BSN Admissions Requirements

Below are the minimum requirements to be considered for admission into Cizik School of Nursing's Pacesetter BSN program. Keep in mind that the GPAs listed are the minimum allowed, and that the profile of the average admitted student can be much higher. As an example, the average nursing prerequisite GPA for a Pacesetter BSN applicant is 3.5. This information is not provided to deter a student with a lower GPA from applying, however having a GPA closer to the average increases the chance of submitting a competitive application for review. Students who are denied admission are allowed to reapply without penalty (a new application and fee must be submitted). 

The Pacesetter BSN program admits three times a year. Please review the application deadlines to determine when you will be most ready to apply. In order to maintain a fair and balanced admission review, no exceptions are allowed regarding the minimum requirements or materials. The application and all supporting materials must be received by the stated application deadline. Official transcripts received after the deadline will not be included in the admission review process, however, final transcripts with any additional grades earned will be required if admission is offered.

Minimum Admissions Requirements

An application will be considered if at least 40 prerequisite hours, including 8 hours from the science prerequisites (Human Anatomy and Physiology (I or II), Microbiology, Chemistry), have been completed.

Required Application Materials:

  • Online application and non-refundable $60.00 application fee. 
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. Electronic submission is preferred. Information on how to send electronic 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 used to determine which courses can 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

Once an application is received, you will be granted to ApplyUTH, where you can track the status of your application materials. If you have questions about whether transcripts or documents have been received, please contact the Registrar's Office at 713.500.3361.

Admission Criteria

In order to more clearly reflect the Cizik 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 several factors.

Review and Notification

The School of Nursing’s Baccalaureate Council is charged with making all admission decisions. Applicants will be evaluated on overall academic performance, performance in prerequisite and science courses, and HESI A2 Entrance Exam scores. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed. Notification of admission, waitlist, or denial are sent through ApplyUTH, email, and by mail. Notifications are expected to be delivered on or around the following dates: 

Summer Admission: April 15

Fall Admission: June 15

Spring Admission: November 15

Pre-enrollment requirements

Acceptance to Cizik 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.

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.

Pacesetter Admissions FAQ

Q: How many students are accepted each term?

A: The Pacesetter BSN program enrolls 120 students for each term, including fall, spring, and summer.

Q: How can I check the status of my application?

A: Applicants can view the status of their application in ApplyUTH. Students are given access to MyUTH after they have been admitted to the program.

Q: How are applicants notified of the decision on their application?

A: Once a decision is made, ApplyUTH is updated with the application status. Applicants may be admitted, wait-listed, or denied. An email is sent to all students whose status has been updated, and admitted or denied students also receive a letter in the mail. Applicants placed on the wait list will not have their status updated in ApplyUTH until a final decision is made.

Q: If I do not get accepted, can I reapply?

A: Yes, you can reapply for admission by submitting a new application. You will be required to pay the $60.00 application fee.

Q: What happens if I am wait-listed?

A: If you are placed on the wait list, you will be notified through email. If a spot becomes available, you will be notified as soon as possible. Applicants can be admitted from the wait list up until a few weeks before classes start. If enough spaces are not opened up to accept all applicants from the wait list, the remaining applicants will be denied and notified of the change in their application status through ApplyUTH, an email, and a letter sent to their mailing address.

Q: What is the school code for the HESI Exam?

A: The code is 198326. More information about the HESI A2 Entrance Exam requirements can be found by following that link.

Q: How can I find out if the courses I plan to take will satisfy the prerequisite requirements?

A: Please review the BSN Prerequisite Guide. A transfer guide is provided that gives a list of Texas institutions and the courses that satisfy the requirements. Please be sure to also read the FAQ on the BSN Prerequisite Guide page for common issues and questions regarding prerequisite courses. We do not have counselors available to review your transcripts before you submit an application.