Nursing FAQs

Nursing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


1. Do Galveston College Nursing Programs have more than one program start a year?

No, our programs only begin once every Summer semester (VN and Transition) or Fall semester
(ADN). We do not have a Spring semester start.

2. What semester does the ADN/VN/Transition Program start?

The ADN program begins in the Fall Semester (August) and the VN program beings in the
Summer Semester (June). The Transition program begins in the Summer Semester (June).

3. When can I apply to the ADN/VN/Transition Program?

You may apply during the application period which is from September 15th to the following
February 15th every year. It is advised to start this process early.

4. What all is required to turn in an application for the Nursing Program?
  • Applied for General Admission to Galveston College for the semester/year your program
    begins in or be a currently accepted student.
  • Background check payment proof OR proof that the student has begun the process for a
    Declaratory Order if required to do so.
  •  Current Basic Life Support Healthcare Provider Level CPR card from the American Heart
  • Proof that the student has started their Hepatitis B immunization series
  • Current HESI scores (within 1 year of application date) or payment to take an HESI exam
    by the application deadline of February 15.
  • Current official transcripts (from all schools) turned into Admissions Department.  Unofficial
    transcripts are required with Nursing application.
  •  Meets required overall GPA and pre-requisite GPA for the program you are applying for.
  • Enrolled or completed all pre-requisite courses for your chosen program.
5. Can I turn in an application after the February 15th deadline?

Applicants seeking to turn in an application after the deadline will be reviewed on a case by case
basis and will be marked “LATE”. Late applications will only be considered AFTER all on-time
applications have been reviewed.
6. How does Galveston College decide accept

6. How does Galveston College decide acceptance into the Nursing Programs?

Students must first meet Galveston College general acceptance requirements. Students must
then meet the ADN, Transition or VN Program requirements. Once the program requirements
are met, acceptance is based on a point scale. Not all applicants will gain acceptance into the
Nursing Programs as they are highly competitive.

7. I can be accepted into the program with just the pre-requisite courses, correct?

Most likely not. As we accept on a point scale, just completing the pre-requisite courses will not
give you a lot of points. You will need to take several of the recommended courses to
gain acceptance into the program.

8. What is a competitive overall applicant point level for acceptance into the Nursing Programs?

Varies year to year. The yearly applicant pool overall determines a “competitive” point level.
That being said, above 100 points has consistently been considered very competitive.

9. How many students do you accept?

Generally, we accept about 65-70 ADN students, 30-35 VN students, and 20-30 Transition

10. Can I be enrolled in pre-requisite courses and still turn in an application?

Yes. You would not be accepted until your final pre-requisite course grade has posted.

11. Is there a required GPA for acceptance into the Nursing programs?

Yes. For ADN you must have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 within the past 10 years from all schools
attended and a 2.5 GPA in the pre-requisite courses (same for transition students).
For VN you must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 within the past 10 years from all schools
attended and a 2.5 GPA in the pre-requisite courses

12. What is the required entrance exam for the Nursing programs?

We require the HESI A2 for the ADN and VN programs.

Please see the HESI Testing page for more information.

13. When will I know the decision of my acceptance into the Nursing Program?

We have two rounds of acceptance letters. The first round is sent out around Spring Break
(middle of March) during the Spring semester. The second and final acceptance letter is sent
out right after Spring grades have been posted in May.
Students who receive waitlist letters during the first round will get a final decision
(acceptance or non-acceptance) during the second series of letters.

14. Can I transfer pre-requisite or nursing courses from another college/university?

Varies case by case. Your previous college/university must be accredited by one of the following
regional accrediting commissions:

  • EH – New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of
    Higher Education
  • M – Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
  • NH – Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association
  • NW – Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • SC – Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
  • WC – Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior
    Colleges and Universities
  • WJ – Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for
    Community and Junior Colleges

If your school is not accredited by one of the commissions listed above, the credit will not be
accepted at Galveston College. These courses will also not be used in the calculation of your
cumulative GPA from the past 10 years.
It will be determined first by the Admission’s Department whether courses will transfer. Other
course acceptance may be decided by the Director of Nursing or the Nursing Admission and
Progression Committee.

15. Can I transfer into Galveston College’s Nursing Program if I failed out of my current Nursing Program?

Varies case by case. The Director of Nursing and the Admission and Progression Committee
would review your current nursing program curriculum, successfully completed nursing courses,
and course descriptions from each nursing course to decide acceptance eligibility.
To be considered students must provide their current Nursing Program course curriculum
layout, course descriptions from all nursing courses attended, and unofficial transcripts from ALL
colleges/universities attended for review by the A&P Committee.

16. Do any courses expire after a certain amount of time?

Yes. All science courses and the math requirement must be within 5 years of starting the
program. Health Assessment and Pharmacology must be within 12 months of starting the

17. If I have a criminal background or something on my permanent record, can I be accepted into the Nursing Programs?

Yes and no. You must receive clearance from the Texas Board of Nursing (TBON) to be able to
begin a Nursing Program. Depending on the offense you may or may not gain clearance to enter
the program. You must complete a Declaratory Order (DO) form and send it to the TBON to
receive clearance.

To print out the DO form go to:, click on the Forms tab, click Declaratory
Order form. Follow the directions on the form closely and start this process as soon as possible
as it can take several months to gain clearance.

18. What is a Declaratory Order (DO)?

A petition for Declaratory Order is a formal disclosure to the Texas Board of Nursing (TBON) of
an outstanding eligibility issue that may prevent an applicant from taking the NCLEX
Examination upon completion of a nursing program. The Declaratory Order process permits the
Board to make decisions regarding a petitioner’s eligibility for licensure prior to entering or
completing a nursing program.

19. When is a Declaratory Order with the Texas Board of Nursing necessary?

If you can answer yes to any of the following questions, you must receive a Letter of Clearance
from the Texas Board of Nursing before you can begin the Nursing Program.

  • Been convicted of a misdemeanor?
  • Been convicted of a felony?
  • Pled nolo contendere, no contest, or guilty?
  • Received deferred adjudication?
  • Been placed on community supervision or court-ordered probation, whether or not
    adjudicated guilty?
  • Been sentenced to serve jail or prison time? Court-ordered confinement?
  • Been granted pre-trial diversion?
  • Been arrested or have any pending criminal charges?
  • Been cited or charged with any violation of the law?
  • Been subject of a court-martial; Article 15 violation; or received any form of military
  • Are you currently the target or subject of a grand jury or governmental agency
  • Has ANY licensing authority refused to issue a license or ever revoked, annulled,
    canceled? Accepted surrender of, suspended, placed on probation, refused to renew a
    license, certificate, or multi-state privilege held by you now or previously, or ever fined,
    censured, reprimanded or otherwise disciplined you?
  • Within the past five (5) years have you been addicted to and/or treated for the use of
    alcohol or any other drug?
  • Within the past five (5) years have you been diagnosed with, treated, or hospitalized for
    schizophrenia, and/or psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, paranoid personality
    disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or borderline personality disorder?
20. Is a Declaratory Order (DO) clearance letter required to turn in an application?

No. We accept applications as long as you can provide proof that your DO is in progress. You
can do this by providing a copy of a Certified Mail receipt from the post office, Return Receipt
showing a signature from someone at the Board that your DO has been received, or any
correspondence between you and the Board by email.

21. Can I begin the Nursing Program without a Declaratory Order if I am required to get one because of a criminal record or something on my permanent record?

No. You must provide a Declaratory Order Letter of Clearance from the Texas Board of Nursing
before the first day of class to begin the Nursing Program.

22. How long will it take to receive my Declaratory Order Letter of Clearance once I have sent in my information to the Texas Board of Nursing?

It can take several months to receive your letter. The process is extended if you: do not fully
complete the DO form, fail to include information on all infractions, do not complete the
fingerprinting process once cleared to do so by the Board, not sending required payment or
when DO application volume is high at the Board.

23. Can the Galveston College Nursing Program help me to fill out/complete my Declaratory Order form?

No. The Nursing Program has no hand in the application or clearance of any Declaratory Order
required by any student. It is the student’s responsibility to complete the form fully and
correctly. If you have questions on how to do this, please contact the Texas Board of Nursing at:
512-305-7400 or at

24. What is the approximate cost of the ADN/VN/Transition program?

In District (Galveston Island resident for at least 1 year) the prices are as follows for Fall 2016.
ADN $11,700
VN $7,650
Transition $10,400
Out of District (Texas resident for at least 1 year) prices are as follows for Fall 2016.
ADN $13,000
VN $8,650
Transition $11,400
*Cost includes: tuition, course fees, books, general supplies, nursing supplies and uniforms. All
courses including pre-requisites. Please be aware the costs for the Nursing Programs are
subject to change at any time.

25. After I am accepted into the Nursing Program when can I get immunizations from UTMB Student Health?

Students may only receive immunizations or treatment at UTMB Student Health after the first
day of class for the semester they are starting (Fall, Spring or Summer).

26. What is Galveston College’s pass rate for the ADN/VN program?

You can go to the Texas Board of Nursing web page at, type in the search
box “Program Pass Rate,” you will see a link titled: “NCLEX – VN/PN Pass Rates for the Last 5
Years by Program” or “NCLEX – RN Pass Rates of Last 5 years by Program”. You can compare all
local Nursing Programs in this link.

27. What is special about Galveston College’s Nursing Programs compared to others in Texas?

The relationship with the faculty. We have a small student to teacher ratio at Galveston College
which allows faculty and students to build strong relationships. Faculty have a much greater
chance at Galveston College to help students achieve success due to the small class sizes.