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Admission requirements

Each program within the Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing has its own admission requirements. See below for more information about each program’s prerequisites, minimum GPA, test scores and more.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Students interested in applying for the B.S.N. program at SFA must meet the following requirements: 

  • Acceptance to SFA
  • Overall GPA of 2.5 in college work, including transfer courses
  • Science GPA of 2.75 in college work, including transfer courses
  • Successful completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills nursing entrance exam
  • Complete an application to NursingCAS BSN Track

Transfer students who have completed courses at other colleges may transfer credits according to SFA policy. Only 66 academic semester hours may be transferred from a junior college. There is no limit to the number of senior-level college hours that may be transferred, but 30 hours of advanced (300-499 level) coursework must be completed at SFA.

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

To apply for SFA’s online R.N. to B.S.N. program, students must:

  • Meet all SFA admission criteria 
  • Complete an application to NursingCAS RN-BSN Track
  • Have an overall GPA of 2.5 in prerequisite courses, including transfer courses
  • Hold a current RN license and be employed as an RN

Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner

To be considered for admission to the M.S.N./F.N.P. program you must:

  • Hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited institution
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale) in your last 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework, including all nursing courses taken
  • Complete the NursingCAS admission application
  • Apply and be accepted to SFA’s Graduate School (The School of Nursing does not require the GRE)  
  • Submit official transcripts from every college or university you have attended to both the NursingCAS system and SFA’s Graduate School
  • Submit a one-page essay describing your philosophy of advanced practice nursing and personal/professional goals
  • Submit a current professional resume presenting profession and work experiences, contributions and accomplishments
  • Submit three professional letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your professional ability and potential for success in a graduate program
  • Hold a current, valid Texas Registered Nurse license
  • Have the equivalent of one year full-time practice as a registered nurse



Application deadlines

Students interested in applying to a nursing program at SFA must be sure that they allow enough time to complete all of the steps in the application process before the deadline. We recommend that you start your application process at least two months in advance and submit your completed application four to six weeks before the deadline. 

Specific application deadlines vary by degree program. See below for important dates and other information.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing

SFA accepts applications for the B.S.N. program in the fall and spring semesters:

  • Fall semester deadline is Feb. 1
  • Spring semester deadline is Aug. 15

You will submit your application through the NursingCAS portal, and all applications must be received and verified by the above dates. 

R.N. to B.S.N.

Students are admitted to the online R.N. to B.S.N. program throughout the year on a rolling basis. Current application deadlines are as follows:

  • Applications for fall admission must be submitted by Aug. 1
  • Applications for spring admission must be submitted by Dec. 1
  • Applications summer admission must be submitted by May 1

Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (M.S.N./F.N.P.)

SFA accepts applications for the program beginning in the fall of each year for the following fall's cohort. At this time, we only accept applications for fall admission only. Both the Nursing CAS application and the SFA Graduate School application must be completed in full and submitted by the April 1 deadline.

Pre-nursing prerequisites   

As a pre-nursing student, you’ll need to complete a minimum of 55 prerequisite hours before applying or being accepted into the program.

  • Grade C or higher from the following 31 hours:
    • Eight hours of anatomy and physiology 
    • Four hours of chemistry 
    • Four hours of microbiology  
    • Three hours of pathophysiology 
    • Three hours of child development (Lifespan Development)
    • Three hours of nutrition 
    • Six hours of English
  • Additional prerequisites

See the General Bulletin for more course information.

Transfer students (B.S.N. and R.N.-B.S.N.)

If you have attended a regionally accredited institution, you can apply to the SFA nursing program as a transfer student. The Office of Admissions evaluates and accepts transfer credits course-by-course based on content, level and credit hours awarded. The following conditions apply:

  • A maximum of 66 academic hours may be transferred from a junior or community college.
  • There is no limit to the number of senior college hours that may be transferred, but 42 semester hours (of which 36 hours are 300-499 level) must be completed in residence at SFA.
  • Advanced Placement credit does not count as hours completed in residence.

See if your courses meet SFA transfer credit acceptance standards.

Transfer students (M.S.N./F.N.P)

Under certain circumstances, a graduate student may transfer from six to 12 semester hours of graduate coursework taken at other accredited institutions. The student pursuing a master's degree with thesis may transfer a maximum of six semester hours; a student pursuing a master's degree without thesis may transfer a maximum of 12 semester hours. Coursework used to satisfy requirements for a previous master's degree (at SFA or elsewhere) may not be used to satisfy requirements for a second master's degree at SFA.

To transfer any credit from other institutions, he student must submit an official transcript of the courses to be considered and have the approval of the appropriate academic department and academic dean. The work must have been completed not earlier than six years prior to the student's first graduate enrollment at SFA. If the student fails to complete work on the graduate degree at SFA before the expiration of the six years, the transfer credit will not be applicable toward a degree.

Any course accepted by transfer will carry credit but not grade-point value. To transfer credit, the student must have earned a grade of B or better on the course.


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Mailing Address:
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