The Honors College & the Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Highly motivated freshmen who are admitted into HBU’s Honors College and who are interested in nursing may apply for joint admission between 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 Nursing program from the dean of Nursing and Allied Health.
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.”
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, 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.