MSN Program FAQ's


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, scholastic honors, research, publications, presentations, healthcare experience, leadership roles, hardships, cultural experiences, and community service. The personal statement is reviewed for writing clarity, specific explanation regarding background evidence that the applicant feels needs further addressing, and nursing goals.


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. 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 they 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. Please check with NCAS on the process for resubmission of applications.


What is the cost to attend UTMB Nursing School?

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


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.


Are scholarships available?

Yes. UTMB School of Nursing offers competitive scholarships. All admitted and current students are invited to apply for scholarships. Visit our Financial Aid and Scholarships webpage for more information. In addition, many students find scholarships through national nursing scholarship sites such as the Salute to Nursing scholarships. The Financial Aid office can assist with other alternatives for financing your education.


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. Once you are accepted to the school, UTMB will send you a UTMB financial aid application. For more information, call (409) 772-1215 or please visit the Enrollment Services page.


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.


What type of CPR certification is required?

The Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers Course covering the adult, infant, child and two man CPR (Hospital Level Provider-2 year) is required for all students. A copy of the CPR card needs to be presented at Orientation. Students are responsible for maintaining certification during the program. Courses may be taken through the American Heart Association or the Red Cross. Online courses are not considered acceptable.


Where do students complete their clinical component?

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.

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