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Application Requirements for the MSN and RN to BSN

Please review the following admission requirements:

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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.

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For both the MSN and RN to BSN programs, you must be a Texas resident and have an unencumbered Texas RN License

Provisional admission for the RN to BSN program available for new ADN grads conditional upon completing NCLEX within first 8-week term

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

  • Full admission with a 3.0 GPA
  • Provisional admission with a 2.5-2.9 GPA *Passing grades in first 6 credit hours is required
  • New ADN graduates are eligible for admission on the condition of passing the NCLEX exam within the first 8-week term with HBU


The MSN program will be open to applicants who have completed their Bachelors of Nursing (BSN) at a regionally accredited higher education institution.

  • Full admission with a 3.0 undergraduate GPA or higher
  • Candidates with below a 3.0 GPA will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for consideration for provisional acceptance. Provisionally accepted students will be required to obtain a 3.0 or higher on each of the first three course in their program to maintain enrollment.
  • Candidates will request enrollment in either the FNP or PNP-PC track.
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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.

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Q: Is there an application fee?

A: No, there is no application fee.


Q: What is the tuition?

A: The tuition for the BSN program is $440 per credit and the tuition for the MSN program is $450 per credit.


Q: Are there any additional fees?

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.

*HBU has 6 terms. All terms are 8 weeks in length.


Q: Do I have to pay a deposit to secure my place in the program?

A: No, there is no deposit required.


Q: Are payment plans available?

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


Q: Do I need a Texas RN license?

A: Yes, a valid Texas RN license is required for all programs.


Q: Can I receive credit for prior learning?

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.


Q: How long do courses last?

A: All courses are eight weeks in length.


Q: How many start dates are offered?

A: There are six start dates offered per year for the BSN program (January, March, May, July, August, October) and two starts per year for the MSN program (August, January).


Q: How long does it take to complete the BSN program?

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.


Q: How long does it take to complete the MSN programs?

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 24 months for the PNP and 24-26 months for the FNP.


Q: Is there a GPA requirement during the program?

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 GPE 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


Q: Are the HBU MSN and RN to BSN nursing programs accredited?

A: The MSN and RN to BSN programs are accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

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