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Congratulations on your admission to the Cizik School of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. We are excited you have chosen to pursue your education at one of the highest ranked nursing schools in the state. We are invested in your success - as such, please use the information below to complete the school's on-boarding/pre-enrollment process. If you have questions, please contact the CSON Student Affairs Office.

Please note that this information is for students newly admitted to the school. Applicants are free to view the information below, but are not allowed to initiate any processes or receive services before an official offer of admissions is delivered. Many items are timed and attempting to satisfy requirements in advance of admission may result in additional expenses to the student. 

New Student Checklist

 Immunizations

 Criminal Background Check

Drug Screen

 Scholarships

Account Holds

 Frequently Asked Questions

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New Student Checklist
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After Admissions
Enter Immunization Information into E*Value and MyUTH E*Value is the system used by CSON to communicate compliance with our clinical partners; Student Health Service System (myUTH) is required by the UTHealth. 30 days prior to the start of the semester
Criminal Background Verification Required for enrollment at the School as well as placement facilities. Must be cleared 30 days prior to the start of the semester
Drug Screen Required for enrollment at the School as well as placement facilities. 30 days prior to the start of the semester
Student Insurance Waiver Proof of insurance is required for all students opting out of the student health insurance plan. If the waiver process is not completed before registration begins, a 'student insurance hold' will be placed on your file, You can remove the hold through the myUTH system. Prior to the first day of course registration
Degree Plan Agreement  (MSN only) This document will be mailed to you with the name of your assigned advisor. It must be signed and returned to your academic advisor. Prior to the first day of classes 
MyUTH Planner (for MSN and Post-Master's Students Only) Click here for instruction on how to complete the Planner.  Prior to course registration 
ID Management (Network Access Verification) & IT Verification (Information Resources User Acknowledgement) 

All students are required to complete the identity vetting process by providing a government issued photo ID (e.g., driver's license, passport). This process is required to grant students access to the myUTH system as well as your university email. Additionally new students must complete the Information Resources User Acknowledgement (also referred to as IT Verification) Form. 

This process will be reflected as an IDM hold on your account. This hold will not interfere with your ability to register, however, many communications are sent only to your student email so it is recommended to complete this step as quickly as possible. 

You can satisfy this hold/present documents in one of three ways: 

1) Request an online meeting to present your government ID and to have the IT Verification document reviewed. To do this, upload the IT Verification and select a meeting day/ timeframe using the online form. A member of the CSON Student Affairs staff will send an invitation to a five minute meeting to review your form and identification documents. Please note that the ID Management Verification form is not required if this option is selected and the IT Verification form does not require notary.  

2) Mail the completed IT Verification Form and a notarized Identity Management/Network Verification Form to the following address: Cizik School of Nursing, Attention Maria Hernandez, 6901 Bertner Ave - Room 843, Houston, TX 77030. 

3) This hold can be satisfied by providing the documents at the on-campus orientation, however system access (course software and campus email) will not be provided until this time. At orientation, you will present your ID and also submit the IT Verification form. 

Please note that once your ID Management hold is removed, your applyUTH account will be deactivated and system access will migrate to myUTH.

At least 30 days prior to the start of the term 
Residency Questionnaire 

All students are required to submit the Core Residency Questionnaire form to determine Texas residency for in-state tuition purposes. 

Before course registration 
After Registration 
University Systems Access  After your ID Management Hold is cleared, a request can be submitted to access to Canvas (the online classroom software) and the student email account.  To obtain access, please contact the Student Help Desk at 713.500.4848.  At least 15 days prior to the start of the term 
ID Badge  An ID Badge is required to be worn by students at all times while on campus and performing clinical course responsibilities. At least 15 days prior to the start of the term 
ID Badge Activation  Use the information on the back of your badge to complete the ID Badge Activation Form. This will allow entry into the building.  At least 15 days prior to the start of the terms. 
Before the Start of Classes 
Orientation Videos  Click here to watch the orientation videos and to complete the video viewing confirmation.  Within 15 days prior to the start of the term
Student Privacy Notice  Only required if you are opting out. Click here to download the form. 
New Student Acknowledgement Form Click here to complete this online form.  Prior to the start of the term. 
Within the first two week of class 
Read The Brewsters  This document will be posted here two weeks prior to the start of the semester. An email will be sent when it is available.  By the second week of classes 

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immunizations

Before proceeding, please note: 

  • It is important to ensure that all immunizations are started and completed within the time frames listed below. Starting the process too early, or too soon could result in course registration delays. 
  • There are two systems where immunizations must be uploaded: myUTH and E*Value. It is important that information is uploaded to both systems. 
  • Access to the myUTH Immunization portal will be granted 48 hours after accepting the offer of admission.
  • Access to E*Value will be granted generally two weeks after accepting the offer. You will receive an email from MedHub E*Value when access has been made available.

All students are required to submit immunization verification to the University as well as to the School who uses the information to communicate compliance with clinical facilities. Full compliance with this process is required to register for courses and satisfying this process will result in the 'Nursing Admissions Hold' being removed from our myUTH account. To meet the immunization requirement, your information must be uploaded into E*Value (maintained by the Student Affairs Office), and your Immunization Portal which can be accessed through myUTH (maintained by UTHealth Student Health Services). 

Things to consider before starting the immunization process: 

  • Keep in mind that it can take up to two weeks to create your E*Value profile after you accept admission.
  • myUTH Immunizations and E*Value are separate systems.
Required Immunizations 
Required Immunization Minimum Requirement 
Tetanus Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) One does within the past ten years 
Measles (Rubeola) Two (2) doses of measles vaccine if born after January 1, 1957 administered on or after your first birthday and at least 30 days apart; or lab report of positive rubeola titer
Mumps Two (2) doses of mumps vaccine if born on or after January 1, 1957 or lab report of positive mumps titer
German Measles  One dose of rubella vaccine administered on or after first birthday and immunity to rubella by presenting a lab report of positive rubella titer  
PPD (TB) Skin Test or *IGRA Tuberculosis Blood Test (QuantiFERON®-TB Gold or T SPOT® - TB) Within the past 12 months, even for those who have received BCG vaccine as a child. If PPD skin test or IGRA is positive, a chest x-ray documenting no active tuberculosis must be submitted and/or a physician signed clearance letter indicating no active tuberculosis. 
Hepatitis B Three-dose series(second dose in one month and a third dose six months after first dose), Two dose series (second dose in one month after first dose if taking the Heplisav-B series)
Varicella (Chicken Pox) Two-dose series(second dose in one month after first dose) or a physician-validated history of the disease.
The following titers, vaccinations, and screenings are needed regardless of documented vaccines: 
Hepatitis B Surface Antibody Titer  Lab report of positive titer
Varicella Titer  Lab report of positive Varicella Titer 
Rubella Titer  Lab report of positive Rubella Titer 
Flu Shot  Within current flu season only 
Hepatitis C screening (blood test) Lab report of negative Hepatitis C

Exceptions permitted by law are for the following: 

1) Students who can provide proof that a health care provider has determined that it would be a health risk for the student to have the vaccine,

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2) Students who use the Exemption Form issued by the Texas Department of State Health. Clinical affiliate may not allow students in clinical without meeting all immunization/screening/health requirements.  

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Criminal Background checks are required to ensure the safety of patients treated by students in the clinical education program. The reports are typically completed within 3-5 business days; however, you must submit your order in sufficient time for the report to be reviewed by the program coordinator or associated clinical site prior to starting the rotation. The background check is conducted by PreCheck, Inc., a firm specializing in the healthcare industry.All students must successfully clear the background check.

There is an estimated $50.00 fee* (plus applicable taxes) to be collected by PreCheck, Inc.  This process can be started on the following deadlines and should be received no later 30 days prior to the start of the term : 

Admission Term  To be initiated no sooner than 
Fall  June 1
Spring  October 1
Summer  March 1

How to submit a background request 

Step #1 - Submit the request through Precheck. 

Step #2 - Confirm the school name matches: Cizik School of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Step #3 - Select your program from the drop down menu, and then select 'background check'.

Step #4 - Log in with your username and password. If you do not have an existing profile, please create a new account. 

Step #5 - Enter the required information, provide authorization, and continue to enter payment information. 

Step #6 - If you need further assistance, please contact PreCheck at StudentCheck@PreCheck.com

*Please note the fee information may change at any time. The information listed is an estimated cost. 

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drug screen

The School has contracted with Surscan to administer drug screens which all student must successfully clear. There is a roughly $50.00* fee (plus applicable taxes) to be collected by Surscan.  This process can be started on the following deadlines and should be submitted 30 days prior to the start of the semester: 

Admission Term  To be initiated no sooner than 
Fall  June 1
Spring  October 1
Summer  March 1

How to submit for a drug screen

Step #1 - Logon and register with Surscan

Step #2 - Complete the registration information, enter the School's code "UTHSC" and pay the fee by clicking on the 'register' link. Please keep in mind that the student's information must be listed in the student registration section. If a person other than the student is paying the fee, that information should be listed in the billing section which is the last section on the site.

Step #3 -You will be contacted by Surscan to schedule an appointment.

Step #4 - Results will be automatically delivered to the School.

*Please note the fee information may change at any time. The information listed is an estimated cost. 
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New students are encouraged to submit the scholarship application as soon as possible. For convenience, CSON students submit one application to be considered for all of the scholarships for which they are eligible. For an application to be considered complete, all sections of the application including the personal statement must be submitted.  The Scholarship Committee meets on a periodic basis to review applications of students who have been admitted to the school. More information regarding the scholarship process is available online

Students admitted for the Fall semester are encouraged to submit the scholarships application no later than June 26 for priority consideration. 

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account holds

The following information will assist you in understand account holds that you may see in your applyUTH or myUTH accounts. 

Code  Name of Hold  Reason it has been placed  How to resolve the hold 
NAD  Nursing Admissions Hold  Required to insure that School's immunization and certification documents are received and properly entered into EValue Upload the required information into Evalue. Refer to the immunizations section on this page for information on the system. Questions can be directed to the CSON Student Affairs Office at 713.500.2199
IDM  Identification Management Hold  ID Management Holds can be resolved in person or via postal mail. Please reference the New Student Checklist for details. 
NAV Nursing Advisor Hold  This hold may appear if there are issued with the courses outlined in the planer  Contact your advisor to schedule a meeting. Only your advisor can remove the hold 
RAD  Registrar's Office Admissions Hold  Please refer to your admissions documents needed that were a condition of your acceptance Submit the needed documents to the Registrar's Office. If you have questions, please call the Registrar's Office at 713.500.3388
RIM Immunization and Health Form Hold  All students must submit their immunizations through Evalue and myUTH. This hold reflects that that myUTH information has not been uploaded or is incomplete If you have uploaded documents contact Student Health Services to provide additional information. 
CHI Health Insurance Certification Hold  You will need to resolve the Health Insurance Certification Hold before you are cleared to register for courses.

You can access the information via applyUTH or myUTH. 

Click on 

>Task Tile >To Do Lists>Health Insurance Certification 

From there you can either purchase insurance or enter your insurance information. 

AG Beginning of Term Activity Guide Hold  Required to verify or update your personal information prior to enrollment each semester. 

You can access the information via applyUTH or MyUTH

Click on: 

Task tile>To Do Lists> Activity Guide 

RRF Residency Questions Form Hold  The Core Residency Question form is needed to determine residency for tuition purposes. This form is available through the Registrar's Office. 

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Frequently Asked Questions 

Registration 

Q: Where can I access course registration materials such as the class syllabus? 

A: This information is available in Canvas, but is typically not available until a few days prior to the start of the semester. If you do not have access to Canvas, please contact the Help Desk at 713.486.4848. 

Q: I still have holds so I cannot register? Will there be classes available for me? 

A: Yes, you will be able to get the courses you need, however, it is imperative to get your holds cleared so you avoid registering during late registration where you will incur late fees. 

Criminal Background 

Q: What does PreCheck do with my information: 

A: Your information will only be used for the services ordered. Your credit will not be investigated and your name will not be given out to any businesses. 

Q: I selected the wrong school, program or incorrect information? 

A: Please email StudentCheck@PreCheck.com with the details. 

Q: Do i get a copy of the background report? 

A: Yes, go to www.mystudentcheck.com, log in, and select 'Check Status'. 

Q: I was denied entry into a program because of information on the report, who can I contact? 

A: Call PreCheck's Adverse Action hotline at 800-203-1654

Getting Around Campus

Q: Where can I park? 

A: There are variety of pay lots within the Texas Medical Center. The charges vary by lot, but estimated needing between $5-20. The School cannot validate for parking. Garage 2 located on 1151 East Holcombe Boulevard is the closest to the School. If a lot states 'contract' it is designated for TMC employees only. Student parking permits are available if you will be on-campus regularly. More information regarding parking is available through Auxiliary Services. 

Q: After I park, how do I get to campus? 

A: If you parked in one of the UTHealth Student Parking Lots, look for the UTHealth Shuttle. They run fairly regularly and you can download an app which will tell you where to meet the shuttle and the time it will arrive. Remember that you must have your student ID badge available and visible to ride the shuttle. From the student parking lot the shuttle will drop you off directly in front of the school; to return to the student parking lot, you should catch the shuttle in front of the School of Public Health (located just south of CSON). 

Q: Is on-campus housing available? 

A: UTHealth does have designated on-campus housing, however many times there is a waitlist to get approved. More information about campus housing is available online. 

Q: What are the hours of operation for the Cizik Student Affairs Office? 

A: The office is open from Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the exception of Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. when the office is closed for staff meeting. 

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Orientation Dates

All new students are required to participate in both an online and on-campus orientation. Detailed information will be delivered to all admitted students via email.

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MSN and Post-Master's

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Doctoral Students 

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Registration

Please note that applyUTH access will migrate to myUTH after your ID Management hold has been removed. 

Fall 2020 Registration
Registration opens on July 15 and closes on August 28; late registration period is August 31 through September 4

How to Register
You will find specific instructions on how to register for courses in the myUTH portal. You can access MyUTH at  or from the Registrar’s Office .

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