Q: If I attended Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston for my BSN, do I need to request transcripts?
A: No, if you attended Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston you are not required to submit transcripts. However, if you completed coursework after your earning your degree here, you must submit official records from other institutions you attended.
Q: How do the clinicals work for Cizik School of Nursing’s DNP program?
A: Cizik School of Nursing maintains contracts with a variety of agencies that support exceptional clinical opportunities for students within the Texas Medical Center and across the state. Placements are individualized and based on competencies and interest. Student are not expected to pay a preceptor for this experience. Administrative assistance is available to guide students in securing clinical opportunities.
Q: Why is a DNP required to become a nurse practitioner in some specialty areas?
A: In the past, universities offered most NP programs at the master’s level. However, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and other professional nursing organizations are committed to moving all entry-level nurse practitioner education to the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree by 2025.
Q: Do I need to have a full year of experience prior to submitting my application for the BSN to DNP Nurse Practitioner program?
A: A student can apply to the program with less than the required one year of experience. However, if admission is offered, the full year of experience must be completed prior to the start of the first semester.
Q: Can a student work and participate in the program simultaneously, or is it recommended to not work?
A: The school highly recommends that students minimize their work schedules to give optimal time to prepare to practice. The BSN-DNP program is rigorous and challenging; even with limited on-campus hours, there are commitment expectations that include a thorough review of materials, application of learning, online assignments, and writing.
Q: If I enroll in the BSN to DNP Nurse Practitioner program, can I later decide to withdraw from the DNP portion?
A: No. Students may not exit the DNP program and receive an MSN degree after the clinical courses are completed. Students who experience issues which are impeding their success must consult their academic advisor to discuss options.
Academics& Professional Development
- DNP Program Overview
- BSN-DNP Nurse Anesthesia
- BSN-DNP Nurse Practitioner
- DNP (Post-master's Entry)
- PracticeHealth Services & Faculty
- DiscoveryResearch & Innovation
- EquityDiversity & Inclusion