Requirements for Graduate Admission
Degree Requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)
Applicants to the graduate nursing programs must meet all requirements for graduate admission as described in the ADMISSIONS section of this catalog. International students must have a minimum score of 89 on the TOEFL. In order to be considered for admission a student must send the following credentials to the Office of Admissions:
Criteria for Admission
Criteria have been established by the faculty against which each applicant is evaluated for admission. The purpose is to predict individual potential to succeed at the MSN level. It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit all necessary documentation to NursingCAS by the published deadline for admission consideration to the MSN program. Categories of admission are determined by the degree of criteria met and include (A) Full Admission Status or (B) Conditional Admission Status.
A. Full Admission Status (All Tracks)
1. Apply for graduate admission through NursingCAS. (http://nursingcas.org/index.php)
2. Completion of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from an institution accredited by one of the six
recognized regional accrediting associations as described in the ADMISSIONS section of the university
3. Evidence of current, unencumbered, valid licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Texas.
4. Official transcripts from each institution attended reflecting a grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0
point scale on coursework completed, and the Baccalaureate degree in Nursing conferred, sent directly from
each institution to NursingCAS. The GPA from the students BSN degree is considered for admission to the
Mail Documents to:
P.O. Box 9201
Watertown, MA 02471
5. Applicants to the MSN program must provide a one page writing sample. The personal statement should
include information about the applicant’s education and experience as a professional nurse to date, reason for
interest in graduate education, career goals for the next five (5) years, reason for choosing UHV for graduate
education and what contributions the applicant plans to make to the mission of UHV School of Nursing and
to advanced nursing practice.
6. An interview will be required as part of the admission process. The interview process will be made available
once the NursingCAS application is submitted with payment.
7. Official score(s) of Health Sciences Reasoning Test (HSRT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Admission criteria include a combined minimum score of 1000 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections and a
minimum score of 3.0 on the written section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken prior to
August 2011. A score of 153 on the Verbal section and a score of 144 on the Quantitative section of the
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken after August 2011, OR a score of 18 or greater on the Health
Sciences Reasoning Test (HSRT). Scores may not be more than 5 years old.
8. Two letters of recommendation: one from a university faculty and one from an employer.
( Click here to download the form) The forms will need to be uploaded into the NursingCAS application.
NursingCAS will allow up to 5 documents to be uploaded into the application.
9. Professional work experience as defined by individual tracks. All FNP applicants are required to have a
minimum of one (1) year of professional nursing practice.
10.All clinical readiness requirements including criminal background check, drug screen, immunization
requirements and CPR for Professional Rescuers met prior to enrollment as defined below:
a. Screening of immunization is required by the Texas Department of Health Texas Administration Code Title
25 Part 1 Chapter 97 Subchapter B Rules 97.61-.97.72. http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/forms/6-
103.pdf. Failure to adhere to the guideline is a violation to the Texas Administrative Code Title 25 Part 1
Chapter 97 Subchapter B Rules 97.61-.97.72.
b. If additional vaccines during vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks such as the flu vaccine are instituted by
the individual practicum sites or by the State of Texas, students will be required to comply.
c. All School of Nursing (SON) applicants will be required to submit evidence of compliance with each of
the UHV SON Clinical Requirements as listed in this policy prior to the program application deadline in
order to be considered for admission. The SON will not receive original documents.
d. In addition, all students will be responsible for original documents and maintaining compliance with the
UHV SON Clinical Requirements throughout the program. In the event that 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.
e. Students will receive directions regarding accessing the secure data collection agency process via the SON
website as well as via written communications related to program inquiries, advisement, and admissions.
B. Conditional Admission Status (All Tracks)
Conditional admission may be granted. Students admitted with conditional admission status may convert to full admission status after maintaining at least a GPA of 3.0 during the first nine semester hours of the program. Students failing to meet this requirement will not be allowed to progress in the MSN program.
Transfer of Graduate Course Credit
Credit may be transferred only for graduate credit courses completed with a grade of A or B. The transfer student must complete 75% of the coursework required for a degree program at UHV unless transferring from a UH System institution. In the latter case, the student must complete 50% at UHV.
It is the student's responsibility to provide course description and course syllabi for consideration. Approval of transfer credit toward the MSN degree is by the appropriate academic advisor of the student's plan and school dean of the student's plan.