UT Health Science Center Nursing Program

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio) nursing program is a fully accredited, baccalaureate-preparation degree with 25 active faculty. The mission of the school of nursing is “to educate diverse and collaborative health professionals that promote health and quality of life for individuals and communities.”

If you are an aspiring nurse and have a passion for serving others, UT Health Science Center – Nursing Program is the school for you. The school’s philosophy is built on education excellence and holds itself to high standards of excellence. The University of Texas (UT) at San Antonio is dedicated to providing optimal, quality care to all patients regardless of race, religion or age. UT produces many distinguished nursing, education, and other health professionals annually.

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The Cizik School of Nursing doctorate program ranked No. 22 in the nation out of 171 programs, securing its position as the No. 1 doctorate in nursing program in Texas. The master’s program ranked No. 27 in the nation among 236 programs, making it the No. 2 master’s in nursing program in Texas. The Doctor of Nursing Practice – Family (DNP-FNP) program is the only program in the state listed, ranked at No. 17.

“They are thrilled to be recognized as the No. 1 school for doctoral nursing education in Texas and one of the top schools in the nation,” said Diane M. Santa Maria, DrPH, MSN, RN, dean ad interim at Cizik School of Nursing. “Our graduates are leaders in our hospital systems, community health clinics, and in health policy here in the Texas Medical Center, across the state of Texas, and throughout the nation. They are honored to be a part of our student’s journey to excellence in nursing.”

“Cizik School of Nursing has been a perennial leader in graduate nursing programs and we are proud that the school continues to be recognized for being at the forefront of educating the nurses of the future,” said Michael Blackburn, PhD, executive vice president and chief academic officer at UTHealth.

Both the doctorate of nursing program and master’s of nursing of program made a significant jump from the 2020 Best Graduate Schools list. The doctorate program made the leap from No. 40 to 22, and the master’s program rose from No. 30 to 27.

“We set a goal to be the best. Our faculty are expert clinicians and dedicated to using cutting-edge methods and technologies to support learning. It takes the best faculty and staff to reach this milestone. We did this by continuously listening to our students and academic practice partners and assuring the best learning environments in our classrooms and across all clinical experiences,” said Santa Maria.

The Best Graduate Schools rankings are calculated by both expert opinions about the program and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research, and students.

The data for the rankings comes from surveys of more than 2,054 programs and from reputation surveys sent to more than 22,018 academics and professionals, conducted in fall 2018 and early 2019.

The Health Science Center School of Nursing was established in 1969.  The School of Nursing was originally part of The University of Texas System School of Nursing with campuses in Galveston, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, El Paso and Tyler.  All five schools followed the same curriculum.  In 1976 the System School of Nursing was dissolved and each School of Nursing has since been independent and governed by the university on the campus where the school is located.

UT Health Science Center Nursing Program

The School of Nursing offers four degree programs, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.), Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.), Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and one Post-Graduate Certificate as a Nurse Practitioner.

The School of Nursing has a unique role in nursing education related to its placement in the South Texas Region.  The region has large underserved populations with different health care needs.  Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, teen pregnancy, mental illness and other chronic conditions are prevalent.  We have been designated by the United States Department of Education as a Hispanic Serving Institution.

Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth offers programs resulting in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing, or Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. The school also provides a wide variety of settings in which students and faculty can study, conduct research and participate in clinical practice. The school is proud of the quality and variety of experiences that are offered our graduate and undergraduate students. With more than 1,250 students currently enrolled, Cizik School of Nursing graduates an average of 290 nurses with undergraduate degrees and 120 nurses with graduate degrees each year. Since 1972, Cizik School of Nursing has granted 10,167 nursing degrees to its graduates.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in The UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, medicine, nursing and public health and includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center and a growing network of clinics throughout the region. The university’s primary teaching hospitals include Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

Mission

We develop diverse nurse leaders to improve health and health care, through education, research, practice, and community engagement.

Vision

We make lives better by promoting health as an act of social justice.

Values

  1. Innovation: ​We, the faculty, staff, and students of the UT Health School of Nursing, believe in delivering leading edge health care, education, research, and community service.
  2. Diversity and Inclusion: ​We believe in fostering an inclusive environment as a foundation to make health care available to all.
  3. ​Ethics & Accountability: ​We believe in honoring the dignity of others through the accountability of our actions.
  4. ​Advocacy: ​We believe in promoting healthy lifestyles and access to health care for all populations.
  5. ​Synergy: ​We believe in inter-professional cooperation to improve health outcomes for all.

Goals

  • Education: Be the School of Nursing that students and faculty choose for its mission and vision, vibrant academic culture, innovative programs and service to community, state, and region.
  • Culture of Excellence: ​Enhance the culture of excellence in the School of Nursing through innovative mentorship and meaningful recognition of the faculty, staff, and students.
  • Research: ​Expand research programs of excellence and distinction in advancing promotion of human health and transformation of health care.
  • Health Care: ​To be a health care provider of choice for Central and South Texas with a focus on patient centered care.
  • Community Engagement: ​Foster a UT Health San Antonio community partnership that benefits the diverse communities we serve through education, practice and research to meet mutually identified health and health education needs.

The School of Nursing mission, values, and vision are published on the School of Nursing web site and relates to all programs. The School of Nursing goals are incorporated into the strategic plan. Both are accessible to current and prospective students. The mission, vision and goals are each congruent with those of the Health Science Center. They are consistent with relevant professional standards and nursing guidelines to prepare students for beginning and advanced nursing practice.

Minimum Admissions Requirements

  • 3.00 GPA or higher in the required 60 hours of nursing prerequisites.
  • 3.00 GPA or higher in the required science prerequisites.
  • HESI A2 Entrance Exam score report

An application will be reviewed for admission if at least 40 prerequisite hours, including 8 hours from the science prerequisites (Human Anatomy and Physiology I or II, Microbiology, or Chemistry), have been completed.

Required Application Materials:

  • Online application and non-refundable $60.00 application fee. 
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. Electronic submission is preferred. Information on how to send electronic transcripts is available online. Transcripts must be printed within six months of receipt. 
  • If you have previous college coursework from another country, you must have coursework evaluated by a credentialing service. This information will be used to determine which courses can satisfy the prerequisites.  
  • Official HESI A2 Entrance Exam scores. The Department ID is 198326. 

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Coursework Requirements

Prior to attending UT Health San Antonio, all BSN students must complete a set of prerequisite courses at a regionally accredited college of their choice. All prerequisite courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher.

Applicants must complete all math and science prerequisites (in bold in the following table) before submitting an application. Applicants may be missing up to 9 hours of non-math and non-science classes when submitting an application but must finish those remaining hours prior to starting classes at UT Health San Antonio.

Courses Taken Pass/Fail

Prerequisite courses taken as “pass/fail” or “credit/no credit” during Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and Fall 2020 terms can be accepted as long as the course is passed and credit is earned. Classes taken this way will not be included in the cumulative or prerequisite GPA. Failed courses will not be accepted, but will be included in GPA calculation.

List of Prerequisite Courses

Course NameTexas Common Course NumberSemester Hours
College Algebra (or higher)MATH 13143
Elementary Statistical MethodsMATH 1342 or 14423
Chemistry I (no lab required)CHEM 1305, 1311, 1405, or 14113
Chemistry II (no lab required)CHEM 1307, 1312, 1407, or 14123
Anatomy & Physiology I (with lab)BIOL 24014
Anatomy & Physiology II (with lab)BIOL 24024
Microbiology (with lab)BIOL 2420 or 24214
Human NutritionBIOL 13223
Introduction to PsychologyPSYC 23013
Introduction to SociologySOCI 13013
Human Growth & Development (must cover conception through death)PSYC 23143
English I*ENGL 13013
English II*ENGL 13023
United States History I*HIST 13013
United States History II*HIST 13023
U.S. Government*GOVT 23053
Texas Government*GOVT 23063
Ethics*PHIL 23063
Visual & Performing Arts*Must be approved by the Texas Core Curriculum. Contact your school for a list of approved courses.3
  Total: 60 Hours

*Note: Italicized courses can be fulfilled by submitting a transcript which indicates you have completed the Texas Core Curriculum. Only public colleges in Texas are able to provide transcripts which indicate this. If none of your transcripts indicate you have completed the Texas Core, then you will need to take these specific classes to fulfill the core. These requirements cannot be substituted otherwise. If you have questions about fulfilling the Core Curriculum at your school, please contact your school’s Registrar.

All transcripts must be received by NursingCAS prior to the application deadline.

Course Equivalencies

Students attending public colleges in Texas are encouraged to use the Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) to check for course equivalencies. Students attending colleges not on TCCNS may request a course evaluation by submitting a message to the Office of Admissions.

Foreign Coursework Evaluations

Applicants who have attended a college outside of the United States are required to submit an official course-by-course foreign evaluation by a current NACES member.

Applicants will need to have their course-by-course evaluation mailed directly from the NACES member to the Office of Admissions. This evaluation is due by the deadline and must be mailed to:

School of Nursing Office of Admissions
7703 Floyd Curl Drive, MSC 7945
San Antonio, TX 78229

ut health san antonio nursing application deadline

Pacesetter BSN Application Deadlines

TermStatusDeadline
Summer 2022OpenJanuary 15, 2022
Fall 2022OpenMarch 15, 2022
Spring 2023OpenSeptember 1, 2022

RN-Bridge Programs (options for ADN-prepared RNs)

Cizik School of Nursing has three educational opportunities for an associate’s degree-prepared RNs to expand their education to the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) or the master’s of science in nursing (MSN).  

TermStatusDeadline
Summer 2022
RN to BSN OpenExtended to April 1, 2022
RN to MSN – Nursing Leadership Closed“On Hold”
Fall 2022
RN to BSN Open March 15, 2022
Spring 2023
RN to MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner Closed“On Hold”
RN to BSN Open September 1, 2022

Master’s of Science in Nursing/ Post-Graduate Program

Applications for admission are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply before the priority deadline which guarantees and application review and decision. Applications submitted after the priority deadline are reviewed on space-available basis. In order for an application to be reviewed the application and all supporting documents must be received by the deadlines listed below. 

Application TypeStatusDeadline
Summer 2022
All MSN and Post-Graduate Nurse Practitioner ProgramsOpenJanuary 1, 2022
Nursing Leadership: MSN and Post-Graduate OpenApril 1, 2022
Nursing Education: Post-Graduate OpenApril 1, 2022
Fall 2022
All MSN and Post-Graduate Nurse Practitioner Programs OpenJanuary 1, 2022
Nursing Leadership: MSN and Post-Graduate Open July 1, 2022
Nursing Education: Post-Graduate Open July 1, 2022
Spring 2022
All MSN and Post-Graduate Nurse Practitioner Programs ClosedAugust 15, 2021
Nursing Leadership: MSN and Post-GraduateClosedOctober 1, 2021
Nursing Education: Post-GraduateClosedOctober 1, 2021 
Emergency/Trauma: Post-GraduateClosed August 15, 2021

Nurse Anesthesia

TermStatus DeadlineInterviewsNotification Date
Summer 2023OpenJuly 1, 2022TBDTBD

BSN to DNP – Nurse Practitioner

Applications for BSN to DNP – Nurse Practitioner admission are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply before the priority deadline which guarantees and application review and decision. Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis. 

TermStatus DeadlineInterviewsNotification Date
Fall 2022OpenExtended to May 15, 2022January 10, 2022Rolling BasisRolling Basis

Applications to the BSN-DNP Nurse Practitioner program must be completed and processed through NursingCAS. NursingCAS online application streamlines the admission process for prospective students by providing a singular location for all required information and documents.

Doctor of Nursing Practice – Post-Master’s Program (DNP)

The DNP – Post-Master’s Program admits students every fall (August). Applications must be complete in order for review and decision. Applications submitted after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis while enrollment capacity exists.

TermApplication TypeStatusDeadline
Fall 2022   Early Decision      OpenApril 1, 2022Completed applications submitted by December 1 will receive an early decision in February. 

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The PhD programs admits students every fall (August). Applications must be complete in order for review and decision. Applications submitted after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis while enrollment capacity exists.

TermApplication TypeStatusDeadlineInterviewsNotification Date
Fall 2022Priority Decision  OpenApril 1, 2022TBDTBD

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