University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) - School of Nursing | 94% NCLEX Pass Rates

As the first nursing school in Texas, the University of Texas Medical Branch has continued to show success through being a leader in nursing education. Graduating students nationally rank as high scholars at the school of nursing. We offer quality nursing education at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree levels.

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  • 94%
    NCLEX Pass Rates
  • On Campus
  • Public
  • Accreditation ccne Accredited
  • Programs RN-to-MSN, RN-to-BSN, PhD, Entry-Level BSN, CNL, BSN-to-PhD, BSN, DNP, MSN, Post-grad Certificate, MSN to PhD, NP, Other
  • Location Galveston, TX
  • Telephone (409) 772-8271
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"Just how many graduates does the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)- School of Nursing recognize every year?"

  • 331 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees
  • 167 Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degrees
  • 15 Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing) degrees

"I am concerned about passing NCLEX.  What is the NCLEX pass rate at the University of Texas Medical Branch?"

Among the BSN, MSN, and PhD programs, the NCLEX exam has a 94% pass rate and the school has a 91% graduation rate.  These impressive rates are the highest in the state of Texas.

Programs Offered at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) - School of Nursing

BSN program - This program is the traditional route for the four year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. After obtaining the degree, the student is eligible to sit for the NCLEX exam to become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN).

Honors program for the Traditional BSN program

UTMB offers a program to its undergraduate students who are entering into the traditional BSN program, starting in the Fall. This is a unique opportunity for students who desire to take the leadership role outside the classroom.


By 2020, there is a recommendation that most RNs should have a BSN degree. At the University of Texas Medical Branch, an RN to BSN track is offered to those nurses who are RNs and want to advance their degree. Many are working and especially those with families are able to take this convenient program.

MSN Degree Program (all online)

  • Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Executive Nurse Leader
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Educator

A New NP program coming soon…

The Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program (AGACNP) will be available in the Fall of 2017. This program is also online.

Doctor of Nursing Practice program (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are for nurse practitioner graduates who have a desire to transform healthcare by focusing on vulnerable populations.

The program is mostly online, though does require a trip to the campus one time for 2-3 days a semester. Otherwise, the 42 credits hours are done online, part time.

If a student has an F1 educational visa, the student must enroll in courses offered on campus only because the DNP program does not meet the requirements for those students.

Doctor of Philosophy program (PhD) BSN-PhD or MSN-PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy program (PhD) is offered for those who have completed their BSN or MSN and wish to continue their education focusing on research, education, or who want to become an administrator in nursing.

This program is also offered exclusively online with the exception of one required 5-day on-campus visit. This program is offered with two options:  full and part time.

Additionally, the University of Texas Medical Branch also offers post BSN/MSN certificates.

"What are some other reasons why I should choose UTMB?"

This school was ranked as the top online program nationally by Best, as well as "best MSN online programs in the Nation".

Another recognition was given at ranking the MSN online programs as number two of all nursing schools.  Additionally, the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program was ranked in the Top Ten Programs in the nation and Number One Program in Texas.

If you are looking for a way to advance your career, whether it is starting the traditional BSN route, obtaining a post-graduate certificate, or taking an advanced course, the faculty and advisory staff of the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) - School of Nursing are there to lead the way!

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    Status: Student
    Program: BSN
    Classes: On Campus
    Graduation: 2017
    Focus: Emergency

    My Experience

    I've had an incredible experience at UTMB! All of the professors really care about you, and there are multiple resources for students such as tutoring, open office hours, and many more. Everybody is super focus on helping students succeed, and I don't feel like just another student because all of the professors know who I am. My class is only 80 people, so it was very competitive to be admitted, but I feel like the small class makes it easier to learn and easier to have a relationship with the professors. I will be graduating in August 2017 with my BSN.

    About The Staff

    The staff is great! They are great at sending reminder emails for anything that is due such as tuition, registration, etc. The professors are incredible and they're very nice and want to help you learn.

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