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Do I have to go “full time”?

No, you can go at your own pace. Most students complete the program in one calendar year, taking all the courses offered and working full time. However, you know what works best for you. The classes are only offered once a year, so if you choose to only enroll in one of the courses, you will need to take the remaining classes the next year.

Does the program require clinical hours?

Yes, it is a requirement of our accrediting agency. The program requires 15 hours of clinical practicum. You cannot receive compensation during your clinical hours.

What is a degree plan? And when do I need to file one?

A degree plan is a formal statement of requirements a student must complete in order to graduate. To be official, a degree plan must be certified by the college of the student's major. Nursing students will receive a degree plan the semester they are admitted to the SFA School of Nursing. 

For more information regarding degree plans, please email

What are the application deadlines?

Applications may be submitted at any time, but they must meet the following deadlines:
July 15 for fall, Nov. 15 for spring and April 15 for summer.

Are the application deadlines ever extended?

No. We recommend that all applications are submitted four to six weeks in advance. 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, 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 submitted via NursingCAS for the School of Nursing application and must also be submitted to the Office of Admissions for the university application.

Can I complete prerequisite and cognate courses after being accepted?

Since the program is only one calendar year, it is highly recommended that all courses needed for graduation be taken prior to applying to the program.

The following courses are not required for admission to the School of Nursing but are required for graduation: HIS 133, HIS 134, PSC 141 and PSC 142.

What do I include in my NursingCAS application packet?

The following items are loaded into the NursingCAS application system for each applicant:

  • Biographical information
  • Personal data
  • Parent and family information
  • Background information
  • Colleges attended
  • Coursework
  • Personal statement
  • Privacy statement
  • Designation (do not check the graduate program choice)

Test of Essential Academic Skills scores are not required for admission to the program.

What is a petition, and when do I need one?

A student may file a petition with the School of Nursing for many reasons. The petitions are then viewed by the Student Affairs Committee and a decision is made regarding the request. The Student Affairs Committee consists of multiple faculty from the School of Nursing. Once a decision is made, the student will be notified by the Student Affairs Committee Chair.

Petition requests can include the following:

  • Substitution of a course taken at a another college or university
  • Forgiveness of a grade
  • Makeup of a clinical day
  • Grievances and other concerns


See the petition instructions and form (Form 4.1) on the Nursing Policies and Handbook page.

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 in fewer than one calendar year?

No, the 31 hours required for the program are taken over the following semesters: fall, spring, summer I and summer II.

What is academic probation?

A student is placed on academic probation after the first regular semester in which the cumulative GPA falls below 2.0. Students on academic probation whose semester GPA is 2.0 or higher will be allowed to continue on academic probation until the cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher. Academic probation will continue until the student achieves good standing or is placed on academic suspension.

View the full policy No. 6.4 in the SFA Policy Manual.

What is academic suspension?

A student on academic probation will be placed on academic suspension if the student's semester GPA falls below 2.0.


A student on academic suspension may be allowed to continue in the university through any of the following procedures:

  • Meet conditions established by the student’s dean; or
  • Be readmitted provisionally automatically after one regular semester’s absence from the university. Following a second or subsequent academic suspension and absence from the university for two regular semesters, be readmitted automatically. Summer terms are exempt from periods of academic suspension. Automatic readmission will not occur if the student takes courses elsewhere and fails to attain a GPA of 2.0 for those courses; or,
  • After the first academic suspension, attend summer school at Stephen F. Austin State University and either raise the cumulative GPA to 2.0 or above or obtain a GPA of 2.0 or above for at least 9 semester credit hours in courses specified by the student’s dean.

How – and when – do I file for graduation?

You should apply for graduation approximately eight months before you expect to finish the coursework required for your degree. Talk to your faculty advisor to learn more. 


DeWitt School of Nursing

5707 North Street
Administration Building
Suite 102

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


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