Stephen F. Austin University Nursing School Review

Located in Nacogdoches, Texas, Stephen F. Austin University (SFA, SFASU) has over 120 areas of study and 80 undergraduates majors. The university, which was established as a teachers’ college in 1923, also offers 60 graduate degrees and three PhD programs. There are six colleges that make up Stephen F. Austin University, which was named after one of Texas’ founding fathers. Stephen F. Austin University is not affiliated with Texas’ six university systems.

The College of Sciences and Mathematics is home to Stephen F. Austin State University’s Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing. Classes are taught in the Math and Nursing buildings, and community clinical agencies provide the clinical lectures and experiences. There are three programs offered at the School of Nursing; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN-Transition Track, and a Master’s in Nursing Program.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is four years, with students completing mandatory pre-requisites in their first and second years. The third and fourth year consist of nursing programs and clinical experience in the community. After completion of this program, students can then apply to write the NCLEX-RN exam, in order to become a Registered Nurse. This program is accredited by the National League for Nursing and the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas. Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Stephen F Austin, individuals can go on to become a Registered Nurse after successfully completing the NCLEX-RN examination. Registered Nurses work in a variety of healthcare organizations including; hospitals, physicians’ offices, long-term care facilities, hospices and many more varied healthcare institutions.

RN-Transition Track

This program is ideal for individuals who currently have their associate degree or diploma in nursing, but would like to have an undergraduate degree in nursing. Applicants to this program must have passed the NCLEX-RN exam and be a licensed registered nurse. These courses are taught online, so that Registered Nurses who are currently working, can continue working and take classes to advance their career on their own time. In order to apply to the RN-Transition program, individuals must prove that they hold Registered Nurse licensure prior to being admitted into the program.

Master of Science in Nursing Program (MSN)

This program is only offered at Galveston’s University of Texas Medical Branch, but students who attend the Stephen F. Austin State University, can take this program as distance learning.


Admission for the Fall semester happens between December 20 and February 1, and for the Spring semester from August 1 to Sepember 12. There are 60 students accepted to the School of Nursing each Fall and Spring. Admission is based on an applicant’s GPA, which must be at a minimum of 2.5 and a passing grade on the TEAS, Nursing Entrance test. When applying, individuals must include the completed application to the School of Nursing, official college transcripts, copies of TEAS scores, and a half page essay, which outlines why you are interested in a career as a nurse.

Stephen F. Austin State University
1936 North Street,
Nacogdoches, TX 75962