Before You Apply

​​​​​All applicants will be expected to provide scores from their HESI A2™ Exam and Dosage Calculation Workshop. Documentation of immunizations will also be required. Please click the appropriate buttons below for more information about each task.

Additional Requirements

Additionally, please review in full the following requirements and prerequisites applicants will need to obtain​ before or after acceptance into the Nursing program, should they be selected. Please familiarize yourself with these requirements to allow ample time for preparations.

High School Diploma

A high school diploma or GED is required for admission into to the Nursing program.

Social Security Numbers

Clinical opportunities are not available for students without Social Security numbers. Students must have a Social Security number at the time that they apply for admission to the Nursing program. International students are advised to contact the Brookhaven Multicultural Center, Building S, Room S-136, concerning this requirement.

Social Security status will be verified by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) prior to taking the N-CLEX exam. This number is also used by some hospitals in the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital District as identification to allow nursing students to chart on patient legal documents.

If you do not have a Social Security number by Success Camp week, you will be asked to withdraw.

Drug Screening and Criminal Background Check

Students accepted into the Nursing program are required by the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council member facilities to undergo drug testing and a criminal background check prior to beginning their clinical experience. Failure to comply will result in dismissal from the Nursing program.

Should a student who has been accepted to the Brookhaven Nursing program be prohibited from attending a clinical rotation experience due to findings of a criminal-background check and/or drug screening, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Drug Screening

The drug screen follows National Institute on Drug Abuse guidelines and screens for 10 substances, as designated in the Substance Abuse Panel 10, “SAP 10.” These substances are: amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cocaine metabolites, alcohol, marijuana metabolites, methadone, opiates, phencyclidine, and propoxyphene.

Results of these screenings are forwarded to the Dean of Nursing for review and verification. Students are responsible for all charges incurred.

An individual with a positive drug screen will not be allowed to enroll in any Nursing courses for a minimum of 12 months. Prior to enrolling or returning to the clinical agency/rotation, a student must provide proof of a negative drug screen as verified by the college/school.

Criminal Background Check

The criminal background check reviews a person’s criminal history at least seven years prior to the date of program application. The check will include all cities and counties of the person’s residency during that time period. The following histories will disqualify an individual from consideration for a clinical rotation:

  • Felony convictions
  • Misdemeanor convictions or felony deferred adjudications involving crimes against persons, e.g., physical or sexual abuse
  • Misdemeanor convictions related to moral turpitude, e.g., prostitution, public lewdness/exposure, etc.
  • Felony deferred adjudications for the sale, possession, distribution or transfer of narcotics or controlled substances
  • Registered sex offender

A student with a positive criminal history must complete a declaratory order with the Texas State Board of Nursing. The Texas State Board of Nursing will review the legal case and determine if they will license such an individual. The Texas State Board of Nursing will notify the student in writing of their decision regarding licensing. A copy of this decision letter from the Texas State Board of Nursing must be submitted with the Nursing program application by the required application deadline.

If the Texas Board of Nursing approves the individual to take the licensing/credentialing exam, the individual may participate in the clinical portion of the Nursing program. IF THE BOARD DETERMINES THEY WILL NOT LICENSE A STUDENT, THE STUDENT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ADMISSION INTO THE NURSING PROGRAM.​​​

Medical and Liability Insurance Coverage

All students in the Nursing program are required to purchase and present proof of medical and liability insurance coverage. The cost of liability insurance will be announced in Success Camp and in class. Students cannot attend clinical without professional liability insurance. ​Please bring your medical insurance coverage information to Success Camp for verification.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification

Please provide proof of CPR certification. Brookhaven only accepts certifications from the American Heart Association at the health care provider level. A physical skills component is required.

CPR courses are available through the Brookhaven Workforce and Continuing Education Division. See the course sche​dule for details. CPR training also is available through various hospitals and many other agencies.

Reliable Transportation

A valid Texas driver's license is required to enroll in the Nursing program.

Students are responsible for their transportation arrangements to campus, field trips and to assigned health care facilities for clinical experience. Clinical assignments may vary from semester to semester or within the semester.