Office of the Dean

Cizik School of Nursing: Empowering the next generation of nurses 

We are proud to be named year after year among the top graduate nursing programs in the United States. No other graduate nursing program ranks higher in the Texas Gulf Coast Region than Jane and Robert Cizik School of Nursing. Our graduates at the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral levels are in much demand, and they are contributing to the global community in leadership and entrepreneurial positions.

We offer the full-time Pacesetter Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program, in which all of the nursing theory courses are offered in the first three semesters followed by a full-time, clinically intensive fourth semester. Our Pacesetters "live the life of a nurse" while still completing their degrees, making them more job-ready and appealing to employers upon graduation. The RN-BSN program, offered online with flexible enrollment options, helps licensed registered nurses to attain the baccalaureate degree in as few as two semesters, or as many as five semesters.

We offer six (6) different Master of Science in Nursing concentrations. Additional enrollment options include the Emergency-Trauma Care Concentration/Post-Master's Certificate and the Forensic Nursing Science Concentration/Post-Master's Certificate. In conjunction with The University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston, we offer a dual degree: MSN-Master of Public Health (MPH).

We are the first and only public university in Texas to offer a nine-semester BSN-DNP in Nurse Anesthesia program. The curriculum, approved by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, consists of 112 credits and is nine semesters (36 months) long.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degree program is the only Texas clinical doctorate which prepares clinical researchers. Our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program was the first in Texas to graduate students with the degree. The DNP is a practice doctorate that will prepare advanced practice nurses to be clinical scholars recognized for outstanding patient care outcomes and leadership in nursing practice and healthcare organizations. This program now offers concentrations as Nurse Practitioners/Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Executives, Nurse Anesthetists or Nurse Informaticists that can be completed through a part-time or full-time program of study.

In the future, we see great potential in clinical informatics and population-based outcomes research. We use educational outreach to take education to the student. With our action-based curriculum, there are many opportunities to improve the health of the people in our diverse communities and beyond.

In addition, to ensure financial assistance to our students, we have been the fortunate recipients of several endowments that will live on in perpetuity. We must all be committed to "make a difference" so that future generations of caregivers can be educated in this, the world's largest healthcare center and by what we think is the world's best faculty.

Perhaps what challenges us most is how to create and influence opportunities for the 21st-century nurse to be a contributing partner in the healthcare arena of tomorrow. Our excellence in academic programs, practice and research has carried us far along the path to success. The UTHealth graduate of the future must meet the challenge of practicing in a model that is undergoing constant change. But one thing is certain; Cizik School of Nursing won't be on the sidelines. We will be making things happen! Together, we can achieve our mission: Uniquely positioned to advance the health and well-being of our diverse communities, we develop tomorrow’s leaders in nursing practice, education and research.

Dean's Office and Staff

Diane M Santa Maria, DrPH, MSN, RN, APHN-BC (Email)

Dean (Interim), Cizik School of Nursing
Associate Professor & PARTNERS Research Scholar

David R Bates, MA, MLIS (Email)

Director, Communications

Pamela J Nugent (Email)

Senior Executive Assistant

Michelle Thomas (Email)

Executive Services Administrator


The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston — Cizik School of Nursing
6901 Bertner Avenue Suite 887
Houston, Texas 77030
(713) 500-2002 (phone)
(713) 500-2007 (fax)