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Nursing Refresher/Re-Entry Program

Due to extenuating circumstances, the September 2022 refresher program will be postponed and provided at a later date.

Refresher Courses are programs designed to update knowledge of current nursing theory and clinical practice to ensure the competence of nurses re-entering nursing practice. The University of Houston-Clear Lake at Pearland can help you relaunch your career!

Who is a Refresher Program For?

  • A registered nurse (RN) who holds a Texas RN license that has lapsed (typically after more than 4 years of inactive status). 

  • An RN with a current RN license who desires to update skills or reenter the nursing workforce.

  • An RN from out of state (Texas) who desires an endorsement license for Texas. Individuals who received their initial RN license from another state and whose license has lapsed can apply for a Texas license through the "Endorsement" process after completing this program.

This program is not for individuals who do not hold an RN license or need to take the NCLEX-RN exam.

A Concept-Based Focused Program

This 120-hour, 16-week refresher program will deliver the essential skills to update your nursing knowledge. The program includes a didactic component and an evidence-based clinical acute care practice component. Highly knowledgeable faculty will guide the individual to successfully and safely return to practice in the nursing field. Participants can expect to receive up-to-date information on health issues, health promotion, informatics, and the current role expectations of the registered nurse.

This knowledge meets the content criteria and requirements for the Texas Board of Nursing for successful reinstatement/endorsement of a Texas nursing license. Completion of the course does not guarantee employment.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the program cost?

The total program cost is $1500.00 and must be paid in full prior to program registration.

How long is the program?

The program is 16 weeks in the long semester (spring and fall) and 10 weeks in the (summer) semester.

How do I know this program is for me?

I am seeking to renew a lapse License or Endorsement: Individuals must register for the program (2-courses) if they are seeking the reinstatement of a lapsed RN license or endorsement of a Texas license.  Registration of course(s) must be paid in full within 48 hours of notification of approval to register. Students must register for required courses at the initial registration. If Course 2 is a requirement it cannot be registered for at a later date.

What is the Definition of Endorsement?

Endorsement: "The process of issuing a permanent license without further examination (NCLEX) to a nurse from another jurisdiction or licensing authority after the determination is made that the applicant meets the same standards as those required of Texas nurses." [Rule 217.1 (12)] 

Do I need to apply for an Endorsement Renewal of Licensure from another state?

If you received your initial RN license from another state the UHCL Refresher/Re-entry course is required to apply for a Texas License through the "Endorsement" process.  

What if I am a Nurse Endorsing to Texas from another State?

Once you confirm with the Texas Board of Nursing that you need to pursue endorsement.  

Are background checks required in Texas?

Applicants seeking licensure in Texas by Endorsement or Examination are required to submit a complete and legible set of fingerprints on a form prescribed by the board for the purpose of obtaining a criminal history from the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigations. (Section 301.252 (b) and Section 301.252 (e) of the Texas Occupations Code). NOTE: You do not need to complete this step if you already have a criminal background check on file with the BON. Verify a previous CBC on file with the BON.

What forms do I need to complete? Which comes first, endorsement or temporary permit?

The temporary permit is the first step in the process. The temporary permit allows an individual to begin a refresher course, extensive orientation to the practice of nursing, or a nursing program of study which meets the requirements prescribed by the Board. The temporary permit application is a step-by-step guideline that will walk you through the process. It is located on the Board's website, Complete the online application at Nurse Endorsement Application. Print a copy of the receipt page for your records.

Continuing Education Requirements for License renewal/endorsement: Do I need CEUs? Do I submit my CEUs and fee now or with the license renewal? What is the process? 

You will need a minimum of 20 CEUs (current). You may submit the CEUs and the applicable fees anytime during the renewal/refresher process; however, these items must be submitted prior to the expiration of the temporary permit. The Texas board of nursing staff recommends that you submit your 20 contact hours of CNE and the non-refundable fees as soon as possible. Remember the 20 contact hours should be for the two years immediately preceding your application for reactivation. UHCL has a link through our campus library to obtain needed CEUs free of charge once the registration fee and a UHCL student account have been set up for you. 

What about the Nursing Jurisprudence Examination?

You must pass the Texas nursing jurisprudence examination prior to being issued a permanent license. Instructions on taking the Texas nursing jurisprudence are found on the T- BON website.

Do I need to retake the NCLEX-RN®? 

Note: If you have not passed the NCLEX-RN® within four years from the date of completion of requirements for graduation, you must re-educate by completing a board-approved nursing educational program in order to take or retake the examination. You are not eligible for this UHCL Refresher/Re-entry program. If you have previously taken the NCLEX-RN® passed and received an RN license, you do not need to re-take the exam to renew your license after the completion of the Refresher course. If the student completed a nursing education program and never passed NCLEX-RN® this is not a program for you? 

What if I have more questions?

Program Specific Questions:

If you have any other specific questions please contact the RN Refresher Program Manager via a separate email at

Texas Board of Nursing Questions:

333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460 Austin, TX 78701-3944
Phone: 512-305-7400
Fax: 512-305-7401 

To protect and promote the welfare of the people of Texas: Texas Board of Nursing -  Refresher Courses


  • Nursing Refresher/Re-Entry Program at UHCL at Pearland

    Phone: 281-212-1627

    1200 Pearland Parkway
    Pearland, TX 77581