As the cornerstone of health care across the country, nurses continue to be highly sought after health care professionals. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026 or more than double the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventive care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for health care services from the baby-boom population as they live longer and more active lives.
Nursing At TLU
Our Nursing Program consists of 60 credit hours taken during your junior and senior years at TLU. Our curriculum is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Graduates of the BSN program are eligible for Texas state licensure after successfully completing the requirements from the Texas Board of Nursing and passing the National Licensure Council Examination for Registered Nurses.
Benefits of the Program
- Average class size of 30 students or less
- Specific clinical groups of 6 to 10 students
- Hands-on practice in state-of-the-art simulation labs
- Clinical experience at hospitals and health care facilities in the area
- Opportunity to do research with a professor
- Curriculum approved by the Texas Board of Nursing
- Program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
How To Apply
- Apply and gain admission to TLU at apply.tlu.edu/apply. Visit tlu.edu/apply for a list of required documents. An application is considered complete only after all required documents have been received.
- Complete prerequisite courses prior to entry into the Nursing Program.
- Complete the TLU Nursing application by January 30 for fall admission and August 15 for spring admission. Go to apply.tlu.edu/apply and select “Special Programs.”
- Provide three reference evaluation forms completed by health care supervisors or faculty who are familiar with your performance.
- Earn at least a “C” in each prerequisite course with an overall minimum 3.0 prerequisite GPA on a 4.0 scale. All science courses must be completed within the last seven years prior to the application deadline.
- Earn a overall score of 70% or higher on all sections of the TEAS® (Test for Essential Academic Skills) exam within the last 12 months.
- Complete health requirements before enrolling in nursing courses.
- Complete Texas Board of Nursing Mandatory Background Check and Drug Screening requirements. If you are a current TLU student, you can apply to the Nursing Program at apply.tlu.edu/apply and select “Special Programs."
With an average class size of 30 students or less and specific clinical groups of six to ten students, nursing majors are able to receive hands-on practice in state-of-the-art simulation labs and clinical experience in various healthcare organizations and agencies. Throughout the program, students develop technical skills, professional competencies and critical thinking/decision-making as part of the hallmark of professional nursing practice. Clinical practice sites are selected from many hospitals, healthcare agencies and community institutions in the local community and the greater San Antonio area based on their suitability to meet the educational needs of students.
TLU's Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) gives students the necessary education, training and hands-on opportunities to earn a degree in this rapidly growing profession. Students have the opportunity to work one-on-one in class, practice, service and research with faculty who are leaders in their specialty. In addition, TLU has partnered with highly regarded local and regional hospitals and healthcare facilities to provide you with additional learning opportunities.
The department's mission is to provide exemplary undergraduate nursing programs that promote academic excellence, serve as leaders and a community resource in the provision of services to consumers and agencies in collaboration with other disciplines, and participate in scholarly pursuits to enhance the evidence base of the nursing profession.The department offers a curriculum that is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and leads to a BSN. The baccalaureate nursing program is a pre-licensure BSN track for students who wish to major in nursing as an undergraduate student. Graduates of this nursing track are eligible for Texas state licensure after successfully completing the requirements from the Texas Board of Nursing and passing the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX®-RN).
Emphasis is placed on preparing graduates for a variety of healthcare settings as they care for patients across the lifespan and health-illness continuum. In addition, students will be prepared to continue their education in graduate programs in specialized nursing fields.
Only students who have completed (or will complete by time of enrollment) the prerequisites for the nursing program should apply. After completion of the prerequisites, students seek admission to the nursing program where they are introduced to the profession, various nursing practices and settings, specific nursing concepts in health, illness, patient-care, nursing process, and various nursing professional competencies and skills related to health maintenance and management of illness in patients, groups, communities, and populations. Specific nursing concepts and practices will also include mental health, critical care, care of childbearing families, care of newborns and children, health promotion, community and population health, care of vulnerable populations, nursing research and nursing management and leadership.
GOALS & OUTCOMES
The Department of Nursing’s goals for graduates include educating students at the baccalaureate level as a generalist in professional nursing practice; ensuring graduates are competent to take the national licensing examination for professional registered nurses and able to practice professional nursing in the 21st century in a variety of healthcare settings as they care for patients across the lifespan and health-illness continuum; and, preparing students to continue their education in graduate programs in specialized fields within the discipline of nursing.
Upon completion of the BSN Program, graduates will:
- Synthesize knowledge from a general undergraduate education including humanities, mathematics, social and natural science, nursing science, and the art and ethics of caring as a foundation for providing holistic nursing care.
- Practice competent, safe patient-centered care of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations along the health-illness continuum and across the lifespan within a variety of multicultural environments and settings.
- Utilize servant leadership skills within a collaborative approach to critically examine and continuously improve healthcare delivery systems, with emphasis on safety, quality, and fiscal accountability within the inter-professional healthcare team.
- Demonstrate the use of research, conceptual/theoretical models, and critical reasoning when translating evidence into nursing practice.
- Apply knowledge and skills in information management and patient care technology in the delivery of quality patient care within a rapidly changing, highly technological environment.
- Incorporate appropriate local, state, national, and global healthcare policies within the financial and regulatory environments related to healthcare and nursing.
- Demonstrate effective communication skills, including collaboration, negotiation and conflict management, within an interdisciplinary healthcare team.
- Assume responsibility and accountability for professionalism, including lifelong learning, professional ethics and development, integrity, and social justice in the practice of nursing.
Nursing Program Curriculum & Prerequisites
General Education Courses (33 credit hours to include)
- COMP 131 English Composition I (3 credit hours)
- COMP 132 English Composition II (3 credit hours)
- FREX 134 Exploring the Arts and Sciences (3 credit hours)
- MATH 133 College Algebra (3 credit hours)
- THEO 133 Introduction to Theology (3 credit hours)
- SPAN 131 Spanish Language and Culture I (3 credit hours)
- HUMANITIES electives (3 credit hours)
- ARTS electives (3 credit hours)
Supporting Courses/Prerequisites (40 credit hours to include)
- BIOL 245 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credit hours)
- BIOL 246 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credit hours)
- BIOL 233 Pathophysiology (3 credit hours)
- BIOL 235 Principles of Nutrition (3 credit hours)
- BIOL 242 Microbiology (4 credit hours)
- CHEM 147 Principles of Chemistry (4 credit hours)
- PSYC 131 Intro to Psychology (3 credit hours)
- PSYC 236 Developmental Psychology (3 credit hours)
- COMM 374 Professional Speaking (3 credit hours)
- SOCI 130 Introduction to Sociology (3 credit hours)t hours)
- SPAN 133 Spanish for Health Professionals (3 credit hours)
- STAT 374 Statistics (3 credit hours)
Nursing Courses Plan of Study (60 credit hours to include)
- Semester 1 (15 credit hours)
- NURS 330 Age-Span Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual Assessment (5 credit hours)
- NURS 332 Fundamental Nursing Concepts & Practice (5 credit hours)
- NURS 334 Evidence-Based Professional Nursing I (3 credit hours)
- NURS 336 Health Care in 21st Century (2 credit hours)
- Semester 2 (15 credit hours)
- NURS 340 Complex Nursing Concepts & Practice I (7 credit hours)
- NURS 342 Behavioral Health/Psychiatric Nursing (5 credit hours)
- NURS 344 Nursing Research for Evidence-Based Practice(3 credit hours)
- Semester 3 (15credit hours)
- NURS 430 Nursing of Childbearing Families (5 credit hours)
- NURS 432 Complex Nursing Concepts & Practice II (7 credit hours)
- NURS 434 Leadership & Management of Nursing Care (3 credit hours)
- Semester 4 (15 credit hours)
- NURS 440 Community Health Nursing (5 credit hours)
- NURS 442 Evidence-Based Professional Nursing II (2 credit hours)
- NURS 443 Capstone - Nursing Leadership Practicum (6 credit hours)
- NURS 479 Special Topics (2 credit hours)
Upcoming Information Sessions/Open House Events for BSN Applicants
During an open house, prospective students will have the opportunity to learn more about the BSN nursing program and how to apply, tour the facilities and active learning environment, and interact with nursing faculty and staff. Contact the TLU Department of Nursing for more information or to RSVP at (830) 372-6314 or (830) 732-6900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prospective students also have the option to set up a personalized visit with the Office of Admissions that fits their schedule.
ATI TEAS® Exam Dates
What is the TEAS® Exam?
The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) by ATI is used by many nursing programs to determine an applicant’s readiness for admission. The exam consists of academic content in general college coursework. The applicant must enroll and take the examination during the exam window. A minimum score of proficient is required for admission into the nursing program. Tests sections include reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, mathematics, biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology.
ATI – the creator of the ATI TEAS Exam - is partnering with Proctorio to virtually proctor the TEAS Exam, allowing you to take it from nearly anywhere with a strong internet connection. Proctorio is a remote proctoring platform that uses machine learning to proctor students from wherever they may be. The remote proctored ATI TEAS Exam offers a variety of secure exam settings including video, audio, and screen recording designed to maintain the integrity of the assessment and ensure un-compromised exam results.
Virtual proctoring of the TEAS exam will require students to be available one-hour prior to the exam time for a virtual meeting to test technology. The exam fee is $97 per attempt. Visit www.atitesting.com/teas/the-ati-teas-exam-with-proctorio for more details regarding eligibility, the registration process, and technology requirements.
ATI TEAS Spring 2020 Exam Dates
- Thursday, May 7: 4 to 8PM
- Friday, May 15: 6 to 10PM
- Monday, May 18: 8AM to 12PM
ATI TEAS Summer 2020 Exam Dates
- Thursday, June 4: 10AM to 2 PM
- Friday, June 12: 2 to 6 PM
- Monday, June 15: 4 to 8 PM
- Thursday, June 25: 8AM to 12PM
- Monday, June 29: 10AM to 2PM
- Monday, July 6: 4 to 8PM
- Thursday, July 23: 10AM to 2PM
- Friday, July 31: 8AM to 12PM
- Friday, August 7: 8AM to 12PM
- Monday, August 10: 12 to 4PM
- Thursday, August 13: 10AM to 2PM
TEAS Prep Program Information
Attend one of TLU Nursing's interactive virtual workshops that help prepare you for the nursing entrance exam, TEAS. This virtual workshop will give tips and strategies for passing the exam, and attendees will learn how to create a study plan. This opportunity is available for students interested in applying to the Traditional or Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at TLU.
Please contact the Department of Nursing at 830-372-6314 or email email@example.com for more information or to register for a session.
TEAS Workshop Dates (pick one):
- Thursday, June 4, 2020: 2 pm to 4 pm
- Friday, July 10, 2020: 3 pm to 5 pm
- TLU is proud to offer this resource free of charge
TEAS Study Guide:
- If you would like to purchase a study guide, please visit https://atitesting.com/teas/study-manual.
- Current TLU students may rent a study guide free of charge from the TLU Nursing Department. Please call 830-372-6314 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
- Review of the TEAS RN Assessment Study Guide (all 4 test areas)
- Test Taking Strategies and Tips
- Other resources to prepare for test
We offer generous academic scholarships for transfer students who plan to enroll as full-time students. Our scholarships are awarded based on cumulative GPA from all institutions attended. Students who hold a bachelor’s degree are not eligible for TLU scholarships and institutional aid.
Students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa at a community college are eligible to receive $3,000 per year on top of any TLU academic scholarship.
Renewal of transfer academic scholarships is based on continued full-time enrollment and the cumulative 2.00 GPA earned at TLU. All transfer scholarships are renewable for six semesters.
OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS
You may be eligible for additional scholarships or grants offered through the TLU Nursing Program. Contact Student Financial Services at email@example.com or 830-372-8010 for more information.
Department of Nursing
Tiffany Henley, Assistant Director for Admissions - Nursing & Pre-Professional Health Programs
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Texas Lutheran University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
To learn more about the program download the nursing fact sheet.
Schedule your personalized campus visit or check out our visit programs at www.tlu.edu/visit.
NURSING QUICK FACTS
- 2020 Median Pay for RNs: $75,510 per year
- Typical Entry-Level Education: Bachelor’s degree
- As of 2018, 2.9 million nurses were employed in Texas
- 12% growth in the employment of RNs through 2028
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics