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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Nursing Dual Degree with UTSON

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Honors  > Nursing Dual Degree with UTSON

The Dual Degree Agreement between UH and Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth offers students the benefit of pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at UH while also completing pre-requisites for admission to Cizik to pursue a B.S. in Nursing. The Agreement imposes certain additional requirements on participating students while at UH and provides for certain exemptions from UH and CLASS degree requirements.

Students will require advising concerning this Pre-Nursing Track, faculty mentoring on their course of studies for the UH B.A. or B.S., and need to be evaluated periodically for ongoing program eligibility. Program advising and faculty mentoring is through Dr. Aaron Reynolds in the Medicine & Society program at the UH Honors College.

Students must meet the following requirements for participation in the Program, and to have the related UH degree program waivers or exemptions:

  1. Interested FTIC students will complete at least 90 credit hours towards a UH bachelor’s degree (including nursing school pre-requisites) with a major selected from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS).
    1. While students may select any major from CLASS, two are particularly well-suited for Nursing Dual Degree students: Liberal Studies (the triple-minor major) and Psychology. Interested students will begin in their first year at UH to work on their core requirements and Nursing pre-requisites, which will include Growth & Development, Anatomy & Physiology, and Microbiology, for example. To be eligible for this program, transfer credit and AP credit is not allowed for all math and science nursing pre-requisites, and these courses must be taken at UH.
    2. Note that students in this Program are expected to fulfill all the requirements of the major they select, even if that might entail completing more than 90 hours at the University of Houston.
  2. Participation in the Program requires obtaining and maintaining a 3.5 cumulative GPA and a 3.0 Science GPA. This requirement will be confirmed at 30, 60 and 75 credit hours.
    1. Starting with the review for eligibility at 30 hours and continuing so long as eligibility is maintained, participants in this Program will have priority registration privileges.
  3. Students no longer eligible at any point for the Program due to failure to maintain GPA requirements may continue and complete a UH Bachelor’s degree. However, they will no longer be eligible for the program-related exemptions or waivers outlined below, and must instead fulfill all College and University degree requirements.
  4. Based on continuing eligibility and successful admission to Cizik School of Nursing under this Program, up to 30 credit hours of approved coursework from the Cizik Bachelor’s degree in Nursing can apply to the completion of a UH Bachelor’s degree.
    1. The first 30 hours of Nursing coursework at Cizik will also substitute for the UH CLASS requirement of a minor, for purposes of awarding the Bachelor’s degree.
    2. Because of the above, students who are admitted to Cizik will be exempted from the normal rule requiring the last 30 hours of coursework be taken in residence at UH.
  5. Students accepted into the Nursing Dual Degree who complete 30 hours at Cizik may also be exempted from the University of Houston requirement of at least 36 advanced hours for graduation.
  6. Students accepted into the Nursing Dual Degree  who complete 30 hours at Cizik will also be exempted from the College’s Foreign Language requirement for a Bachelor of Arts degree.
  7. After 75 credit hours, eligible students will be advised to take the designated nursing admissions exam and to apply for admission to Cizik as a dual-degree applicant.
    1. At least 25 percent of the admissions slots for each application cycle at Cizik will be reserved for UH Nursing Dual Degree Program students.
    2. Students not eligible or not admitted through this program will have the option of applying through the general applicant pool at Cizik or of completing a single UH degree.
    3. Program Participants who do not complete the B.S. in Nursing at Cizik, but successfully complete at least 30 hours at Cizik, may still earn their UH Bachelor’s degree according to Program waivers and exemptions.
    4. Students not admitted to Cizik through this Program, or through Cizik’s general admission pool, or who do not successfully complete 30 hours at Cizik may continue to complete their UH Bachelor’s degree by fulfilling UH College and University degree requierments with no Nursing Dual Degree Program-related exemptions or waivers.

Due to the complicated nature this unique Dual Degree Program, interested students and eventual Program participants are recommended to stay in regular contact with the academic advisors in the Medicine & Society Program at the Honors College.

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