Admissions Requirements

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Are you ready to jump in and get started with the admission requirements for a degree in Nursing? You have come to the right page! Find the admissions requirements below, and follow the steps carefully.


Admission to SWAU’s BS Nursing Program is limited with a new group admitted each Fall and Spring semester. To be considered for admission, you must successfully complete all requirements and submit all required documents and forms. The most qualified applicant will be given first consideration.


The factors considered are:

  • Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • TEAS Nursing Admission Assessment Exam scores
  • Professional reference letters
  • Pre-nursing courses taken at Southwestern Adventist University


Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students Only

  1. Apply online to Southwestern Adventist University. For your convenience, you may apply directly through NursingCas.
  2. Obtain two Professional Reference Letters (Please use copies provided by the Nursing Department).
  3. Send Official Transcripts from all schools attended.**
  4. Successfully complete at least 49 semester credit hours of Nursing pre-requisites, Nursing cognate, and General Education requirements.
  5. Successfully complete the TEAS Nursing Admission Exam* with an overall score of proficient level or higher.


*Register for the TEAS exam at and select Keene - Southwestern Adventist University. If the testing dates are not listed, please call 817-202-6658.

**All forms for admissions including Official Transcripts and Personal Reference Forms can be sent to:

Admissions Office, Southwestern Adventist University 100 W. Hillcrest St., Keene, TX 76059



Admission Deadlines (Fall/Spring)

April 1 / September 1

  • Application
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • TEAS test results
  • Two professional references
June 15 / September 15
  • Notification of Admissions status
May 15 / October 15
  • $200 Nursing Commitment Deposit submitted to the Admissions Office
July 15 / November 15
  • Be at registration step 6
July 15 / December 15

Deadline to submit all required health records to Castle Branch:

  • Physician’s report of physical exam
  • Current immunizations (MMR, HepB, Varicella, TB, Tdap, Influenza)
  • CPR Card (American Heart Association – Basic Life Support)
August 15 / December 15
  • Upload Blue card from the Texas Board of Nursing to CastleBranch
August 18 / January 4
  • Nursing Orientation

    August 22 / January 5

    • Classes Begin

    Nursing Orientation

    As a newly admitted nursing student, you will be required to attend nursing orientation. Failure to attend this orientation will forfeit admission to the program. To be considered for admission, an applicant must successfully complete all requirements and submit all required documents and forms. The most qualified applicants are given first consideration.