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Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process for the Traditional BSN Track

Application Deadline for Traditional BSN Track is April 1 for Fall admission and August 1 for Spring admission.

Yes. The Gessner College of Nursing is accepting Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) as the College approved pre-admission test.

Qualified applicants will receive an invitation to interview day. 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.

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.

No. Students may apply for the next admission cycle if they have completed the required course work. 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.

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 semester credit hours awarded by UH toward the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree plan. UH first time in college degree-seeking students may apply up to 15 semester credit hours of transfer credit to the degree plan. Preferably, all natural science program requirements are completed in residence at UH.

Nursing programs are very competitive, including UH's Nursing program. A competitive GPA for the Traditional BSN Track is 3.0 or higher.

A grade of B or higher is required in Anatomy and Physiology 2 and Anatomy and Physiology 2 laboratory. A grade of B- or higher required in the following courses: Introduction to Human Nutrition; Anatomy and Physiology 1 and Anatomy and Physiology 1 laboratory; Microbiology for Non-Science Majors and Microbiology for Non-Science Majors laboratory; and Foundations of Chemistry.

Letter grades are important for your future. As you apply into competitive programs, such as nursing, you will need a grade. When you apply to competitive nurse residency programs after graduating from your nursing program, grades matter to the employer. When you apply to graduate programs to get a masters or doctoral degree, grades on your transcript matter. Make a good decision for your future. Study hard and make good grades so you do not have to retake courses. Your patients deserve the very best. For more information read the Provost's Interim Undergraduate Grade Policy.

Program Requirements for the Traditional BSN Track

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, obstetrics, physical assessment and an elective course. Students in this track will be assigned to a hospital in the greater Houston area and Texas Medical Center for clinical experiences.

CPR for Health Care Provider (BLS), American Heart Association is required. Students will be responsible for maintaining bi-yearly compliance with the CPR requirements throughout their program at their own expense. If a student does not meet the requirements at any time during the program, a course registration hold will be implemented until the requirement is met. The Gessner College of Nursing does not accept any online CPR certifications.

General questions

Students in this track will take their Freshman and Sophomore years at the University of Houston main campus and Junior and Senior years at the University of Houston at Katy location.

Please see Tuition & Fees.

Approximately $3,500.

Yes! Both internal and external scholarships are available for students. Apply for scholarships now!
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