West Texas A&M University Nursing School Review

Located in Canyon, Texas, West Texas A&M University (WTAMU, WT) was established in 1910 and currently has over 7,000 students enrolled. West Texas A&M University offers 61 undergraduate degree programs, 45 masters programs and one doctorate.

The West Texas A&M University College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program, a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) Program and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program. All programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and meet the requirements outlined by the Texas Board of Nursing.

Undergraduate Programs

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program must have completed 120 credit hours and upon graduation, are eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) licensure to become a Registered Nurse (RN). Individuals who complete the NCLEX-RN examination successfully can go on to become licensed Registered Nurses and work in various healthcare institutions including; hospitals, long-term care facilities, hospices and physicians’ offices, as well as many more. Applications to the Department of Nursing are due by February for the Fall semester and September for the Spring semester.

The Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) Program is geared toward licensed Registered Nurses who wish to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Applicants must be in good standing with the Board of Nursing when applying and criminal background checks are required. Applicants must have a 2.8 GPA, and a minimum “C” grade in biology, psychology, sociology and math courses. All applicants are mandated to take the HESI A2 exam and pass all sections with a minimum score of 80. In order to graduate from the RN to BSN program, students must complete all nursing courses with a “C” grade or above. If a student fails three nursing courses, he or she will be dismissed from the program.

Graduate Programs

West Texas A&M University also offers a Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing (RN-MSN) program, which is for Registered Nurses who wish to complete their Master of Science in Nursing degree. If a student has a undergraduate degree in a field other than nursing, he or she can complete prerequisite nursing courses, and then transfer into the RN to MSN program, or complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. All applications for the Fall semester, must be completed before August 1st, applications for the Spring semester must be handed in by December 1st, and Summer semester applications are due by May 1st. When applying, students must provide their immunization records, as well as proof of CPR certification.

The Master of Science in Nursing has two streams; Comprehensive MSN and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). Students can also apply to the Accelerated RN to MSN degree option, which allows Registered Nurses to complete an accelerated path by working toward a combined BSN and MSN degree. In order to complete the accelerated path, students must complete the requirements of the BSN degree and complete undergraduate nursing prerequisites. Students must then complete MSN credits.

West Texas A&M University
2501 4th Avenue,
Canyon, TX
79016-0002, United States
(806) 651-0000