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Baccalaureate Degree Programs

Baccalaureate Student Learning Outcomes

Provide Care

  1. Integrate concepts, models and theories of nursing, the humanities and the natural, psychological and sociological sciences as the foundation for professional nursing practice.
  2. Apply concepts and theories as a base for problem solving, decision making and critical reasoning in evidenced based nursing practice.
  3. Use effective and therapeutic communication in formal and informal interaction with clients, colleagues and other members of the health care team.
  4. Utilize the nursing process in the holistic care of diverse individuals, families, groups, communities and populations in various health care settings.
  5. Apply current standards of professional nursing practice in providing care to individuals, families, groups, communities and populations.

Manage Care

  1. Utilize leadership and management skills while implementing safety principles to create a safe, caring environment for care delivery.
  2. Use information management and patient care technology in the delivery of health care.

Participate as a Member of the Profession

  1. Collaborate with other interprofessional health care team members to provide health promotion and disease and injury prevention across the lifespan for individuals, families, groups, communities and populations.
  2. Modify care and advocate for patients in reflecting current and changing health care systems, health policies and global health care factors.
  3. Demonstrate ethical accountability and legal responsibility for professional practice.
  4. Integrate professional nursing values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity and social justice in professional nursing practice.
  5. Demonstrate accountability for lifelong learning and professional growth.

Field of Study

A Field of Study Curriculum is a set of courses that will satisfy the lower-division requirements for a baccalaureate degree in a specific academic area at a general academic teaching institution. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board publishes information about Board-approved Field of Study Curricula (www.thecb.state.tx.us). Texas A&M University complies with requirements outlined in 19 Texas Administrative Code §4.32 regarding transfer of course credit for completed or partially-completed Field of Study Curricula. Per 19 Texas Administrative Code §4.32, following the receipt of credit, “the student may be required to satisfy the remaining course requirements in the field of study curriculum of the receiving institution, or to complete additional requirements in the receiving institution's program, as long as those requirements do not duplicate course content already completed through the field of study curriculum.” The Field of Study Curriculum for Nursing consists of a total of 34 semester credit hours which are accepted toward the BSN degree.

Admissions Assessment Exam

The College of Nursing requires the Admissions Assessment (HESI A2) Exam for students applying for the Traditional and Second Degree BSN tracks. The exam results are used to determine readiness for admission to, and success in, nursing programs across the nation and are administered through Elsevier Evolve Reach testing services.

Exam Scheduling and Deadline

Applicants are allowed to test once per application cycle. Official scores must be received by the College of Nursing by the published application deadline and must be from a recent test date; within the previous 12 months of the application deadline.

Exam Registration

View the HESI Registration Instructions PDF and set up an Evolve account to register for the exam. You may test at any Prometrics testing site for Elsevier Evolve exams.

Complete the following five components plus critical thinking:

  • Math
  • Reading comprehension
  • Vocabulary and general knowledge
  • Grammar
  • Anatomy and physiology

The cost of the exam is approximately $110.

Score Requirements

A minimum score of 75 percent is required for each of the component sections noted above. Applicants who do not achieve the minimum score in any one section will be denied based on test score deficiency.

There is one exception to this requirement for applicants who have not completed both A&P courses at the time of testing and do not achieve the 75 percent minimum score. These applicants may be allowed to move forward in the admissions process as long as they achieve a minimum cumulative score of 82. (Calculate this by averaging the five sections: math, anatomy and physiology, reading comprehension, grammar and vocabulary). 

Note: The average cumulative score for most admitted students is 90 percent or greater.

Score Reporting

Scores MUST be sent from Elsevier directly to the Texas A&M University College of Nursing to be received no later than the posted deadline for each degree.

For those who register to take the exam through the link above (under Exam Registration), our Department ID is embedded in the request; therefore, scores will be received electronically within 24 hours of the date of the exam. Students may take the exam through another university which is certainly acceptable. Be sure to take all sections required by the Texas A&M College of Nursing.  All students, regardless of how they take the exam, must upload a copy of their unofficial score report (which is available through Elsevier Evolve) to the NursingCAS portal. If students have taken the exam more than once, they must upload all attempts. In the application, go to Program Materials, select the program to which you are applying and then upload the unofficial report in the Documents tab.

Self-reported scores will be audited. Any student that does not provide accurate information or purposely provides misleading information such as not reporting all score reports will have their admission application revoked and will be removed from consideration for admission. 

Students Requesting Disability Accommodations

Students that require exam accommodations due to a disability-related need (such as extra time, reader, screen magnification, etc.) will need to submit their accommodation requests and supporting disability documentation directly to Elsevier for review.

In the Evolve Portal, click on “Student Access” for the HESI assessment. Under the “Distance Testing” menu, select “Accommodation Request”. Complete the “Request for Distance Testing Accommodation” form and then submit the completed form and supporting disability documentation through Elsevier’s accommodation request portal (called “HighTail”).

Do not schedule your testing appointment until you have received a response from the Elsevier Special Accommodations Team. Typically, a response to an accommodation request is given within six weeks.

General questions about the HESI Admissions Assessment Exam scheduling should be directed to Prometric, the company that administers the HESI exam. Other exam questions should be directed to Elsevier.

Exam Study Guides

To purchase a study guide, call 1.800.545.2522 and request the Evolve Reach Testing and Remediation Admission Assessment Exam Review or go to Elsevier.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Are study materials available for the exam?
A. Yes. Elsevier has study materials available for purchase.

Q. When is the exam given?
A. The exam is offered several times throughout the year, however, seating is limited so you are encouraged to register well in advance through Evolve Elsevier.

Q. Where are testing sites located?
A. Prometric has testing centers throughout the United States that allow students to take the exam. For students in the Bryan-College Station area, testing is offered at Texas A&M University in the General Services Complex on Agronomy Road. Visit the Prometric website to find other testing centers.

Q. What sections of the exam does the College of Nursing require?
A. The Texas A&M College of Nursing requires the following five didactic components: math, reading comprehension, vocabulary and general knowledge, grammar, anatomy and physiology. In addition we ask students to complete the critical thinking section. We do NOT require chemistry or biology. It is up to the student to know which sections of the exam to take as the test site may not offer this information to the student.

Q. What is the minimum score required on the exam?
A.  A minimum score of 75 percent is required for math, reading comprehension, vocabulary/general knowledge, grammar and anatomy/physiology. For students currently enrolled in A&P I or II, the 75 percent minimum score is not required for the A&P section, however, a minimum cumulative score of 82 is required (calculated by averaging the math, A&P, reading comprehension, vocabulary and grammar sections). The personality profile, learning style and critical thinking sections will not be used as admissions criteria but will provide insight into personal preferences and successful strategies to improve academic performance.

Q. Can students still apply if they do not meet the minimum scores?
A. No. Applicants who do not meet the minimum score requirements will be denied admission based on their test scores.

Q. When can the test be taken?
A. Anytime within the previous 12 months of the application deadline.

Q. Can the exam be taken more than once?
A. Yes. Applicants are allowed to test once per application cycle.

Q. If a student has already taken three sections of the exam for another nursing program entrance requirement, will the College of Nursing accept those scores as long as the additional sections were taken through Prometrics?
A. No. The entire test that includes all five required sections including the critical thinking module must be taken at Prometrics in one sitting.

Q. If a student took the five required sections of the exam for a different college, will the College of Nursing accept those scores?
A. Yes. The student must contact Evolve Elsevier to have their official score report emailed to us at con-admissions@tamu.edu.
Note: It can take up to two weeks for the College of Nursing to receive your scores from the testing company so you must complete this well in advance of the application deadline. 

Q. Will the College of Nursing accept test scores from Elsevier via email?
A. Yes. The College of Nursing will accept official test scores from Elsevier by email. Scores are only considered official if they are sent from Elsevier. Student copies are not acceptable.

Q. How do students request special accommodations for the exam?
A. Please review how to request special accommodations here.
 
Q. Should students bring pen/pencil, scratch paper or calculator to the exam?
A. No. The students should not bring anything to the testing center other than their government issued photo ID. Scratch paper, pencils and a calculator will be provided by the testing center. See Prometric Testing Center Regulations.