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Bold "Pacesetter" in Nursing Education

Prospective students will find an outstanding choice of innovative degree plans at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the UTHealth School of Nursing. Our pacesetting curriculum accommodates the needs of today’s students for state-of-the-art nursing technology, best didactic practices, electronic information and high-speed computing technology.

We educate nurse clinicians and scientists within a diverse interdisciplinary environment to meet the dynamic work force and health care needs of our 21st-century society. The student body at the UTHealth School of Nursing is a model of diversity and achievement. Our students, whether just starting out on the road to their nursing career or returning to earn a higher degree, come from all walks of life and from places near and far – all motivated by a common call to care.

Whether you are seeking a new career in nursing or an advanced nursing degree, the UTHealth School of Nursing offers a challenging program of academic preparation.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing (BSN) program is designed for students who want to enter the profession of nursing, and for nurses who have earned an associate degree or diploma in nursing and seek to obtain the baccalaureate degree. Graduates of this program are prepared to take the licensure examination (NCLEX) to become a registered nurse and to accept entry-level positions in nursing.

Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) prepares the graduate to make significant contributions to the improvement of health care and to influence health care policy through advanced clinical practice and research that meets the complex health challenges and needs of society. Several concentrations and role components are available.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program positions advanced-practice nurses to be clinical scholars and faculty members in nursing education. It is a practice doctorate that signifies outstanding evidence-based patient care and leadership in nursing practice and health care organizations. (In May 2009, the UT School of Nursing graduated the first class of DNPs in Texas.)

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

The Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) program prepares nurse scientists to develop, test and implement innovation in health care delivery and to teach the next generation of nurses in research. Doctoral graduates have various career options, including faculty positions in schools or colleges of nursing, director and investigator positions in nursing-related research programs, and nurse leader roles in health care delivery.

All programs are accredited by the appropriate agencies. The University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The Baccalaureate Program is approved by the Board of Nursing for the State of Texas. The Nurse Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. The Doctoral Program is approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).