Nursing Honors BSN | The Honors College
The Nursing faculty members have adopted a curriculum plan that integrates the Honors College courses and the BSN degree-plan requirements. Highly motivated freshmen who are admitted into HCU’s Honors College and who are interested in nursing may apply to the Nursing honors BSN program through joint admission into the Honors College and the School of Nursing and Allied Health. Through this admission, freshman Honors College students are preapproved by, and receive provisional admission to, the Bachelor of Science Nursing honors program from the dean of Nursing and Allied Health.
Nursing Honors College alumnus, Dayron Perez, who was named the 2018 outstanding nursing student of the year by the School of Nursing, had this to say about his decision to join the Honors College while majoring in nursing:
“The Honors College provided me with the critical thinking and writing skills to be able to make it through nursing school. The books we read and discussed in the Honors College helped me gain insight into questions I never knew I even had, and the instructors drove me to find the answers to those questions. The curriculum helped me understand myself better, and it has helped me care for others more effectively as a nurse. While it is difficult to balance nursing and Honors College classes together, you come out as a better nurse and person once you graduate. I highly encourage any student who has the opportunity to join the Honors College to do so.”
Nursing Honors College Requirements
Students admitted to both the Honors College and the BSN degree program pursue a special coursework sequence that allows them to complete both the Honors College requirements and the BSN program requirements in four years by taking select nursing courses during their freshmen and sophomore years.
Each semester, nursing honors students must pass their nursing courses and remain full-time in the Honors College in order to remain in the joint admission program. Students can receive full admission into the BSN program in their third year after successfully completing all of the School of Nursing and Allied Health criteria including criminal background check clearance from the Texas Board of Nursing.
Students who are interested in the joint admission program should begin the admissions process by completing the Honors College application. After an applicant successfully interviews with the director of the Honors College, his or her application will be reviewed by the dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health, and a decision about the application will be made jointly by the director and the dean.
Nursing Honors BSN Course Curriculum Map
Students who are admitted into the Honors College with provisional admission into the nursing program will follow this four-year plan towards their degree. Students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA in order to continue their courses in the Honors College. This GPA requirement also stands for official admission into the nursing program as well as an acceptable score on the TEAS exam. Students should consult their Nursing faculty advisor to confirm deadlines for BSN requirements, and to obtain the curriculum map and worksheet.
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