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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.