School of Nursing and Allied Health

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I apply to the Nursing program?

    To apply to the program, the following must be met:

    • Accepted to HBU through the undergraduate admission process.
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Cumulative GPA, Science GPA, HBU GPA.
    • Transcripts reflect no more than two grades of “D” or “F” in the required science courses, or more than one grade of “D” or “F” in a nursing course (if more, not eligible for admission).
    • Attended a mandatory Nursing Information Session (details below).
    • Completed the HESI A2 entrance exam (details below).
    • Completed all nursing prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better.
    • Completed all HBU Proficiencies: Reading, Written English, Math, & Computer.
    • Met with a nursing faculty advisor to review the hard copy checklist and receive an application.
  • Is there a Criminal Background Check involved in being admitted to the nursing program?

    Yes. The HBU nursing education program prepares students for eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN licensing exam to become a registered nurse (RN). RN licenses are issued by the Texas Board of Nursing, not HBU.

    The Board of Nursing may refuse to admit an applicant that has been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor. Under its procedures, the Board of Nursing is required to conduct a background check of these areas.

    Anyone enrolled or planning to enroll in the HBU nursing education program who believes he/she may not be eligible for the RN license, may petition the Board of Nursing for a declaratory order as to become eligible.

    Neither the University nor its faculty can answer this question for an applicant.

    The Board of Nursing may be reached at:

    Texas Board of Nursing
    333 Guadalupe #3-460
    Austin, TX 78707

    They can be reached by phone at (512) 305-7400 or online at www.bon.state.tx.us.

  • What is the deadline for application program entry?

    The deadline for Spring entry into the BSN program is September 15 by 4 p.m. and March 15 by 4 p.m. for Fall entry. Official transcripts are due two weeks before the application deadline for Fall and Spring entry. Please have your transcripts sent to:

    Houston Baptist University
    Office of Admissions
    7502 Fondren Road
    Houston, TX 77074

    Official HESI scores are due the week before the application deadline for Fall and Spring entry. Please have your official HESI scores sent to:

    Email (most expedient method) to wdavis@hbu.edu

    Houston Baptist University
    School of Nursing and Allied Health
    ATTN: Wendy Davis
    7502 Fondren Road
    Houston, TX 77074
  • How many nursing courses per semester may I carry?

    Students usually take more than one nursing course per semester. Please see a nursing faculty advisor for specific information. The nursing curriculum is designed to progress in a specific order.

  • When are the nursing courses offered?

    HBU has a traditional face-to-face nursing program offering classes during the day, and some evenings and some weekends with 1-2 days per week for didactic and 1-2 days of clinical per course. We do not offer an accelerated or online program.

  • What are the admission requirements?
    The admission process is a two step process: University admission and Nursing Program application and selection.
  • University Admissions:

    University admission requires completion of the application for undergraduate study and submission of all official transcripts to the Admission’s Office.

    The admission requirements have been outlined by the Office of Admissions.

  • Nursing Program Selection:

    Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee entry into the nursing program. The admissions process is competitive.  Applicants must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA, 3.0 science GPA, and 3.0 HBU GPA (if applicable).  A score of 80% or higher must be achieved on the HESI A2 Assessment Exam, on no more than 2 attempts in each of the three (3) sections: Grammar, Math, and Reading Comprehension. The Anatomy & Physiology  and Critical Thinking components are also required, although there is no minimum score. A student also must show proof of a clear background check from the Texas Board of Nursing before enrolling in classes in the nursing program. This is required for state licensure.

  • Is there any way to know if my classes will transfer to HBU?

    It is a requirement to apply to the university and have your application and transcripts processed by the Office of Admissions. For specific transfer credit information, please contact the Office of Admissions.

    To see which of your courses will transfer, please view the Transfer Equivalency web page.

  • Are there any entrance exams?

    Yes, we require that students take the HESI A2 Assessment Exam. Students can only take the test twice in attempting to earn the desired scores. A score of 80% or higher is required on each of the three sections: Grammar, Math, and Reading Comprehension. Anatomy & Physiology and Critical Thinking are also required sections, although there is no minimum score set. For more information about the HESI A2 Assessment Exam go to the On Campus Testing Center.

    Official HESI scores are due one week prior to the application deadline for the Spring and Fall entry. Please send official scores to:

    Email (most expedient method): nursing@hbu.edu

    Houston Baptist University
    School of Nursing and Allied Health
    ATTN: Pre-Nursing Advisor
    7502 Fondren Road
    Houston, TX 77074
  • I just received a letter from HBU. Does that mean I have been admitted to the nursing program?

    The initial letter received by students is from the Admissions Department stating acceptance to the university.  The next step is to attend one of our Nursing Information Sessions. The schedule of Nursing Information Sessions is listed in the Prospective Nursing Student section, or by calling 281-649-3300.

  • How do clinical experiences work in the BSN program?

    Students attend clinical at least one day with each required nursing course.

    For a four (4) hour clinical course, the student usually goes to the hospital 90 hours per semester.

    A wide variety of sites are used: the Texas Medical Center, Memorial Hermann Health Care System, Harris County Hospital District, Texas Children’s Hospital, MHMRA Services, private physician offices, churches, etc.

  • Can I obtain a BSN at HBU later, after I receive my ADN degree?

    Yes, a student may obtain a BSN degree after obtaining an ADN degree.  For more information, visit the BSN Program webpage.

  • How much does the nursing program cost?

    For more information about tuition costs, visit the undergraduate tuition webpage.

  • How many students are accepted into the Nursing program each semester?

    The number typically accepted is 50 students per entering group, depending upon factors such as faculty and clinical site availability.

  • Do you have to be an HBU student to be considered or enter into the program?

    The program is very competitive.  Completing as few as 12 course credit hours at HBU could significantly increase your chances of being selected.  We encourage you to attend a Nursing Information Session for more details.

  • Do you have any information sessions for nursing?

    Nursing Information Sessions are mandatory for anyone interested in applying to the Nursing program. During Information Sessions details about the application process, prerequisites for the nursing program, scholarships, and other information is reviewed. Please see the list of dates located in the Prospective Nursing Students section.

  • Where is the School of Nursing and Allied Health located on campus?

    You can find us on campus by going to the Visiting Campus page. This might also be helpful in finding Visitor Parking.

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