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Prospective Students

School of Nursing

Our University offers a student friendly, Christ-centered learning environment.

Our mission is to educate students with knowledge, skills, and experience to deliver Christ-centered, holistic care in a diverse health care system. A hallmark of our program is the integration of Christian leadership and service with patient-centered, evidence-based practice as a model for professional nursing practice. The professional nursing program is considered an upper division program in which the first 60 hours of pre-requisite courses are completed before you begin your application process for the School of Nursing. The final two years of study consists of an additional 61 hours of nursing-specific courses, most of which have clinical learning experiences with our community partners.  If you are a transfer student, please inquire about acceptable course transfers. 

Once accepted into the School of Nursing our students and faculty partner to achieve mutually established goals for education while working with community agencies to receive real-world clinical experiences.  Our low student-to-professor ratios enables us to provide excellent individual attention to our nursing students as they progress through the program, including substantial support for their preparation to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN®). 

ETBU’S School of Nursing offers a unique experience that will change your life. With a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, you can engage in career goals that will challenge you and impact others on a daily basis. After you complete your BSN, you will be ready to take the NCLEX-RN® in the state of your choice. 

The ATI TEAS Exam is a requirement of all pre-nursing students who apply for the professional nursing program. Scores within the proficiency range are considered for acceptance into the program. The TEAS Exam is offered on our campus twice a year for ETBU nursing majors. 

The ATI TEAS Exam was developed for health science schools to evaluate the academic preparedness of prospective students. The TEAS covers 65 outcomes taken from grades 7 through 12. The outcomes assess those which health science educators deem most relevant to measure entry-level skills and abilities of health science program applicants. The objectives cover the academic content areas of:

  •     Reading  
  •     Mathematics     
  •     Science
  •     English and Language usage

ATI has several preparation resources that can be found at: 

The ATI TEAS Student Manual's order number is:  ISBN:978-1-56533-564-6

Our Program

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a four year program. Our pre-nursing program consists of two years of basic science and liberal arts courses. These courses are to prepare you to engage the advanced learning required within the Professional Nursing program. Many of these courses as well as others from other schools, community colleges or universities can be transferred in to facilitate students’ transition to our program. The opportunity for learning that is offered in the Professional Nursing program is focused on building clinical knowledge, skills, and wisdom to be applied as a professional nurse in a variety of roles and environments. In addition, what you learn here at ETBU positions you to continue your educational experience if you choose to pursue graduate study in your chosen area of practice within the nursing profession.

Getting Started

We encourage you to visit our campus. Please call: 903.923.2210, email us at nursing@etbu.edu or call ETBU Admissions 903.923.2000 to set up an appointment. ETBU Admissions will help you with completing the application process. When you make an appointment with the School of Nursing,  you will have the opportunity to meet with an advisor.

Transfer Students

If you desire to transfer to ETBU Nursing, please send an unofficial transcript to ETBU Nursing by fax 903.938.9225 or email nursing@etbu.edu. Please include your name, cell phone and email on all correspondence so that we are able to communicate with you about your plans to attend ETBU School of Nursing. Transferring course credits often require a review of a course description and syllabus to ensure that there is a match with our pre-requisites, please have these available. If you have further questions, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you with your plans to apply to ETBU School of Nursing.

Admission Requirements

Letters notifying applicants of their acceptance into the fall nursing cohort will be mailed at the close of the Spring semester. Once accepted, applicants must indicate, in writing, their acceptance by the date stated in their acceptance letter in order to secure their place. Letters to applicants who are not offered a seat in the upcoming program will also be mailed within this same time frame.

Admission requirements:

  • Accepted or currently enrolled as a student at ETBU

Completed application packet (Due Date: January 14, 2019)

  • Application Form
  • Recommendation Forms (2); one Personal and one from a former high school or college teacher or employer
  • ETBU Health Information Form (Note: A copy of the ETBU Health Information form on file in Student Affairs may be provided in lieu of completing the form a second time)
  • ETBU Health Information Update Form (only if Health Information form is older than 6 months)
  • Criminal Background Check Consent and Compliance Agreement

Additional Admissions requirements:

  • Pre-admission Exam: ATI TEAS Exam. Overall and Reading scores must be within the Proficiency Range. Note: The maximum TEAS testing limit is 2 full test attempts at least 3 months apart within a calendar year. Tests taken at ALL testing locations count towards the maximum number of test attempts. TEAS Exam must have been completed within 5 years prior to application for admission.
  • Grades of C or higher in PSYC 2314, MATH 1342, ENGL 1301 & 1302, CHEM 1305, CHEM 1105 and BIOL 1322.
  • Of the following courses, only one (1) grade of C is accepted; the other four course grades must be either A or B: BIOL/NURS 1421, 1422, 2421, NURS 3311 and 3350.
  • Of the following courses, only one (1) grade of C is accepted; the other four course grades must be either A or B:  BIOL/NURS 1421, 1422, 2421, NURS 3311 and 3350
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher in all coursework.
  • Criminal Background Check completed and cleared by the Texas Board of Nursing as eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN® exam.
Contact Information

Sherri Norris
Administrative Secretary
ETBU School of Nursing
903.923.2210  |  snorris@etbu.edu

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at East Texas Baptist University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education