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Nursing students

Total BSN Completion Credits

120 credit hours

Application Process

  1. Admission to Tarleton State University – Undergraduate Studies


Locations Available

  • Stephenville - The Traditional BSN and LVN to BSN options are both offered at this campus.
  • Waco1 - Only the LVN to BSN option is offered at this campus.
  • 1Admission to the off-campus locations such as Fort Worth, Midlothian, Waco, and Online require a minimum of 30 transferable credit hours, a 2.5 GPA and that a student be TSI complete.





Earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree at Tarleton State University, where you will be challenged to strive for excellence and professionalism whether in the classroom, laboratory, clinical agency, or community setting. Upon successful completion of the BSN curriculum, generic and LVN to BSN graduates are eligible to apply for licensure as a registered nurse and to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®). Upon meeting licensure requirements and passing the NCLEX-RN®, the Tarleton BSN graduate will become a BSN RN.

Designed With You in Mind

The BSN degree is offered under the Department of Pre-Licensure Nursing and Deparment of Post-Licensure Nursing.

  • The Department of Pre-Licensure Nursing
    • The BSN program offers a generic program of study for those students who are not licensed as nurses. Generic students take pre-admission nursing courses while completing their general education requirements. Upon program admission you will complete the BSN program in 2 years of study. Candidates are admitted in both the fall and spring semester of each year.
  • The Department of Post-Licensure Nursing
    • The RN to BSN option is recommended for the currently licensed registered nurse who has completed a diploma or an associate degree in nursing is offered online with select experiential learning practicum experience.
    • Application is accepted year-round. Courses start every 8 weeks.
    • Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) may apply to complete BSN coursework at the Waco campus. All prerequisite general education course requirements must be completed at the time of application. This option only admits students every spring and fall.


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Plan Your Future

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Career Opportunities

Graduates of the BSN program have multiple career options, such as:

  • Hospital Nurse
  • Flight Nurse
  • Travel Nurse
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Neonatal Nurse
  • School Nurse
  • Occupational Health Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioner
Real Experience

Real Experience

Our BSN students have access to hands-on opportunities such as:

  • Clinical experience
  • Community-based experience 
  • Service based experience 
  • Study abroad
  • Simulation
  • Disaster training
Student Opportunities

Student Opportunities

The BSN program at Tarleton also offers student enrichment opportunities such as:

  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • Student Nurses Association
  • Mentoring
  • I Belong
  • Student Ambassadors
Career Service

Career Services

Career Services offers a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • Job fairs
  • Mock interviews
  • Handshake
  • Resume assistance

And much more!

Program Objectives

  • Demonstrate professional standards, attitudes, and core values that are fundamental to the discipline of nursing.
  • Engage in continuous self-evaluation and life-long learning to foster professional growth and development, to improve own practice and maintain a current knowledge base.
  • Function as a knowledge-worker with strong clinical reasoning, clinical judgment, communication and assessment skills.
  • Safely practices in complex health care systems incorporating evidence-based nursing interventions to manage client changes while addressing differences, values, preferences and expressed needs.
  • Function within scope and standards of nursing practice and organizational policies to promote quality and a safe environment which reduces risk.
  • Manage health care transitions and/or referrals, communicate and collaborate within inter/intra-professional teams, identify system issues, and develop working skills in delegation, supervision, prioritization, advocacy, and coordination of care.


For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.

Other information can be found on the nursing undergraduate degree programs page.