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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the admission to the program? The University of Houston College of Nursing will debut the new Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) track in Fall 2019. Application deadline is April 1.

Where will this program be offered? The Traditional BSN track is designed for the first time in college student enrolled at the University of Houston seeking to earn their first bachelor’s degree.  Students in this track will take their Freshman and Sophomore years at the University of Houston and Junior and Senior years at the new University of Houston Katy location.

Can I start this program if I transferred from a Community College? This track is not designed for transfer students from other colleges or universities.  Students in this track will be allowed to transfer in 15 semester credit hours to the University of Houston toward the nursing major.

Can I start this program missing any of the required course work? Students who have completed 45 semester credit hours awarded by the University of Houston are eligible to submit the Change of Major Requirements for the College of Nursing form.  Completed is defined as:  courses taken at UH are finished, AP/IB credit awarded by UH (, and final UH grades or AP/IB credit are reflected on the University of Houston transcript.  The 45 semester credit hours are courses completed in residence at the University of Houston.

I took dual credit and advanced placement courses in high school. Will they count toward my nursing degree at UH? The Traditional BSN Track is for first time in college degree-seeking students at the University of Houston.  Applicants to this track must have 45 completed semester credits awarded by UH toward the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree plan. Information about AP/IB credits awarded by UH may be found at the Evaluation of Credits page.

UH first time in college degree-seeking students may apply up to 15 hours of dual credits taken during high school toward the BSN degree plan, as long as the credits are accepted by UH. Information about credit UH accepts from community colleges may be found at the Transfer of College Credits page.

How much is tuition and fees, excluding books? For the 2019-20 academic year, approximately $442.41 for tuition and consolidated fees per semester credit hour for Texas Residents.  The University of Houston applies fees for student services each semester that equal $501 each semester.

How much will books cost for this program? Approximately $3,500.

Do I have to have a 3.0 GPA? The standard set for the Traditional BSN track is a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

What does cumulative mean? Cumulative is all completed course work.

Is there a minimum GPA required for the natural sciences? A minimum 2.7 GPA in the natural sciences.  A grade of B or higher is required in Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 and Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 laboratory.  A grade of B- or higher required in the following courses:  Human Nutrition; Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 and Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 laboratory; Prenursing Microbiology and Prenursing Microbiology laboratory; and Foundations of Chemistry.

Is there a pre-nursing exam required? This information is listed on the College of Nursing website under the Admission Requirements for Traditional BSN.  Applicants must pass the school approved pre-admission test.  The UH College of Nursing is accepting Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) as the College approved pre-admission test.

Tell me about the clinical requirements for this program? The nursing curriculum is 60 semester credit hours.  The semester credits include 900 clock hours of lab/clinical experiences to include community  health, pediatrics, medicine, surgical, mental health, intensive care, obstetrics, physical assessment and an elective course. Semester Map of BSN Tracks   Students in this track will have access to hospitals in the Katy area, greater Houston and Texas Medical Center for clinical experiences.

What can I start doing prior to starting the program to satisfy clinical requirements?  Where can I obtain my CPR? Is there a specific CPR required? You may obtain your CPR certification at any healthcare facility. Hospital requirements for clinical rotations require that you be CPR certified. Only American Heart Association (AHA) Health Care Provider and American Red Cross (ARC) Health Care Provider CPR verification will be accepted. You must take the Health Care Provider class for BLS (CPR and AED) program. **The College of Nursing does not accept any online CPR certifications**

Do my immunizations have to be completed prior to the deadline date? It is important immunizations are up to date, and multi-step immunizations have been initiated for full admission to this track. S101 Student Clinical Requirements Part One Hep C

Tell me about the course schedule and classroom setting for this program? The course schedule will be “full time” course work that may typically include up to two days of class each week, up to two days of clinical, and one day of lab practice time. The schedule will vary each semester based upon the clinical courses that the students are taking and assigned clinical days. Semester Map of BSN Tracks. The new building will house the state-of-the-art Nursing Simulation Center and classrooms. Watch your new building being built here:

When will I know that I have been accepted or not into the program? Qualified applicants will receive an invitation to Interview Day in early May.  Final approval to this track is based on completion of all required course work and qualifying grades, Interview, criminal background check, drug screen, and Texas Board of Nursing clearance.

Are scholarships available? Yes!  Both Internal and External Scholarships are available at  Apply for Scholarships Now!