BSN to DNP - Nurse Practitioner Admissions Requirements

Per the regulations defining the amount of allowable online courses credits, UTHealth is unable to sponsor BSN-DNP students requiring an F-1 visa. Additionally, students must personally reside in the state of Texas before the first day of class. 

Minimum Admissions Criteria for the BSN-DNP Nurse Practitioner

  1. Applications to the BSN-DNP Nurse Practitioner program must be completed and processed through Nursing CAS . NursingCAS online application streamlines the admission process for prospective students by providing a singular location for all required information and documents. The NCAS application fee is $75.00 and the UTHealth supplemental form fee is $60.00. Fees are non -refundable.
  2. A baccalaureate degree in nursing earned from an accredited program. Applicants must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. A completed basic statistics course.
  4. Evidence of a current unencumbered Texas nursing licensure or eNLC license without stipulations..
  5. One year of professional RN experience as determined by track:
    Track  Experience Requirement
    Family Nurse Practitioner One year of clinical experience as a registered nurse
    Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner One year of clinical experience as a registered nurse
    Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner  One year of ICU experience as a registered nurse 
    Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner  One year of experience as a psychiatric registered nurse
  6. BLS certification.
  7. International applicants must submit an official copy of the TOEFL score results. TOEFL scores can be no more than two (2) years old and a       minimum score of 550 is required on the paper exam, 213 on the computer exam, and 87 on the internet-based exam. 
  8. Submit official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended NursingCAS. 
  9. A professional curriculum vitae or resume
  10. Essay- A 500 word typed statement of area of practice interest, career goals, and reason for desiring doctoral study.
  11. Three (3) satisfactory academic/professional references
  12. A course-by-course evaluation of international credentials for individuals with degrees/courses from outside the US. 

How to Apply

To apply to the BSN-DNP Nurse Practitioner program you will need to go to Nursing CAS.

Admission Criteria

In order to more clearly reflect 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 considers several factors.

The Review and Notification Process

After submission, the application and all supporting materials posted on NursingCas website for review by the Cizik School of Nursing Student Affairs Office. Files marked as complete and verified will be forwarded to the faculty for review. Select students will be invited for interview; writing samples may be required at the time of interview. Once interviews are conducted, the faculty will make admission decisions; at that time the file can be accepted, denied, or waitlisted. All candidates are notified via postal mail and email. The decision will also be available for view through the MyUTH portal.

Pre-enrollment Requirements

If admitted, enrollment is contingent upon successful completion of immunization screening, immigration status clearance, documentation of BLS,  certification, documentation of Texas nursing license (or eNLC) and clearance of the mandatory criminal background check and drug screening. 

If admission is offered, the full year of RN experience must be completed before the start of the first semester. 

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 (