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Where can I work after I finish nursing school?

SFA graduates are employed all over Texas, the United States and even work globally. Students graduate highly skilled, making them competitive for nurse residency programs in major medical centers, children's and women's hospitals and clinics. Upon graduation, students are prepared to work in many specialties, including medical surgical, critical care, emergency medicine, pediatrics, labor and delivery and surgery. With our strong ROTC partnership, we have had graduates enter the United States military as officers upon graduation, being stationed in amazing locations across the globe. Many Lumberjack nurses go on to graduate school after a few years of practice, pursuing nurse practitioner, nurse educator, and certified registered nurse anesthetist programs.

What are the application deadlines?

Applications may be submitted at any time, but they must meet the following deadlines:

  • Jan. 15 to enroll in the BSN Fast Track program
  • Feb. 1 to enroll in fall semester
  • Aug. 15 to enroll in spring semester

The application process is conducted through the NursingCAS system, and you are encouraged to begin the process at least two months before the deadline date. All applications must be verified by NursingCAS before the application deadline. This process can take between 4 - 6 weeks.

Are the application deadlines ever extended?

We recommend that all applications are submitted four to six weeks in advance. Application deadlines have been set to allow sufficient time for admission letters to be sent out to students on time. Applications are completed through NursingCAS. Once NursingCAS has verified your application, it will be sent to SFA Nursing. If your application has not been received by SFA by the deadline, it is possible that your application will not be viewed for admission.

Do I need to submit official transcripts to both the Office of Admissions and the School of Nursing?

All transcripts must be sent to NursingCAS for review. No transcripts need to be sent to SFA Admissions for the nursing application.

Can I complete prerequisite and cognate courses after being accepted?

When applying to the School of Nursing, the majority of your prerequisite courses must be complete. You may be enrolled in the remaining courses during the time of application. If pre-requisite courses are being taken from an institution other than SFA, science courses must be completed in time for official transcripts to be reviewed prior to the beginning of nursing classes.

The following courses are not required for admission to the School of Nursing, but are required for graduation: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, GOVT 2305, GOVT 2306, COSC 1301 and the Component Area Course.

Where can I take the required TEAS test?

The SFA nursing program requires completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills covering basic reading, math and science skills. The test is administered by SFA Student Testing Services.

If you aren't located near the SFA campus, review the ATI website for more options.

If I apply and am denied, can I reapply?

Absolutely. Make sure all your coursework is complete and all criteria is met. You’ll upload any new work completed in NursingCAS. Make sure to send your updated transcripts.

Is there an accelerated program in the School of Nursing that will allow me to finish faster than the traditional program?

Yes, please visit the BSN Fast Track program page to learn more.

I'm already a registered nurse and want to earn my bachelor's degree in nursing. Is there a program for me?

We are pleased to offer an online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing transition program. This track can be completed in about a year and has one of the most affordable tuition packages in the state!

What's the difference between pre-nursing and nursing?

Students who come to SFA to obtain a nursing degree enter the program as pre-nursing students. Pre-nursing students become nursing majors when they have successfully applied and been accepted to the School of Nursing through NursingCAS.

Do I need a minor if I'm a nursing student?

Nursing students do not need to declare a minor. The curriculum for the bachelor of science in nursing program comprises 67 prerequisite hours and 53 nursing course hours, totaling the 120 hours needed for a degree. Students who wish to add on a minor can do so at their own discretion and must be advised separately by their minor department advisor. 

What if I want to change majors or minors?

Students who wish to change their major to nursing must have an overall GPA of at least 2.5. If a student meets this requirement, please visit the College of Sciences and Mathematics advising center located in the Miller Science Building, room 127 or email cosmadvising@sfasu.edu. Students that wish to change their major from nursing to a different major should visit the academic advising center for their desired new major. Students that have already began the nursing program need to meet with the BSN coordinator prior to changing their major.

How do I apply to the nursing program?

After completion of at least three science courses in the pre-nursing program, you must complete the following application steps:

  • Apply to SFA and pay necessary application fee.
  • Complete application to NursingCAS.
  • Complete, official copies of transcripts from all previous colleges and SFA transcript to be submitted to NursingCAS.
  • Copies of accepted or denied petitions or petitions being submitted to be uploaded in NursingCAS.
  • Copy of nursing entrance test (Test of Essential Academic Skills, scheduled through the testing office) to be sent to the School of Nursing or uploaded to NursingCAS.

If I apply to the BSN Fast Track program and am denied, can I apply for the traditional BSN program?

Absolutely. Be sure to pay attention to the application deadlines because the deadline for the BSN Fast Track program and fall admission to the traditional program are only a few weeks apart. You should hear back about admission to the Fast Track program in time to re-apply for the fall admission in the traditional program if you choose to.

Why should I get a BSN instead of an ADN if they both result in a registered nurse license?

There are many perks to having a BSN. In order for a hospital to achieve Magnet designation, all nurse managers and nurse leaders must hold a baccalaureate or graduate degree in nursing. These facilities also require that at least 80% of their nurses have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Additionally, if you think there is any chance you’d like to further your education to become a nurse practitioner, nurse educator or nurse anesthetist, a bachelor’s degree will be required to enter graduate school. To read more about the value of a BSN degree, take a look at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing statement on the Impact of Education on Nursing Practice.

Do I choose a nursing specialty while in nursing school?

At SFA, you will be exposed to many nursing specialties, but students do not choose one specific area of study during their program. You will take courses in medical surgical, psychiatric care, pediatrics, women’s health and critical care. Graduates are competitive in any specialty, and many of our students have secured jobs in prestigious hospitals and specialty units upon graduation. The School of Nursing is committed to ensuring your success on the national licensing exam and preparing you to excel no matter where you choose to work.

Contact

DeWitt School of Nursing
936.468.7700
nursing@sfasu.edu

5707 North Street
Administration Building
Suite 102

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 6156, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

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