The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing recognizes the tremendous contributions military and veteran nursing students bring to our undergraduate and graduate programs.
We are dedicated to providing active-duty and veteran nursing students with a seamless transition into academic life and delivering educational opportunities to help them grow professionally and personally. The School of Nursing strives to offer exceptional support and service to those who have served their country.
- Michael L. Evans, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor
Prospective Military & Veteran Nursing Students
Prior to Discharge
The Department of Defense (DOD) recommends that you start your planning at least 12 months prior to separation, and 24 months prior to retirement, from active duty. The DOD's Transition Assistance Program (TAP) is a vital resource to ensure that your separation/retirement choices are truly in your, and your family's, best interests.
- Apply to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing
- Visit Financial Aid to learn more about grants, loans, scholarships and the FASFA form
- Review the Veterans Educational Benefits section to review Federal, State and University educational benefits requirements.
- Contact a Student Affairs Coordinator to learn more about the application and enrollment process
Veteran to BSN
Texas Tech University Health Science Center offers an accelerated (1 year) web-based and clinical coach training model leading to the Veteran to Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (VBSN). The VBSN track will recruit veterans with prior military medical experience, who have met general education admission requirements, and facilitate the process of awarding college credits.
Click here for more information about the VBSN Track.
Resources for Students
- TTUHSC SON Current Student Resources
- TTU Chapter of S.A.L.U.T.E
The S.A.L.U.T.E (Serivce, Academics, Leadership, Unity, Tribute, and Excellence) Veterans National Honor Society recognizes student veterans who excel in the classroom. Please review the website for eligibility requirements.
- Veterans Association at TTU
The purpose of the Veterans Association to provide a sense of camaraderie and community outreach for United States military veterans, those who are currently serving or under contractual obligation in the United States military, and those patriots who support the United States military in any way, shape, or form.
- TTUHSC Student Organizations
- Hazlewood Student Hours Online
All Hazlewood applicants (veterans & dependents) must register online in order to track hours used through the program.
- Texas Health and Human Services Commission
The mission of HHSC is to maintain and improve the health and human services system in Texas and to administer its programs in accordance with the highest standards of customer service and accountability for the effective use of funds.
- Texas Veterans Leadership Program
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is committed to serving veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan as they transition to civilian life in Texas. TWC's Texas Veterans Leadership Program provides resource and referral services. Veterans Resource and Referral Specialists are located throughout the state to provide job search and employment assistance, information about education and training resources, and help with other federal, state and community veteran programs.
- State Bar of Texas
Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans is a State Bar of Texas program to develop and assist pro bono legal clinics throughout the state for military veterans who otherwise cannot afford or do not have access to the legal services they need.
- Texas Veterans Commission
Our purpose has always been to act as the state appointed advocate of Texas veterans as they attempt to secure the benefits rightfully earned in exchange for their service in our nation's armed forces.
- Texas Veterans Portal
The Texas Veterans Portal is a resource for veterans, their families, and their survivors. Hhelpful information from many government agencies are listed so that you can find the assistance, services, and benefits you need.
- Build Your Career - U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs
Resources for veterans, family members, and civilians to obtain career advice and find jobs. Helpful information whether seeking a job at the VA, another federal agency, or the private sector.
- Center For Women Veterans
The Center serves as an advocate for a cultural transformation (both within VA and in the general public) in recognizing the service and contributions of women Veterans and women in the military, and in raising awareness of the responsibility to treat women Veterans with dignity and respect.
- Children Of Fallen Patriots Foundation
If you are the child of a service member who has died in services to his or her nation, you may be eligible for a scholarship.
- Continuing Education Resources For Veterans
Additional grants and scholarships available for veterans and dependents.
- Disabled American Veterans
DAV provides free help with earned VA benefits, transportation and advocacy.
eBenefits is a portal; a central location for Veterans, Service Members, and their families to research, find, access, and, in time, manage their benefits and personal information.
- Joint Services Transcript
You may request copies of your military transcript online.
- Lone Survivor Foundation
The Lone Survivor Foundation (LSF) restores, empowers, and renews hope for our wounded warriors and their families using therapeutic support, health and wellness, inspiration, and nature, while emphasizing camaraderie, understanding, respect, and pride.
- Make The Connection
Make the Connection provides personal video testimonials and resources to help Veterans discover ways to improve their lives. The site also provides informational resources on mental health conditions such as PTSD and depression , and symptoms of problems such as drug and alcohol abuse.
- Marine Corps Leadership Scholars Program
Texas Tech University has been selected as a participating college in the Marine Corps Leadership Scholars Program which helps honorably discharging Marines continue their education.
- National Archives
The National Archives can assist you with your service records. You can order your DD214 and military personnel records via their website.
- National Resource Directory
Connecting Wounded Warriors, Service Members, Veterans, Their Families and Caregivers with Those Who Support Them.
- Student Veterans Of America
Coalition of student veterans groups from college campuses across the United States.
- The American Legion
The American Legion is the nation's largest wartime veterans' service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.
- VA "Ask A Question" Site
Find the answer to your VA questions or email VA directly from this site.
- VA Educational Resources & Comparison Chart
Link to the Educational Benefits Comparison Chart and other resources.
- VA Official Youtube Channel
The official YouTube channel for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Veterans' Employment & Training Service (vets)
The U.S. Department of Labor provides information for service members, veterans, and employers.
- Veterans Of Foreign Wars
The VFW mission is to foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts.
Community Resources by Region
- Amarillo Vet Center
3414 Olsen Blvd. Suite E
Amarillo, TX 79109
Phone: 806-354-9779 Or 877-927-8387
Normal working hours are 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday. In an effort to better serve the veteran and family members, upon request Vet Centers will provide services after normal work hours and/or on weekends.
- The American Legion
617 SW 7Th Ave
Amarillo, TX 79101-2107
- Veterans of Foreign Wars
1401 SW 8th Ave
Amarillo, TX 79101-1013
Phone: (806) 373-3521
- Meeting Location & Time
1401 SW 8th Ave
Amarillo, TX 79101-1013
7:00 pm. Third Tuesday
- Disabled American Veterans
6010 W Amarillo Blvd, Amarillo, TX 79106
- City of Lubbock
Lubbock is an outstanding community that supports veterans and their families. Please review the city website for information about the city government and services.
- Veteran Center
We are the people in VA who welcome home war veterans with honor by providing quality readjustment counseling in a caring manner. Vet Centers understand and appreciate Veterans' war experiences while assisting them and their family members toward a successful post-war adjustment in or near their community.
- Veterans Resource Coordination Group
The Veterans Resource Coordination Group connects veterans and their families to the resources they need to assist them during times of transition, and to make them successful in achieving their life goals. We serve those who served.
- Refuge Services
Refuge Services, Inc. is a non-profit organization that is community sponsored to provide services for the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. Refuge Services provides equine-assisted therapies to individuals of all ages. Refuge Services, Inc. offers hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, and equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) to children, adolescents, and adults in Lubbock and area communities in an accepting, supportive and Christian environment.
- Team Red, White, and Blue
Team RWB is transforming the way that America supports its veterans when they return from combat. We are creating communities of veterans, their families, and American citizens that enjoy authentic interaction through physical and social activities and events all across the country. Team RWB Lubbock, we are a Community located in West Texas and are part of Team RWB Texas and the National Organization Team RWB. We are a Young group and are building members quickly and if you are interested please contact us for future information.
- VA Outpatient Clinic
The Lubbock Outpatient Clinic is designed to deliver primary care services to eligible Veterans living in Lubbock County and outlying areas.
- George H. O'Brien, Jr. VA Medical Center
300 Veterans Blvd
Big Spring, TX 79720
Phone: 432-263-7361 or 800-472-1365
- Midland Vet Center
2817 W. Loop 250 N. Suite E.
Midland, TX 79707
Phone: 432-697-8222 or 877-927-8387
Veteran's BSN Program
Veterans' BSN Program
We honor your service and commit to your future.
The Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth’s Veterans’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing (VBSN) program provides veterans with the knowledge, skills, and support needed to successfully complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at one of the top-rated nursing schools in the country. This program facilitates the transition of veterans into professional nursing while addressing their unique needs. Veterans may receive up to three credit hours of academic credit for prior military training and experience. Both Pacesetter BSN and RN-BSN students are eligible to apply. The program was conceived and is directed by Bridgette R. Pullis, PhD, RN, CHPN, associate professor of clinical nursing in the Department of Undergraduate Studies.
Application and Review Process
To apply for VBSN consideration, interested students must complete the online application for admission and indicate their military service when prompted. Once the complete application is received (including all official post-secondary and military transcripts), it will be reviewed by the admissions committee for decision. Acceptance into the VBSN program will be considered at the same time as the degree program admission. Notification of VBSN acceptance will be included in the BSN admissions notification.
Services available to VBSN students
The dedicated veteran case manager often begins to work with applicants up to a year prior to their separation from the military to help them to prepare for application to the VBSN program. After admission, the case manager will review the veteran’s military transcript and recommend a matriculation plan. This plan is dependent upon the veteran’s training and experience. The case manager will continue to work with the veterans from admission through graduation and will connect them with resources, provide counseling, and assist them as they reintegrate and deal with the rigors and challenges of nursing school.
Q: Is this program open to both Pacesetter and RN-BSN students?
A: Yes, the program is open to both groups of students.
Q: What military branches qualify for consideration?
A: The VBSN program targets veterans or active duty military personnel with medical training and experience, so all branches of the military qualify. We have had some veteran students that did not have a medical background, were very successful in our program, and graduated.
Q: Is there a time limit during which the service must have occurred?
A: There is no time limit on military service for the VBSN program.
Q: Do VBSN students receive preferential treatment in the admissions process?
A: The VBSN students must meet all admission requirements for the Cizik School of Nursing and do not receive preferential admission.
Q: Does the VBSN program include scholarship/grant assistance for veterans?
A: There is no scholarship or grant assistance, but the UTHealth veteran’s affairs office and the VBSN case manager can assist veteran students in accessing resources for veterans.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program, doctor of nursing practice program, and post graduate APRN certificate programs at the Cizik School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
The TEAS measures basic essential skills in the academic content areas for Reading, Mathematics, Science and English and Language Usage. The objectives assessed on the TEAS exams are those which nurse educators deemed most appropriate and relevant to measure entry-level academic readiness of nursing program applicants.
TEAS or most current version (Test of Essential Academic Skills) requirements:
- No minimum required score on any section of the TEAS V or overall
- Proficient level or higher preferred
- Score for the TEAS exam older than one year prior to application submission deadline will not be accepted; and
- Students applying can take the TEAS V no more than two (2) times per year (both attempts must occur within the one year period prior to application submission deadline). If two sets of scores are submitted the scores will be averaged.
For information on testing locations and availability to schedule an exam, you may do one of the following:
- Visit the ATI website at ATItesting.com
- Contact ATI at (800) 667-7531
- Perform an internet search for "TEAS test sites"
Applicants in the Lubbock area may contact the TTU Academic Testing Center on the Texas Tech Campus, to schedule an exam time.
Creating an account
All individuals preparing to take the TEAS test must first create an ATI account to do so, visit atitesting.com and click "Create an Account" (follow the screen prompts). You will only need to register once, and you will use the same account throughout your nursing program. You'll need your ATI username and password to take an online test, or your ATI paper/pencil ID to take a paper/pencil test. Please take this information with you to the testing location when you go to take the TEAS test.
When searching for your institution, it will show as: Tx Tech U VBSN
For more information about required TEAS scores, Click Here
Admissions Criteria for Spring 2022
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation, the following information pertains to all applicants seeking admission into the Spring 2022 semester:
TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills)
TEAS is NOT a requirement for the spring 2022 applicant.
Texas Tech University School of Nursing Grows Veteran to BSN Program
The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center began a Veteran to BSN program through the School of Nursing which has been steadily growing. The program is aimed at veterans with prior military medical training and experience, featuring online classes guided by clinical coaches and nursing faculty.
Texas Tech’s 12-month program is open to veterans from all branches of service and offered on several campuses including Odessa, Amarillo, San Antonio, Dallas, and Abilene. Students must have medical rank from the service and have taken certain prerequisite courses to be eligible for the program.
Seven students graduated from the initial cohort in December 2016 and the program has since grown to 12 students currently enrolled. The university expects to have 26 students enrolled by 2018 and 41 students enrolled by 2019.
A current student, a reservist, was activated with the National Guard during Hurricane Harvey. Texas Tech allowed them to complete clinical hours during that service time and Sharon Cannon, regional dean of the School of Nursing at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Odessa, tells OAOA.com, “It was a true win-win. Not only did they get called up and go down and help a community in need, but then they were also able to get some clinical hours toward their course.”
Texas Tech expects steady growth of the Veteran to BSN program to continue through word of mouth and recruitment visits to VA hospitals and reserve bases. To learn more about Texas Tech University’s Veteran to BSN program, visit here.
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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
School of Health Professions
Dawndra Seachrist, OTR, Ph.D, Dean
Office of Admissions and Student Affairs | HSC Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center | 3601 4th St. STOP 6294, Lubbock, TX 79430-6294 | T 806.743.3220 | [email protected] | www.ttuhsc.edu/shp
About the School
The School of Health Professions at TTUHSC offers the following degree and certificate programs:
- Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science
- Post-Baccalaureate of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science
- Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management
- Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
- Post-Baccalaureate of Science in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
- Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
- Master of Science in Healthcare Administration
- Master of Science in Molecular Pathology
- Master of Physician Assistant Studies
- Master of Athletic Training
- Master of Occupational Therapy
- Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling
- Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- Master of Science in Addiction Counseling
- Doctor of Audiology
- Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science
- Concentration in Communication Sciences and Disorders
- Concentration in Movement Sciences and Disorders
- Doctor of Physical Therapy
- Doctor of Occupational Therapy
- Post Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy
- Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy
- Certificate in Clinical Laboratory Science
- Graduate Gertificate Programs:
- Health Informatics and Data Analytics
- Health Systems Policy and Management
- Healthcare Finance & Economics
- Health Systems Engineering and Management
- Long Term Care Administration
Admission to School of Health Professions programs is competitive and by application to the school. Admission and application deadlines vary for each program. Admission to Texas Tech University does not ensure or guarantee admission to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Health Professions, nor does admission to the School of Health Professions confer admission to Texas Tech University.
Prospective students and other interested persons are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs for information on health profession careers and educational programs, 806.743.3220. Students who are attending Texas Tech University and wish to take the courses to satisfy prerequisite requirements for these professional programs will be advised through the Office of Pre-professional Health Careers, Room 205, Holden Hall, 806.742.3078.
School of Nursing
Michael L. Evans, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN, Dean and Professor
2D105 HSC | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
3601 4th St. | Lubbock, TX 79430-6264 | T 806.743.2730
[email protected] | www.ttuhsc.edu/nursing
Undergraduate Program | T 806.723.9293 or 800.493.3954
Graduate Program | T 806.743.9295 or 800.851.8240
D.N.P. Program | T 806.743.2748 or 800.851.8240
About the School
The School of Nursing is an integral part of the TTUHSC and is committed to improving the availability and quality of nursing care. The School of Nursing is known for innovation in nursing education, excellent student retention and graduation rates, above national average National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) scores, and producing well-prepared nurses for West Texas and beyond. The School’s mission is to educate students for practice in evolving healthcare systems and to advance knowledge and practice through research, service, and community engagement.
The School of Nursing is based at TTUHSC with various regional campus locations. The School of Nursing offers the following degrees:
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- Master of Science in Nursing
- Doctor of Nursing Practice
The school offers the following undergraduate programs for students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing:
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
- Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to B.S.N.)
- Accelerated B.S.N.
- Veteran to B.S.N. Track
- Second Degree B.S.N. Track
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program is for students who are not licensed as registered nurses. The online RN to B.S.N. program is for students who are licensed as registered nurses. The web-accessible Second Degree B.S.N. program is for students with baccalaureate degrees in non-nursing fields. The web-accessible Veteran to B.S.N. program is for veterans with prior military medical training and experience.
The School of Nursing’s graduate programs are recognized for innovative approaches to nursing education at master’s, post-master’s, and doctoral levels. The master’s programs are offered online with preceptor-guided clinical learning experiences available in or near the student’s home community. The school offers the following graduate degrees and certificates:
- Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) Leadership Program
- M.S.N. Nursing Administration
- M.S.N. Nursing Education
- M.S.N. Nursing Informatics
- Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Program
- M.S.N. Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
- M.S.N. Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)
- M.S.N. Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PNP-PC)
- M.S.N. Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (ACPNP)
- M.S.N. Nurse Midwifery
- M.S.N. Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
- Post-Master’s Certificates
- Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate (FNP)
- Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate (AGACNP)
- Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate (PNP-PC)
- Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate (AC-PNP)
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate (PMHNP)
- Nurse Midwifery Post-Master’s Certificate
- Nursing Education Post-Master’s Certificate
- Nursing Informatics Post-Master’s Certificate
- Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) Program
- B.S.N. to D.N.P. for FNP and PMHNP
- Post-Master’s DNP
The School of Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). For questions about accreditation of the School of Nursing program contact the CCNE at 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202.887.6791, www.ccneaccreditation.org. Additionally, the School of Nursing is accredited by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). Contact the BON at 333 Guadalupe #3-460, Austin, Texas 78701, or call 512.305.7400 for questions about accreditation of the School of Nursing programs. The Nurse Midwifery program, for master’s degree and post-master’s certificate, is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME). For inquiries about accreditation, please contact ACME at 8403 Colesville Road Suite 1550 Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374, www.midwife.org/acme, email [email protected]
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Brandt L. Schneider, Ph.D., Dean
115 University Center | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
3601 4th St. | Lubbock, TX 79430-6206 | T 806.743.2556
[email protected] | www.ttuhsc.edu/biomedical-sciences
About the School
Development of a strong program of graduate education in the basic biomedical and related health sciences is one of the responsibilities and goals of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Present-day medicine cannot exist outside the academic framework and intellectual discipline which the biological, chemical, and medical sciences provide. Graduate training in these areas, an integral component of the overall program of TTUHSC, is provided by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS), which is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
The program offers opportunities for study and research leading to the following degrees:
- Master of Public Health
- Master of Science in Biotechnology
- Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences
- Master of Science in Graduate Medical Education Sciences
- Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences
- Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Areas of concentration for the GSBS program include the following:
- Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology
- Molecular Biophysics
- Immunology and Infectious Diseases
- Translational Neuroscience and Pharmacology
Students interested in pursuing a career in academic medicine as a physician-scientist may apply to the M.D.-Ph.D. program. The M.D.-Ph.D. program permits a student to complete the requirements of both the degrees in one of the approved graduate programs. M.D.-Ph.D. students may receive a salary, tuition scholarships for both the medical and graduate portions of the program, and health insurance benefits for the duration of the salary. This program is designed to be completed in seven years and will provide the student with rigorous training in both clinical medicine and biomedical research. Students interested in this program should indicate their interest on the application form submitted to the American Medical College Application Service at www.aamc.org/students/amcas/start.htm.
GSBS graduate courses are available to graduate students at Texas Tech University as a graduate non-degree student (NDGD).
Further information about graduate programs offered through the TTUHSC Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences may be obtained by contacting the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas 79430, 806.743.2556, FAX 806.743.2656, or via email at [email protected] For more information and to apply online, visit www.ttuhsc.edu/biomedical-sciences.
The policies and procedures for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences differ from those established by the Texas Tech University Graduate School. Policy information is available on the website at www.ttuhsc.edu/biomedical-sciences. Programs are subject to change, depending on availability of resources and educational goals.
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