All BSN applicants are required to submit to the Registrar the following materials:
- A completed application for admission
- Application fee: $60.00 (non-refundable). At the end of completing the application the applicant will be forwarded to an online system for the payment of this fee.
- One official transcript sent directly to the Registrar's Office from each college or university you have attended. If you have attended any school within UTHSC at Houston it is not necessary to request transcripts.
- HESI A2-Nursing Entrance Test scores should be submitted for all BSN programs (except the RN/BSN program) prior to the application deadline date.
- R.N.'s applying to the program must provide evidence of current Texas RN licensure.
- All transient, non-degree, and baccalaureate applicants must provide proof of satisfactory completion of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI). Acceptable performance as set by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on either the ACT, SAT or TAKS exams.
- A course-by-course descriptive evaluation from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) for international students who have completed part or all of their education outside the U.S. (see "Foreign Transcripts" below)
- One official copy of your TOEFL score if international applicant
Basic BSN program - If you have little to no college experience, our basic BSN program is for you. This program consists of prerequisite coursework and nursing courses. The prerequisite coursework can be completed at any accredited institution and allows applicants to complete this portion in the setting of their choice. As applicants near the completion of 40 hours of prerequisites, they can begin applying to our program.
Baccalaureate education in nursing is based upon a study of the sciences and humanities/arts and provides a foundation for continuing personal, professional, and educational development. The curriculum is designed to allow the student the opportunity to become a competent, self-directed nursing generalist who is able to critically think and function in a variety of settings. The program requires full-time study and many of our students find it difficult to work while in the program. Classes are held during the weekdays, however there are occasionally clinicals offered in the evenings or on weekends as an option.
Generally, applicants to the upper division Bachelor of Science in Nursing program are considered on the basis of the following criteria:
- Completed application
- Grade point average in prerequisite course work
- Science grade point average
- Overall academic achievement
- TOEFL for applicants whose native language is not English and have not graduated from an English-speaking university
- Personal Interview
- Writing sample completed at the time of interview
During the interview process, the applicant may be evaluated on additional elements which may include: communication skills, experience in dealing with people, experience in health care, ability to articulate career goals, community service, and extra curricular activities.
Evaluation of the total information available to the Admission, Progression and Graduation Committee for each program leads to the final decision for acceptance into the program.
The Baccalaureate Program of Nursing requires that all applicants who have completed part or all of their education at schools outside of the United States submit their transcripts for a course-by-course descriptive evaluation through the Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., P.O. Box 92970, Milwaukee, WI 53202-0970. The Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. is an agency which specializes in the evaluation of foreign educational credentials. The use of this professional service will aid in both time and accuracy of the evaluation of your educational credentials. An official copy of foreign transcripts are required to be sent directly to the Registrar's Office. [Top]
Accelerated BSN program -If you have a bachelor's degree in another field and are considering changing career paths to nursing, we have two options for you. Our Accelerated BSN program may meet your needs if you are looking for a program that gets you into the workforce as quickly as possible. For those seeking a more traditional educational pace, the traditional BSN program can be completed in 21 months and students have the option of completing up to 10 hours of masters-level coursework during this time.
If you currently are a Registered Nurse with an associate degree or diploma, our RN-BSN/MSN program is for you. This program allows you to complete your BSN in 12 months while attending courses as little as once-a-week.
RN/BSN program - All RN students will have the opportunity to accelerate the educational process based on a plan to grant advance placement credit of 38 hours upon completion of the program.
An RN-BSN/MSN student may substitute a maximum of six (6) semester hours of MSN level courses for the BSN degree requirements. A maximum of ten (10) credit hours (with grades earned of "B" or better) are transferable toward the MSN degree.
To take these specific graduate level courses, the applicant must submit a minimum score of fifty (50) on the Miller Analogy Test (or 400 on all tests after 10/1/2004) or a cumulative score of 1,000 total on the first two sections of the Graduate Record Exam.
The approved courses are: N5501 Theoretical Foundations in Nursing, N5506 Statistics in Nursing, N6101 Clinical and Epidemiologic Research for Advanced Nursing Practice and N6151 Advanced Pathophysiology. Other master’s level courses may be taken with the permission of graduate faculty.
All students must have basic computer skills. A computer is required for all students. Students are advised not to purchase a computer before they are familiar with required specifications.
THE RN-BSN/MSN PROGRAM IS NOT A GUARANTEE OF ADMISSION TO THE MSN PROGRAM. [Top]