pre nursing students
How to attend TAMU and become a Registered Nurse
BSN - Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing
MSN - Master’s of Science in Nursing
- Apply to nursing school (junior year)
A.) Generic 2 year track; Exit with a BSN and as an RN
B.) Fast Track Program (shorter than 2 years); Requires a bachelor’s degree; Exit with a BSN and as an RN
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- Apply to nursing school for 2 years (end of your 1st year); Exit with your BSN-RN.
A BSN is required to advance into an MSN program. Most MSN programs require one year of acute care nursing employment before you begin the master’s degree.
There are ADN to BSN programs. Please do not rule out an ADN program. It is a great start for a nursing career.
Application to nursing school is competitive. A pre-requisite grade point ratio above a 3.0 is necessary.
Steps to choosing a nursing school that is right for you:
Most nursing schools in Texas have a passage rate on the national boards (NCLEX) of at least an 80%, a couple are below as of 2008. Most students pick a nursing school based on location alone. Below are some steps that will help you to zero in on the schools that you would apply to.
At the school’s website:
1. Look at the pre-reqs. Can you complete them within the time frame you have for yourself? Do they have any outlandish ones that you just don’t want to take? Are they similar to the other schools you are looking at? The pre-reqs alone can make you choose or not choose a school.