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The information on this page applies to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Nursing Leadership and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) tracks at Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston.

Applications for our MSN track are processed through Nursing Centralized Application System (NCAS). The NCAS application fee is $80, and the UTHealth Houston supplemental form fee is $60. Fees are nonrefundable and are not transferrable between terms or programs.

Please note: Per the regulations defining the number of allowable online course credits, UTHealth Houston is unable to sponsor students requiring an F-1 visa.  Additionally, students admitted to Cizik School of Nursing must personally reside in the state of Texas before the first day of class.

Step 1: What you will need to apply

These items must be submitted through NCAS:

  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution you have 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 sealed in an envelope from the issuing institution.
  • Three letters of academic/professional reference. The applicant letter of reference form should be provided your references.
  • A curriculum vitae or résumé.
  • 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).

Minimum admission requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing earned from a nationally accredited program. Applicants must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 hours of the BSN program.
  • A completed basic statistics course.
  • Unencumbered Texas nursing license.
  • For Family Nurse Practitioner applications: At least one year of clinical experience as a registered nurse.


  • Qualified applicants will be invited to interview.
  • Writing samples may be required at the time of an interview.

Step 2: Apply!

  • Check the application deadlines for the spring and fall semesters.
  • Complete your application through the Nursing Centralized Application System (NCAS). The NCAS application fee is $80, and the UTHealth Houston supplemental fee is $60. No secondary application is required. Fees are nonrefundable and are not transferrable between terms or programs.

Step 3: Admission decisions

Applications for the MSN program are reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received. However, applicants are encouraged to apply before the deadline

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.

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 for prospective students.

Step 4: Pre-enrollment requirements for accepted students

If admitted, enrollment is contingent upon successful completion of immunization screening; immigration status clearance; documentation of an unencumbered Texas registered nurse license; documentation of BCLS, ACLS, or PALS certification; and clearance of the mandatory criminal background checks and drug screening

Your American Heart Association Basic Life Support (AHA-BLS) for the Health Care Provider certification must be current before any clinical placement. 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 in 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