About Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth


Since 1972, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Cizik School of Nursing has offered rigorous educational, clinical, and research opportunities to prepare more than 12,000 nurses for challenging and rewarding health care careers. Our name changed to the Jane and Robert Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth in 2017 in recognition of a transformational gift of $25 million that endowed scholarships, faculty chairs, and research in addition to a distinguished lecture series. 

Today, the Cizik School of Nursing offers the highest-ranked Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in Texas according to the 2021 edition of Best Graduate Schools by U.S. News & World Report. Three of our programs are listed among the top 30 nationally, including DNP at No. 22, Family Nurse Practitioner DNP at No. 17, and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at No. 27. 

Top students at various educational and professional levels choose Cizik School of Nursing to advance their careers by earning Bachelor of Science in Nursing, MSN, DNP, or Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degrees. With approximately 1,400 students currently enrolled, the school graduates approximately 400 BSN nurses and 400 nurses with graduate degrees in an average year.

Virtual Tour

Get a look inside Cizik School of Nursing. This video explores each floor of our LEED® Gold certified building adjacent to Grant Fay Park in the Texas Medical Center. Highlights include Albert and Margaret Alkek Auditorium, the Pre-Clinical Care Laboratory used for training nurse anesthesia students, the research lab, the nurse-led UT Health Services clinic, and our new Smart Apartment for testing age-friendly technologies to enable older people to live in their own homes as long as possible. 

A more in-depth look at our recently expanded and remodeled Simulation and Clinical Performance Laboratory is also available.

About Jane and Robert Cizik


The Ciziks’ support of UTHealth spans more than two decades. They made a foundational gift to the nursing school in 2017 to address an urgent need across the country for more skilled, compassionate nurses and to transform the lives of patients and the entire health care delivery system for years to come.

The late Robert Cizik also chaired a successful $10 million philanthropic campaign to help build the school’s $57 million home at 6901 Bertner Ave. The building opened in 2004 and is the first educational facility of its kind in The University of Texas System to be LEED® Gold-certified for sustainability. Jane Cizik is a lifetime member of PARTNERS, the school’s long-standing community support organization.


All School degree programs are accredited by appropriate agencies.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

The baccalaureate program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing.

The Nurse Anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificate, baccalaureate, masters, doctoral, and special professional degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of The University of Texas Health
Science Center at Houston.