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Nurses with graduate degrees who want to enhance their knowledge or take their career in a new direction may choose from several nondegree post-graduate options at Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston.

In addition to the Nursing Education and Emergency/Trauma Care tracks, which are offered on a post-graduate basis only, students with graduate degrees in nursing may complete master’s-level Nursing Leadership coursework. Nurses with graduate degrees may also complete coursework in any of our four nurse practitioner tracks that will prepare them to take a certification exam for that practice specialization. 

An academic advisor will work with you to create a customized course plan based on your interests and previously completed graduate coursework. Upon completion, students will receive a recognition of achievement issued by Cizik School of Nursing. A transcript noting the courses taken will also be available.

Nursing Leadership


With our Nursing Leadership track courses, students master the concepts of organizational efficiency and effectiveness so they can advance nursing practice and improve our nation’s health care delivery system.

Nurse Practitioner Tracks


Cizik School of Nursing offers four nurse practitioner tracks that prepare students to take national certification exams as advanced-practice providers: 

  • Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Nursing leadership opportunities

Opportunities to Lead

The Nursing Leadership track at Cizik School of Nursing prepares graduates for managerial and administrative positions in acute care, outpatient, and community-based settings. Graduates are qualified to serve as clinical nurse managers, clinical or administrative nursing directors, and leaders in case management, quality improvement, and risk management. Some serve as Chief Nursing Officers in rural and suburban areas. If you are interest in pursuing a CNO position in a major metropolitan area, consider our PhD program or our Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Executive track.


Diverse Opportunities

No matter which nursing specialty you are pursuing or where you live in Texas, Cizik School of Nursing enables students to put what they learn in the classroom to work in a wide variety of real-world health care environments. We maintain contracts with more than 2,000 clinical sites, including world-renowned hospitals and institutions within the Texas Medical Center as well as hospitals, outpatient clinics, and public health settings all over Texas.