SON RN-BSN Admissions Requirements

Minimum Admissions Requirements for the RN-BSN at UTHealth

Per the regulations defining the amount of allowable online course credits, UTHealth is unable to sponsor RN-BSN students requiring an F-1 visa. 

  • An associate’s degree or diploma in nursing.
  • Active RN license or ability to secure a license in the first semester of enrollment.
  • 2.75 GPA or higher in the required 60 hours of nursing prerequisites. 
  • 3.0 or higher in the required science prerequisites.

To be considered for admission, a student must have earned at least 40 of the prerequisites at the time of application; 8 hours, of those 40 hours, must be from the science prerequisites of Human Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, or 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 electronic transcripts is available online. Transcripts must be printed within six months of receipt. 
  • A course-by-course evaluation of international credentials by Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) for individuals with degrees/courses from outside the US.

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 Cizik 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 several factors.

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. Notifications are updated and available first within the MyUTH application portal and then followed by email and mailed hard-copy letter. 

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 pre-enrollment 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.