MSN Program FAQ's

Before You Apply

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

The school takes a holistic view in reviewing applications. Areas reviewed include the student’s previous degree(s), GPA(s), scholastic honors, research, publications, presentations, healthcare experience, leadership roles, hardships, cultural experiences, personal statement, and community service. The personal statement is reviewed for writing clarity, specific explanation regarding background evidence that the applicant feels needs further addressing, and goals and rationale for applying to the specific program.

Do former UTMB students have to submit transcripts to NursingCAS?

Yes. All applicants (including former UTMB students) must submit all transcripts (including UTMB transcripts) to NursingCAS to be attached to their application. These are needed for the processing of the application and for the Admissions & Progressions Committee to review.

How do I request credit for nursing courses taken at another school?

Graduate students may transfer up to twelve (12) credit hours. After you are admitted to the UTMB School of Nursing, you may submit a petition to the Graduate Program Director for a transfer of credits. If the course is not pre-approved, you are required to provide the course syllabus for each course being considered. After your petition is reviewed, you will be notified which courses are approved or denied for transfer.

If I already have an MSN degree, must I retake all classes for a second MSN or may I only take the classes missing and clinicals?

Students who already have an MSN degree may transfer up to twelve (12) credit hours into the program that they are admitted into at UTMB School of Nursing. All remaining courses (not transferred) must be taken, even if you have completed the course/s in your prior MSN degree. UTMB School of Nursing only offers Post-MSN Certificates in Nursing Education. After you are admitted to the UTMB School of Nursing, you may submit a petition to the Graduate Program Director for a transfer of credits. If the course is not pre-approved, you are required to provide the course syllabus for each course being considered. After your petition is reviewed, you will be notified which courses are approved or denied for transfer.

I live outside of Texas. May I attend UTMB for the RN-BSN, MSN or DNP program?

State Boards of Nursing set standards for licensure. Some State Boards also require approval of programs leading to an advanced practice certification. It is highly recommended that out of state applicants who seek admission to the nurse practitioner tracks at UTMB contact their home state’s Board of Nursing to verify that UTMB’s program and graduates will meet that state’s eligibility criteria for approval for those credentials. Applicants may need to complete clinical rotations in Texas so may need a Texas license or be part of a compact state. Please refer to "Program Information" section in FAQ for additional information regarding how clinicals are scheduled for students. More information can also be found on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website.

Please note that students are required to come to campus 3-4 days each semester for some of the tracks. Please see required campus visits per program table for an estimate of campus visits per semester. Required campus visits are subject to change if deemed necessary by UTMB School of Nursing faculty and track administrators. If you have further questions, please contact Dorothy Pearrow, Asst. Dean of Admissions, at dapearro@utmb.edu.

I live outside of the United States of America. May I attend UTMB for the RN-BSN, MSN or DNP program?

Since the RN/BSN, MSN and DNP programs are online, these programs do not meet the requirements for students who have VISAs for educational purposes and are required to enroll in courses offered on campus.

After You Apply

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

When UTMB receives your verified application from NCAS, you will receive a supplemental application from UTMB Enrollment Services by email. When you return this completed application, you will receive an email from Enrollment Services which will contain a personal ID to access the online student services and information center, MyStar. Here you will be able to check the status of your application and supporting documents at any time. Your status will be "Pending" until a decision has been made regarding your application.

Will I find out the outcome of my application?

It takes 4-6 weeks for NCAS to verify your application based on when they receive your official transcripts. UTMB will notify you as soon as we receive your application. The amount of time required by the Admissions Committee will depend upon the program and when you apply, but most students hear something within 6-8 weeks.

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

If the application, application fee, and official transcripts are not received by the deadline, your application will not be considered for admission. You will need to resubmit an application for the next available deadline. We process applications as they are received, so it is advantageous to apply early. Please check with NCAS on the process for resubmission of applications.

Financial Information

What is the cost to attend UTMB Nursing School?

Cost information is provided on each UTMB School of Nursing program’s webpage. Please see "Future Students" tab on the UTMB School of Nursing webpage and click on "Degrees Offered" to locate the program that you are interested in. Tuition and fee information is provided midway down each webpage. Please visit the Office of Enrollment Services tuition and fees webpage for further current tuition and fee rates.

How do I apply for financial aid?

You will need to complete a financial aid application online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. The code for UTMB School of Nursing is 013976. For more information please visit the Financial Aid page or call (409) 772-1215.

Are scholarships available?

Yes. UTMB School of Nursing offers competitive scholarships. All admitted and current students are invited to apply for scholarships. Please visit our Financial Aid and Scholarships webpage or call (409) 772-1215 for more information. In addition, many students find scholarships through national nursing scholarship sites such as the Salute to Nursing scholarships. Please see our Financial Aid and Scholarships webpage for a list of extended scholarships available for nursing. The Financial Aid office can assist with other alternatives for financing your education.

What is the cost per credit for the program?

For cost per credit information and other financial questions, please visit the Enrollment Services webpage or call (409) 772-1215.

Does UTMB accept the GI Bill?

Yes. Please contact Enrollment Services at (409) 772-1215 for more information.

Program Information

Does UTMB School of Nursing offer accredited Programs?

Yes. The 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). UTMB is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Where do students complete their clinical component and how are clinicals scheduled?

Clinical placements are arranged by UTMB in the Houston/Galveston area. Students who choose not to conduct their clinical placements in the Galveston/Houston area will be required to identify a clinical location and preceptor. Both the clinical site and the preceptor must be approved by the UTMB School of Nursing and an Affiliation Agreement must be completed by the UTMB School of Nursing and the identified Agency. These Agreements will be negotiated by UTMB SON.

I have been working in the U.S. for more than ten years. Can I get a waiver for the TOEFL requirement?

The purpose of the TOEFL is to help ensure your success in the program. If you have had considerable work experience in the US and feel your English is proficient, please contact the Asst. Dean of Student Affairs at dapearro@utmb.edu. She will discuss your background with you and the need for the TOEFL. All waivers require the approval of the Program Director.

Does UTMB offer a RN-MSN or RN-DNP program?

No. At this time UTMB School of Nursing does not offer a RN-MSN or RN-DNP program. For a list of a programs offered, please visit the Degrees Offered webpage.

Does UTMB offer a MSN-DNP program?

No. At this time UTMB School of Nursing does not offer a MSN-DNP program. For a list of a programs offered, please visit the Degrees Offered webpage.

Are UTMB’s graduate programs part-time or full-time?

All graduate programs (MSN and DNP) are only offered in a part-time option. Please go to the specific track curriculum plan to see the courses offered each semester.

How many campus visits are required for UTMB online programs?

Please see required campus visits per program table for an estimate of campus visits per semester. Required campus visits are subject to change if deemed necessary by UTMB School of Nursing faculty and track administrators.

Does UTMB offer a program for CRNAs?

No. At this time UTMB School of Nursing does not offer a program for CRNAs. For a list of all programs offered at UTMB, please visit the Degrees Offered webpage.

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