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Cizik School of Nursing's admission policy makes explicit the multiplicity of factors taken into consideration in the admissions process. These admission factors are not assigned a specific weight or point value. The School of Nursing considers the totality of each application and gives consideration to the following factors:

  • Intellectual capacity, based on consideration of the overall collegiate GPA, standardized test scores (GRE, TOEFL); academic awards and honors, scholarly accomplishments; degree of difficulty of undergraduate academic program; and any other relevant data submitted;
  • Interpersonal and communication skills, based on evidence of being well-written and well-spoken, exemplified by standardized test scores in verbal abilities, and any other relevant considerations that the student may present;
  • Breadth and depth of nursing educational experiences, based on consideration of factors in the record reflecting a combination of a strong scientific background and also an ability to understand the complex nonscientific problems facing healthcare workers and patients, e.g., ethical, cultural, or socioeconomic problems; consideration of community or charitable service, e.g., volunteering to help the less fortunate; extracurricular activities and organizations; leadership positions; employment history; recognition for humanitarian service; and awareness and direct knowledge of cultural elements as they may have an impact on healthcare;
  • Potential for service to the State of Texas, with consideration given to Texas residency; applicant’s goals for the future; cultural/socioeconomic status; potential for future provision of health services to under-served areas or needed specialties; and linguistic skills appropriate to the Health Professions Shortage Area the applicant wishes to serve;
  • Motivation, with consideration given to success in overcoming adverse economic or educational conditions; employment history occurring simultaneously with undergraduate education; participation in activities requiring time management skills; constantly improving undergraduate record; veteran status, and experience in health-related activities;
  • Integrity, with consideration given to any academic integrity violation and/or conduct or disciplinary problems in college or the workplace; and
  • Technical standards, related to observation, communication, psychomotor skills, intellectual and cognitive abilities, behavioral and social attributes
  • At least one year of full-time employment as a RN in a care setting as specified by the specific track.