Direct Admit Program

Admission Information

UIW invites exceptionally qualified high school students to pursue our Direct Admit option, which leads to a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. The four-step process includes: 

  • General admission to UIW
  • Application and acceptance to the Direct Admit program
  • Satisfactory completion of the undergraduate degree
  • Acceptance into the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions

Students interested in other Direct Admit programs such as Physical Therapy and Osteopathic Medicine should visit the following link: Health Professions Website

Students who meet the qualification criteria listed below when applying to the University will receive an email invitation shortly after they are admitted. Students will be asked to elect which program they are interested in and to complete a survey. Responses are shared with the respective schools who interview and admit students at their discretion. Please contact the Office of Admissions at (210) 829-6005 with any additional questions.

Enrollment in this program is contingent on:

December 1 - Priority Deadline

March 1 - Deadline for Direct Admit


DNP - Nurse Practitioner

This curriculum is an intense 7-year course of study for the advanced undergraduate student who is ultimately interested in a Doctor of Nursing Practice terminal degree with a clinical focus as a Family Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. The successful undergraduate student will qualify to enter this program upon admission to the University with specific criteria (Phase I). The student will need to maintain and meet additional requirements throughout their four years of undergraduate pre-licensure nursing coursework and successfully pass the NCLEX-RN examination on their first attempt in order to be accepted into the DNP Program (Phase II).

At successful completion of the four-year Bachelor of Nursing Science curriculum, the student will be qualified to sit for their NCLEX-RN examination and complete the registered nurse application process. At the successful conclusion of the three-year full-time DNP curriculum, the student will be awarded a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, be qualified to sit for their national nurse practitioner examination, and can seek recognition as a family nurse or psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner by their state board of nursing. Please note that accepted undergraduate students will be expected to meet with their academic advisor and DNP program representative at least twice a semester for academic support services. Admissions are accepted in the fall semester only.

Please see Phase I Requirements and Phase II Qualifications and Requirements below:

Phase I Requirements:

  1. ACT of 25 or combined math/verbal SAT of 1210
  2. 3.7 high school cumulative GPA
  3. Three years each of math and science with a 3.7 GPA
  4. Interview with nursing faculty
  5. Student must be prepared to begin in biological chemistry, freshman year, first semester

Phase II Qualifications:

Direct Admit nursing students under this special admissions option must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 and complete all prerequisite courses successfully. Students must also meet the health, academic and Texas Board of Nursing requirements to begin clinical coursework in their fourth semester of study. Direct admit students who meet these requirements are guaranteed a place in the BSN/undergraduate nursing program; they complete the program application and the TEAS V exam for tracking purposes only.

Phase II Requirements:

  1. A BSN degree from University of the Incarnate Word
  2. A license to practice professional nursing in the State of Texas or one of the compact states recognized by the State of Texas
  3. A course in basic statistics with a grade of "C" or better
  4. A grade point average of 3.0 GPA in all undergraduate work and an average of 3.0 in upper-division nursing courses that serve as the foundation for the graduate major
  5. Completion of DNP application
  6. Three satisfactory references (academic and/or professional)
  7. Official transcripts sent from each college/university attended (including hospital school of nursing, if appropriate)
  8. An in-person interview with UIW graduate faculty will be arranged for qualified individuals

Direct admit students who meet these requirements have a guaranteed place in the DNP Program with a Nurse Practitioner focus. The complete program application is for tracking purposes only.

To apply for admission to the University, go to the Admissions website and click on the Apply Online link.