UT Tyler School of Nursing

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Important Application Information

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Pre-Admission Testing
All applicants to the traditional BSN and the accelerated BSN track must complete the ATI TEAS and upload a copy of results through the online application system. Applicants to the RN-BSN track are not required to complete the ATI TEAS. The student may submit the highest score of up to two (2) attempts at the TEAS test. Applicants may take the assessment at any testing center that supports ATI testing. Testing dates offered on any of the three UT Tyler campuses are posted on this website. WE DO NOT ACCEPT HESI SCORES.

To be considered for admission the applicant must have:
-Reading score of 72% or higher.
-Math score of 64% or higher.


STEP 1: Apply to the University
All undergraduate traditional BSN applicants must apply to the university prior to applying to the nursing program. Go to the Undergraduate Admissions page to complete the Apply Texas application. You must follow the directions in the letter to accept your university admission in MyUTTyler. Once you receive a letter from the university indicating acceptance, then go to the next step and apply to the nursing program.

STEP 2: Online Application Process
Apply to the BSN program at The University of Texas at Tyler by filling out our Generic BSN Application. You may only apply to one track in the BSN program. Complete all required information and submit. You will be emailed a copy of the application once submitted. There is no application fee. Application deadlines are Sept. 1 and Feb. 1 for the traditional BSN applicant.

Accelerated track applicants can fill out our Accelerated track application. Applications are only accepted for the Sept. 1 deadline with admission to the track every spring. No application review will be done for any accelerated applicants for a fall semester.

RN-BSN applicants can apply to the BSN program at The University of Texas at Tyler by filling out our RN-BSN Nursing Application. Applications for the RN-BSN track are accepted year-round.

Criminal Background Check
All applicants offered admission to a program in the School of Nursing are required to undergo a criminal background check. If you are offered admission, instructions regarding how to complete your background check will be provided.

If results of the background check are deemed favorable, the offer of admission will be considered final if all other admission requirements have been fulfilled. However, if results are not favorable the offer of admission will be rescinded.

The Texas Board of Nursing (TBON) has legally granted power to deny permission for a candidate to take the NCLEX-RN examination if it is deemed the individual has not demonstrated "good professional character." The Board may refuse to:

  • Approve persons to take the licensure examination, meaning that you would not be eligible to enter the nursing program.
  • Issue or renew a license or certificate of registration to any individual who has been convicted of a felony, a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, or engaged in conduct resulting in revocation of probation imposed pursuant to such conviction.

Once students have applied for a "FAST PASS" from the TBON, the TBON will issue an originator number to be provided to the company performing the fingerprinting. Each candidate is responsible for making an appointment according to the directions in the admission packet using the originator number. Candidates are also required to pay the cost of the background check.

Once the process is completed results will be submitted to the TBON. If the fingerprint scan is rejected for any reason, you will be notified to repeat the scan. Otherwise, reports will be submitted to TBON in approximately 7 to 10 days. The TBON will then notify the candidate of the results. Candidates with a clear background check will receive a blue postcard indicating the finding. Submit a copy of the scanned card (both sides) to the academic advisor. It is very important for applicants to keep the blue card for their records and provide a COPY of the card to the academic advisor.

Candidates with a positive background check will also be notified by TBON and asked to submit a petition for a Declaratory Order, if you have not already completed the process. The petition will be reviewed by TBON. Until the positive background check is cleared by TBON, the candidate will not be allowed to register for courses.