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Please note that students admitted into the BSN program must personally reside in the state of Texas before the first day of class. In addition, we are unable to sponsor RN-BSN students requiring F-1 visas.

Step 1: What you will need to apply: 

  • Online application and nonrefundable $60.00 application fee. Fees are not transferrable between terms or programs.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. Electronic submission is preferred. Official transcripts may be sent directly from your post-secondary institutions to [email protected]. Transcripts will not be accepted if emailed from the student. Transcripts submitted on paper must be printed within six months of receipt and be in a sealed envelop from the issuing institution.
  • If you have previous college coursework outside the U.S., you must submit official transcripts from all foreign institutions attended and course-by-course evaluations from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or Western Educational Services (WES).

No exceptions are allowed regarding the minimum requirements or materials. The applications and all supporting materials must be received by the stated application deadline.

All application materials must be sent to:

Office of the Registrar
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
PO Box 20036
Houston, Texas 77225-0036
[email protected]

Once an application is received, you will be assigned a seven-digit application ID and granted access to applyUTH, where you can track the status of your application materials. If you have questions about whether transcripts or documents have been received, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 713-500-3361.

Minimum Admission Requirements:

  • An associate’s degree in nursing or diploma in nursing.
  • Active, unencumbered Texas RN license or ability to secure a license in the first semester of enrollment.
  • 3.0 GPA or higher in the required 60 hours of nursing prerequisites. 
  • 3.0 or higher in the required science prerequisites.


You must complete at least 40 prerequisite hours, including 8 hours from the science prerequisites (Human Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology and Chemistry), to be considered for admission. Learn more about specific requirements, and review the Texas Common Course Numbering System. We do not have counselors available to review your transcripts before you apply.

Step 2: Admission Decisions

Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston review RN to BSN applications on a rolling admissions basis, meaning applications are considered as are they received. Therefore, applicants with completed applications may receive a decision notification before the application deadline. RN to BSN students are accepted for the fall, spring, and summer.

Cizik School of Nursing’s admission policy describes multiple factors taken into consideration in the admissions process. These admission factors are not assigned a specific weight or point value. Cizik School of Nursing considers the totality of each application and considers each of these factors.

Cizik School of Nursing’s Baccalaureate Council makes all admission decisions. Applicants are evaluated on academic performance overall and in science courses in addition to other admission factors. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

Students who are denied admission are allowed to reapply without penalty by submitting a new application and a $60 application fee.


Once a decision is made, ApplyUTH is updated with the application status. If you are admitted, you will receive an email and a letter in the mail. If you are denied, you will receive a letter in the mail.

Please see the applications deadline page for approximate notification dates.

Step 3: Pre-enrollment requirements for accepted students

Acceptance to Cizik School of Nursing is contingent upon successful completion of outstanding prerequisites (if any), immunization screening, immigration status clearance, Health Care Provider Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR certification, clearance of the mandatory drug screening test, and mandatory criminal background check. All applicants are able to review these policies in advance; however, it is critical to not initiate any actions until instructed.

Your BLS course must be an American Heart Association (AHA) course for the Health Care Provider.  You may choose to take the AHA-BLS through Cizik School of Nursing’s Simulation and Clinical Performance Laboratory.

Get all the details in our New Student Guide.

Essential Skills for Nursing
Nurses must be able to demonstrate cognitive skills in critical thinking and logical/analytical thinking. Nurses must also have psychomotor skills, including fine motor dexterity, physical strength, coordination, and proper body mechanics. Observational skills are also required, such as the ability to hear within the normal decibel range, the ability to read English in regular to extra-fine print, and the ability to palpate/auscultate. Students must be able to demonstrate these skills, with or without reasonable accommodation. See HOOP 101, Disability Accommodation