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

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.

3. Overall cumulative college GPA 2.75

4. Grade of B in each science course (BIOL; Chemistry; Micro; and Math). All science courses must be designated as courses for science majors.

5. 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.

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

          a. A minimum Reading score of 72% and Math score of 64% is required to be considered 
              for admission.
          b. Test results must reach the Nursing Program office by the application deadline in order to be 
              considered for admission.

7. Official transcripts from every other College or University the student has attended and a high school transcript.

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

9. Application to the BSN program consists of two separate application processes.
          a. 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.
          b. Admission to UT Permian Basin does not guarantee admission to the Nursing Program.
          c. Students who are already enrolled at UT Permian Basin must declare as a pre-nursing major,
              and then apply to the Nursing Program.
          d. Once students have been accepted to the University they must make a separate application t
              the Nursing Program to seek admission to the junior level nursing courses.
          e. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to admission to the junior level nursing
          f. 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.
          g. Admission to the junior level nursing courses grants full admission to the BSN program.

10. Criminal Background Check: All nursing Students are required to submit a criminal background check before enrolling in the Nursing Program.  Information about the process is available at the Texas Board of Nursing website  at  Because  the  process  is  fairly complex and must be finalized before starting the program, please be sure to start the process as soon as possible. For compliance purposes a copy of the response that you receive from the Texas Board of Nursing must be submitted with your Nursing Application.

Students who do not receive a clear background check from the BON must pursue the Declaratory Order process with the BON to confirm Eligibility for licensure. Results of this Declaratory Order must be submitted to the Nursing Program. The Declaratory Order process permits the Board to make decisions regarding an applicant's eligibility for licensure prior to entering or completing a nursing program. If you think something may come up on my criminal background check. Please send a signed and dated letter to the Board describing the incident(s) on your criminal background with certified copies of the court documents.

In addition, some clinical agencies require background checks to meet their corporate policies.

Texas Board of Nursing Declaratory Order Questions

“If you answered “YES” to any of the questions listed below, you will need to start the Declaratory Order process immediately. (

1) [   ] No [   ] Yes
    For any criminal offense, including those pending appeal, have you:
A. been convicted of a misdemeanor?
B. been convicted of a felony?
C. pled nolo contendere, no contest, or guilty?
D. received deferred adjudication?
E. been placed on community supervision or court-ordered probation, whether or not adjudicated guilty?
F. been sentenced to serve jail or prison time? court-ordered  confinement?
G. been granted pre-trial diversion?
H. been arrested or have any pending criminal charges?
I. been cited or charged with any violation of the law?
J. 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.)

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.

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 privilege 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.”

11. 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:

* 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.
* HEPATITIS 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 (within the past 90 days), OR, IF a prior positive reactor to skin test, a negative chest x-ray within 6 months and free of productive cough, night sweats or unexplained loss of weight AND annual TB testing.
* 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 student in a post-secondary educational institution
• is a healthcare worker
• plans to travel internationally
• Additional information on MMR Guidelines can be found on the Immunization Action Coalition

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

13. Students  are  required  to  be  certified  in  Health  Care  Provider  CPR  from  the  American  Heart Association. A copy of both sides of the card is required. The certification expires after 2 years.
          a. The certification must be active before entering the clinical settings.
          b. Classes will be offered on the UT Permian Basin campus.

14. Applicants to the Nursing Program, who have not satisfied CORE curriculum at another Texas educational institution, must meet UT Permian Basin requirements before a baccalaureate degree is conferred.

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

16. Selection Factors

In addition to the minimum admission requirements, the following factors may also be considered:
• 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:
o 12 or more credit hours in science courses with a B in each course completed at UT Permian Basin
o the number of course hours successfully carried each semester,
o the number of course failures and the dates of those failures,
o the types of courses failed,
o the number of times a course was repeated,
o the number of withdrawals in comparison to hours enrolled, and
o the number of withdrawal repetitions and the dates of those withdrawals.

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

17. Admission Status

The Baccalaureate Admission and  Progression  Committee begin  review of each  application  as it is completed. Generally, students are notified of their admission status, by the Director after all applications have been reviewed.

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) 3 credits
   (Must be taken at UTPB)

   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) 3 credits
   Summer II class for Fall Admission  -- Fall class for Spring Admission