Texas Women's University

Texas Women’s University (TWU) College of Nursing offers CCNE accredited Bachelor of Science with a Major in Nursing (BS), RN to BS, Master of Science (MS) in Nursing, RN to MS, PhD, DNP to PhD, and DNP degree programs as well as programs for Nursing Informatics, Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Managers, and Nurse Educators. Schools Scholarships Student Support

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In 1901, the public Girls Industrial College was founded and would later become Texas Woman's University (TWU) in 1957. Men have been admitted since 1972.

TWU is the largest university primarily for women in the United States with the main campus in Denton and health science centers in Dallas and Houston. The University offers nursing programs in three different formats: face-to-face, online or a hybrid of both.

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science (BS) with a Major in Nursing

The Bachelor of Science (BS) with a major in nursing degree is designed as a 4-year curriculum.

The program begins at the Denton campus for two years. After completion of the first two years, students have a choice between the Dallas and Houston centers to begin their clinical rotations and complete the nursing degree.

Weekend/Evening Program

This program is a 6-semester program. Classes are offered at the Dallas Center campus two nights a week with clinical experiences on Saturdays and Sundays.


This program is 100% online. The schedule is flexible, allowing the nurse to continue working.

Admission (not all inclusive)

  • Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing
  • Current unencumbered RN license (U.S.)
  • Successfully complete lower-division prerequisite courses plus 2 semester credit hours of electives; RNs with earned bachelor's degree in another field must complete only those prerequisite courses listed for non-nurses with a bachelor's degree
  • Minimum grade of 'C' in anatomy and physiology, Chemistry, and Microbiology, including all labs
  • Minimum GPA of at least 2.0 on required lower-division courses
  • Nursing courses completed at a nationally accredited nursing program
  • Grade of 'C' or better earned in all nursing courses (including pathophysiology)
  • Nursing courses transferred in for credit must have been completed within the last five years
  • At least 30 of the last 60 hours must be completed at TWU

Informatics Post-Baccalaureate Certification

The Informatics Certificate offers an online program in interprofessional informatics that helps build the foundation in informatics. Graduates earn a post-baccalaureate certification in the discipline.

Graduate Programs

Master of Science (MS) in Nursing

Programs of Study

Nurse Practitioner (NP) - advanced practice nurse functioning as a primary care provider to patients of any age; requires 46 credit hours total; 23 hours core, 15 hours clinical courses, 8 hours preceptorship courses

Nurse Educator - 100% online program that prepares nurses for faculty and staff education roles.

Nursing Health Systems Management - assists in developing professional nurses to assume a leadership role in health care.

The RN-MS - RNs with an associate degree or accredited nursing diploma complete their undergraduate degree and earn credit toward a master's degree

Post-Baccalaureate RN-MS - designed for RNs that hold an associate degree or accredited diploma in a field other than nursing to earn a master's degree

NP Specialty Areas

Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) - Houston Center campus

Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) – Dallas Center - Houston Center campus

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) - Denton Campus, Dallas Center - Houston Center campus

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) – Dallas Center campus

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) – Dallas Center campus

Doctoral Programs

The DNP program is a combination of both online and classroom work (hybrid) and requires 46 hours to complete. There are 500 contact hours required for clinicals as well as a completion of a capstone project.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is an advanced level program for the nurse to become an expert clinician, bringing evidenced-based practices to acute and primary care.

Students in the PhD in Nursing Science program investigate questions of human health, assume leadership in the field and mentor future scholars.

The DNP to PhD Bridge program is designed for DNP level nurses that completed a DNP and wish to obtain a PhD in Nursing Science.

Graduate Certificate

The Post MS Certificate programs are designed for those that hold a master's degree in nursing but would like to obtain additional certification as a Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Health Systems Management or Nursing Education.


The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accredited Texas Woman's University.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited all degree programs.

Listings, Rankings and Classification

Nurse.org ranked TWU in the Top 10 Schools for 2018.

Forbes listed TWU #150 in Top Colleges in the South.

Best Nursing Colleges ranked Texas Woman's University nursing program in Top 20 in the United States and the 3rd Best in Texas.

2018, US News & World Report ranked Texas Woman's University #231-#300 in National Universities.

US News & World Report ranked TWU's College of Nursing #87 (tie) for Masters and #86 (tie) Best Nursing Schools: DNP.

TWU currently holds the Carnegie Classification of Doctoral/Research Universities.

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