UHV School of Nursing continues programs

Dr. Kathryn Tart

The University of Houston-Victoria School of Nursing's doors are open in Victoria, and we continue to offer nursing degrees here and in Sugar Land, Katy and The Woodlands.

Many of you have heard that the UH System Board of Regents recently approved a task force recommendation to transfer the UHV School of Nursing at UH-Sugar Land to UH, but this does not mean that baccalaureate and graduate nursing education will stop in Victoria.

In fact, the UHV School of Nursing is accepting applications for the summer semester for the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program right here in Victoria in addition to The Woodlands.

UHV's nursing program began in fall 2006 with an RN to BSN program in both Victoria and Sugar Land. The program was so successful that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved a proposal in December 2007 to create a UHV School of Nursing. One hundred and six RN to BSN students have graduated from the Victoria campus since the program first started. Sixteen additional candidates are expected to graduate in May from the RN to BSN program in Victoria.

Since the UHV School of Nursing's beginning, other degree programs have been added. This includes a Master of Science in Nursing program in Victoria, Sugar Land and Katy. MSN students can select from nurse administration, nurse education and family nurse practitioner concentrations. Seventeen MSN students have graduated from the Victoria campus, providing advanced practice skills and leadership in our community. We are proud of our alumni, who are leading in our hospitals, teaching in our community colleges and providing excellent nursing care for our community.

So if you are a nurse in the Victoria area and want to advance your education, please consider applying this summer for the RN to BSN program or this fall for one of our other programs. RN to BSN classes meet every Tuesday in five eight-week sessions and are offered face to face and Web enhanced. Students enrolling in June will be eligible to graduate in May 2015 with a BSN. The classes also include clinical experiences in community health and complex care, thus preparing nurses to care for the community. Students say they love the flexibility the program offers and the opportunity to meet with their faculty every week in a face-to-face setting.

All of our programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and we have full approval from the Texas Board of Nursing. Nursing faculty members are experts in their field and love to teach - just ask our current students or alumni. Scholarships are available for students in Victoria and surrounding communities.

For more information about programs and how to register, go to uhv.edu/nursing or come to our office on the first floor of the UHV University Center, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St., and talk with a School of Nursing adviser. See you in class June 3.

Dr. Kathryn Tart is the founding dean of the UHV School of Nursing.

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