M.S.N. - Nurse Educator Admission
In addition to the general requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies and Research, applicants for regular admission to the M.S.N. program must file a separate departmental application through the Nursing Centralized Application System (NursingCAS) to the Department of Nursing and meet the following criteria:
- Acceptance into the College of Graduate Studies and Research. *
- Be a U.S. citizen or hold permanent residency status in the U.S.
- Reside in the state of Texas. **
- Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
- Overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale.***
- Undergraduate statistics course (3 SCH) completed with a grade of “C” or higher. (Junior or Senior level statistics within 5 years is recommended but not required).
- Current, unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Texas required. **
- Three references (academic, professional or clinical) addressing your ability to succeed in graduate school.
- Complete a Personal Statement describing (a) why you are choosing to become a Nurse Educator, (b) your plans upon completing the graduate program, (c) how your current work experience will enhance your graduate school experience, and (d) how you plan to manage your time due to the demands of program, work, and/or family life. (Less than 800 words).
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)/resume.
*In accordance with College of Graduate Studies and Research admission requirements, applicants from a foreign country whom English is not their first language, must also include official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) taken within the last two years.
**M.S.N. curriculum requiring practicums are required to be completed in Texas.
***When an applicant’s GPA is below 3.00, but between 2.75 and 2.99, and if the applicant has achieved a 3.00 GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work, the applicant may be granted provisional admission.
Prior to first clinical course, graduate students must have the following on file in the nursing office:
- Current American Heart Association CPR (professional level) certification
- Evidence of meeting state-mandated immunization requirements
- Proof of current health insurance
- Certified Background Check
- Drug screen, if required by clinical agency
- A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN -formerly NLNAC) or the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
- Overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale*
- Undergraduate statistics course (3 credit hours) completed with a grade of “C” or better (junior- or senior-level statistics within five years is recommended, but not required).
- Current, unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Texas.**
*When an applicant’s GPA is below 3.0, but between 2.75 and 2.99, and if the applicant has achieved a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work, the applicant may be granted provisional admission.
**All faculty-supervised clinical practica must be completed in Texas.