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    Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) College of Nursing prepares students for the professional nursing role as they offer the BSN, LVN-BSN, RN-BSN, MSN, and DNP nursing degree programs.

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    • NCLEX Pass Rate 76
    • Accreditations CCNE Accredited ACEN Accredited
    • Location Prairie View, Texas
    • Programs BSN, DNP, MSN, RN-to-BSN, LPN-to-BSN, Entry-Level BSN, MSN-to-DNP, NP, BSN-to-DNP, Post-grad Certificate, Other
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    Prairie View A&M University, the first state-supported College in Texas for African Americans and the second oldest public institution of higher education in Texas, was established during the Reconstruction Period after the Civil War in 1876.

    The College of Nursing at Prairie View A&M University was established in 1918 as a 2-year diploma program for African American nurses. The program was increased to three years in 1928 and in 1930, the first off-campus affiliation was created.

    Undergraduate


    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

    Students are able to go forward with their studies to the master’s program after completing the BSN. The BSN program takes four and a half years to complete and prerequisites are completed at the main campus of Prairie View A&M University or transferred from another accredited college or university. Nurses who are licensed may continue their education to achieve the BSN degree through the distance education program.

    Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) to BSN

    Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

    1. Graduate of accredited Texas or out-of-state vocational technical/community college program - 3.0 GPA
    2. Unencumbered Texas LVN license
    3. Minimum passing score - pre-nursing standardized admission test
    4. Recent nursing practice experience; minimum one year, full-time employment as an LVN
    5. Two letters of recommendation
    6. Negative criminal background check/drug screening

    RN-BSN

    The RN-BSN program is designed to prepare Registered Nurses who hold an Associate Degree in Nursing or a Diploma in Nursing. The program can be completed in 12 months.

    Graduate


    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

    MSN Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

    1. BSN from ACEN or CCNE accredited entity
    2. Current Texas RN license
    3. Employed as RN at least 2 years
    4. Basic statistics and health assessment course if not included in the BSN curriculum
    5. 2.75 GPA in the last 60 hours of coursework toward the undergraduate nursing degree/minimum 3.0 GPA prior graduate coursework
    6. GRE scores within ten (10) years
    7. Three letters of recommendation
    8. Resume/curriculum vita
    9. Negative criminal background check/drug screening
    10. Interview

    Post-MSN Certificate Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

    1. MSN from ACEN or CCNE accredited program
    2. Official transcripts covering all periods of enrollment in institutions of higher education
    3. RN license in Texas
    4. Minimum 3.0 GPA graduate coursework
    5. Three letters of recommendation
    6. Resume/curriculum vita
    7. Negative criminal background check including negative drug screening
    8. Interview

    Family Nurse Practitioner

    Total number of credit hours is 53, which includes 780 hours of clinical practice. The curriculum consists of 15 semester hours of core content, 11 semester hours of advanced practice core content, 21 semester hours of nurse practitioner specialty content, and 6 semester hours of either thesis or non-thesis option. 

    Clinical courses are completed in urban and rural settings. Upon completion, nurses are prepared to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination.

    Nurse Administration

    The Nurse Administration curriculum consists of 15 semester hours of core content, 12 semester hours of nurse administration specialty content, 9 semester hours of electives in business or health informatics, or a combination, and 6 semester hours of either thesis or non-thesis option. Upon completing the program, nurses are prepared to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Certification Examination in Nursing Administration, Advanced.

    Nurse Education

    This program is a five-course program where students gain teaching knowledge and skills to prepare them to become nurse educators.

    The curriculum consists of 15 semester hours of core content, 15 semester credit hours in Nurse Education specialty courses, 9 semester hours of clinical practice core courses and 6 semester hours of either a thesis or non-thesis option. Two practicum courses are required: classroom and clinical instruction (120 contact hours each). Upon completion of the course, nurses are prepared to take the National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Education Examination.

    Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

    The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is a Post-Master’s program designed for nurses who are certified in the family nurse practitioner role.

    The program is 39 credit hours and it can be completed in 19 months (full-time enrollment option) or 28 months (part-time enrollment option). The required courses represent didactic, a practice residency, and a capstone project. The program is presented in a hybrid online format with required face-to-face meetings and is offered at the College of Nursing and the PVAMU Northwest Houston campuses.

    Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

    1. MSN from National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited program
    2. Current, unencumbered Texas RN license or proof of licensure in another state
    3. Minimum 3.0 GPA undergraduate studies/minimum 3.30 master’s degree graduate studies
    4. Master’s level nursing research/advanced statistics
    5. GRE score: Verbal 500, Quantitative 500, Analytic 3, and Writing Analysis 3.5
    6. Three letters of recommendation
    7. Current resume/curriculum vita
    8. State and/or federal background check, including fingerprints
    9. Advanced practice nurse (FNP) certification

    Accreditation

    The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the BSN, MSN, DNP, and Post Master’s Certificate for the Advanced Practice Nurse (Family Nurse Practitioner) programs.

    The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) also accredited the BSN and MSN programs.

    Prairie View A&M University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

    Rankings

    US News & World Report (2019)

    • #230-#301 in National Universities
    • #20 in Historically Black Colleges and Universities

    Niche (2019)

    • Most Liberal Colleges in America #61 of 687
    • Best College Campuses in America #556 of 1,408
    • Colleges with the Best Student Life in America #634 of 1,542
    • Best College Dorms in America #666 of 1,370
    • Best Value Colleges in America #757 of 1,590
    • Most Diverse Colleges in America #1,467 of 1,592
    • Most Liberal Colleges in Texas #1 of 25
    • Best Value Colleges in Texas #28 of 77
    • Colleges with the Best Student Life in Texas #31 of 70
    • Best College Campuses in Texas #37 of 68
    • Best College Dorms in Texas #41 of 66
    • Most Diverse Colleges in Texas #76 of 81

    College Factual ranked PVAMU #32 Best Colleges for the Money in Texas (2018-2019).

    Edited by Joe V


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