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BSN Admission Criteria

In order to more clearly reflect the UT 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 following factors:

  • Intellectual capacity, based on consideration of undergraduate prerequisite GPA and the prerequisite science GPA; academic awards and honors, scholarly accomplishments; degree of difficulty of undergraduate academic program; pre-professional evaluations (THEA); previous college courses and/or degree(s); personal interview or request to complete a questionnaire; and any other relevant data submitted;
  • Interpersonal and communication skills, based on evidence of being well-written and well- spoken, exemplified by written essay, the application, and the personal interview or questionnaire; and any other relevant consideration that the student or his or her pre-professional advisors may present;
  • Breadth and depth of pre-nursing educational experiences, based on consideration of factors in the record reflecting a combination of a strong scientific background and also an ability to understand the complex non-scientific problems facing healthcare workers and patients, e.g., ethical, cultural, or socioeconomic problems; consideration of community or charitable service, e.g., volunteering to help the less fortunate; extracurricular activities and organizations; leadership positions; employment history; recognition for humanitarian service; and awareness and direct knowledge of cultural elements as they may impact on healthcare;
  • Potential for service to Texas, with consideration given to Texas residency; applicant’s goals for the future; multilingual proficiency; culture/socio-economic status, race/ethnicity, potential for future provision of health services to underserved areas or needed specialties; and linguistic skills appropriate to the Health Professions Shortage Area the applicant wishes to serve;
  • Motivation, with consideration given to success in overcoming adverse economic or educational conditions; employment history occurring simultaneously with undergraduate academic preparation; participation in activities requiring time management skills; constantly improving undergraduate record; veteran status, and experience in health-related activities;
  • Integrity, with consideration given to any academic integrity violation; conduct or disciplinary problems in college;
  • Technical standards, related to observation, communication, timeliness in psychomotor skills, intellectual and cognitive abilities, behavioral and social attributes; and
  • Ethical standards, related to personal demeanor and behavior.