A new three-year grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and funding from the and the Vivian L. Smith Foundation supports a program at the Cizik School of Nursing for a Veterans’ Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (VBSN), directed by Bridgette R. Pullis, PhD, RN, associate professor of clinical nursing in the Department of Nursing Systems. UTHealth’s VBSN program will provide veterans with the knowledge, skills, and support needed to successfully complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. This program will facilitate the transition of veterans into professional nursing by providing an opportunity for 10 veterans per semester to receive academic credit for prior military training and experience while addressing the unique needs of veterans. Both Pacesetter BSN and RN-BSN students are eligible to apply.
Application and Review Process
To apply for VBSN consideration, interested students must simply complete the online application for admission and indicate their military service when prompted. Once the complete application is received (including all official post-secondary and military transcripts) it will be reviewed by the admissions committee for decision. Acceptance into the VBSN program will be considered at the same time as the degree program admission. Notification of VBSN acceptance will be included in the BSN admissions notification.
Services available to VBSN students
After admission, a dedicated case manager will review the veteran’s military transcript and recommend a degree plan, depending on the veteran’s training and experience. Based on their transcript and faculty approval, the veteran could receive one-hour course credit for: Care I-Clinical, Psychiatric and Mental Health-Clinical, Community Health-Clinical and High Acuity-Clinical. Scholarships for veteran students are available. Veteran students need to complete the SON scholarship application.
The case manager will continue to work with the veterans from admission through the VBSN program to connect them with needed resources and help them as they reintegrate and deal with the rigors and challenges of nursing school.
Each veteran student who desires it will be matched with a mentor from the U.S. Veteran’s Initiative who has successfully reintegrated into civilian life to address issues important to the student, such as résumé development, social skills and career assistance.
Q: Is this program open to both Pacesetter and RN-BSN students?
A: Yes, the program is open to both groups of students.
Q: What military branches qualify for consideration?
A: The VBSN program targets veterans or active duty military with medical training and experience, so all branches of the military qualify.
Q: Is there a time limit during which the service must have occurred?
A: There is no time limit on military service for the VBSN program.
Q: Do VBSN students receive preferential treatment in the admissions process?
A: The VBSN students must meet all admission requirements for the Cizik School of Nursing and do not receive preferential admission.
Q: Does the VBSN program include scholarship/grant assistance for veterans?
A: There is no scholarship or grant assistance, but the UTHealth veteran’s affairs office and the VBSN case manager can assist veteran students in accessing resources for veterans.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program, doctor of nursing practice program, and post graduate APRN certificate programs at the Cizik School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).