Graduation

Special Requirements of the School

All students must fulfill the General Requirements for graduation. Students in the School of Nursing must also fulfill the following requirements:

  1. All University students must have a grade point average of at least 2.00 to graduate. In the School of Nursing, students must also have a grade point average of at least 2.00 in the coursework used to fulfill the upper-division requirement.
  2. A candidate must complete the prescribed curriculum and must meet all other requirements of the School of Nursing.
  3. A student must supply the School of Nursing with transcripts of courses taken outside the school as the courses are completed.

Degree Audit

A degree audit is prepared when the student begins the junior year of nursing courses. The student is then notified of the courses he or she must take and the requirements he or she must fulfill to receive the degree. The degree audit is normally done according to the catalog in effect when the student was admitted to the School of Nursing, but the student may choose to have it done according to any catalog under which he or she is eligible to graduate. Rules on graduation under a particular catalog are given in Graduation Under a Particular Catalog.

In advising and in registering students, the dean and advisers try to prevent errors. Avoidance of errors is the main purpose of the degree audit, but it remains the responsibility of the student to fulfill all catalog requirements.

Graduation Application Form

In the long-session semester or summer session in which the degree is to be awarded, the candidate must be registered at the University and must file a Graduation Application Form in the School of Nursing Office of Student Services. The form must be filed by the deadline to apply for an undergraduate degree, which is given in the official academic calendar.

Licensure as a Professional Nurse

Upon graduation from the BSN program, students seeking licensure as a registered nurse must register to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). To ensure eligibility, the Texas Board of Nursing will rerun the criminal background check that was conducted prior to beginning the nursing program. In addition, students' answers to the following questions may determine eligibility:

  1. Have you been convicted, adjudged guilty by a court, plead guilty, no contest or nolo contendere to any crime in any state, territory, or country, whether or not a sentence was imposed, including any pending criminal charges or unresolved arrests (excluding minor traffic violations)? This includes expunged offenses and deferred adjudications with or without prejudice of guilt. Please note that DUIs, DWIs, and PIs must be reported and are not considered minor traffic violations. (One-time minor in possession (MIP) or minor in consumption (MIC) violations do not need to be disclosed. However, if you have two or more MIPs or MICs, you must answer “yes” to this question.)
  2. Do you have any criminal charges pending, including unresolved arrests?
  3. Has any licensing authority refused to issue you a license or ever revoked, annulled, canceled, accepted surrender of, suspended, placed on probation, or refused to renew a professional license, certificate, or multistate privilege held by you now or previously, or ever fined, censured, reprimanded, or otherwise disciplined you?
  4. Within the past five years have you been addicted to and/or treated for use of alcohol or any other drug?
  5. Within the past five years have you been diagnosed with, treated, or hospitalized for schizophrenia and/or psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or borderline personality disorder?

Students with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact the Board of Nursing prior to enrollment in the nursing program and consult with the Assistant Dean for Student Services at the School of Nursing. More information can be found at the Texas Board of Nursing website.