Nursing Program Information
All Application materials must be submitted to the Admissions Office by August 1, application deadline. Late applications and incomplete files will not be considered.
- Apply Online to Southwestern Adventist University
- Obtain three professional reference letters from teachers, employers, and/or church pastor, which attest to professional competence, scholastic ability, emotional stability, and physical health. Forms may be printed from the website or obtained from the Nursing Department. Send completed forms to the Admissions Office, Southwestern Adventist University, 100 W. Hillcrest Street, Keene, TX 76059.
- Send official transcripts from all schools attended (high school, colleges and/or universities) to Southwestern Adventist University Admissions Office.
- Successfully complete at least 48 semester hours of nursing pre-requisites, nursing cognate, and general education requirements. Courses in progress may be included.
- Successfully complete the TEAS ATI Nursing Admission Exam with a score of proficient level or higher. Register for the TEAS Exam: [http://www.atitesting.com/] and select Southwestern Adventist University. Call 817-202-6658 for testing dates if not listed.
NOTE: In compliance with the Texas State Board of Nursing policy, completion of the Nursing Program does not guarantee eligibility for the registered nurse license exam (NCLEX). An individual who may be ineligible for licensure due to physical/emotional disabilities or past criminal convictions which are likely to affect professional practice and/or behavior should seek departmental and/or legal advising prior to enrolling in any professional nursing program in Texas.
- Meet all admission requirements for enrollment at Southwestern Adventist University.
- Complete all the steps in the Nursing Application Process.
- Successfully complete the Nursing pre-requisite courses (36 credits):
- BIOL 220 Microbiology* (4 semester credits with lab)
- BIOL 101, 102 Anatomy and Physiology I and II* (8 semester credits with lab)
- CHEM 105 Survey of Chemistry* (4 semester credits with lab)
- ENGL 121 Freshman Composition (3 semester credits)
- ENGL 220 Research Writing (3 semester credits)
- History Electives (6 semester credits)
- MATH 141 Intro to Probability and Statistics (3 semester credits) University required math score of Aleks Placement Test Score of 46-60 or 530 on SAT or 21 on ACT or MATH 013 Algebra (3 semester credits)
- PSYC 212 General Psychology* (3 semester credits)
- PSYC 220 Human Growth and Development* (3 semester credits)
- Religion Elective (3 semester credits for each year in residence)
- SOCI 111 Intro to Sociology (3 semester credits)
- Maintain a cumulative college GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Applicants whose first language is not English must have a score of at least 550 on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or 80 th percentile on the University of Michigan English Language Institute Test.
- Successfully complete the ATI TEAS Nursing Admission Exam with a score of proficient level or higher.
*Completed within the last 7 years with a minimum grade of a C or better.
Admission to Southwestern Adventist University Nursing Program is limited, with a new group admitted each Spring semester. To be considered for admission, an applicant must successfully complete all requirements and submit all documents and forms. The most qualified applicants are given first consideration. The factors considered are:
- Cumulative GPA
- ATI TEAS Admission Exam score
- Applicants who have taken all their academic courses at Southwestern Adventist University
- Seventh-day Adventist applicants who meet the admission criteria
Guaranteed Nursing Program Admission
Southwestern Adventist University offers guaranteed nursing admission to qualified first time, full-time freshmen students majoring in nursing. An application for Guaranteed Nursing Program Admission must be submitted online. If selected, the student is granted admission preference and will not have to participate in the competitive application process. Student must remain in good standing and meet all Nursing Department requirements to be granted full admission.
High school seniors who meet the following criteria will be eligible for Guaranteed Nursing Program Admission:
- Admission to Southwestern Adventist University
- High school cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
- Minimum ACT 24 or SAT 1180
- Declare nursing as intended major
Requirements for admission into the Guaranteed Nursing Program Admission are:
- Maintain a college GPA of 3.0 or above
- Successfully complete all nursing prerequisite courses
- No repeated college courses
- TEAS score of proficient level or above
Students who maintain these criteria will not have to submit a separate nursing application. They will be automatically admitted to the program. Students who do not maintain the above-listed criteria will forfeit their guaranteed admission. They may still apply for admission to the nursing program by following the traditional process and will be given full consideration through this process.
After receipt of the letter of admission to the Nursing Program, applicants must complete additional requirements to confirm and retain their place in the class.
- Send to the Admissions Office by October 19: $200 Non-Refundable Nursing Deposit to reserve a place in the January class.
- Criminal Background Check as required by the Texas Board of Nursing. Instructions will be provided with the letter of admission.
- Orientation: All newly admitted nursing students are required to attend the nursing orientation on the Thursday prior to the beginning of the spring semester. Failure to attend will forfeit admission to the program.
- Uniforms are to be purchased from the designated provider. Fitting and ordering will be completed during nursing orientation.
- Drug Testing will take place during the first semester. A fee of $39 will be payable at that time.
- Background check as required by clinical facilities will be completed during the first semester. A fee of $40 will be payable at that time.
The following immunization and clinical requirements must be completed and uploaded to CastleBranch, SWAU's compliance management company, prior to Nursing Orientation. Instructions will be provided with the letter of admission.
Physician Report of Physical Examination. Forms may be printed from the SWAU nursing website or obtained from the Nursing Department.
Continuing Immunization Requirements
Proof of immunizations:
- Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis immunization or proof of immunity/positive titer.
- Two doses of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) immunization or proof of immunity/positive titer.
- Two doses of Varicella (chicken pox) immunization or proof of immunity/positive titer.
- Hepatitis B immunization series (3 immunizations), or proof of immunity/positive titer.
- Annual flu vaccine before posted date.
Negative TB Skin test (PPD) annually or negative chest x-ray every three years
CPR for the Healthcare Provider (American Heart Association) Basic Life Support (BLS)
Licensed Vocational Nurse Applicants (LVN-BS Nursing)
The licensed vocational nurse who wishes placement with advanced standing to earn a B.S. degree in nursing must:
- Currently hold an unencumbered license as a LVN/LPN.
- Have at least one year of work experience as a LVN/LPN in a hospital or long-term care facility within the last 4 years.
- Fulfill the admission criteria and prerequisites for the B.S. program. General education, science, and cognate requirements are met through transfer of credit or completion of courses in residence. Credits for NURS 211 and NURS 315 (clinical portion) may be awarded as credit by exam or by transfer of LVN course work.
Bachelor of Science Applicants/Transfer Students
The student seeking a B.S. degree in nursing transferring from another institution must follow the application process outlined for the nursing program and submit a letter of good standing from the dean/director of the previous nursing program. If accepted, the student will enter the B.S. degree plan at the place determined by the Nursing Department and registrar's office.
Continuation and Progression Policies
All nursing students must read and abide by the rules set forth in the SWAU Department of Nursing Student Handbook, and sign the Nursing Student Agreement.
- Nursing Department curriculum is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing (TBON) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). In order to comply with any and all standards established by these bodies, nursing students are required to meet the curriculum and progression guidelines published in the most recent edition of the University Bulletin.
- The Department of Nursing reserves the right to require withdrawal of a nursing student from the program or a nursing course who fails to demonstrate competency or academic integrity and/or displays inappropriate/unprofessional/dishonest or unsafe behavior. Additional criteria for continuation in the program are consistent with the standards of the Texas Board of Nursing (TBON).
- Students must maintain a cumulative nursing GPA of at least 2.5 in required nursing courses to progress in nursing and to graduate. No grade lower than 75% (C) will be accepted in nursing and nursing cognate courses. Students whose nursing GPA falls below 2.5 at any time during the program must raise their nursing GPA to 2.5 or better in the next semester to continue in the program. If the nursing GPA remains below 2.5 for a second semester, the student will be required to repeat a nursing course (including clinical), specified by the Nursing Faculty Committee to raise the nursing GPA to 2.5 or above. Students who repeat a nursing course to raise their nursing GPA must re-enroll in the course within one year. If the nursing GPA remains below 2.5 after the repeated nursing course, the student will be permanently dropped from the program.
- Students are allowed only one repeated nursing course (this policy does not include NURS 439 Nursing Capstone).
- Students are allowed only one dropped nursing course, which must be dropped by the university drop date.
- All nursing courses are to be completed within a six-year time frame.
- Students must complete all nursing courses at Southwestern Adventist University. Exceptions to this policy will be evaluated on an individual basis.
- RN and LVN students must maintain current unencumbered Texas licensure throughout their enrollment in the nursing program.
- LVN students must complete nursing courses in the sequence specified in the full-time degree plan.
- After acceptance but before the first clinical, all students must submit to and pay for a background check and drug screen completed through the Nursing Department's compliance management company, CastleBranch. Proof of required immunizations, TB test, and CPR documentation must also be submitted to CastleBranch prior to Nursing Orientation and updated to remain current throughout the Nursing Program.
- All nursing students must meet all functional abilities necessary for clinical practice as outlined in the SWAU Nursing Student Handbook.
- Students must pass a medication dosage calculation exam at the beginning of Medical Surgical Nursing I, II, III, and IV, with a minimum of 95% within three attempts. This must be completed by the end of the 2nd week of school. If a student is unable to successfully pass this exam, remediation will be assigned by the course instructor and clinical experiences may be impacted.
- Students who fail or withdraw from a required NURS course cannot enroll in further nursing courses, except for the following which allow continuation: NURS 226 Gerontological Nursing, NURS 321 Evidence-based Practice, and NURS 426 Nursing Leadership. Students may repeat the failed/dropped course on a space available basis.
- Students must successfully complete all NCLEX review components as outlined in the NURS 439 Capstone syllabus. A probability score of at least 96% on the comprehensive NCLEX predictor exam, along with nursing program completion, is required for NCLEX release to the Board of Nursing. Students who achieve a probability score between 90%- 95% are required to complete 100% of the Virtual ATI program, along with nursing program completion, before NCLEX release to the Board of Nursing. Students who score below 90% on the NCLEX predictor exam are required to complete Virtual ATI and achieve green light, along with nursing program completion, before NCLEX release to the Board of Nursing. An extension of Virtual ATI beyond the twelve-week program is at the student's expense.
- In order to support student success, nursing graduates are required to take NCLEX within three months of NURS 439 Capstone course completion. Graduates who fail to meet this deadline must complete an approved remediation program prior to NCLEX release. Remediation costs are the responsibility of the graduate.
The following situations or conditions will result in termination from the nursing program:
- Unsafe, unethical, or unprofessional nursing practice
- Failure to abide by the SWAU Nursing Student Handbook
- Unresolved issues with the drug screen and background checks
Students who fail to complete a nursing course, or for any reason are out of the program for one or more semesters, must reapply to the nursing program. Readmission is not guaranteed and space for re-entering students may be limited.
Readmission is possible for nursing students who left the program in good standing and according to the nursing progression criteria. A new background check and drug screen must be completed and approved before a student is readmitted. Students who have been out of the program will return under the current bulletin at a point in the program specified by the Nursing Faculty Committee. All nursing courses must be completed within six years, except for RN to BS Nursing completion students.
Students are expected to provide their own transportation to and from off-campus clinical labs. Faculty will not provide transportation. Students are advised not to transport patients in their own vehicles under any circumstances. This policy protects both the student and the patient. Texas law requires proof of automobile liability insurance.
Student Rights and Appeals Policy
The Nursing Department abides by the student rights and appeals policy as outlined in the university Bulletin.
RN to BS Nursing Degree
The registered nurse with an Associate of Science degree or a diploma in nursing may enter the nursing program at Southwestern Adventist University in the third year and will usually be prepared to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in two to four academic semesters. After having met all general education requirements and cognate course requirements for the nursing curriculum, students may be able to earn the Bachelor of Science degree in one academic year.
Admission requirements include the following:
- An Associate of Science degree in nursing from an NLN accredited associate degree program with requirements in nursing and cognate/ general education courses comparable to those at Southwestern.
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for lower division courses and a minimum 3.0 GPA for Nursing courses.
- Eligibility for junior standing in the university, having completed a minimum of 56 semester units (84 quarter units).
- Current registered nurse licensure in the state of Texas.
- Graduates of diploma programs must take a proficiency examination to validate college credit for nursing courses (or seek validation through professional review of an international transcript).
- Proof of current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR certification as Health Care Provider.