Graduate Admissions

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Thank you for your interest in the School of Nursing Graduate Programs. The School of Nursing offers diverse programs and specialization offerings supported by nationally recognized faculty. From the below list of graduate programs, please select the program you are interested in to view the admission requirements.

Application Deadlines:
The application deadline for the Alternate Entry RN to Masters, Masters Degree, Post-Graduate Certificates, DNP, and PhD programs is February 1st for fall entry.

 
  • Masters Degree Options

    The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is a traditional program for students who have a BSN degree. Available majors are Administrative Management, Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL),Education, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).

    Admission Criteria
    To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program the following factors are required:

    • Online application submitted via NursingCAS. View a video overview on completing NursingCAS application.
    • Application Fee
    • Official copy of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, if international applicant. TOEFL scores can be no more than two (2) years old. A minimum score of 550 is required on the paper examination; minimum 250 on the computer-based examination; or, minimum 68 on the internet based examination
    • Submit official transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended to NursingCAS. International transcripts must be evaluated by an accredited foreign credential service.
      *For more information regarding international applicant requirements, click here.
    • Bachelors in Nursing from a CCNE, ACEN or NLNAC accredited program
    • Interview
    • Licensure as a Registered Nurse in Texas or Compact License with Multi-State Privileges.
    • BLS for Healthcare Providers Certification through the American Heart Association. Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner majors will need to possess Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certification through the American Heart Association.
    • Current Required Immunizations
    • Current Health Insurance Coverage
    • Pass Criminal Background Check

    The following criteria are used to determine admission:

    • Interview
    • Essays
    • Cumulative Grade Point Average of "B"(3.0 on 4.0 scale) is required
    • Three Professional References(Submit via NursingCAS application)
    • For MSN in Education Program only: Minimum of two (2) years in the last four (4) years of nursing practice experience.

    MSN Program Application Deadlines:

    • Deadline for fall entrance is February 1
  • Alternate Entry Masters Degree

    The Alternate Entry Masters Degree for ADN/Diploma RNs is a program designed for students to complete the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN ) while pursuing a graduate level education. Students admitted into this program complete the BSN degree requirements and focus their Master degree coursework in one of seven majors: Administrative Management, Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), Nurse Education, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).

    Length: 3-4 years

    General Admission Requirements:
    To be considered for admission to the Alternate Entry Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program the following factors are required:

    • Associate's Degree or Diploma in Nursing from an ACEN or NLNAC accredited program.
    • Complete all required prerequisites courses.
    • Licensure as a Registered Nurse in Texas or Compact License with Multi-State Privileges.
    • Grade Point Average of "B" (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher is required.
    • Interview
    • Submit official transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended to NursingCAS.
    • Three Professional References (Submit via NursingCAS application).
    • Online application submitted via NursingCAS. View a video overview on completing NursingCAS application.
    • Application Fee
    • Essays
    • International transcripts must be evaluated by an accredited foreign credential service.
    • International applicants - English proficiency test International applicants must have one official copy of a TOEFL or IELTS score. TOEFL and IELTS scores are to be no more than two years old. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 is required on paper examination; 250 on computer-based examination; or 68 on the internet based examination. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. TOEFL school code: 3383.

    Once conditional admission is granted, the following items are required:

    • BLS for Healthcare Providers Certification through the American Heart Association. Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner majors will need to possess Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certification through the American Heart Association.
    • Current Immunizations
    • Current Health Insurance
    • Pass criminal background check

    Application and Deadlines

    All applicants must submit through NursingCAS, the application, transcripts, references, and payment.

    • Deadline for fall entrance: February 1st.
  • Post-Graduate Certificate

    A Post-Graduate Certificate option is available for MSN students desiring a specialization in Nursing Education, or a Nurse Practitioner specialization in Adult Gerontology Acute Care, Family, Pediatric, or Psychiatric Mental Health. The certificate options are available to students who have a MSN degree.

    GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
    To be considered for admission for a Post-Graduate Certificate the following factors are required

    • Master's in Nursing from a nationally accredited School of Nursing (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE)
      • Completion of a graduate course in health assessment with grade of "B" or better
      • Completion of a graduate pathophysiology course with a grade of "B" or better
      • Completion of a graduate pharmacology course with a grade of "B" or better
    • Online application submitted via NursingCAS. View a video overview on completing NursingCAS application.
    • Application Fee
    • Official copy of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, if international applicant. TOEFL scores can be no more than two (2) years old. A minimum score of 550 is required on the paper examination; minimum 250 on the computer-based examination; or, minimum 68 on the internet based examination
    • Submit official transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended to NursingCAS. International transcripts must be evaluated by an accredited foreign credential service.
      *For more information regarding international applicant requirements, clickhere.
    • Interview
    • Masters in Nursing
    • Licensure as a Registered Nurse in Texas or Compact License with Multi-State Privileges.
    • BLS for Healthcare Providers Certification through the American Heart Association. Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner majors will need to possess Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certification through the American Heart Association.
    • Current Required Immunizations
    • Current Health Insurance Coverage
    • Clear Criminal Background Check
    • Basic Computer Skills

    The following criteria are used to also determine admission:

    • Interview
    • Essays
    • Cumulative Grade Point Average of "B" (3.0 on 4.0 scale) is required
    • Three Professional References (Submit via NursingCAS application)

    Post-Graduate Certificate Application Deadlines:

    • Deadline for fall entrance is February 1
  • Doctor of Philosophy

    The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing program is a research-based doctoral degree, which prepares students for careers as a clinical nurse scientist and faculty. Students may enter the program at the Post-BSN or Post-MSN level. Applications for admission to the PhD in Nursing program are accepted only once per year for entrance in the fall.

    To learn more about the PhD program, please watch Teaching the Art of Science

    LENGTH: 3-6 YEARS

    General Admission Criteria
    To be considered for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Program the following factors are required:

    • Bachelors in Nursing and/or Masters in Nursing from a nationally accredited school of nursing (ACEN, NLNAC, CCNE)
    • Licensure as a Registered Nurse in Texas or Compact License with Multi-State Privileges
      International applicants should contact the PhD program director to determine licensure requirements.

    • Grade Point Average of "B" (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher is required
    • Official transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended are required, regardless of whether or not a degree was earned.
    • Online application submitted via NursingCAS. View a video overview on completing NursingCAS application.
    • Application Fee
    • Three letters of professional reference attesting to the applicants qualifications for doctoral education in nursing.
    • Current resume or curriculum vitae
    • Essays (Submit via NursingCAS application)
    • Graduate Record Examination General (aptitude) test (verbal and quantitative sections) taken within the last 5 years. GRE school code: 7616.
    • Interview
    • Applicants who have completed college-level coursework outside of the United States must have all international coursework evaluated, which can be completed by sending transcripts to a foreign credential evaluation service.
    • International applicants English proficiency test

      International applicants must have one official copy of a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) score. TOEFL and IELTS scores are to be no more than two. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 is required on paper examination; 250 on computer-based examination; or 68 on the internet based examination. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required.
      TOEFL school code: 3383

    Once conditional admission is granted, the following items are required:

    • Current CPR Certification (American Heart Association)
    • Current Immunizations
    • Proof Current Health Insurance
    • Pass criminal background check

    APPLICATION DEADLINE

    Fall entry only: April 1st

    Click here to view PhD and DNP comparison chart.

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice

    The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a doctoral degree that prepares nurses for the highest level of nursing practice. This program is designed for students who hold a Master's degree in Nursing, and who have nursing specialty preparation at the graduate level. Applicants to the DNP program will choose from three different tracks: the Advanced Practice Leadership track, the Public Health track, or the Executive Administrative Management track. Applications for admission to the DNP program are accepted only once per year for entrance in the fall.

    The DNP program is not available to residents in some states. Prior to applying for admission, please verify the program is available in your state.

    Links:
    Graduate Admissions
    Executive Admin. Management
    Advanced Practice Leadership

    Admission Criteria

    To be considered for admission to the DNP program the following factors are required:

    • Master's in Nursing (MSN) from an accredited institution (ACEN, CCNE, NLNAC)
    • Online application submitted via NursingCAS. View a video overview on completing NursingCAS application.
    • Submit official transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended to NursingCAS. Please note, NursingCAS will only accept transcripts mailed from the institution and will not accept transcripts submitted by applicants. International transcripts must be evaluated by an accredited foreign credential service. *For more information regarding international applicant requirements, click here.
    • Interview
    • Licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state where your clinical/practicum hours will occur
    • Proof of current national certification as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (for Advanced Practice Leadership track only)
    • Official copy of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, if international applicant. TOEFL scores can be no more than two (2) years old. A minimum score of 550 is required on the paper examination; minimum 250 on the computer-based examination; or, minimum 68 on the internet based examination.
    • APPLICATION DEADLINE

      Fall entry only: April 1st

      Click here to view PhD and DNP comparison chart.

  • Admissions Profiles- Click here

Resources: Your Guide to GRADUATE Nursing Program, Video overview on completing NursingCAS application.

Disclaimer: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Nursing Office of Admissions & Student Services reserves the right to modify the admissions selection criteria and process.