Nursing Admissions

RN to BSN Program

Application Deadline Term Start
Fall II Final Deadline: October 14th, 2022 October 24th, 2023
Spring I Priority Deadline: December 19th, 2022 January 17th, 2023
Spring I Final Deadline: January 6th, 2023 January 17th, 2023

MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner, Education, & Leadership

Application Deadline Term Start
Spring I Priority Deadline: December 19th, 2022 January 17th, 2023
Spring I Final Deadline: January 2nd, 2023 January 17th, 2023

MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Application Deadline Term Start
Spring I Priority Deadline: December 19th, 2022 January 17th, 2023
Spring I Final Deadline: January 2nd, 2023 January 17th, 2023

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Application Requirements

Please review the following admission requirements:


Our online application is streamlined for your convenience and can be completed in approximately five minutes. You do not have to wait until you have all your documents and materials to submit your application. With your approval, HBU will request all of your transcripts on your behalf at no cost.


For the FNP and PNP-PC programs, you must be a Texas resident and have an unencumbered Texas RN License. For the RN to BSN program, the MSN in Nurse Education program, and the MSN in Nurse Leadership program, you do not have to be a Texas resident and must have an unencumbered RN License.


You may be eligible for financial aid through the Federal Financial Aid program. To find out your eligibility and what you may qualify for, complete and submit a current FAFSA application at (Houston Baptist University school code: 003576).

It is important to complete the FAFSA process, in conjunction with your application, so that the Financial Aid office can review your file as soon as you receive your admissions decision.


For BSN Completion of an accredited ADN program (Associates Degree in Nursing)

  • Full admission with a 2.75 GPA
  • Unencumbered RN License

For MSNOpen to applicants who have completed their Bachelors of Nursing (BSN) at a regionally accredited higher education institution

  • 3.0 GPA requirement
  • GPA below 3.0 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for consideration for provisional acceptance – provisionally accepted students required to obtain a 3.0 or higher on each of the first three courses in their program to maintain enrollment
  • Candidates will request enrollment in either the FNP, PNP-PC, Nurse Education or Nurse Leadership track
  • Interview: An admission interview may be required with the MSN or Track Director
  • MSN applicants will submit their resume during the application process
  • Priority will be given to applicants with 2 or more years of RN experience

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Frequently Asked Questions

A: No, there is no application fee.

A: The tuition for the BSN program is $465 per credit and the tuition for the MSN program is $500 per credit.

A: Yes, there is a general fee of $50 per term. MSN clinical courses also have a clinical fee of $100 per course and an annual malpractice insurance fee which varies by year.

A: Yes, a range of payment plans are available to accommodate students’ personal finance and employer reimbursement needs.

A: For the FNP and PNP programs, a valid Texas RN license is required. For the MSN in Nurse Education, MSN in Nurse Leadership, and RN to BSN programs, a valid RN license is required.

A: Yes, for the RN to BSN, you can receive credit for having completed prior ADN coursework and HBU can support you in taking and getting credit for many CLEP exams.

A: All BSN courses are 8 weeks in length, while MSN courses are 16 weeks in fall/spring and 15 weeks in the summer.

A: There are six start dates offered per year for the BSN program (January, March, May, July, August, October) and for the MSN FNP program there are two start dates per year (January and August). For the MSN PNP program the next start is January 2023.

A: You have the ability to move through the program at your own pace, but the entire program can be completed in as little as 9 months.

A: The entire program can be completed in as few as 24 months for the PNP and 24-26 months for the FNP.

A: Yes. Program requirements are:

  • MSN: A minimum of a B- for non-clinical courses and B for clinical and practicum courses must be achieved. A 3.0 GPA is required to be eligible for graduation.
  • RN to BSN: You must maintain a cumulative 2.75 GPA at the end of each semester to enroll in nursing courses. If your GPA falls below this, you can enroll in general education courses and resume nursing courses as soon as a cumulative GPA of 2.75 has been reached

A: The RN to BSN and MSN programs are accredited by  by the Texas Board of Nursing (TBON). The RN to BSN program is also accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the MSN program is also accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).