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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

  • 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 from another country, you must have coursework evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).

 Minimum 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 master’s or doctoral degree in nursing
  • A completed basic statistics course with a grade of “C” or higher


  • An interview may be required of qualified applicants. All interviews are by invitation.

Step 2: Apply

Applicants to all post-graduate completion tracks (Nursing Education, Nursing Leadership, Emergency/Trauma Care, Adult /Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) must apply using our online application and pay the nonrefundable $60 application fee via credit/debit card.

Submit all application materials to:

Office of the Registrar

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

Note: Fees are nonrefundable and are not transferrable between terms or programs.

Step 3: Admission Decisions

Applications for the post-graduate program are reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received. However, applicants are encouraged to apply before the deadline. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

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.


When an application is received either via NCAS or the UTHealth Houston online application, you will be assigned a seven-digit application ID and granted access to ApplyUTH, where you can track the status of your application materials.

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 for prospective students who submit their applications by the priority date.

Step 4: Pre-enrollment requirements for accepted students

If admitted, enrollment is contingent upon successful completion of immunization screening; immigration status clearance; documentation of Texas nursing license; documentation of BCLS, ACLS, or PALS certification; and clearance of the mandatory criminal background check 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