Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Traditional 4-year Track

2023 Nurses Day at the Capitol

Several Schreiner University senior BSN students participated in the Texas Nurses Day at the Capitol this year. Their mission was to petition state legislators on pending house and senate bills relating to nursing matters. These included nursing education funding, workforce retention, student health, and APRN full practice. The voices of these future nurses were heard.


The Schreiner University Online RN to BSN program is ranked #3 in the state of Texas.

Our Mission and Vision

Schreiner University College of Distinction NursingThe mission of the Schreiner University BSN Program is to prepare caring, innovative, professional nurses who are leaders in addressing the evolving health care needs of all people and committed to self-development.

The vision of the Schreiner University BSN program is to cultivate a community of learning that equips students with the clinical judgement to meet evolving healthcare needs of individuals and communities. Faculty and staff foster creative learning experiences in support of future nursing clinicians, leaders, and scholars who are committed to compassionate holistic care.

The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN® exam) determines if graduates are safe to begin practice as entry-level nurses, and is required for licensure.

The Schreiner University BSN Program boasts a 100% pass rate for 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023!

Prospective students may apply to the Schreiner Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program starting September 1, 2023. Deadline for submission of application and other required paperwork to the Schreiner University BSN program is February 1, 2023 for consideration of admission in the Fall semester.  Late applicants will be accepted until April 1, 2023, on a limited basis. Applicants may contact the office of the Nursing Department at 830-792-7481 if they require assistance.

The following is required as part of the application:

Unless currently enrolled at Schreiner University, you must submit a record of current acceptance. University application can be located at or contact the Admissions Office at 830-792-7217

  • ATI TEAS score (within the last year) minimum overall score of 75.
  • Two letters of recommendation (not family members)
  • Essay (500 words maximum) addressing why you want to be a nurse, what challenges you feel may interfere with your successful completion of the BSN program and if you feel you can overcome those challenges. List community service and your projected 5 year goals.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate coursework completed. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in all prerequisite coursework, with a “B” or better for all math (Algebra and Statistics) and science (Nutrition, A&P, Microbiology, Chemistry) courses.
  • Relevant professional, academic achievements, awarded certifications or healthcare experience may be submitted; however it is not required.
  • Immunizations required include:
    • MMR series of two immunizations, positive titer
    • TDaP, must include Pertussis, within past 10 yr.
    • Hepatitis B series of 3 immunizations, or titer
    • Varicella series of 2 immunizations, positive titer, or DSHS History of Illness Form signed by parent or healthcare provider.
    • Meningitis vaccine in accordance with Texas Law for new students less than 30 years of age.
  • Recommended: Covid Immunization
  • Find more details in the BSN Handbook

Fall 2024 Admission

  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2023
  • Late Applications on a limited basis until April 4, 2023

Been Accepted? Here are your next steps…

Complete all next steps required for a junior or transfer
Sign and return the acceptance form to the Nursing Department Office
Sign up and complete the required Criminal Background Check and send approval documentation to the Nursing Department

NEW Schreiner Student Application

Be sure to select BSN “on campus” as your major

This application is only for students not
currently enrolled at Schreiner:

CURRENT Schreiner Student BSN Program Application

Current Schreiner Student BSN Program Application

This application is only for current Schreiner students:

Traditional BSN program at Schreiner University

Nursing is defined as an art and a science. Across the nation, nursing is recognized as two of the most difficult programs of Baccalaureate study. Courses in math and sciences provide a strong foundation for making nursing decisions necessary to secure or maintain optimal health for self and others. This program of study has many demands, but the rewards are well worth the effort and they last a lifetime. Schreiner University’s BSN program prepares students for this challenging and rewarding career.

For questions regarding the application process, please contact our admissions counselors at


ATI TEAS Entrance Exam $110.00
ATI TEAS-Prep Book and 2 Online Practice Exams $90.00 (Optional)
CastleBranch – Drug Test $45.00 & Medical Document Manager $35.00

  • Sub-total $245.00 ($335.00 with Test Prep)

Criminal Background Check (paid directly to BON) $45.00

  • Sub-Total $45.00

Immunizations as required (dependant on health insurance coverage and eligibility)
2 Uniforms with Patch
Pen Light
History and Physical Exam Pocket List
Laptop computer with internet, camera, & audio capabilities
BLS/CPR MUST BE American Heart Association (AHA)

Application Fee to BON (paid directly to BON) $200.00
Jurisprudence Testing Fee (paid directly to BON) $25.00
NCLEX Testing Fee (paid directly to testing site) $139.00

  • Sub-Total $364.00


Prior to scheduling your entrance examination, it is highly recommended that you go to a​t​i​t​e​s​t​i​n​g​.​c​o​m​ and order a prep package. Make sure that you order the study guide and practice examinations for the ATI TEAS Examination. Do not order a version that is located at Amazon, etc., as it is not the official study guide and does not cover the same content. We recommend beginning to prepare at least one month prior to sitting for your examination.

The TEAS exam is multiple choice and covers the following:

  • Reading – paragraph comprehension, passage comprehension, and inferences/conclusions
  • Math – whole numbers, metric conversion, fractions, decimals, algebraic equations, percentages, and ratio/proportion
  • Science – science reasoning, science knowledge, biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, basic physical principles, and general science
  • English and Language Usage – punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, contextual words, and spelling

Sign up for your TEAS test through

Use this guide to help you Sign up for your TEAS test: TEAS Guide

You must arrive 15 minutes early to get signed on your computer, turn off your cell phone, place personal items in the front of the room and receive instructions. There is a limit of two attempts per admission cycle on the ATI TEAS Entrance Examination for admission to the SU BSN program.

ATI – TEAS Exam Dates for 2023

  • Exam Dates:
    • 10/8/2023
    • 11/8/2023
    • 1/24/23
  • Time:
    • Wednesdays at 10:00 am
  • Location
    • Moody Computer Lab, room 212

*Exam Date, Time and Location Subject to Change

National Student Nursing Association (NSNA) & Texas Nursing Student Association (TNSA)

The National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) was founded in 1952. It is a nonprofit organization for students who are enrolled in associate, baccalaureate, diploma, and generic graduate nursing programs. The NSNA is committed to nurturing the professional development of nursing students.

Membership in the Texas Nursing Student Association (TNSA):
Schreiner University will establish a chapter of the Texas Nursing Students Association following the 10th student who joins NSNA/TNSA.

As a member of TNSA and NSNA you are entitled to may benefits (TNSA, 2011):

  • Delegate representation in the annual House of Delegates at both the TNSA and NSNA convention.
  • Eligible to submit resolutions to the TNSA and NSNA House of Delegates.
  • Eligible for contests, awards, and scholarships at the local, state and national level.
  • Affiliated with the largest nursing student association in the United States and the largest state association.
  • Networking opportunities with students across the state and country along with nursing leaders and specialty nurses.
  • A year’s subscription to Imprint, the only magazine published by nursing students for nursing students.
  • Eligible to attend Council of Schools and State Convention.

Membership is open to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Schreiner University. Meetings are held twice per semester and one service project is completed each semester. For additional information, please contact Dr. Ruth Grubesic, Associate Professor/Nursing and Public Health, r​b​g​r​u​b​e​s​i​c​@​s​c​h​r​e​i​n​e​r​.​e​d​u​.

Sigma Alpha Alpha Chi

Current Chapter officers are:

  • Dr. Loretta Moreno – President
  • Dr. Shanna Chapman – Vice Pres
  • Dr Ruth Grubesic Counselor

Mission: Alpha Alpha Chi at Large, provides leadership and research development for eligible nursing students and professionals. Its purpose is to:

  1. Promote superior achievement
  2. Support the development of leadership qualities
  3. Foster high professional standards
  4. Encourage creative academic and collegiate work
  5. Strengthen commitment to the ideals and purpose of the nursing profession
    Vision: Developing nurse leaders to provide exceptional, compassionate and patient-centered care in the Texas Hill Country and surrounding regions.
    Strategic Plan Initiatives: Promote chapter affiliation with local nurses. Scholarships. CNE offerings. Research poster series.

Sigma Nursing Honor Society History

Sigma Theta T​a​u​ was founded in 1922 by six nursing students at Indiana University. Modern nursing was barely 20 years old when Mary Tolle, Edith Moore, Marie Hippensteel, Dorothy Garrigus, Elizabeth Russell and Elizabeth McWilliams met to found a society to advance the status of nursing as a profession.
The founders recognized the value of scholarship and the importance of excellence in practice. With the full idealism of women forging pathways of change in the 1920s, they wanted to build a framework to encourage future leaders to effectively improve health care.

Sigma International

  • A joint partnership between Peterson Regional Medical Center, Hill Country Memorial Hospital, and Schreiner University is underway to introduce a Sigma International Chapter to the Texas Hill Country.
  • A collaboration between students and practicing nurses will strengthen the healthcare community. Membership will be open to nurse leaders in practice settings.
  • From its inception, Sigma has recognized the value of scholarship and excellence in nursing practice. In 1936, Sigma became the first US organization to fund nursing research. Today, Sigma supports these values through its numerous professional development products and services that focus on the core areas of education, leadership, career development, evidence-based nursing, research, and scholarship. These products and services advance the learning and professional development of members and all nurses who strive to improve the health of the world’s people.
  • Charter application is pending approval…Fall 2020

Nurse Leader Candidates must:

  • be legally recognized to practice nursing in their country.
  • have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent in any field.
  • demonstrate achievement in nursing.

Get a strong start towards a career in nursing from the very beginning. With one-on-one advising and peer study groups, the Pre-Nursing Learning Community will set you up for nursing school success. This group will learn about careers within nursing (like pediatric nursing and trauma nursing), will learn life saving techniques like Stop the Bleed, and will discuss ethical issues that nurses confront. If you want to be a nurse, this group is for you! Learn more about the Pre-Nursing Learning Community.

U.S. Department of Education regulation 34 CFR 600.9 c, 668.41, 668.43, 668.50

New language impacting programs leading to professional licensure has been added to 34 CFR §668.43 to ensure that notifications are being made to students regardless of modality. These rules include requirements for both general and direct disclosures for enrolled and prospective students as to whether or not a program’s curriculum meets State educational requirements for licensure or certification. An institution will also be required to provide disclosures when a determination cannot be made. The U.S. Department of Education’s regulation 34 CFR 600.9(c), State Authorization, requires that a higher education institution offering distance education in a state where it is not physically located meet individual state requirements for offering distance or correspondence education within that state and requires that institutions provide certain disclosures relating to state distance authorization status, consumer complaint information, refund policies, and program licensure requirements, among others.


The RN program traditional face-to-face track is licensed in Texas. The online BSN track is a non-licensure program. It is a Bachelor Degree completion program. The program is accredited by SACS-COC and CCNE. Consequences of Moving States: Students are advised that Schreiner University Nursing Program maintains a state licensure status in Texas and relocation to another state may impact a student’s continued ability to remain enrolled in a program. In addition, for students enrolled in licensure-leading programs, relocation to another state may impact the student’s ability to obtain professional licensure, certification or other credential in another state. Students are advised to carefully review, evaluate and understand the requirements of the applicable licensure board in the state in which they intend to relocate. Schreiner University Nursing Program cannot guarantee that students who relocate will be able to remain in their program or meet the requirements of state licensure boards.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

Schreiner University is a current member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. This is an agreement among member states that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. SARA only applies to distance education not on ground or group activities (NCS 3(4) and only focuses on U.S. distance education that crosses state lines. The members of SARA are states not institutions or students. SARA does not replace state authorization and only accredited federally recognized institutions can operate under SARA. SARA pertains to approval of distance education courses and programs offered across state lines by institutions that already have degree authorization in at least one state. States have the option of becoming a member of SARA through their regional compact. There are four regional compacts, including: Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE, Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Institutions within in a SARA state with state authorization in own state can also offer distance education courses and/or programs to any other SARA state member.


Students are provided an online training and have been provided information about the Texas BON, AACN, and SACS-COC accrediting entity and how to file a complaint against the nursing program. Texas BON complaint can be emailed to, faxed to (512) 305-6870, or mailed to: Texas Board of Nursing, Enforcement, Suite 3-460, 333 Guadalupe St, Austin, Texas 78701. Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) complaints can be sent to Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, Telephone: 202-887-6791, Fax: 202-887-8476. SACSCOC for complaints regarding a violation of accreditation policies, students may use the Complaint Procedures against SACS-COC or its Accredited Institutions Policy Statement to find information about how to make a complaint to the University’s accrediting body, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC). The Policy Statement is available from the SACSCOC Website at The student must send two copies of the Complaint against Institutions Information Sheet and Form, contained in the Policy Statement, to the President of the accrediting body at the following address: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, 1866 Southern Lane Decatur, GA 30033-4097.

Adverse Action

The RN program at Schreiner University has met all requirements for licensure, CCNE, and SACS-COC. Currently, there are no adverse actions at this time. Should the RN program receive an adverse action, students will be notified via email and/or snail mail within 5 business days.


Students have been provided with the contact number and email for tuition refunds. The student should contact the Office of Financial Services at or 830-792-7229. In addition, information regarding student refunds can be found here –

Licensure Requirements

The RN program at Schreiner University has met all requirements for Texas Licensure. All students who graduate from the Traditional BSN Program Track will meet requirements to take the NCLEX. The Board of Nursing does not have purview over the OBSN track.

CCNE Accreditation Seal

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Schreiner University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Shanna Chapman, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP, APRN
Director of Nursing
Academic Affairs

Maximilian Stecker
Maximilian Stecker
Administrative Specialist
Nursing Education Programs

Our Faculty & Instructors

Ruth B. Grubesic
Ruth B. Grubesic, DrPH, RN, PHCNS-BC
Professor of Nursing and Public Health
Health Sciences

Briana Watkins
Briana Watkins
Clinical Education Center Coordinator
Academic Affairs

Joyce Contois
Joyce Contois, DNP, RN
Adjunct Nursing Faculty
Online BSN Program

Patti Grota
Patti Grota, PhD, RN
Adjunct Nursing Faculty BSN Program
Online BSN Program

Lisa Johnson, PhD., RN
Adjunct Nursing Faculty
Online BSN Program

Julie Lunsford, DNP, FNP-C
Adjunct Nursing Faculty
Campus Clinic

Lydia Madsen
Lydia Madsen, PhD, RN, AOCNS, FNAP
Adjunct Nursing Faculty
Online BSN Program

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