Traditional BSN Degree

UTMB School of Nursing BSN Traditional Degree Program

UTMB's Bachelor of Science in Nursing Traditional program prepares students to become competent registered nurses to give patient-centered care in a variety of health care settings.

The program admits students in the fall, summer, and spring each year. Class size is limited and admission is very competitive. The Traditional program is completed in four (4) consecutive semesters (16 months).

In addition to offering the best possible professional education led by faculty who provide evidence-based teaching, UTMB provides excellent clinical experiences in the Galveston and Greater Houston areas, which includes the Texas Medical Center. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the licensure exam for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN).

UTMB uses a holistic review process and considers a number of factors in the selection of students. In addition to the academic record and TEAS exam, UTMB considers the applicant's leadership potential, awards and honors of distinction, communication skills, work/volunteer experience, health care experience, understanding and commitment to the field of nursing, and personal career goals. Additional considerations include bilingual skills, military history, and other life experiences that demonstrate an ability to overcome adversity.

Requirements – Prerequisites and Entrance Exam-


All prerequisite courses must be completed at an accredited college or university before a student may enter the program. Therefore, a student should plan his/her application for the semester when they will have their prerequisites completed. A minimum of 40 of the 60 hours of prerequisites must be completed in order to apply for admission to the program.

  • Overall GPA of 2.75. Historically, a competitive overall GPA has been 3.00 and a science GPA of 2.75. A grade of "C" or better is required in all prerequisite courses.
  • To apply, at least two of the life and physical science prerequisites need to be completed at the time of the application submission.
  • Up to 12 hours of CLEP courses are accepted if they are approved by the accredited college or university and posted on your official transcript.
  • All 60 hours of prerequisites must be completed prior to the first day of classes.
    • You will need to meet the State of Texas Core Curriculum Requirements as designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. A student cannot graduate from a Texas university without completion of the Core courses. More information may be found at At this site, you can enter your school and see the courses that meet Core requirements. If you have questions, please see your school advisor. Note that the ARTS requirement must be a theory based versus skill (Art Appreciation or Art History versus a Drawing class). Statistics must be under the Math Department to meet Core requirements.
    • Your science requirements can be science for Science Majors or Non-Science Majors. Your science courses need to be under your school’s science department.
Subject Hours
Anatomy & Physiology I (must include lab) 3-4
Anatomy & Physiology II (must include lab) 3-4
Microbiology (must include lab) 3-4
Chemistry (must include lab) 3-4
Elective Science (natural science such as Pathophysiology, Chemistry, and Biology) 3
Nutrition 3
Introductory Psychology 3
Introductory Sociology 3
Lifespan Growth & Development (must cover infancy through adult) 3
Statistics (Math, Psych or Business) 3
U.S. History I 3
U.S. History II 3
U.S. Government 3
Texas Government 3
English I - Composition I 3
English II - Composition II or Technical Writing 3
Performing Arts 3
Humanities 3
Free Electives 2-6
Total Hours Minimum of 60
Performing Arts Prefixes
Humanities Prefixes
Foreign Languages
ENGL (literature only)
Free Electives
Any course that is not remedial, technical, vocational, military, or being used to meet another prerequisite requirement.

For an unofficial review of transcripts, please complete this form and email to or fax 409-772-8211.
Prerequisite Evaluation Form - Traditional BSN Program

Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

All applicants for the Traditional BSN program are required to take the TEAS exam. The results of this assessment are included in the overall evaluation of your application for admission. This test can be scheduled through the ATI website and must be completed by the application deadline. We recommend that applicants take A&P I and II prior to taking the TEAS; additional study/review materials to prepare for the TEAS can also be found on the ATI website.

The TEAS exam is multiple choice and covers the following:

  • Reading – paragraph comprehension, passage comprehension, and inferences/conclusions
  • Math – whole numbers, metric conversion, fractions, decimals, algebraic equations, percentages, and ratio/proportion
  • Science – science reasoning, science knowledge, biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, basic physical principles, and general science
  • English and Language Usage – punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, contextual words, and spelling
  • In order to be considered as a competitive applicant, we require a score of 60% or higher in each section of the TEAS test.
  • There are various test preparations materials on the ATI TEAS Test Prep.
  • An example of the composite, Individual Performance Profile page required as part of the application can be found here.

Tuition and Fees-

There is a non-refundable $200.00 deposit assessed when you accept the offer to attend UTMB School of Nursing. This deposit will be applied towards your tuition upon enrollment. For specific details about tuition and fees, please visit the Enrollment Services Tuition and Fees webpage.

Curriculum Plan-

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Semester I
Course Number Course Name Hours
NURS 3290 Introduction to Professional Nursing 2
NURS 3340 Health Assessment 3
NURS 3631 Essentials of Care - Adult Health I 6
NURS 3345 Concepts of Pathophysiology 3
Total Hours 14
Semester II
Course Number Course Name Hours
NURS 3632 Adult Health II 6
NURS 3511 Psychosocial Dimensions of Care 5
NURS 3314 Pharmacology 3
NURS 3229 Nursing Informatics & Technology 2
Total Hours 16
Semester III
Course Number Course Name Hours
NURS 4502 Population Health Nursing 5
NURS 4532 The Child and Family 5
NURS 4531 The Mother and Family 5
Total Hours 15
Semester IV
Course Number Course Name Hours
NURS 4503 Adult Health III 5
NURS 4312 Leadership and Practice 3
NURS 4430 Clinical Capstone 4
NURS 4101 Integration of Core Nursing Concepts 1
NURS 4206 Evidence Based Practice 2
Total Hours 15


Application Process

The Nurse Centralized Application Service (NCAS) is the application utilized by UTMB. An application, the application fee, and official transcripts must be received at NCAS by the deadline listed for each admission cycle. Visit the Apply Now page for information and step-by-step instructions for applying to a program.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a resume. Personal references are not required. An interview may be required during the application process. The Personal Statement section of the NCAS application is required. Please include your full name and limit the statement to 700 words. Information to be provided includes but is not limited to:

  • Discussion of health-related experience
  • Work/volunteer experience
  • Personal experiences affecting grades
  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • Rationale for choice of profession
  • Interruptions in education

Please refer to the Approximate Application Timeline for more details regarding the application process.

International Student Information

Applicants from international institutions must use one of the credentialing services approved by UTMB to provide a verification and course-by-course evaluation of transcripts to be considered for admission to programs at UTMB. Applicants are no longer required to send official transcripts from the issuing institution since we are now utilizing these services. An official copy of this report must be submitted to NCAS by the application deadline.

The following are the Credentialing Services approved by UTMB:

  • Spantran Services
  • 7211 Regency Square Blvd., Suite 205
  • Houston, TX 77036-3197
  • 713-266-8805

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 Acceptance-

After you have accepted your UTMB offer, you are required to complete the following:

  • Prerequisites - Complete all 60 hours of prerequisites with a minimum GPA of 2.75.
  • BLS for Healthcare Providers - All applicants selected for admission must complete a BLS course for Healthcare Providers which covers infant, child, adult, and two-man CPR. Please visit the American Heart Association web site to locate a course in your geographical area. Proof of current certification must be presented at orientation.
  • Immunization Requirements - Evidence of immunizations required by UTMB must be submitted to Student Health for verification and processing, including documentation for COMPLETED three dose series of Hepatitis B vaccines and a positive Hepatitis B antibody titer. All immunization requirements must be met to proceed in a clinical course. Students who are not in compliance with the above policy will not be permitted to participate in clinical activities.
  • Security Clearance and Drug Screening - The Texas Board of Nursing and the UTMB School of Nursing require background clearances on all students. Successful completion of both are required as outlined below.
    • Texas Board of Nursing Requirements

      The mission of the Texas Board of Nursing (BON or Board) is to protect and promote the welfare of the people of Texas by ensuring that each person holding a license as a nurse in the State of Texas is competent to practice safely. The BON is required to obtain criminal history record information for a person accepted for enrollment in a nursing educational program that prepares the person for initial licensure as a registered nurse by requiring the person to submit to the board a set of fingerprints that meets the requirements of Subsection (a), S.B. No. 1058.

      Effective fall 2014, the BON is requiring applicants to complete a background clearance prior to acceptance/enrollment in all schools of nursing in Texas. The BON will conduct the background/fingerprint check. The UTMB SON will initiate this background process upon acceptance to all students will require BON clearance before enrollment. In addition, students will need to complete the other enrollment requirements of the SON.

      Please note: To ensure you can be accepted by a nursing school on a timely basis, applicants who can answer “Yes” to any of the following criminal offenses, including those pending appeal, or mental health question, should immediately contact the BON for a Declaratory Order for the NCLEX certification exam upon graduation.

      • been convicted of a misdemeanor
      • been convicted of a felony
      • pled nolo contendere, no contest, or guilty
      • received deferred adjudication
      • been placed on community supervision or court-ordered probation, whether or not adjudicated guilty
      • been sentenced to serve jail or prison time? court-ordered confinement
      • been granted pre-trial diversion
      • been arrested or have any pending criminal charges
      • been cited or charged with any violation of the law
      • been subject of a court-martial; Article 15 violation; or received any form of military judgment/punishment/action (You may only exclude Class C misdemeanor traffic violations.)
      • Within the past five (5) years have you been diagnosed with, treated, or hospitalized for schizophrenia and/or psychotic disorder, bipolar disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or borderline personality disorder?

      Instructions for the Declaratory Order are available on the Board of Nursing website. Questions or concerns should be directed to the Texas Board of Nursing.

    • UTMB School of Nursing

      UTMB School of Nursing Criminal background checks have been introduced into hospital and school affiliation agreements in keeping with a Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) standard. Individual institutions have been given the responsibility for mandating this clearance for students. Therefore in keeping with this policy, all UTMB students will be required to undergo a security clearance for enrollment at UTMB. UTMB has designated CastleBranch to complete the background check required for your security clearance. Results from any other company will not be accepted.

      • The UTMB SON has also designated CastleBranch to conduct drug testing for all new students. Registration for both requirements is available at CastleBranch.
      • When you have submitted your personal information and method of payment, you can enter your Zip code to locate the nearest testing facility.
      • The Security Clearance and Drug Screening must be completed during the time period listed in the New Student Guide, which is issued after admission.

Students who do not pass these requirements will not be admitted to the School of Nursing.

Refer to the New Student Guide for detailed checklist of After Acceptance Requirements.

To review Enrollment Services, such as Financial Aid, Scholarships, International Students, FERPA, etc. go to:

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