BSN Program


The UTMB School of Nursing BSN Legacy

UTMB School of Nursing is known for its excellence in nursing education. Our BSN graduates are widely sought after because they are prepared to practice as professional nurses who are indispensable members of interprofessional health care teams. Graduates are skilled in providing patient-centered care and are developed to become leaders in health care.

The UTMB School of Nursing was the first nursing school in Texas and has continued to be an innovative leader in nursing education.


Pre-licensure BSN Degree

The Traditional BSN Program is four consecutive semesters (16 months), which prepares students to become competent registered nurses who give patient-centered care in a variety of health care settings. The program of study is taught on-campus and at various clinical sites in the Galveston and Greater Houston area, which includes the Texas Medical Center. Students are admitted in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Key Indicators of Success

  • 94% pass Licensure Examination Pass rate. The UTMB School of Nursing prepares students throughout the nursing program for licensure examination success.
  • 91% graduation rate. The School of Nursing boasts the highest Academic Health Center graduation rate in the state of Texas. This is a testimony to the commitment of faculty and academic caliber of students.
  • Post-Graduation Employment. Students who complete the BSN program are remarkably successful in finding entry level job opportunities. The School of Nursing is committed to helping students achieve their nursing career goals. While in school, clinical placements are made throughout the Houston/Galveston area to allow students to experience various settings, attain important nursing skills, and develop critical contacts. Volunteer opportunities unique to UTMB’s nursing program allow students to gain additional experience and demonstrate patient care skills. Students are given assistance in resume writing, interviewing skills, and job search preparation. The School of Nursing holds a Career Fair each spring for graduating students and has a large alumni network throughout Texas to assist graduates in advancing their careers.

RN to BSN Degree

Each fall the School admits registered nurses to its online RN-BSN degree. The program is designed specifically for licensed registered nurses seeking a BSN degree. The program recognizes the skills and accomplishments of nurses who have been prepared at the Associate Degree level and offers a streamlined educational approach for the working nurse to earn the bachelor’s degree. Once prerequisite course requirements are fulfilled, the program can be completed in two semesters (eight months).


BSN Outcomes

Graduates of the BSN program will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Synthesize knowledge from the arts, humanities and the natural and social sciences as the basis for decision-making and understanding the complexity of nursing practice in a variety of settings.
  • Apply the nursing process to implement evidence-based, holistic, patient-centered nursing care, employing informatics and other state-of-the art technologies.
  • Collaborate in interprofessional healthcare teams to create a therapeutic and safe environment that results in high quality patient outcomes.
  • Employ effective oral, written, and electronic communication to facilitate information sharing, care giving, and interprofessional collaboration.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills in the management and coordination of nursing care across the lifespan to promote health, provide healing, and prevent injury and disease for individuals, families, and populations.
  • Employ core values of nursing practice and ethical principles to maintain the highest standards of professionalism in the provision of culturally appropriate care.
  • Analyze the impact of health policy, finance, and regulations on patients and professional nursing practice in healthcare systems.
  • Demonstrate accountability for personal and professional behaviors when providing, managing, and coordinating nursing care and evaluating one’s own practice.
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