Admission Criteria and Essential Eligibility Requirements

Admission Criteria

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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic causing testing centers to close.  The TAMUC Nursing Department has decided to postponethe HESI or TEAS exam requirement.  Please send in your application, handwritten narrative and official transcripts to the nursing department by the deadline of May 15th.  Once testing centers reopen you will be required to take the HESI or the TEAS exam within 30 days. The TEAS will be required after Fall 2020.

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 grade of “B” or better in each course.

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

6. International Students will have additional requirements.

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


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.