Prairie View A&M University Nursing School Review

Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) offers undergraduate degrees in engineering, natural sciences, education, humanities, agricultural studies, nursing, the social sciences, and many others. Prairie View also offers master’s degrees in nursing, social sciences, education, engineering, some social sciences, business and human sciences as well as offering doctoral programs in the future. The main area of study is in the Texas Gulf Coast Region and the Northwest Houston Corridor.

PVAMU College of Nursing

The Paris View A&M University College of Nursing is located in the Texas Medical Center and was opened in 1918. Graduates of PVAMU College of Nursing go on to become inventors, occupational health nurses, professors, and staff nurses to name but a few roles. The first male graduate of PVAMUs nursing program invented the “3C Tracheotomy and Nasal Suctioning Kit,” which is widely used countrywide.

Undergraduate Programs – Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

This program is four and a half years and is for students starting out in the field of nursing. Registered Nurses (RNs) can also apply to this program, in order to obtain their Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. This program targets students who are starting out in nursing, and RNs who already have a diploma or associate degree and Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs). All students will study the same curriculum, but the methodology differs for each student and their specific background. There are four different streams in the undergraduate program; Basic BSN Program, LVN-BSN Program, Pre-Nursing, and RN-BSN program and all require the same criteria for entry.

The Basic BSN program applicant must achieve all sections of the THEA (Texas Higher Education Assessment), with a 230 in Reading, a 230 in Math and a 220 in Writing.

The LVN to BSN program applicant must be a graduate of an accredited college with a 3.0 GPA and hold a minimum of a “C” grade in each pre-requisite course. Two letters of recommendation must also be provided at application, and proof of nursing practice experience, or full-time LVN employment.

The RN to BSN program is offered at four of the campuses; Houston, The Woodlands, Bryan/College Station and Huntsville, but most students learn via distance studies and can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Graduate Programs – Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The graduate nursing program at PVAMU has three tracks; Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Administration and Nurse Education. Graduate program classes are available for the working RN in the evening and online.

The Family Nurse Practitioner program teaches students health system management skills, and client decision-making in regards to health.

The Nurse Administration stream allows graduates to work in managerial roles. Students must complete 12 credits in nursing administration, and 9 credits of electives in business courses or health informatics. Students must also complete 6 credits of a thesis or non-thesis option. This course will allow graduates to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s certification exam.

The Nurse Education stream educates students on how to teach in various environments, including teaching patients and families, nursing students and staff. Students must complete 12 credits in nurse education and 14 credits in core courses, and 10 credits in advanced practice core courses. Students must also complete 120 teaching hours and a thesis or non-thesis option, which constitutes six credits. In order to graduate, students must complete 42 credits.

Prairie View A&M University, also offers a post-master’s certificate for graduates who would like to complete a course that will lead to a national certification.

Prairie View A&M University
6436 Fannin Street,
Houston, TX 77030