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BSN Pacesetter

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Choose the top-ranked Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in Texas, and take your first step toward becoming a registered nurse. The Pacesetter track at Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston is an accelerated BSN option that enables you to earn your degree in just 15 months.

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Pacesetter Accelerated BSN at a Glance

The Pacesetter BSN track is an entry-to-practice degree option designed for students looking to become a registered nurse. To qualify, you will need to have completed 60 hours of undergraduate prerequisites. Find out if the Pacesetter accelerated BSN track is right for you.

Earn your degree in the #1 ranked BSN program in Houston according to U.S. News and World Report — and one of the most affordable nursing programs in the state. Gain hands-on skills through 900 hours of clinical experiences that begin your first semester. Apply for fall, spring, or summer start dates, and take courses both online and on campus.

Cizik School of Nursing's BSN program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing. When you graduate, you will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) in order to receive RN licensure.

Admit Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer

Average Completion

Complete our accelerated BSN pathway in 15 months.

Credit Requirement

60 credits over 4 semesters

Educational Mode

Online and on-campus courses

Enrollment Level

Full-time only

Estimated Tuition

Among the lowest in Texas

Affordability Meets Excellence

Our academic programs are not only among the highest ranked in the state and nation, they are also among the most affordable. As a state-supported university, UTHealth Houston is able to offer low-cost tuition and high-quality education.

Meet student Anjolaoluwa Oluseye

Anjolaoluwa Oluseye did her research before applying to nursing school and chose Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program to achieve her goal of becoming a leader.

Unparalleled Classroom and Clinical Opportunities


You will receive outstanding, personalized instruction at Cizik School of Nursing and diverse clinical opportunities in the Texas Medical Center and throughout the Houston area. Many of our classes are taught by practicing nurses.

Real-world training is key. Our students participate in 900 hours of clinical experience that starts in the first semester. Nursing theory courses are offered in the first three semesters followed by a full-time, clinically intensive fourth semester. We also provide clinical experience labs and simulation to complement the didactic material.

Open New Career Pathways with a BSN Degree

Our BSN program, ranked #1 in Texas, teaches you critical thinking skills and prepares you for diverse careers. Once you complete your Bachelor of Science in Nursing, you will be eligible to take the National Council of Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a registered nurse. All Pacesetter BSN graduates are eligible for initial licensure in all 50 states after passing the NCLEX.

Our graduates are prepared for some of today’s most in-demand jobs. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that job growth for registered nurses of about 9% is expected to over the next decade, as more nurses are needed to fill many roles.


Get Started toward Your BSN

Apply today for the accelerated nursing BSN option at Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston. In just 15 months, you will be well prepared for your future in nursing. We look forward to helping you every step of the way.

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Our enrollment coaches can help you navigate the application process.

Call 713-500-2145, or email [email protected].

Lifelong Learning at Cizik School of Nursing

What comes after your BSN? Cizik School of Nursing offers many paths to expand your knowledge and grow your career through master’s level and doctoral level graduate programs in nursing. We also offer continuing professional development needed to maintain your licensure.