BSN Program FAQ's

Before You Appy

How to Become a Competitive Applicant.

How to Become a Competitive Applicant.

The Basic Life Support Health Care Provider Course covering the adult, infant, child, and two-man CPR (two-year Hospital Level Provider coverage) is required.

The Basic Life Support Health Care Provider Course covering the adult, infant, child, and two-man CPR (two-year Hospital Level Provider coverage) is required.

All new BSN students must complete CPR classes prior to enrollment. Documentation (a copy of CPR card) must be presented at orientation. Classes must be taken through the American Heart Association. Please visit their web site at American Heart Association for course offerings. Online courses are not acceptable.

Do all of the prerequisite courses need to be completed in order to apply for the Nursing Program?

No. At least 40 of the 60 prerequisite hours must be completed in order to apply. However, you will need to complete the remaining hours before the program begins.

What is considered a competitive GPA for the School of Nursing?

The competitive GPA is dependent on the applicant pool and, consequently, varies each application period.

What information will the School of Nursing consider when reviewing files for admission?

The school considers three GPAs for the BSN program: Science, Prerequisite, and Overall. Your GPA is an important aspect of your application. The school also considers the number of withdrawals and failures on your transcripts. We also will look at your personal accomplishments, scholastic honors, leadership roles, hardships, cultural experiences, community service, and any extra curricular activities in which you have been involved. Applicants must also complete the Personal Statement section of the NCAS application.  Please see the Entrance requirement section for each program for more specific instructions.

Am I required to take any standardized tests before entering the Baccalaureate Nursing Program?

All applicants for the BSN programs are required to take the ATI (Assessment Technologies Institute) TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) test. The results of this assessment are included in the overall evaluation of your application for admission. This test can be scheduled through the ATI Testing website.

Can I take prerequisite courses at UTMB School of Nursing?

No. UTMB School of Nursing is an upper division nursing school. You will need to attend a community college or another university to complete the prerequisite courses.

Does UTMB accept CLEP scores?

Yes. We accept up to 12 hours of CLEP scores, which must be posted on your official transcript.

Does UTMB accept online courses?

Yes. We accept online theory-only courses from accredited schools. Please visit Virtual College of Texas to view a list of colleges and universities in the state of Texas that offer online classes.

What is the cost to attend UTMB School of Nursing?

Please visit the Office of Enrollment Services tuition and fees for the most current tuition and fee rates.

What will my schedule be like once I start the nursing program?

The curriculum sequence for the nursing programs vary. Detailed schedules with classroom times will be available during orientation.

Where do students complete their clinical component?

UTMB School of Nursing offers clinical sites within the UTMB Medical Center as well as the Houston-Galveston area. Students rotate within different hospitals to gain significant experience in different facilities.

Can I transfer to the UTMB Health School of Nursing if I have a degree from another country?

Applicants with international credits must submit an official course-by-course credentialing report to the Nursing Centralized Application Service.

Do I have to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)?

Applicants whose tertiary-level education has been completed at international institutions must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) if the native language is not English. A minimum satisfactory score on the TOEFL is a computer score of 83 or 6.5 for the IELTS.

After You Apply

How do I find out if my application materials have been received?

Once your supplemental application has been processed, you will receive a letter from Enrollment Services, which will give you the information required to check the status of your application and supporting documents. This can take up to 10 working days. Please keep in mind that your decision status will remain "Pending" until Enrollment Services receives a decision from the School of Nursing.

Approximate Application Timeline.

When will I find out the outcome of my application?

The School will send both acceptance and denial letters when the review of all files is completed.

What happens to my application if any materials are not received by the deadline?

Application materials must be received at the Nursing Centralized Application Service by the appropriate deadline. Materials received after the deadline will not be reviewed and your file will not be considered.

Do students take an exit exam in order to graduate?

Yes. Students must pass the ATI in order to graduate from the School of Nursing.

School of Nursing Information

How many applications does the School of Nursing receive and how many students does the school accept?

The number of applications and the number of openings available varies each enrollment period. Please contact the Pre-admission Advisor, Jennifer Spruce-Jamail, to request information regarding statistics for past entrance dates.

Does UTMB School of Nursing offer an accredited program?

Yes. The undergraduate and graduate programs are approved by the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  The University of Texas Medical Branch is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, an institutional accrediting body.

What is the NCLEX pass rate for UTMB School of Nursing?

For the past 10 years, the NCLEX pass rate has ranged between 90-100%.

Are scholarships available at UTMB School of Nursing?

Yes. UTMB School of Nursing offers scholarships to students in the nursing program. These are competitive scholarships and are based on how well the student performs in the nursing program. Assistance is also available through Financial Aid, which includes scholarships, loans, and grants outside of UTMB.

How do I apply for financial aid?

You can complete a financial aid application online at The code to enter for UTMB School of Nursing is 013976. Once you are accepted into the program, UTMB will send you a UTMB financial aid application. For more information on financial aid, please call 409-772-1215.

What is the environment like at UTMB School of Nursing?

There are three other schools on the UTMB campus: the School of Health Professions, the School of Medicine, and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The School of Nursing shares a building with the School of Health Professions. We offer an excellent learning facility for students entering health care and are surrounded by several hospitals and clinics on campus. To take a virtual tour of the UTMB Medical Center, please go to or, to visit the campus, contact the Office of Educational Outreach at 409-772-7972.

Does UTMB offer student organizations/sports?

We offer over 60 different student organizations and intramural sports which are available for all new and current students. One specific organization supported by the School of Nursing is the Student Nurses’ Association. Please contact Student Life at 409-772-1996 for more details.

Does the School of Nursing offer internships for students?

John Sealy Hospital at UTMB offers an internship program called Bridges. The hospital also offers a Graduate Externship program. To request information, please contact the Nurse Recruitment office at 409-747-4717.

UTMB Health Information

What type of student housing is available at UTMB?

We offer semi-private and private dormitories and semi-private apartments for students. For more information on dorms and apartments, please call 409-772-1898 or visit the Student Housing website.

Where do I request UTMB School of Nursing transcripts?

Contact Enrollment Services at 409-772-1215 or go to MyStar.

How can I find out more information about Galveston Island?

Please visit the official site for the Island at Galveston.

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