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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is tuition and fees, excluding books? For the 2016-17 academic year, approximately $26,500 for Texas residents.

How much will books cost for this program?  Approximately $2,500.00 for the first semester, and approximately $500 for the second and third semesters, for a total of approximately $3,000.

Do I have to have all of my prerequisite course work completed prior to the August 15th deadline? Can the course or courses be in progress?  Yes, all prerequisite course work must be completed prior to the August 15th deadline. A cumulative GPA and a GPA in your sciences is computed. If your course is in progress, a grade is not available; therefore, we are unable to compute a GPA.

What if I am lacking one or two prerequisite courses? Can I be admitted on condition?  No, all prerequisite course work must be completed and official transcripts must be submitted to NursingCAS by the August 15th deadline – no exceptions!

Can any of the requirements for the Second Degree BSN program be waived?  No, the requirements have been set to comply with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Board of Nursing standard.

Where can I take the TEAS Exam?  For your convenience, we have this information listed under the Second Degree BSN application checklist.  You will select University of Houston to have your results sent to.

Where can I obtain my CPR? Is there a specific CPR required?  You may obtain your CPR certification at any healthcare facility. Hospital requirements for clinical rotations require that you be CPR certified. Only American Heart Association (AHA) and American Red Cross (ARC) Health Care Provider CPR verification will be accepted. You must take the healthcare provider class for BLS (CPR and AED) program. **We do not accept any online CPR certifications**

Where will the clinicals for this program take place?  Primarily Fort Bend, Katy, and the greater Houston area will be necessary to satisfy program requirements.

Do I have to have a 3.0 GPA?  The standard set for the Second Degree BSN program is a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, and a minimum 3.0 GPA in your natural and behavioral sciences.

What does cumulative mean?  Cumulative is all completed course work. 

What courses are considered as natural and social and behavioral sciences? Introduction to Psychology, Human Growth and Development (Lifespan), Introduction to Sociology, Human Nutrition, Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2, Microbiology, and General/Introduction to Chemistry.

Is there a time limitation for any of my lower level prerequisites? No! There is not a time limitation, however, you MUST meet the minimum GPA requirement which is a 3.0.

When is admission to the program? The College of Nursing offers admission to the Second Degree BSN program in the Spring semester only. The deadline for application to NursingCAS is August 15th. Complete the NursingCAS online application for undergraduate admission. NursingCAS is a service that allows applicants to use a single online application and one set of materials to apply to multiple nursing programs at participating schools. Please note that it takes 4-6 weeks for NursingCAS to process your application. You may start your NursingCAS application on January 1st.

How often will I meet in a class room setting, and for how long? This is a full-time, 5 day a week, one year intensive program. Please note and be aware you may be away from home and your family as much as 50 hours per week including driving and study groups.

Will I have any online classes? Classes are offered face-to-face and will include state-of-the-art technology and  online (web-enhanced) learning. 

Will I be able to work? No! This is a full-time, 5 day a week, one year intensive program.To be successful in this program, you will not have the opportunity for employment during the one year of intensive study.

When will I know that I have been accepted or not into the program? Final approval to the program is based on Interview, Board of Nursing clearance, criminal background check, and drug screen.