UTMB School of Nursing Honors Program

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2018 McGovern Scholars

The UTMB School of Nursing Honors Program is available to undergraduate students entering the Traditional BSN program track during the fall semester. The Honors Program provides the opportunity for talented and motivated students to develop into scholars and leaders in and outside the classroom. The program provides unique opportunities to work closely with faculty in a small group and engage in challenging learning experiences over and above the typical classroom environment. This program is distinctive in its focus on policy issues as they relate to the underserved populations in Texas. The program demonstrates our commitment to excellence, and to encouraging the intellectual curiosity of highly-qualified students who seek advanced academic challenges in undergraduate nursing education. Students accepted into the Honors Program progress through the BSN Traditional Curriculum Plan with the designation of McGovern Scholars.

What is the Honors Program?

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Entrance Requirements-


Students will apply for participation in the Honors Program after acceptance to the fall BSN Traditional nursing program. The Honors program currently only is offered once a year in the fall semester. Entrance requirements for the Honors Program are:

  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.75; minimum GPA of 3.75 in prerequisite courses; all science grades must be a B or higher. (GPA is based on grades at time of application).
  • Minimum TEAS Composite score of 85 with each individual score a minimum of 75.
  • Matriculation with the fall semester class

Application Process-

  • Applicants meeting requirements will be offered Early Admittance Admission to the SON Traditional BSN program.
  • The application process includes completing the Honors Application, submitting a written essay, and a current resume. Please indicate all leadership, community, volunteer, work, and health experience.
  • Finalists are interviewed by the Honors Committee.
  • Honors Committee makes final selections and issues acceptance letters.

Honors Program Details-

Retention in the Honors Program

Honors students are required to maintain a minimum of a GPA of 3.5 and be evaluated as meeting expected outcomes in all clinical courses each semester throughout the program.

Focus of the Honors Program

  • Explore the policy issues that relate to the health needs of the under-served Texas population. Each student will complete a two week clinical rotation in one of the locations identified by the Medicare Waiver 1115 project where they will complete a needs assessment and be able to make a significant contribution to the community’s health. Students will then present their results at several venues within the School of Nursing.
  • Participate in the UTMB Dedicated Educational Units as part of the clinical experience in addition to key Texas Medical Center clinical facilities. These hospital units provide an optimal teaching/learning environment through the collaborative efforts of nurses, staff, management, faculty and students.
  • Exhibit core values of nursing practice and ethical principles to maintain the highest standards of professionalism.

Recognition of Honors Program Student Accomplishments

  • Students will be recognized as McGovern Scholars at the SON Honors Program Reception
  • Certificate indicating completion of Honors Program upon graduation
  • Notation of McGovern Scholar indicated on the final transcript
  • Honors Program graduates will wear a special honor cord at Commencement and will be noted as McGovern Scholars in the Commencement program.

Tuition and Fees

Each student accepted to the program will receive full tuition and fees support.
Reference the BSN Traditional page for more information about tuition and fees.

Contact Information

If you have further questions about the Honors Program, please contact the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs at (409) 772-8271 or Dr. Chris Edwards, Honors Program Coordinator, at credward@utmb.edu.

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