University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston (UTMB) School of Nursing

As the first nursing school in Texas, the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston 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. Students Schools Scholarships

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  • Accreditations CCNE Accredited
  • Location Galveston, Texas
  • Programs DNP, MSN, RN-to-MSN, RN-to-BSN, Entry-Level BSN, CNL, NP, PhD, BSN-to-PhD, Post-grad Certificate, Other
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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?

Graduates sitting for the 2018 NCLEX exam had a 97.42% pass rate. This is the highest in the state of Texas.

Graduate Degrees

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS)

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

  • Registered Nurse Anesthesia (RNA)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner/Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (FNP/WHNP)
  • Adult-Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

Admission Criteria - Registered Nurse Anesthesia (RNA) (not all inclusive)

  • Commissioned officer or service sponsored civilian in the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy or Public Health Service with Bachelor's or Master's degree (concentration in Nursing)
  • Undergraduate 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Undergraduate Science GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (if applicable)
  • Undergraduate or graduate biochemistry course within 5 years of application
  • Undergraduate or graduate level statistics course
  • Competitive GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Current unrestricted RN license
  • Curriculum vitae
  • BLS, ACLS and PALS certifications
  • Program Faculty interview
  • At least one year RN experience in critical care setting in military or civilian hospital
  • Critical care experience must be obtained in critical care area within the United States, its territories, or US military hospital outside of the U.S.
  • Examples of critical care areas may include but are not limited to: Surgical Intensive Care, Pediatric Intensive Care, and Neonatal Intensive Care
  • RN's with experience in other areas may be considered

Admission Criteria - FNP/WHNP (not all inclusive)

  • Commissioned officer or service sponsored civilian as outlined in RNA criteria
  • Undergraduate 2.7 GPA or higher, Undergraduate Science GPA of 2.7 or higher, If applicable, Graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Grade of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better in an undergraduate or graduate level Pathophysiology, Physiology, or Biochemistry within the past 5 years (accredited program)
  • Competitive GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Current unrestricted RN license
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Current BLS certification

Admission Criteria - PMHNP (not all inclusive)

PMHNP as outlined in FNP/WHNP criteria including 2 years of experience in a behavioral health setting preferred but not required

Admission Criteria for AGCNS is as outlined in FNP/WHNP criteria (not all inclusive).

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)

Admission Criteria (not all inclusive)

  • Nurses from uniformed services have priority for admissions; nurses employed in federal agencies eligible for admission
  • Master's degree in nursing or related field from an accredited school with minimum GPA of a 3.0
  • Current RN license or eligibility for licensure in any of the 50 states/territories
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Graduate Record Exam taken within five years of application
  • Statement of the applicant's reason for PhD study
  • Three letters of reference
  • PhD Faculty interview


The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the Masters of Nursing Science and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees at Uniformed Services University.

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) fully accredited the Nurse Anesthesia Program and is a 36-month Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

USU is accredited by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).


US News & World Report (2019-2020)

  • #4 (tie) in Nursing-Anesthesia
  • #41 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Master's
  • #32 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • #898 (tie) in Best Global Universities

Registered Nurse Anesthetist Employment Rates

The USUHS RNA program graduates is 100 percent.

Registered Nurse Anesthetist Pass Rates

National Certification Exam Board - The first-time test takers for the inaugural DNP class (2016) was 90 percent with 21 students sitting for the exam.

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