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.
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.
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
See class dates and register here.