Texas A&M University Corpus Christi - College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

College of Nursing & Health Sciences (CONHS) FAQ

 

Q. Where are you located?

A. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi campus is located at 6300 Ocean Dr., Corpus Christi, TX. 78412. The College of Nursing & Health Sciences is located on the 3rd floor in Island Hall.

 

Q. What degree opportunities are available through CONHS?

A. For undergraduate studies, CONHS offers a BS Degree in Nursing (BSN), and a BS Degree in Health Sciences (BSHS). The BS Degree in Nursing offers admittance through the Pre-Licensure Track (Traditional (face-to-face), Accelerated, or Online (Military eLine or eLine)), or the RN-BSN Track. The BSHS degree includes BSHS major courses, plus a choice of one of the following areas of specialization: Geographic Information Systems, Computer Science, Mathematics, Business Administration, Accounting, Economics, or International Business. For graduate studies in nursing, CONHS offers degrees in: Family Nursing Practitioner Program (MSN), Leadership in Nursing Systems (MSN), Nurse Educator (MSN), Nursing Cooperative Degree (Ph.D.), RN-MSN Entry Option, RN-Bridge Entry Options, Post-Master’s Certification, and other minor areas of study such as Leadership in Nursing Systems Minor or Nursing Education Minor.

 

Q. How do I become a registered nurse?

A. Upon completion of the undergraduate program in nursing, you will earn your BS Degree in Nursing (BSN), and will then become eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). After successful completion of the NCLEX-RN, you will then be awarded your Registered Nurse license. 

 

Q. How can I get an application?

A. To apply for the nursing program, you will submit an application through NursingCAS.

 

Q. I am in still in high school. Can I apply directly to the program to enter as a college freshman?

A. No. As a high school student, you will not apply to the nursing program until you are at the start of your second to last semester of your pre-nursing requirements.

 

Q. Is there a minimum GPA requirement to apply?

A. Yes. You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on your last 60 credit hours to be considered, as well as a minimal overall GPA of a 3.0 for all completed coursework.

 

Q. Is an entrance test required?

A. Yes. The College of Nursing and Health Sciences requires that all applicants must complete the HESI A2, V-1 with Critical Thinking exam.

 

Q. Is a supplemental application required?

A. No. However, additional documents may be requested.

 

Q. What is the deadline for applications and required credentials?

A. Deadlines for applications and required credentials may change yearly, please refer to your respective program’s page for the most current dates.

 

Q. Where should I take the prerequisite courses?

A. Pre-requisite courses may be taken at any accredited two- or four-year college or university.

 

Q. Do prerequisite courses have to be completed within the past 5 years?

No. The only restriction is that science courses may not be older than 7 years for generic or traditional BSN students.

 

Q. How does the Online program work?

A. Coursework for the online program is completed using traditional textbooks and online participation via Blackboard and WebEx. Clinical requirements are completed in a face-to-face setting with a preceptor or through a clinical group (if available). The online tracks are five (5) semesters in length. There are two options for completed the online track: Military eLine and eLine.

 

Q. What is the difference between the eLine Military Program, and the eLine program?

A. The eLine Military program is for veterans, active duty, and reservists with military medical training while in services. The eLine program is for all non-military students and prior military students without military medical training.

 

Q. What is WebEx?

A. WebEx operates much like a group-Skype chat, so you will need access to a computer with microphone, speaker, and internet, or you can call in to the conversation from your cell or home phone while following along online.

 

Q. Can I apply to the program while currently enrolled in an RN associates program?

A. Yes. If you are currently enrolled in your last semester of an associate degree program, you may apply for admission. You must take and pass the state board examination on the first date you are eligible. State board results are to be sent to the nursing academic advisor.

 

Q. Can I apply to the program while completing the prerequisite courses at a college or university?

A. Please consult with your designated Nursing advisor to ensure that you are on track to completing the necessary support courses required for the nursing program, and to ensure that all coursework is transferable.

 

Q. Are scholarships available for CONHS?

A. A number of scholarships are available to College of Nursing & Health Sciences students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. For general information about major-specific scholarships, please visit the University’s Scholarships site. If you’d like information about scholarships available to Graduate students, visit the Funding section of the College of Graduate Studies site.

 

Q. I was accepted to TAMUCC, am I also accepted to the Nursing program?

A. No. Admission to the University does not constitute admission to the nursing program.

 

Q. How do I change my major to Pre-Nursing?

A. To change your major to Pre-Nursing meet with your designated Nursing advisor. All advisor contact information is found on the Academic Advising webpage.

 

Q. Is there a grade requirement to apply?

A. Yes. All courses that count toward your degree plan must be a grade of C or better.

 

Q. What requirements must I meet if accepted into the nursing program, i.e. immunizations, background check, CPR?

A. Please refer to Program Requirements for All Students on the CONHS webpage.

 

Q. What are the Tuition and Fees?

A. For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the Business Office’s website.

Q. What are the prerequisite courses for the traditional (face-to-face) BSN degree?

A. The prerequisite courses for the traditional BSN degree include: Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Microbiology, Lifespan, Statistics, Pharmacology Principles, and Health Alterations. Students must also complete the Core Curriculum Program, and completion of Anatomy & Physiology I and Statistics will satisfy requirements for the Core Curriculum Program, as well as nursing prerequisite requirements.

 

Q. What is the Face-to-Face program?

A. The Face-to-Face program is the traditional on-campus experience that spans over five (5) semesters in length.

 

Q. Do I need to take pre-requisite courses in the summer?

A. To lighten the academic load, it is suggested that some of these courses be taken in the summer sessions. 

 

Q. Is there a minimum GPA requirement to apply?

A. Yes. You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on your last 60 credit hours to be considered, as well as a minimal overall GPA of a 3.0 for all completed coursework.

 

Q. Is there are grade requirement to apply?

A. Yes. All courses that count toward your degree plan must be a grade of C or better.

 

Q. How can I get an application?

A. To apply for the Traditional (face-to-face) track you will submit an application through NursingCAS.

 

Q. How often do you admit students?

A. Admission to the program is three times a year – fall, spring and summer.

 

Q. Should I make an appointment with my Nursing advisor?

A. Yes. You should consult with your designated Nursing advisor for additional information on Core Curriculum Program and support courses, including the sequence in which the courses should be taken. 

Q. I already have a bachelor’s degree. How long will it take me to get my BSN?

A. If you are already holding a bachelor’s degree, you will be eligible to participate in the accelerated track. The accelerated track is completed on campus, and spans over four (4) semesters (plus one mini-session) in length. 

 

Q. When can I start the accelerated track for the BSN degree?

A. The start of the accelerated track is only for fall semesters.

 

Q. What are the requirements for the accelerated track?

A. The accelerated track requires that students must hold either a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts in another discipline with at least a 3.0 grade point average. Candidates must also have completed the required nursing program prerequisites.

 

Q. What are the prerequisite courses for the accelerated track?

A. Prerequisite courses for the accelerated track are the same as the courses for the traditional (face-to-face) BSN degree. Courses and clinical hours for the accelerated program are identical to the traditional program, with the exception of the compressed format.

 

Q. How can I get an application?

A. To apply for the accelerated track, you will submit an application through NursingCAS

Q. What is eLine?

A. Electronic Learning in Nursing Education.

 

Q. How does the eLine track work?

A. The eLine track is an online option designed to be self-paced. A course must be completed within three academic semesters (for specific progression information see College of Nursing & Health Sciences Student Handbook http://conhs.tamucc.ed/shb/).

 

Q. Is there a minimum GPA requirement to apply?

A. Yes. You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on your last 60 credit hours to be considered, as well as a minimal overall GPA of a 3.0 for all completed coursework.

 

Q. Is there a grade requirement to apply?

A. Yes. All courses that count toward your degree plan must be a grade of C or better.

 

Q. How can I get an application?

A. To apply for the eLine track, you will submit an application through NursingCAS and select eLine track on the application.

 

Q. What do I need to do before applying to the ELM track?

A. Before applying to the ELM track, you must first apply to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and complete a Texas core curriculum and the nursing prerequisites.

 

Q. Will I be provided a laptop?

A. No. Only Nursing students in the eLine Military Program (ELM) are provided a laptop to borrow during their time in the program. 

Q. What are the requirements for the eLine Military Program (ELM)?

A. You must be a Texas resident and be a veteran, active duty service member, or reservist and have medical military experience.

 

Q. How can I get an application?

A. To apply for the ELM track, you will submit an application through NursingCAS and select eLine Military track on the application.

 

Q. What do I need to do before applying to the ELM track?

A. Before applying to the ELM track, you must first apply to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and complete a Texas core curriculum and the nursing prerequisites.

 

Q. I have credits from another institution and/or credits from military training, will this count? 

A. Yes. You may have completed some or all of the core and prerequisite courses at another higher learning institution or have credit from military training.

 

Q. Is there a minimum GPA requirement to apply?

A. Yes. You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on your last 60 credit hours to be considered, as well as a minimal overall GPA of a 3.0 for all completed coursework.

 

Q. Is there a grade requirement to apply?

A. Yes. All courses that count toward your degree plan must be a grade of C or better.

 

Q. Will I be provided a laptop?

A. Yes. Nursing students in the ELM program are provided a laptop to borrow during their time in the program.

 

Q. What are the requirements for a Transfer student applying to the ELM program?

A. As a Transfer student, you must apply and be accepted to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC). You will submit an application online at Apply Texas, and allow sufficient time for transcripts to be received and your application processed. This may take six to eight weeks to be completed. You will receive a letter of acceptance from the Office of Admission and Records. This is your acceptance to the University and does not guarantee acceptance to any College of Nursing tracks.

 

Q. I am a current TAMUCC student, how do I apply to the nursing program?

A. Current students must submit a nursing application specific for the ELM program. (link??) https://falcon.tamucc.edu/%7enursing/app/bsn_app_eline_M.html

 

Q. Who should I contact to send unofficial academic and military transcripts?

A. Send all unofficial academic and military transcripts to the eLine Military program coordinator at Martin.Longoria@tamucc.edu or fax to 361-825-2484 for a preliminary evaluation.

Q. How do I qualify for the RN-BSN track?

A. To qualify for the RN-BSN track, you must have completed a nationally accredited associate degree nursing program, or a nationally accredited diploma school of nursing program.

 

Q. Is there a minimum GPA requirement to apply?

A. Yes. You must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale) on your last 60 credit hours of coursework to be considered.

 

Q. What are the requirements for applying for the RN-BSN track?

A. You must complete an admission application to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, an admission application to the College of Nursing & Health Sciences, provide evidence of current licensure as an RN in the state of Texas, have satisfactory completion of core curriculum and nursing prerequisites as outlined on the degree plan, meet the GPA requirement, and have completed all course work with a grade C or better.

 

Q. What are the prerequisite courses for the RN-BSN track?

A. The prerequisite courses for the RN-BSN track include: Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Microbiology, General Chemistry I, Statistics, and Lifespan. Students must also complete the Core Curriculum Program, as well as any other requirements necessary to complete their degree. It is advised that students meet with their Nursing advisor to ensure that they are on track to complete their courses prior to the start of the program.   

Q. What will a BSHS degree prepare me for?

A. The BSHS degree will prepare you for a variety of career opportunities in the health care field by providing the management skills necessary for success. The program will assist you in developing your ability to improve through innovation, collaboration, and application of the practice of healthcare management across the health care spectrum. With the addition of an area of specialization, you may pursue your specific area of interest.

 

Q. What programs of study are available for BSHS?

A. Both a major (36 hours) and minor (18 hours) programs of study are available. An example of the minor as useful in an area of work would be in the role of nurse manager, another would be the pharmacist who desires to become the department manager.

 

Q. What are the graduation requirements for BSHS?

A. Graduation requirements for BSHS include the Core Curriculum Program (48 hrs.), Health Science Major (36 hrs.), Specialization Area (Minor) 18-22 hrs., and Other Electives (14-18 hrs.), which will total out to 120 hrs. for graduation.

 

Q. When should I make an appointment with my advisor?

A. You should make an appointment with your advisor before starting the program. This is an important step, because you will be discussing your degree plan and any additional hours needed to meet university general education requirements. All advisor contact information is found on the Academic Advising webpage.

 

Q. Are all courses offered every semester?

A. No. Courses may not be offered every semester and courses of less than 15 students may be cancelled. To best effect your progress toward graduation, an established program of study is highly recommended.

 

Q. What are the Major courses?

A. Major courses for BSHS include: Marketing & Transcultural Health Care (3 hrs.), Financial Management in Health Care (3 hrs.), Quantitative Methods in Health Care (3 hrs.), Complementary & Alternative Medicine (3 hrs.), Management & Organization Behavior (3 hrs.), Quality Management & Evaluation in Health Care (3 hrs.), and Practicum (6 hrs.).

 

Q. What are the Minor courses?

A. Minor courses for BSHS include: The Health Care Systems (3 hrs.), Epidemiology (3 hrs.), Information Systems and Technology in Health Care (3 hrs.), Health Law (3 hrs.), and a total of 6 hrs. of Electives is required for the minor (many students choose to take the practicum for their final minor course).