RN to 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. Additionally, students must personally reside in the state of Texas before the first day of class. 

  • An associate’s degree or diploma in nursing.
  • Active Texas RN license or ability to secure a license in the first semester of enrollment.
  • 3.0 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. Official transcripts may be sent sent to us directly from your post-secondary institutions electronically to They will not be accepted emailed from the student. 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. The pre-enrollment requirements are available for viewing online. 

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. Students must be able to demonstrate these skills, with or without reasonable accommodation. See HOOP 101, Disability Accommodation ( 

RN-BSN Admissions FAQ

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: What is rolling admission? 

A: Rolling admission means that applications are reviewed as they are received; the program doesn't wait until a deadline to start reviewing. Applicants with complete applications can receive a decision before the application deadline.

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

A: Once a decision is made, ApplyUTH is updated with the application status. An email is sent to all applicants whose status has been updated, and applicants will also receive a letter in the mail.

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: Am I able to apply to the program if I don’t have all of my prerequisites completed?

A: Yes, as long as you have at least 40 credit hours completed, with 8 hours in the hard sciences, you can apply for admission. If accepted, your admission will be contingent upon completing any outstanding prerequisites before the first day of class. 

Q: If I haven’t completed all of my prerequisites by the first day of classes, can I still enroll?

A: Yes, for some courses. RN-BSN students can be conditionally admitted pending successful completion of the prerequisites by the end of the First semester. This provision is not allowed for the statistics or sciences prerequisites – those courses must be completed prior to starting the program. If the prerequisites are not completed by the time required, you may be administratively withdrawn from the program.

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.