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Undergraduate Degree Programs

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Welcome to the School of Nursing at Tarleton State University. We are delighted that you are considering the nursing program at Tarleton as your choice for beginning a career in nursing or advancing that career. Tarleton offers educational opportunities at Bachelors (BSN) and Masters (MSN) levels.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at Tarleton State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791 and the Texas Board of Nursing.

As a TSU nursing student, 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, and degree conferred by the university, 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.

Advising Information

For Students Seeking Information Prior to Entry Into Prenursing or Acceptance Into the Nursing Programs: 

Prenursing questions and to schedule an advising appointment please visit the Academic Advising Website.

Post Licensure (LVN-BSN) questions, contact Ms. Tammy Tull 

Post Licensure (RN-BSN) questions, contact Ms. Erica Robinson 

For Students Currently in Prenursing or the Nursing Programs:

Pre Licensure and Post Licensure advising appointments can be scheduled through your assigned faculty advisor. Faculty advisors are assigned in the Director's Forum.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Pre Licensure (Generic)

The process to apply for program admissions is a highly competitive process. Pre Licensure (generic) student entry offered only at the main campus in Stephenville.

  • Admission to Tarleton State University
  • Request to take prenursing courses
  • Application to School of Nursing

Request Form and Application Deadlines

Fall request forms and applications available starting January 20 and closes 12:00 am CST on March 16.

Spring request forms and applciations available starting August 15 and closes 12:00 am CST on October 16.

Request forms and applications must be complete and submitted by the deadlines.

Pre Nursing/BSN Pre Admission:

Pre Nursing/BSN Preadmission Request Form must be completed online at the below link. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Nursing Program Admission:

Nursing program admissions are for students applying for core junior and senior nursing courses. 

To be considered for the nursing program admission, minimum requirements for each step must be met. 

  • Admission is NOT GUARANTEED but dependent upon the rank order of applicants (competitive rank in the application pool) and availability of spaces.

Please see below for specific BSN generic nursing program information based upon semester and year of entry into the prenursing and nursing program.

Application materials for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021:

Application materials for Fall 2021 and subsequent semesters: 

 Fall Admission Deadline March 15; Spring Admission Deadline October 15

Post Licensure BSN (LVN-BSN)

Post Licensure (LVN-BSN) student entry offered at the Waco campus only

For students who have completed a vocational nursing program and hold a current, unencumbered Texas license as an LVN.

Post Licensure (LVN-BSN) 

Please see below for specific LVN-BSN nursing program information based upon semester and year of entry into the nursing program.

Fall 2020 applications for LVN-BSN nursing program:

Spring 2020 applicants and Summer 2020 applicants for Fall 2020 term please see below for deadlines and program information. 

Fall 2020 deadline: June 1, 2020

Spring 2021 LVN-BSN nursing program and all subsequent semesters: 

This criteria applies for students applying to Spring 2021 and subsequent semesters. 

Spring 2021 deadline: October 1, 2020

LVN to BSN Forms not entry specific: 

 Please contact Tammy Tull for an appointment.

Post Licensure BSN (RN-BSN)

For students who have completed an associate degree or diploma program and hold a current, unencumbered Texas license as an RN. Faculty are located in Ft. Worth. This is online with practice experience and experiential learning.

For further information please see the following Tarleton State RN-BSN Information Session Video. 

Applications accepted year round beginning spring 2020.