The University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing, established in 1890
as the John Sealy Hospital Training School for Nurses, is the oldest school of
nursing in the Southwest. It was organized originally as an independent school
under a board of lady managers and was later transferred to the University of
Texas, where it began acting as one of the divisions of the UT Medical Branch,
with diplomas granted by the university In 1923, the new School of Nursing
established a curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree
and finally changed its name in 1932 to the John Sealy College of Nursing, in
recognition of the Sealy family’s generosity to the university.
Courses for graduate nurses were first offered in 1936 in the Department of
Physical and Health Education o f the School of Education at the University of
Texas at Austin, with a complete curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science
in Nursing Education degree established in 1937, and a Bachelor of Science
in Nursing degree curriculum established in 1944. In 1945, the curriculum for
the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Education was transferred to the medical
branch administration, bringing both the John Scaly College of Nursing and the
newly created Department of Nursing Education together to form the School of
Nursing under Dean Marjorje Bartholf In September 1949, a curriculum leading
to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree for graduates of diploma programs
was established with a program leading to a Master of Science in Nursing degree,
and a major in Nursing Service Administration first offered in 1952.
In 1957, the School of Nursing admitted the last class to its diploma program.
Since that time, it has offered one basic program leading to the Bachelor of
Science in Nursing degree. Following a system-wide reorganization in 1967, the
school was renamed the University of Texas System School of Nursing and its
headquarters moved to Austin in l972.Junior— and senior-level nursing courses
were offered in six locations: Austin, El Paso, Arlington, Galveston, Houston
and San Antonio. A program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in
nursing was initiated in 1974 at the Austin campus.
on March 26, 1 976, the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System voted
to reorganize the schools of nursing, and on September 1, 1976, the School of
Nursing at Galveston again became a member school of the University of Texas
Medical Branch. Currently, the School of Nursing offers Bachelor of Science in
Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing degrees as well as a doctorate (PhD)
in nursing. The undergraduate program offers the Generic and the RN-BSN
(Flexible Option) tracks, while the master’s program is designed for nurses with
baccalaureate degrees in nursing who seek preparation for roles in advanced
practice or nursing administration.
The doctoral program in nursing, with healing as the major underlying philo-
sophical construct, received final approval in October 1996 from the Texas
Higher Education Coordinating Board. Its first students were admitted in the
fall of 1997.
UTMB School of Nursing Timeline
Opened as the John Sealy Hospital Training School for Nurses, making it the first school of nursing west of the Mississippi River.
Six graduates made up the inaugural class of students who completed the program. Graduates were given a six month probationary period, then hired at a salary of $3.50/month.
Became the first school of nursing in the U.S. to become affiliated with a university.
Introduced a five year curriculum which led to the Bachelor of Science and Graduate Nurse degree.
Introduced a curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Education degree.
Established the first Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program in the state of Texas.
Closed the diploma program to focus solely on baccalaureate and graduate nursing.
Established an RN to BSN program.
Established a distance education program with on-site RN-BSN classes taught at Lee College.
Established a nursing PhD program.
Became the first school of nursing in Texas to offer online graduate education.
Established the Nursing Interprofessional Simulation Center and Smart Hospital - a state-of-the-art, high fidelity facility for clinical skills training.
Established a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program.
Established the Baccalaureate Nursing Honors Program.
UTMB School of Nursing celebrates its 125th anniversary.
- Graduates over 500 students annually
- Ranked in the top 10% of the nation for online graduate nursing programs