (All science courses must be designated as courses for science majors).

    3. All other required pre-nursing courses completed to satisfy the UT Permian Basin Core curriculum must be completed with a grade of at least C or better.

    4. Satisfactory score on TEAS test (Test of Essential Academic Skills, version 5 or higher)

      1. A minimum Reading score of 72% and Math score of 64% is required to be considered for admission.

      2. Test results must reach the Nursing Program office by the application deadline in order to be considered for admission.

    5. Official TEAS results must be received via email from the Testing Center. Photocopied TEAS results will not be accepted. The TEAS test must be taken within 2 years of submitting the application.

    6. An official transcript from every other College or University the student has attended.

    7. Face to face interview by Nursing Program Student Selection Committee on UT Permian Basin campus.

  3. Application to the BSN program consists of two separate application processes.

    1. First students must apply for general admission to UT Permian Basin and be accepted. Students may apply for Admission to the Nursing Program when they are enrolled.

    2. Admission to UT Permian Basin does not guarantee admission to the Nursing Program.

    3. Students who are already enrolled at UT Permian Basin must declare the pre-nursing major, and then apply to the Nursing Program.

    4. Once students have been accepted to the University they must make a separate application to the Nursing Program to seek admission to the junior level nursing courses.

    5. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to admission to the junior level nursing courses.

    6. Students may enroll in the summer nursing pharmacology course and complete successfully with a grade of C or better prior to acceptance into the junior level nursing courses.

    7. Admission to the junior level nursing courses grants full admission to the BSN program.

  4. Criminal background checks are performed on all applicants offered admission to the UTPB Nursing Program. All students will be required to provide contact information to begin the criminal background check process at the time of the interview. Information about the process is available at the Texas Board of Nursing website. ( The BON cannot accept fingerprint cards or criminal background check results mailed by the applicant, or results that were completed for another facility, even if the previous check was completed through the DPS and the FBI.

    A copy of the Blue Card that you receive from the Texas Board of Nursing after the background check is completed must be submitted to the Nursing Admissions Officer.

    If you answered “YES” to any of the questions below or think something may come up on your criminal background check, please contact the Nursing Program for assistance.

    1. [___] No [___] Yes For any criminal offense, including those pending appeal, have you:

      1. Been convicted of a misdemeanor?

      2. Been convicted of a felony?

      3. Pled nolo contendere, no contest, or guilty?

      4. Received deferred adjudication?

      5. Been placed on community supervision or court-ordered probation, whether or not adjudicated guilty?

      6. Been sentenced to serve jail or prison time? Court-ordered confinement?

      7. Been granted pre-trial diversion?

      8. Been arrested or have any pending criminal charges?

      9. Been cited or charged with any violation of the law?

      10. Been subject of a court-martial; Article 15 violation; or received any form of military judgment punishment/action? (You may only exclude Class C misdemeanor traffic violations.)
    2. [___] No [___] Yes Are you currently the target or subject of a grand jury or governmental agency investigation?

    3. [___] No [___] Yes Has any licensing authority refused to issue you a license or ever revoked, annulled, cancelled, accepted surrender of, suspended, placed on probation, refused to renew a professional license, certificate or multi-state rivilege held by you now or previously, or ever fined, censured, reprimanded or otherwise disciplined you?

    4. [___] No [___] Yes *Within the past five (5) years have you been addicted to and/or treated for the use of alcohol or any other drug?

    5. [___] No [___] Yes *Within the past five (5) years have you been diagnosed with, treated, or hospitalized for schizophrenia and/or psychotic disorder, bipolar disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or borderline personality disorder?

      If “YES” indicate the condition:

      [___] schizophrenia and/or psychotic disorders,

      [___] bipolar disorder,

      [___] paranoid personality disorder,

      [___] antisocial personality disorder,

      [___] borderline personality disorder.

      • *Pursuant to Occupations Code §301.207, information regarding a person’s diagnosis or treatment for a physical condition, mental condition, or chemical dependency is confidential to the same extent that information collected as part of an investigation is confidential under the Occupations Code §301.466. If you are licensed as an LVN in the State of Texas and are currently participating in the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses you may answer “NO” to questions #4 and #5.”
        NOTE: Expunged and Sealed Offenses: While expunged or sealed offenses, arrests, tickets, or citations need not be disclosed, it is your responsibility to ensure the offense, arrest, ticket or citation has, in fact, been expunged or sealed. It is recommended that you submit a copy of the Court Order expunging or sealing the record in question to our office with your application. Failure to reveal an offense, arrest, ticket, or citation that is not in fact expunged or sealed, will at a minimum, subject your license to a disciplinary fine. Nondisclosure of relevant offenses raises questions related to truthfulness and character.
        NOTE: Orders of Non-Disclosure: Pursuant to Tex. Gov’t Code § 552.142(b), if you have criminal matters that are the subject of an order of non-disclosure you are not required to reveal those criminal matters on this form. However, a criminal matter that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure may become a character and fitness issue. Pursuant to other sections of the Gov’t Code chapter 411, the Texas Nursing Board is entitled to access criminal history record information that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure. If the Board discovers a criminal matter that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure, even if you properly did not reveal that matter, the Board may require you to provide information about any conduct that raises issues of character.
        Students who must pursue the Declaratory Order process with the BON to confirm Eligibility for licensure will need to set an appointment with the Director of the Nursing Program to discuss starting this process. Results of this Declaratory Order must be submitted to the Nursing Program.
        In addition, some clinical agencies require background checks to meet their corporate policies.
  5. Required Immunization Status:
    Students applying for admission to the UT Permian Basin Nursing Program must be immunized and provide information reflecting immunization against the following:

    1. ANNUAL FLU VACCINE (Must be within 12 months of clinicals start date)

    2. BACTERIAL MENINGITIS Effective January 1, 2012, if you are under 30 years of age, are a new student or if you were not enrolled at UTPB during the fall of 2011, you will be required to show evidence that you have received the bacterial meningitis vaccination or that you are eligible for an exemption prior to enrolling.

    3. HEPATITUS B VACCINE (HBV) with dates of each injection, proof of positive antibody titer OR declination of vaccine completed. Three (3) HBV injections are needed.

    4. TUBERCULOSIS SKIN TEST a TB test OR approved blood assay , OR, if a prior positive reactor to skin test, a negative chest x-ray and free of productive cough, night sweats or unexplained loss of weight AND annual TB testing. (must be within 6 months of clinicals start date)

    5. VARICELLA (Chicken Pox) Proof of immunity by documented history of chicken pox, OR proof of Varicella immunization dates OR positive antibody titer.

    6. TETANUS-DIPHTHERIA (TD or TDAP) within the past 10 years. The CDC now recommends TDAP for anyone 18 years and older.

    7. MEASLES, MUMPS, AND RUBELLA (MMR) Proof of 2 MMR vaccines if born after January 1957.

      1. Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Guidelines: The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends routine MMR vaccination for the following groups of people:

        1. all children, beginning at age 12-15 months

        2. adults born in 1957 or later without documentation of vaccination

        3. healthcare workers, who lack evidence of immunity, regardless of age

        4. non-pregnant women of childbearing age without evidence of immunity to Rubella

        5. ACIP recommends a second dose of MMR for any adult born during 1957 or later who:

          1. is a healthcare worker

          2. plans to travel internationally

          3. is a student in a post-secondary educational institution

          4. all children, beginning at age 12-15 months

        6. Additional information on MMR Guidelines can be found on the Immunization Action Coalition website. (

  6. Clinical facilities may require Urine/Drug Screens prior to participation in the clinical setting.

  7. Students are required to be certified in Health Care Provider CPR from the American Heart Association. All students will be certified in CPR during Student Orientation.

  8. Applicants to the Nursing Program must meet UT Permian Basin requirements before a baccalaureate degree is conferred.

  9. If previously enrolled in a nursing program, documentation of continued eligibility for that program must be provided.

  10. Selection Factors
    In addition to the minimum admission requirements, the following factors may also be considered:

    1. Public/community service, for example volunteer activities in health-related areas.

    2. Extracurricular activities.

    3. Awards and honors for academic achievement, leadership, and community service.

    4. Communication skills, including bilingual ability.

    5. Awareness and direct knowledge of cultural elements as they may impact health care.

    6. Applicant’s goals for the future.

    7. Preadmission interview.

    8. Academic histories and GPAs, with special consideration to the following:

      1. 12 or more credit hours in science courses with a B in each course completed at UT Permian Basin

      2. the number of course hours successfully carried each semester,

      3. the number of course failures and the dates of those failures,

      4. the types of courses failed,

      5. the number of times a course was repeated,

      6. the number of withdrawals in comparison to hours enrolled, and

      7. the number of withdrawal repetitions and the dates of those withdrawals.

  11. The University may consider any or all of the following factors in making admissions and competitive scholarship decisions:

    1. socioeconomic background while in undergraduate school;

    2. an applicant’s academic record as a high school student and undergraduate student;

    3. if an applicant would be the first of his/her family to graduate from a graduate or professional program; multilingual proficiency;

  12. Admission Status
    Applications for admission are accepted year-round. Application deadlines are March 1st for fall admission and October 1st for spring admission. Students are notified in writing of their admission status, by the Director after all applications have been reviewed and interviews conducted.

University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Course Requirements
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)


Specific Courses Required for Pre-Nursing

______    Math 1314 College Algebra (a grade of a B or better) 3 Credits
______ Biology 1306/1106 General Biology I with lab (a grade of a B or better) 4 Credits
______ Biology 1307/1107 General Biology II with lab (a grade of a B or better) 4 Credits
______ Chemistry 1311/1111 General Chemistry I with lab (a grade of a B or better) 4 Credits
______ Biology 3350/3151 Human Anatomy with lab (a grade of a B or better) 4 Credits
______ Biology 3352/3153 Human Physiology with lab (a grade of a B or better) 4 Credits
______ Biology 2320/2121 Introduction to Microbiology with lab (a grade of a B or better) 4 Credits
______ Biology 2303 Introductory Nutrition (a grade of a B or better)
(Must be taken at UTPB)
3 Credits
______ Psychology 1301 Introductory Psychology 3 Credits
______ Psychology 3301 Introductory Statistics (Must be taken at UTPB) 3 Credits
______ Psychology 3344 Lifespan Growth & Development 3 Credits
______ Literature 2300 level 3 Credits
______ Communication 1315 3 Credits
______ English 1301 Freshman English I 3 Credits
______ English 1302 Freshman English II 3 Credits
______ History 1301 United States History I 3 Credits
______ History 1302 United States History II 3 Credits
______ Political Science 2305 American National Politics 3 Credits
______ Political Science 2306 State & Local Politics 3 Credits
______ Visual & Performing Arts 3 Credits
______ Pharmacology/Pathophysiology N2300 (Must be taken at UTPB)
(Summer II class for Fall Admission -- Fall class for Spring Admission)
3 Credits