Texas A&M University Health Science Center (TAMHSC) College of Nursing

Texas A&M University Health Science Center (TAMHSC) College of Nursing offers degree programs for BSN, RN to BSN, ABSN, and MSN as well as Graduate certificates in Forensic Health Care. The advanced level master's program offers the Education or Family Nurse Practitioner tracks. Schools Scholarships Student Support

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In 1876 Texas A&M University-College Station, a public institution, was founded.

In 2008, the Texas Board of Nursing gave approval and the College of Nursing, located in Bryan-College Station, Texas, was established.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) -Traditional

The College of Nursing is now admitting students to the Round Rock campus for the Traditional BSN program each fall term.

Round Rock Campus Information (not all inclusive)

  • Prerequisite coursework must be completed by the first class day
  • Utilizes traditional, face-to-face instruction as well as simulation activities, clinical experiences, team teaching, and video conferencing of lectures
  • Students on the Round Rock campus have more lectures delivered by video conference than students on the College Station campus
  • Students choosing the Traditional BSN track complete 120 credit hours of general education and professional nursing course work
  • Students who have completed 2 years of prerequisite coursework there is the 2+2 option

Second Degree Bachelor's

The second degree Bachelor's program is for students that hold a bachelor's degree in another field and want to become an RN. The degree can be completed in as little as 15 months. If a student has another bachelor's degree, they still have the option to take the Traditional BSN track, which begins three times per year and takes two years to complete (six semesters).

The graduate is eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), then, become eligible for RN licensure in his/her state.


The RN to BSN program is for current RNs that hold an associate's degree in nursing. The program can be completed on a full-time or part-time schedule.


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The MSN program is for baccalaureate degree nurses that desire to become nurse educators. The course load is available on a part-time basis.

Family Nurse Practitioner

For baccalaureate degree nurses who wish to pursue a career as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Available in full-time and part-time course loads.

Forensic Nursing / Forensic Health Care Graduate Certificate

The MSN-Forensic Nursing and the Forensic Health Care graduate certificate programs are designed for graduate (baccalaureate or master's degree) health care workers, protective service investigators/case workers, social workers, law enforcement, prosecutors and other professions who wish to assist victims of violence and trauma.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a computer required for a BSN program?

Yes, all Traditional and Second Degree BSN students are required to have a computer for the program.

Is health insurance required for students?

The Texas A&M College of Nursing does require all students to carry and maintain health insurance that meets or exceeds the minimum criteria set by the college.

Is there a criminal background check for nursing students?

Yes. As outlined by the Texas Board of Nursing, students must declare any eligibility issues when they apply for licensure as an RN. Applicants will be notified if they do not meet conditions for future RN licensure after results of the fingerprinting are received.

Will I have to be CPR certified before starting clinicals?

All students must have current CPR certification throughout their time in the program. Online classes are not accepted. The AHA is the provider intended for health care providers. Student must provide proof of certification.

Is an entrance test required?

The HESI A2 Assessment Exam is the admission exam for nursing students. RN to BSN and MSN applicants are exempt from the entrance test.

What are the GPA requirements to apply?

A 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) is strongly recommended on all college work and a minimum grade of 'C' is required in each of the prerequisite courses. For BSN applicants, both the overall GPA as well as the Nursing Science GPA will be considered.

What is the minimum number of practice years considered for admission to the MSN program?

There is no minimum number of practice years required for admission to the MSN program.


Texas A&M University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the BSN and MSN programs.


US News & World Report (2019-2020)

  • #66 (tie) in National Universities
  • #44 in Best Value Schools
  • #84 (tie) in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs
  • #183 (tie) in Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #24 (tie) in Top Public Schools
  • #37 (tie) in Most Innovative Schools
  • #125 (tie) Best Global Universities

Niche (2019)

  • Top Public Universities in America #21 of 672
  • Best Big Colleges in America #21 of 131
  • Best Value Colleges in America #76 of 1,590
  • Best Colleges in America #90 of 1,647
  • Best Colleges for Nursing in America #138 of 599
  • Best College Campuses in America #143 of 1,408
  • Best College Dorms in America #530 of 1,370
  • Best College Locations in America #601 of 1,553
  • Best Value Colleges in Texas #2 of 77
  • Top Public Universities in Texas #2 of 35
  • Best Big Colleges in Texas #2 of 9
  • Best Colleges in Texas #4 of 81
  • Most Conservative Colleges in Texas #7 of 47
  • Best Colleges for Nursing in Texas #7 of 27
  • Best College Campuses in Texas #10 of 68
  • Best College Locations in Texas #30 of 77
  • Most Diverse Colleges in Texas #35 of 81
  • Best College Dorms in Texas #36 of 66
  • Safest College Campuses in Texas #38 of 77

Forbes (2018)

  • #108 Top Colleges
  • #25 in Public Colleges
  • #58 in Research Universities
  • #18 in the South
  • #29 America's Best Value Colleges

The Princeton Review (2018)

  • The Best 384 Colleges
  • Best Western
  • Colleges That Pay You Back
  • Green Colleges

College Factual listed Texas A & M in the Top 1% for Veterans Nationwide (2019).

Nurse.org listed TAMHSC College of Nursing as 2018 Top 10 Best Nursing Schools.

Schools.com ranked Texas A&M University No. 2 nationally on the list of Best Schools of 2017.

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