The University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Admission Criteria
Admission Criteria (PDF)
Required Immunization Status:
- All students interested in applying for the Nursing Program must
be admitted to the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.
- After acceptance to UT Permian Basin, students must apply for
the Nursing Program and complete all of the Admission Criteria for the
- Overall cumulative college GPA 2.75
- Grade of B in each science course (all BIOL, CHEM, and MATH).
(All science courses must be designated as courses for science majors).
- 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.
- Satisfactory score on TEAS test (Test of Essential Academic Skills,
version 5 or higher)
- A minimum Reading score of 72% and Math score of 64% is required
to be considered for admission.
- Test results must reach the Nursing Program office by the
application deadline in order to be considered for admission.
- 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.
- An official transcript from every other College or University the
student has attended.
- Face to face interview by Nursing Program Student Selection Committee
on UT Permian Basin campus.
- Application to the BSN program consists of two separate
- 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.
- Admission to UT Permian Basin does not guarantee admission to the
- Students who are already enrolled at UT Permian Basin must declare
the pre-nursing major, and then apply to the Nursing Program.
- 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.
- All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to admission to
the junior level nursing courses.
- 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.
- Admission to the junior level nursing courses grants full admission
to the BSN program.
- 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. (http://www.bon.state.tx.us/)
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
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
- [___] No [___] Yes For any criminal offense, including those pending appeal,
Been convicted of a misdemeanor?
Been convicted of a felony?
Pled nolo contendere, no contest, or guilty?
Received deferred adjudication?
Been placed on community supervision or court-ordered probation,
whether or not adjudicated guilty?
Been sentenced to serve jail or prison time? Court-ordered confinement?
Been granted pre-trial diversion?
- Been arrested or have any pending criminal charges?
Been cited or charged with any violation of the law?
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
- [___] No [___] Yes Are you currently the target or subject of a grand jury or
governmental agency investigation?
[___] 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?
[___] 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?
[___] 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.
Students applying for admission to the UT Permian Basin Nursing Program must be immunized and
provide information reflecting immunization against the following:
Clinical facilities may require Urine/Drug Screens prior to participation in the clinical setting.
- ANNUAL FLU VACCINE (Must be within 12 months of clinicals start date)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- VARICELLA (Chicken Pox) Proof of immunity by documented history of chicken pox,
OR proof of Varicella immunization dates OR positive antibody titer.
- TETANUS-DIPHTHERIA (TD or TDAP) within the past 10 years.
The CDC now recommends TDAP for anyone 18 years and older.
- MEASLES, MUMPS, AND RUBELLA (MMR) Proof of 2 MMR vaccines if born
after January 1957.
- Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Guidelines: The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
(ACIP) recommends routine MMR vaccination for the following groups of people:
- all children, beginning at age 12-15 months
adults born in 1957 or later without documentation of vaccination
healthcare workers, who lack evidence of immunity, regardless of age
non-pregnant women of childbearing age without evidence of immunity to Rubella
ACIP recommends a second dose of MMR for any adult born during 1957 or later who:
is a healthcare worker
plans to travel internationally
is a student in a post-secondary educational institution
all children, beginning at age 12-15 months
- Additional information on MMR Guidelines can be found on the Immunization Action Coalition website.
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.
Applicants to the Nursing Program must meet UT Permian Basin requirements before
a baccalaureate degree is conferred.
If previously enrolled in a nursing program, documentation of continued eligibility
for that program must be provided.
In addition to the minimum admission requirements, the following factors may also be considered:
The University may consider any or all of the following factors
in making admissions and competitive scholarship decisions:
- Public/community service, for example volunteer activities in health-related areas.
- Extracurricular activities.
- Awards and honors for academic achievement, leadership, and community service.
- Communication skills, including bilingual ability.
- Awareness and direct knowledge of cultural elements as they may impact health care.
- Applicant’s goals for the future.
- Preadmission interview.
- Academic histories and GPAs, with special consideration to the following:
- 12 or more credit hours in science courses with a B in each course completed at UT Permian Basin
- the number of course hours successfully carried each semester,
- the number of course failures and the dates of those failures,
- the types of courses failed,
- the number of times a course was repeated,
- the number of withdrawals in comparison to hours enrolled, and
- the number of withdrawal repetitions and the dates of those withdrawals.
- socioeconomic background while in undergraduate school;
- an applicant’s academic record as a high school student and undergraduate student;
- if an applicant would be the first of his/her family to graduate
from a graduate or professional program; multilingual proficiency;
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
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
ALL PREREQUISITES MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO
ADMISSION TO THE NURSING PROGRAM
Specific Courses Required for Pre-Nursing
||Math 1314 College Algebra (a grade of a B or better)
||Biology 1306/1106 General Biology I with lab (a grade of a B or better)
||Biology 1307/1107 General Biology II with lab (a grade of a B or better)
||Chemistry 1311/1111 General Chemistry I with lab (a grade of a B or better)
||Biology 3350/3151 Human Anatomy with lab (a grade of a B or better)
||Biology 3352/3153 Human Physiology with lab (a grade of a B or better)
||Biology 2320/2121 Introduction to Microbiology with lab and must be designated
for science majors (a grade of a B or better)
||Biology 2303 Introductory Nutrition (a grade of a B or better)
(Must be taken at UTPB)
||Psychology 1301 Introductory Psychology
||Psychology 3301 Introductory Statistics (Must be taken at UTPB)
||Psychology 3344 Lifespan Growth & Development
||Literature 2300 level
||Communication 1315 or 1321
||English 1301 Freshman English I
||English 1302 Freshman English II
||History 1301 United States History I
||History 1302 United States History II
||Political Science 2305 American National Politics
||Political Science 2306 State & Local Politics
||Visual & Performing Arts
||Transcultural Nursing NURS 3302 (Must be taken at UTPB)
(Summer II class for Fall Admission -- Fall class for Spring Admission)