Angelo State University Nursing School Review
Angelo State University (ASU) is a part of the Texas Tech University system and was founded in 1928. It is located in San Angelo, a West Texas community with a population of 100,000.
ASU enrolls just over 7000 students each semester. The University offers over 100 majors, with 67 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. With a student to faculty ratio of just 19 to 1, ASU is a public school with a private school feel.
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN)
This Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) program is for students who want to earn an AASN degree and take the state licensing exam to become Registered Nurses (RNs). The program requires a minimum of 67 credit hours to complete.
To be eligible to apply, students must take the TEAS V nursing entrance exam, complete a background check and drug screening, have a minimum 2.5 GPA and have earned at least a C in all math and science courses, and submit their ACT or SAT scores.
Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) to RN Transition Programs
This program is for LVNs who are seeking an AASN degree and want to become RNs. Students have two options of study.
The first option is to take the traditional program, which has a combination of classroom and online courses. Students will take the Transitions course, and then take the remainder of the AASN program courses.
The second option is the LVN-RN Hospital Affiliate Program. This accelerated program focuses on mental health, pediatric, and maternal-child nursing through clinical experience, online courses, and printed study materials. It also includes a capstone clinical experience.
To be eligible to apply, students must have a current LVN license and take the TEAS V exam. Students applying to the Hospital Affiliate Program must be practicing in an acute care situation.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
This program trains beginning nurses in the basics of patient care. Graduates of this program will receive a BSN degree and be eligible to take the Registered Nurse (RN) licensing exam (NCLEX).
Students take general education courses during their first two years of study at ASU, and are admitted into the nursing program their junior year. To be eligible to apply, students must take the TEAS V nursing entrance exam, complete a background check and drug screening, have a minimum 2.5 GPA, have earned at least a C in all math and science courses, and submit their ACT or SAT scores.
This program has been approved by the Texas Board of Nursing.
RN to BSN Program
This program is for students that have completed the AASN program at ASU or another accredited program and now want to earn their BSN degree. Students must have a current RN license, a GPA of at least 2.5, a completed background check, and two professional letters of reference to apply.
Transfer student may apply up to 66 credit hours of courses to their BSN program. Students must take their last 30 credit hours at ASU in order to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
The MSN program at ASU is offered through Blackboard, an online course delivery system. Clinical time is done at the nearest clinical site to the student’s city of residence, and required time on campus is kept to a minimum.
MSN students can choose the following areas of specialization: Family Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, or Nurse Educator. They may also choose the Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program, which is offered with Texas Tech. This program allows them to specialize in Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, or Geriatric Nurse Practitioner.
To apply to the program, students must have a BSN from an accredited program, a 3.0 GPA, have taken Statistics and Pathophysiology with a C or better, demonstrate computer literacy, submit letters of recommendation, an essay, and show proof of a current RN license.
RN to MSN
Students with an AASN degree from an accredited nursing program may apply to this program. This is also an online program, and the specializations are the same as for the MSN program above.
Students that want to earn their BSN degree in addition to their MSN may do so by completing an additional 9 credit hours of courses toward the BSN program.
Students may apply to the program if they have an AASN degree from an accredited program, a 3.0 GPA, have taken Statistics and Pathophysiology with a C or better, demonstrate computer literacy, submit letters of recommendation, an essay, and show proof of a current RN license. They must also complete 90 undergraduate credit hours prior to starting their graduate level classes.
Post Master’s Certificate
This program is also delivered online. Students may specialize as Clinical Nurse Specialists, Family Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Educators, or Registered Nurse First Assistants.
To apply to the program, students must have an RN license, letters of recommendation, CPR certification, updated immunizations, and a background check. Students must have either an MSN degree or an RN license and a non-nursing masters degree, depending on the program they wish to follow.
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