UT Austin Nursing School

The School of Nursing offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Philosophy. The BSN and MSN programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the accrediting organization for undergraduate and master’s level professional nursing education, and the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program is accredited by the National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Nurses.

School is a national leader in nursing education and is the leader in nursing research among schools of nursing on academic campuses. At the University of Texas at Austin they presently have more than 1000 nursing students from undergraduate pre-nursing students taking required pre-requisites to doctoral students completing independent research. Their faculty includes skilled clinicians and advanced practice nurses as well as outstanding scholars and educators with internationally renowned programs of research that influence national health care delivery and policy. Faculty have designed rigorous curricula at both the undergraduate and graduate levels with innovative classroom, clinical and community experiences to prepare students to promote the health of their population in the 21st century.

Academics

The School of Nursing offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Nursing. Each program is designed to prepare students to meet the academic and clinical demands of the Nursing field. The undergraduate programs prepare students to be Registered Nurses who are proficient in general care and pave the road for graduate study in Nursing. The graduate programs in Nursing prepare students for advanced practice and leadership roles and promote the development of expertise in select areas of Nursing.

  • BSN Program
  • ADN-BSN Program
  • Alternate Entry MSN Program
  • MSN Programs
  • Alternate Entry PhD Program
  • PhD Program

Mission

The purpose of the School of Nursing is to achieve excellence in undergraduate education, graduate education, research, and public service, advancing the missions of the University of Texas through:

1. Preparing individuals at the baccalaureate level to assume roles in professional nursing practice;
2. Preparing individuals at the graduate level to assume nursing roles in advanced practice, public health, administration, education and research;
3. Promoting excellence in nursing scholarship;
4. Advancing the health of the public through developing and disseminating new knowledge about health, health care, and health care delivery through scholarly inquiry; and
5. Providing consultation, health care programs, and health care services in response to emerging and urgent public health needs.

Quick Facts

  • The major center of nursing education and scholarship in Texas
  • Ranked among the top 20 master’s programs in the nation (US News and World Report)
  • Ranked among the top 10 in research funding by the National Institutes of Health since 2003
  • Over $21 million in extramural funding
  • American Assembly for Men in Nursings 2005 Best School or College of Nursing for Men Award for significant efforts in recruiting and retaining men in nursing

The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing Learning Center aims to provide leadership and support for the achievement of the School’s mission: education, research and service. The Learning Center strives to create an environment that encourages the development of each student as a learner and as one entering the nursing profession. The faculty and staff believe that the Learning Center is an essential tool that enables them to provide individualization in meeting student learning needs as well as a way to maximize the effectiveness of instruction through innovative teaching methods.

Service and support are provided to approximately 70 faculty members, 40 staff members, 550 undergraduate students, and 250 graduate students and countless members of the Central Texas Health community. The Learning Center has a staff of eight professionals who provide services ranging from designing nursing research classes and web pages, designing logos for nurse managed clinics, producing multimedia presentations for scientific sessions, to operating a peer tutoring service.

Research

In 1989, with support from The University of Texas at Austin, the School of Nursing embarked on a redirection of its focus and resources to strengthen the research enterprise of the faculty. The Dean instituted a formalized structure within the School that would facilitate faculty research development and productivity. In 1995, the position of Associate Dean for Research was established and a Research Office was formed. Staffed by two administrative associates, a research scientist, a research associate, and three graduate research assistants, the research office was renamed as the Cain Center for Nursing Research in the Spring of 2001.

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