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Frequently Asked Questions

The Aggie Student-Centered Express Nursing Degree (ASCEND) Program provides students an opportunity to pursue their Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing with the Blinn College Associate Degree Nursing Program and their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the Texas A&M University School of Nursing.

To qualify for the ASCEND program, you must be enrolled in Blinn’s Associate Degree Nursing Traditional Option program, maintain a 3.0 GPA overall and in your nursing courses, and complete Texas A&M RN-BSN prerequisites courses.

No. To apply for the ASCEND Program, you must enroll in the Traditional Option of the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Those students enrolled in the Transition Options would apply to Texas A&M RN-BSN Program through the established application requirements.

The ASCEND program is intended for students who have completed their first or second semester in Blinn’s Associate Degree Nursing Program (Traditional Option).

Students accepted to the ASCEND Program pay the respective tuition and fees separately at both institutions, pro-rated as appropriate based on the semester credit hours enrolled at each institution, by the established deadlines.

Students will be considered in-absentia at Texas A&M University and therefore not subject to the Recreation Sports Fee, the Health Center Fee, and the Student Center Complex Fee.

While students are completing courses in Blinn’s Associate Degree Nursing Program, financial aid will be completed through the Blinn Financial Aid Office. During summer sessions if students are completing courses only at Texas A&M, or when students are completing courses at Texas A&M after graduating from Blinn, students will complete financial aid through the Texas A&M Financial Aid Office.