BSN Admissions Requirements

The Pacesetter BSN is a competitive admissions program, the following are the minimum requirements for a students to be considered. Admissions is not guaranteed to any student. 

Minimum Admissions Requirements

  • 2.75 GPA or higher in the required 60 hours of nursing prerequisites. 
  • 3.0 or higher in the required science prerequisites.
  • At least 40 hours of the required 60 hours of prerequisite work; 8 hours, of those 40 hours, must be from the science prerequisites of: Human Anatomy and Physiology , Microbiology,  Chemistry.

Required Application Materials:

  • Online application and non-refundable $60.00 application fee. 
  • Official transcript from all post-secondary institutions attended. Electronic submission is preferred, information on how to send electron transcripts is available online. Transcripts must be printed within six months of receipt. 
  • If you have previous college coursework from another country, you must have coursework evaluated by a Credentialing Service. This information will be use to determine what courses can be used to satisfy the prerequisites.  
  • Official HESI A2 Entrance Exam scores. The Department ID is 198326. 

All application materials must be sent to

Office of The Registrar

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

Admission Criteria

In order to more clearly reflect the UT School of Nursing's diversity within its educational environment, the School’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:(CLICK HERE)

Review and Notification

The School of Nursing’s Baccalaureate Council makes the final selection. Applicants will be evaluated on overall academic performance, performance in prerequisites and sciences courses, and HESI A2 Entrance Exam. Notifications are expected to be delivered on or around the following dates: 

Summer and Fall Admission: April 15

Spring Admission: November 15

Pre-enrollment requirements

Acceptance to the UTHealth School of Nursing is contingent upon successful completion of outstanding prerequisites (if any), immunization screening, immigration status clearance, Health Care Provider Basic Life Support CPR certification, clearance of the mandatory drug screening test and mandatory criminal background check. All applicants are encouraged to review the policies in advance at

Essential Skills for 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.