Pacesetter BSN

CSON students with Dr Kristin Ownby

Pacesetter BSN at a Glance

  • Admit Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Credit Requirement: 60 credits over 4 semesters
  • Enrollment Mode: Curriculum includes both online and on-campus courses
  • Enrollment Level: Full-time only
  • Estimated Resident Tuition: $22,697

Are you looking to become a nurse? The Cizik School of Nursing's Pacesetter BSN  is our entry to practice degree program for students looking to become a registered nurse. The program is fast-paced with students completing the program in 15 months.

The Pacesetter BSN curriculum is arranged so that all of the nursing theory courses are offered in the first three semesters followed by a full-time, clinically intensive fourth semester. There will also be clinical experience labs and simulation during the first three semesters to complement the didactic material. Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and are eligible to take the National Council of Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a registered nurse. As a program approved by the Texas Board of Nursing, all BSN graduates are eligible for initial licensure in all 50 states. 

Baccalaureate education in nursing is based upon a study of the sciences and humanities/arts and provides a foundation for continuing personal, professional, and educational development. The curriculum is designed to allow the student the opportunity to become a competent, self-directed nursing generalist who is able to critically think and function in a variety of settings. 

Pacesetter BSN Application Deadlines

Term Status Deadline
Summer 2022 Closed January 15, 2022
Fall 2022 Open March 15, 2022
Spring 2023 Open September 1, 2022

Sample Curriculum Plan

Course #Course NameHours
Semester 1
N3511 Health Assessment 3
N3515 Adult Health Care I 3
N3515 B Adult Health Care I Clinical 2
N3517  Pathophysiology 3
N3540 Pharmacotherapeutics 3
Semester 2
N3521 Gerontologic Nursing 2
N3523 Adult and Older Adult Health Care II 4
N3532 Reproductive Health Care 4
N3526 Psychiatric and Mental Health Care 4
N3526 B Psychiatric and Mental Health Care Clinical 2
Semester 3
N3536 Child and Adolescent Health Care 4
N4527  Professional Practice and Leadership 3
N4521 Community/Public Health Nursing 3
N4521 B Community/Public Health Nursing Clinical 3
N4528 Management of Patients in High Acuity Settings 3
Semester 4
N3523 B Adult and Older Adult Health Care II Clinical 3
N3536 B Child and Adolescent Health Care Clinical 2
N3532 B Reproductive Health Care Clinical 2
N4528 B Management of Patients in High Acuity Settings Clinical 4
N4512 W Research Critique and Utilization  2
N4530 W Critical Synthesis Application 1
Total 60

*Course numbers ending in “W” denote courses that are web-based or mainly online that may require some campus visits.
*Course numbers ending in “D” denote courses that are taught through distance education and include a distance education fee.
*Course numbers ending in “B” denote courses that are clinical and include additional fees.

Pacesetter BSN FAQ

Q: Am I able to work and participate in the Pacesetter BSN?

A: The Pacesetter BSN is a full-time program of study. Students are in class at least 2-3 days a week and participate in clinicals at various times including nights and weekends. Generally, because of the pace, students are not encouraged to work.

Q: Can a student finish early if they take more classes per semester?

 A: No, the Pacesetter BSN curriculum is already rigorous, thus creating an accelerated degree plan is not feasible.


Please contact our friendly admissions staff at  or 713.500.2100 for questions regarding the admissions or enrollment processes. 

Quality nursing education with affordable tuition

The Cizik School of Nursing provides the highest quality education at a very affordable cost. Students who attend UTHealth are able to do so with confidence that their loan-debt after graduation will be manageable. Learn more.


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post graduate APRN certificate programs at the Cizik School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Program Director

Anitra Frederick, PhD, RN, CNE

Director, BSN Pacesetter Program (Email)

Student Feature

Name: Marquita Johnson 

Program: Pacesetter BSN

My experience: "I would define my experience at the school thus far as transformational. COVID-19 has changed everything for myself and my nursing school experience making it very difficult at times. Dr. Santa Maria and the associate deans at CSON have been committed to creating transformational changes to meet the needs of the students and especially those who have been personally affected by COVID-19, like myself. Despite it all I have transformed in a leader as President of the Student Nurses Association and a Student Tutor committed to improve the lives of my fellow students. As a nursing student at CSON, I have seen how important it is to be a transformational leader in order to be successful. As a future professional nurse, my prayer is that I can take this experience to transform my patient's lives in the same way."

CSON Pacesetter BSN student Marquita Johnson 2020