Admission Criteria and Essential Eligibility Requirements

Admission Criteria

Acceptance into the BSN program in highly competitive.  Meeting minimum requirements (GPA, HESI A2 Score) does not guarantee admission.  

In order to be considered for admission to the Texas A&M-Commerce Nursing Program, the student must:

  1. Have full admission to Texas A&M University-Commerce by time of application.  Admission to A&M-Commerce does not guarantee admission to the BSN program.

  2. Meet Nursing Department Essential Eligibility Requirements (see below).

  3. Have a minimum 2.5 overall grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale.

  4. Complete the six (6) key nursing support courses (Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Chemistry, Microbiology, Statistics, and Human Development -Life Span) by time of application with a “C” or better in each course and a minimum support course GPA of 3.0.

  5. Complete all core curriculum and nursing support courses before the start of the nursing program.

  1. Achieve a minimum of 75% on each of the following components of the HESI Admission Assessment Exam (A2):  Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and General Knowledge, and Grammar.  HESI A2 scores must be submitted at the time of application.  The HESI A2 is available through the A&M-Commerce Student Testing Center and may be repeated only one time for each admission cycle.  The most recent score will be utilized.

    NOTE: The Learning Style and Personality Profile components must be taken, but are not included in application weighting.

  2. International Students will have additional requirements.

  3. Submit application and official transcripts for all grades by the published deadline.

Once a student has been notified of conditional admission to the nursing program, the student will be instructed how to:

  1. Provide proof of current certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Health Care Providers through the American Heart Association.

  2. Provide documentation verifying absence of active tuberculosis.

  3. Provide documentation verifying current immunization for hepatitis B and tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis. Provide evidence of immunity (quantitative titers) for measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella.

  4. Obtain a clear criminal background check through The Texas Board of Nursing with eligibility to sit for the NCLEX-RN and no conditions upon licensure.

Successful completion of these activities will allow the student to be given full admission status  by the Student Development Committee.

Essential Eligibility Requirements

The following table illustrates the essential eligibility requirements for participation in the Nursing Department and examples of necessary activities (not all inclusive) which should be used to assist each applicant in determining whether accommodations or modifications are necessary.

Essential Functions

Examples of Necessary Activities

Critical thinking abilities sufficient for clinical judgment.

Identify cause/effect relationships in clinical situations; develop nursing care plans.

Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds

Establish rapport with patients/clients and colleagues.

Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form

Explain treatment procedures, initiate health teaching, document and interpret nursing actions and patient/client responses.

Abilities sufficient to move from room to room and to maneuver in small places.

Move around in patients’ rooms, work spaces, treatment areas, and administer cardio-pulmonary procedures.

Abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.

Calibrate and use equipment; position patient/clients.

Abilities sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.

Ability to hear monitor alarms, emergency signals, all auscultatory sounds, and cries for help.

Abilities sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care.

Observe patient/client responses.

Abilities sufficient for physical assessment.

Perform palpation;, auscultation, percussion and observational functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention, e.g. insertion of a catheter.

ADA guidelines apply to all qualified disabled persons.  A qualified disabled person is a person with a disability who, with or without reasonable modifications to rules, policies, or practices, the removal of architectural, communication, or transportation barriers, or the provision of auxiliary aids and services, meets the essential eligibility requirements for the receipt of services, or the participation in programs or activities provided by a public entity and who can perform the “essential functions” of the position.  For further information, contact the Office of Student Disability Resources and Services.