UT Tyler

UT Tyler School of Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

BSN Track for Applicants Admitted to UT Tyler as Freshmen

The School of Nursing offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Upon successful completion of the BSN curriculum at the Tyler, Longview, or Palestine campus, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN).

The University of Texas at Tyler School of Nursing prepares graduates to meet health care needs as generalists.

The BSN program requires two years of prerequisite course completion and then four semesters of nursing courses. Beginning in Spring 2020, the BSN curriculum will be offered on a 12-month year-round basis.


Core Curriculum

  • Students must be Texas Core-complete BEFORE beginning the BSN program. They can be in progress of five (5) outstanding prerequisite courses when they apply for the BSN program, pending that those courses are completed before the program courses begin.
  • See the UT Tyler Core Curriculum for the most current core curriculum that UT Tyler requires.

Nursing Pre-Requisites

  • Chemistry (and lab) (CHEM 1305 and 1105 Recommended)
  • Microbiology (and lab) (BIOL 2320 and BIOL 2120) or Bacteriology (and lab)
  • Anatomy & Physiology I & II (and labs) (BIOL 2301 and 2101, BIOL 2302 and 2102)
  • Nutrition (ALHS 2315)
  • Lifespan Growth & Development (PSYC 2320)
  • Introductory Psychology (PSYC 1301)
  • Statistics

Students admitted to UT Tyler as Freshman are required to have a 3.0 or higher GPA in all pre-requisite courses and nursing pre-requisite courses.

Required Nursing Pre-Requisite

To be completed in the semester prior to entry to the BSN program. It is recommended that students take this courses at UT Tyler.

  • NURS 3303 Pathophysiology

Application Process

Step 1:Meet with a UT Tyler School of Nursing Academic Advisor

All applicants must have an updated (within the last 12 months) degree plan from an Academic Advisor in the UT Tyler School of Nursing.
Find your advisor here:  https://www.uttyler.edu/nursing/college/advising.php

Step 2: Pre-Admission Testing

All applicants to the Traditional BSN Track must complete the ATI TEAS and upload a copy of results through the online application system.

See the ATI website for more information.

The student may submit the highest score of any attempts of the ATI TEAS test.

Applicants may take the assessment at any testing center that supports ATI testing. Testing dates are offered on all three UT Tyler campuses (Tyler, Longview, and Palestine).

We do not accept HESI scores.

To be considered for admission the applicant must have a minimum total score on the ATI TEAS of 58.7%. See our point evaluation system for more details on the range of scores and how they are applied to the program application.

Step 3: Apply to the School of Nursing

Apply to the BSN program at The University of Texas at Tyler by filling out our Generic BSN Application.

Complete all required information and submit. There is no application fee.

Application deadlines are: 

  • Sept. 1 for spring admission
  • Feb. 1 for summer admission
  • May 1 for fall admission

Students can expect a response from the department regarding their admission within six weeks of the application deadline.

Students taking NURS 3303, Pathophysiology the semester they are applying and who have a midterm failing grade for NURS 3303 will not be considered for admission.  If a student who was failing NURS 3303 and who meets freshman criteria below for guaranteed admission passes NURS 3303, their application will be reviewed once grades are posted.

Students that were admitted to UT Tyler as freshman applicants (entered with fewer than 30 semester credit hours) are guaranteed admission to the School of Nursing if they meet the minimum criteria:

    • GPA of 3.0 or higher in core and Nursing pre-requisite courses
    • Did not repeat any of the Nursing Pre-requisite sciences, nor NURS 3303
    • Were never on probation, or allowed their cumulative GPA to fall below 2.0 in any term at UT Tyler
    • Made a minimum Total Score of 58.7% on the ATI TEAS

Failure to maintain these criteria does not preclude acceptance.  Students who do not maintain these criteria will still be considered based on the other factors, such as GPA, ATI TEAS scores, etc.

Students who are applying with a midterm failing grade for NURS 3303, Pathophysiology, will not be considered for admission.

Additional Information

Applicants who are offered acceptance into an undergraduate nursing program will pay a non-refundable seat deposit of $150.00 by the date indicated in the acceptance letter. Failure to pay the deposit will result in forfeiture of the acceptance. The $150.00 is applied toward the first semester tuition. Applicants who accept an offer of admission but later decide not to attend will forfeit the seat deposit.

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