Welcome to the School of Nursing

The growing need for compassionate and competent nurses is a challenge ACU proudly accepts. With over 100 possible specializations, nursing is both an indispensable and compelling profession.

Our School of Nursing provides a rigorous educational environment that will teach you the technical and critical thinking skills necessary to excel in this expansive field. You will learn to provide healthcare in a variety of settings, preparing you for a career as diverse or specialized as you choose.

You will benefit from the expertise of our Christian faculty and practicing nurses as well as receive invaluable support through mentoring relationships.

The baccalaureate nursing program at Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

 

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Undergraduate Programs

The School of Nursing educates future nurses to facilitate health and healing in a variety of healthcare settings. Students are mentored by Christian faculty and practicing nurses in a rigorous educational environment that equips them with the skills and critical thinking necessary for exceptional careers as professional nurses.

Graduate Programs

Students must meet all university degree requirements. A separate admission process is required for students to be admitted to the School of Nursing. Admission is competitive, and the size of the classes is determined by the Texas Board of Nursing. Admission to Abilene Christian University does not guarantee admission to School of Nursing.

NURSING (BSN)

Admission to the School of Nursing is a prerequisite to all nursing courses (or approval by the School of Nursing Dean).

Students must apply for admission to the School of Nursing. The deadline for submitting application for admission in the fall semester is the first week of February of the same year. The deadline for submitting application for admission in the spring semester is the first week of September.  Students are required to take a nursing admission assessment exam. Late applications will be reviewed after initial admission decisions are made.

The School of Nursing will review all applications with at least 60 hours completed with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale. Courses in the supplement for major (see nursing degree plan) completed with a letter grade less than "C," or 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, will not be accepted toward the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Five courses listed under Supplement for the Major (not including labs) must be completed before turning in the application for admission. All courses listed under the Supplement for the Major must be completed before entering the School of Nursing. Students must complete all other prerequisite courses within the first year of admission to the School of Nursing if in 2016-17 catalog or prior.  Students in catalog year 2017-18 or later must complete all other prerequisite courses before entering the School of Nursing

Once accepted to the School of Nursing, students must submit the following:

  1. Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate
  2. Essential performance form (provided by the School of Nursing) that attests to the ability of the student to meet emotional, cognitive, and physical requirements of the program.
  3. Proof of immunizations and lab tests (a list will be provided by the School of Nursing)
  4. Documentation of Health Insurance
  5. Drug screen at a designated lab (further information is provided by the School of Nursing). Students may also be required to submit to random drug screenings in order to practice in the clinical facilities. 
  6. Completed criminal background check required by the Texas Board of Nursing
  7. Cleared clinical background check required by the clinical facilities (further information is provided by the School of Nursing).
  8. Proof of current CPR certification (American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers is required).
  9. Professional liability insurance (included in the student's tuition costs) is required

Applicants seeking admission by transfer must meet all of the same standards required of those students who have matriculated at ACU.
In order for a student to meet program requirements for the completion of the BSN curriculum, the student must demonstrate minimal competency in nursing theory and practice. This competency is demonstrated through successful scoring on the identified exit exam.

Students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) may take a minor outside the School of Nursing. This minor is NOT required as a part of the BSN degree, and credit hours beyond the minimum hours required may be needed to complete the minor.

Application Forms and Process

The application deadline is February 1 for fall entry and September 1 for Spring entry, with all required application materials submitted directly to the office of the Dean. The Dean's office is located in Zona Luce building room 205.  The required application materials include: 

  • School of Nursing Application
  • Copy of Social Security Card
  • Transcripts of ALL coursework
  • Copy of HESI A2 entrance exam scores
  • Signed copy of Notice of Conditions that might Disqualify Students Eligibility for Licensure
  • If applicable, documentation of military service or work experience in health care

After notification of acceptance into the Nursing program the following clinical documentation are needed to be uploaded to your Castlebranch document manager account.  It is mandatory that these documents are uploaded by the due date in order to secure placement in the program.  

An ACU School of Nursing graduate will be prepared to:

  • Apply clinical reasoning, and evidence based nursing competencies (knowledge, behaviors, judgments, skills, and attitudes to holistically address and prioritize patient (individuals, families, groups, communities, populations) preferences, values, and needs. 
  • Collaborate effectively with multiple patients and the interdisciplinary health team with shared decision making for the achievement of the highest safe patient health outcomes. 
  • Assume accountability for professional, legal, ethical, and regulatory laws/standards for individual performance and system effectiveness for safe nursing competencies. 
  • Apply an understanding of health care policy, finance, and regulatory environments by the coordination, evaluation, and modification of care of patients, and the management of confidential information technology for seamless care and transition in complex health care systems. 
  • Integrate professional values such as caring, advocacy, altruism, the preservation of human dignity, truth, justice, freedom, equality, ethics, integrity, civility, respect, and cultural competence in the pursuit of excellence of the Christian leadership and service of professional nursing. 
  • Promote the profession of nursing through leadership activities in the implementation of evidence-based practice standards, safety and quality care improvement, and patient advocacy.
  • Engage in self care and reflection to prepare for clinical demands, envision growth to professional competence, and understand the need to participate in life long career and professional development. 

Program Goals

  • Graduate well-prepared, Christ-centered Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students who are able to obtain Registered Nurse licensure and function at the advanced beginner practice level.
  • Ensure that the nursing program meets or exceeds the standards set by the Texas Board of Nursing and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Equip graduates to adapt to rapid changes in health care delivery and practice in fulfilling their calling to Christian service.
  • Build a foundation for BSN graduates to pursue excellence through certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and to pursue graduate education in nursing.
  • Assess, identify and develop a plan to address local and global health care and spiritual needs.
  • Collaborate with University Development/Advancement to support a sustainable plan for the nursing program.

Medical missions

In ACU's School of Nursing, your experience can include medical mission trips throughout the world. You will have the opportunity to put your faith and learning into action, seeing firsthand the difference you can make.

State-of-the-art simulation lab

ACU School of Nursing's human patient simulation lab allows learners to develop, refine and apply knowledge and skills through realistic clinical situations. Students participate in interactive learning experiences and simulated patient care scenarios to meet learning objectives, develop competencies and gain experience within a safe, supervised setting.

Focus on research

As a nursing student, you may also serve as research assistants to nursing faculty or conduct faculty-guided research as part of ACU's Pursuit program. Undergraduate research opportunities are an integral part of the student experience at Abilene Christian University.

ACU's School of Nursing has been approved by the Texas Department of Disability and Aging Services to offer a Certified Nurse's Aide (CNA) program.

The six-week course will be offered several times throughout the year, preparing students to take the state certification exam. Tuition is $800, and cost to take the exam is approximately $100.

Prerequisites

Must have Hepatitis B vaccination series up to date by the time the course begins.

Must be employable in a DADS-regulated facility or agency, determined by the Department of Disability and Aging's Employability Status Check. This search will return consolidated results from DADS' Nurse Aide Registry, Medication Aide Registry and Employee Misconduct Registry. Results will include subject's status on the individual registeries and determination if this status makes the subject unemployable in a regulated facility or agency.

A person is unemployable in a DADS-regulated facility if he or she:

  • is listed on the Employee Misconduct Registry
  • is revoked on the Nurse Aide Registry
  • has a criminal conviction that is listed as an automatic bar to employment in Health and Safety Code Chapter 250

Supplies needed for class

  • Scrubs--white tops/black bottoms (no slit up the sides allowed and cannot drag the ground)
  • Black leather shoes
  • Stethescope
  • Blood pressure cuff
  • Pen light with batteries
  • Workbook--Hartmann's Nursing Assistant Care (textbook will be provided for your use; you will only need to purchase the workbook)

See class dates and register here.