Selective Admission: Nursing
Nursing is a selective admission program.
After being accepted to TCC, you must meet the following requirements to be eligible to submit a separate application to our Nursing Program.
You must also meet the Post-Admission Requirements if you are admitted to our program.
Am I eligible to apply?
Check to see that you have met the following eligibility requirements.
Notice of Potential Ineligibility
Texas House Bill 1508 mandates that we notify you, a potential student in health care professions, that criminal charges / activity occurring prior to or during the course of your program, unless approved by the Texas Board of Nursing, may affect your eligibility to be licensed following graduation.
More details: House Bill 1508, Section 53, Subchapter E
Grade Point Average (GPA)
You must have a minimum grade of “C” in the 3 science prerequisite courses, but most applicants selected for admission have a science GPA of 3.4 or higher.
All general education courses require at least a grade of “C.”
TCC Student ID Number
First, you must apply to TCC.
You will get a TCC Student ID number once you are accepted as a student at TCC.
You need a TCC Student ID number for your application to our Nursing Program.
Texas Success Initiative (TSI)
You must meet the TSI requirements for enrolling in college credit courses.
Questions? See TSI Assessment.
Prerequisite Science Courses
You must have completed these courses with a grade of “C” or higher before applying to our program:
- BIOL-2401 Anatomy & Physiology I
- BIOL-2402 Anatomy & Physiology II
- BIOL-2420 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors (Lecture + Lab) or
BIOL-2421 Microbiology for Science Majors (Lecture + Lab)
SCIT courses do not transfer to the A.A.S. degree.
We do not accept online lab courses—with the exception of COVID-19 curriculum accommodations.
Effective Spring 2020
If you are applying for Fall 2020 or later admission, the "2-attempt rule" and the "5-year rule" will no longer be applicable. However, you must have completed all prerequisite science courses with a grade of "C" or above.
Prerequisite General Education Courses
During your time in our program and throughout your career, you must meet performance requirements to ensure patient safety and welfare.
Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI A2) Admission Test
HESI A2 is the required admission test for Nursing.
You must earn a minimum score of 75 on each section of the HESI A2.
The test has 5 sections:
- Anatomy & Physiology
Prepare to Take the HESI A2
You can take the HESI A2 exam online through ProctorU or in-person at the Trinity River Campus Testing Center. See HESI A2 Admission Assessment for details.
Find study materials online or at the Trinity River Campus Bookstore.
If English was not the primary language of your high school, you must provide documentation of proof of English proficiency by submitting the results of either of the following tests.
Required time frame: You must have taken 1 of the tests and earned the passing score or higher within the 2 years prior to your application to our program.
- TOEFL iBT®
(Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language)
You must earn a passing score of 83. This is the recommended score to apply for licensure from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).
(International English Language Testing System assessment of English language proficiency)
You must earn an IELTS Band Score of overall 6.5 with a minimum score of 6 in all areas. This is the recommended score to apply for licensure from BON.
If you graduated from a high school in one of these English-speaking countries—Canada (other than Quebec), Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or Ireland—you must provide documentation of your graduation.
If you graduated from a high school in an English-speaking country not mentioned above, you must provide official transcripts and a notarized letter from the high school's headmaster or principal stating that English was the primary language of the courses taught.
The Texas Administrative Code (TAC) and the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation Community Standards (PDF)Listen require that all students in health-related programs complete the following immunizations before applying to programs where patient contact is a component.
If you know you will be applying to our Nursing Program within the next year, you will need to start these now because some will take up to 6 months to complete the series.
In order to be eligible to apply, you will need to have proof that you have completed the following immunizations:
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR): 2 doses required or (+) titer
- Tdap: every 10 years
- Varicella (Chicken Pox): either (+) titer or 2 injections
- Hepatitis B: a series of 3 doses required (takes 6 months to complete) or (+) titer
- Hepatitis A: a series of 2 doses required (takes 6 months to complete) or (+) titer
Note: Titers showing positive immunity to the diseases will be acceptable.
If you are under 22 years of age:
Tuberculosis (TB) Skin Test or T-Spot
Are You a Transfer Student?
If you want to transfer from another accredited college or university to TCC, you need to send to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Letter of good standing from the dean or director of nursing at your accredited college or university
- Unofficial transcripts of your nursing coursework—with a grade of C or better
- You must have completed your most recent nursing coursework within the past 12 months of your transfer request.
Nursing coursework from non-accredited schools may not be accepted.
Approval of transfer requests is contingent upon space availability.
Internationally Educated RNs or Graduates
Start by checking with the Texas Board of Nursing (BON): Licensure—Endorsement Information.
If you are ineligible for TBON endorsement requirement and are required to re-educate to earn a nursing credential in Texas, you can apply to our degree program by following the instructions on Nursing: How to Apply.
Trinity River Campus
Health Care Professions
Advising Resource Hub
Choose your Health Care Professions Advisor by the first letter of your last name:
- A–K: Cal Quigley, IV
- L–S: Janette Keen
- T–Z: Kimberlyn Moore-Debrossard
Advising by Appointment
Fall & Spring Hours
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Monday–Thursday: 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Updated September 02, 2022