School of Nursing


The Health Science Center School of Nursing was established in 1969.  The School of Nursing was originally part of The University of Texas System School of Nursing with campuses in Galveston, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, El Paso and Tyler.  All five schools followed the same curriculum.  In 1976 the System School of Nursing was dissolved and each School of Nursing has since been independent and governed by the university on the campus where the school is located.

The School of Nursing offers four degree programs, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.), Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.), Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). 

The School of Nursing has a unique role in nursing education related to its placement in the South Texas Region.  The region has large underserved populations with different health care needs.  Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, teen pregnancy, mental illness and other chronic conditions are prevalent.  We have been designated by the United States Department of Education as a Hispanic Serving Institution.


We develop diverse nurse leaders to improve health and health care, through education, research, practice, and community engagement.


We make lives better by promoting health as an act of social justice.


  1. Ethics and Accountability - We believe physical, mental and social well-being is enhanced with high professional standards, by honoring the dignity of others, and through accountability for our actions. 
  2. Diversity and Excellence - We believe excellent health care is a right of every person.
  3. Innovation - We believe in innovation to deliver leading edge health care, education, research, and community service.
  4. Education - We believe education is a lifelong process based on mutual teaching, learning, and research that ultimately makes life better for those we serve.
  5. Leadership - We believe through our leadership we can educate organizations and within our communities to adopt practices and policies that promote health.
  6. Health - We believe in the power of professional nurses to improve the health status of people here and abroad.
  7. Inter-professional Collaboration - We believe in the power of inter-professional collaboration to improve health outcomes.


  • Education: Educate a diverse student body to become excellent nurses and nurse scientists.
  • Research: Engage in research to increase knowledge about health and disease and health care delivery and to commercialize discoveries beneficial to the public.
  • Health Care: Provide exemplary, innovative, culturally inclusive nursing care to our local and global communities.
  • Community Engagement: Make a significant impact on the health of our local and global community.
  • Organizational Effectiveness: Provide an effective, efficient and culturally inclusive infrastructure which embodies innovation, quality and professionalism to support faculty, staff and students as they fulfill the mission of the School of Nursing.

The School of Nursing mission, values, and vision are written and published on the School of Nursing web site and relates to all programs. The School of Nursing goals are incorporated into the strategic plan. Both are accessible to current and prospective students. The mission, vision and goals are each congruent with those of the Health Science Center. They are consistent with relevant professional standards and nursing guidelines to prepare students for beginning and advanced nursing practice.


The Health Science Center School of Nursing’s baccalaureate program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing, P.O. Box 430, Austin, Texas 78767-0430, (512) 305-6818. The baccalaureate, master's and D.N.P. programs at the Health Science Center are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036. (202) 887-6791. The School of Nursing last on-site evaluation was February 2011 and was granted full accreditation through December 31, 2021 for its baccalaureate and master's degree programs. The D.N.P. was granted full accreditation through December 31, 2018. 

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530
Washington, D.C. 20036-1120
(202) 887-6791