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  • 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.

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    • NCLEX Pass Rate 97
    • 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.

    Undergraduate


    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

    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.

    RN-BSN

    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.

    Graduate


    MSN Degree (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

    Experience Requirements by Degree

    • AGACNP– Minimum one year of recent experience as RN in Acute Care, ED, or ICU
    • AGPCNP & FNP– Minimum one year of recent experience as RN preferred
    • CNL – Minimum one year of recent experience as RN; special circumstances considered
    • ENL – Minimum one year of recent management/leadership experience as RN preferred
    • NE Certification– Minimum one year of recent experience as RN; acute care preferred
    • NNP– Minimum two years of recent experience as RN in Level III nursery

    Preceptor Requirements

    Students choosing clinical placements in Galveston/Houston area will have the clinical sites and preceptors identified and Affiliation Agreements made by the UTMB School of Nursing.

    Students who choose not to conduct their clinical placements in the Galveston/Houston area will be required to identify a clinical location and preceptor; must be approved by the UTMB School of Nursing and an Affiliation Agreement completed by School of Nursing and identified Agency.

    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.

    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

    The Doctor of Philosophy program (PhD) is offered for those who have completed their BSN or MSN. This program is also offered exclusively online with the exception of one required 5-day on-campus visit. This program is offered with full and part time options. The University of Texas Medical Branch also offers post BSN/MSN certificates.

    Rankings

    What are some other reasons why I should choose UTMB?

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

    Another recognition was given at Graduateprograms.com 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.

    US News & World Report (2020)

    • #93 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Master's
    • #103 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
    • #15 (tie) in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs
    • #8 (tie) in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans
    • #627 (tie) Best Global Universities

    NICHE (2019)

    • Most Conservative Colleges in America #142
    • Best College Locations in America #315
    • Best College Campuses in America #391
    • Safest College Campuses in America #420
    • Best College Locations in Texas #12
    • Most Conservative Colleges in Texas #16
    • Safest College Campuses in Texas #20
    • Best College Campuses in Texas #25
    • Best College Dorms in Texas #38

    College Factual (2018)

    • Top 5% Most Popular: Nursing
    • Top 5% Most Focused: Nursing

    Accreditation

    The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

    The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at The University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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