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.
Once accepted to the School of Nursing, students must submit the following:
- Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate
- 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
- Proof of immunizations and lab tests (a list will be provided by the School of Nursing)
- Documentation of Health Insurance
- 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.
- Completed criminal background check required by the Texas Board of Nursing
- Cleared clinical background check required by the clinical facilities (further information is provided by the School of Nursing).
- Proof of current CPR certification (American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers is required).
- 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.