Nursing Exams

As a nursing applicant, you must take the TEAS exam, which evaluate your essential academic success skills while helping nursing programs select the best students.

The TEAS exam allows nursing programs to test applicants in reading, mathematics, science, and English language and usage. By gauging students' academic readiness, nursing programs are able to admit the best prospective students into their program.

A&M-Commerce proctors the TEAS exam for applicants into our nursing program and other universities requiring the exam.

Nursing students at the hospital  and pointing to papers.

Admission Criteria and Deadlines

Acceptance into the A&M-Commerce BSN program is highly competitive. Meeting minimum requirements (GPA and TEAS score) does not guarantee admission.

  • Spring application period: August 1-September. 15
  • Fall application period: April 1-May 15

To be considered for admission to the A&M-Commerce nursing program, you must:

  • Be fully admitted to A&M Commerce by the application deadline. Admission to A&M-Commerce does not guarantee admission to the BSN program.
  • Application must be in “Verified” status in CAS by 11 p.m. CST on the deadline date. Applications can only be verified after transcripts, TEAS exam score and all payments have been received. Try to complete your application at least four weeks before the deadline to ensure your application is verified on time.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale.
  • Complete Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Chemistry, Microbiology, Statistics, and Human Development (Lifespan) courses with a grade of “C” or better in each. These courses must be complete by application deadline. The most-recent grade will be utilized for repeated courses. A minimum science GPA of 3.0 is required.
  • Submit the TEAS entrance exam report with a score of 58% or higher to CAS by the deadline.
  • Students for whom English is their second language must score an 84 or above on the TOFEL exam.
  • Meet Department of Nursing essential eligibility requirements.

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

Abilities sufficient for clinical judgment.Identify cause/effect relationships in clinical situations; develop nursing care plans.
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.
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 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 auscultate sounds and cries for help.
Abilities sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care.Observe client responses.
Abilities sufficient for physical assessment.Perform palpation, auscultation, percussion and observational functions of physical examination and 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. Contact the Office of Student Disability Resources and Services for further information.

Students who meet minimum application requirements and have a CAS “Verified” status will have their name sent to the Texas Board of Nursing (TBON) for a complete federal background check. View more information about the federal background check from the Texas Board of Nursing website.

A copy of Blue postcard or declaratory order sent to student by the TBON, indicating clearance must be submitted by first class day if accepted into program.

Course TitleMinimal GradeMinimal Credits
BSC 2401: Human Anatomy and Physiology I with LabC4
BSC 2402: Human Anatomy and Physiology II with LabC4
CHEM 1305: Survey of General ChemistryC3
CHEM 1105: General Chemistry LABC1
BSC 2420: Microbiology with LabC4
PSY 322: Lifespan DevelopmentC3
MATH 453: Essential of Statistics (may substitute Math 1342 or Psy 302)C3
Science and Math GPA 3.0 required

Prerequisites required prior to enrollment in Nursing courses

PHIL 360: General EthicsC3
HHPH 331: NutritionC3

Must be Texas Core Curriculum Complete (minimum grade of C in all courses).

  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap)
    • Students must have a single dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis toxoids). Booster is required within last 10 years.
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
    • Documentation of completion of the 2-dose series of MMR or laboratory evidence of immunity to each of the three diseases {lgG quantitative titers) is required.
  • Hepatitis B (Note: may take 6 months to complete the series)
    • Documentation of completion of the 2-dose or 3-dose series of hepatitis B vaccine or laboratory evidence of immunity to the disease (Hepatitis B quantitative antibody titer) is required.
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
    • Documentation of completion of the 2-dose series of varicella or laboratory evidence of immunity to the disease (lgG quantitative titer) is required.

Contact Us

  • Nursing Health Science Building, 210
  • 2210 Highway 24, Commerce TX 75429
  • P.O. Box 3011, Commerce, TX 75429-3011
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