The University of Texas – Pan American (UTPA) is located in the Rio Grand Valley in Edinburg, which is close to the US/Mexico border and serves the Hispanic community. Classes are available online and at campuses in Rio Grande City, McAllen and South Padre Island. The university was established in 1927, and has graduated 2,600 Associate degrees, over 50,000 bachelor’s degrees, over 10,000 master’s degrees and 100 doctoral students. Currently, the university has over 100 bachelor’s and master’s programs, and three doctoral programs. There are also two cooperative doctoral programs that are in partnership with seven colleges in the area.
The College of Health Sciences and Human Services Department of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, with an alternative pathway for Registered Nurses (RN). The Department of Nursing also offers a Master of Science in Nursing program. The Department of Nursing was established in 1969 and is geared toward training nurses to be able to work in culturally diverse areas.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the University of Texas – Pan American, allows students to have baccalaureate training in nursing. Upon graduation, students can apply to write the NCLEX-RN and become a Registered Nurse and practice in Texas. Prior to application, individuals must complete a series of prerequisite courses, including courses in natural science, social science, math, nutrition, kinesiology, health language and computer literacy. Applicants must also hold CPR Certification.
Applicants who already hold a Registered Nurse license are permitted to apply to the Alternate Pathway for RNs track, as long as they have completed all prerequisite courses. Prerequisite courses include Nursing Fundamentals, Health Promotion and Maintenance Across the Life Span, Mental Health Nursing, Adult Health I, Adult Health II and Family Health Care.
In order to apply to the Master of Science in Nursing program at the University of Texas – Pan American, students must apply online prior to April 1st for the Fall semester. To apply, students must have an undergraduate degree in nursing, hold an RN licensure in Texas, have a GPA of 2.75 or above in nursing credits and have an undergraduate statistics course. Applicants must also provide reference letters, show an immunization record and pass a criminal background check.
Transfer students are accepted if they are in good academic standing at their current school’s nursing graduate program. Students must enroll by submitting a letter of intention and must receive a letter of consent by the course instructor.
The University of Texas – Pan American also offers a non-degree option, for students who have completed a master’s degree and would like to take courses in nursing but not complete a degree. Applicants must prove RN licensure and submit reference letters and official transcripts showing BSN or MSN degree status. After admission, students must show immunization records. While undergoing the non-degree track, a student can decides to apply to the MSN program.
University of Texas – Pan American
1201 West University Drive,
78539, United States