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University of Texas School of Nursing at Galveston-UTMB SON

1100 Mechanic St, Galveston, United States
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The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) School of Nursing (SON), established in 1890 as the John Sealy Hospital Training School for Nurses, is the oldest school of nursing in the Southwest.  The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) School of Nursing (SON), established in 1890 as the John Sealy Hospital Training School for Nurses, is the oldest school of nursing in the Southwest. In 1896, it became the UTMB SON, one of the divisions of the university. As the first university-affiliated school of nursing west of the Mississippi, UTMB’s SON has set the standard for progressive nursing education.

The Baccalaureate Nursing Program offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and has two tracks: the BSN-Traditional  and the RN-BSN Track.

The UTMB SON is not only the oldest nursing school in the Southwest but also boasts the oldest Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program in Texas.

Our online program is designed to prepare nurse practitioners with strong clinical competencies, and the skills in science, leadership, and inquiry necessary to transform health care. Our focus is vulnerable populations, specifically people at risk for health disparities due to socioeconomic status, lack of insurance, poor access, age, and/or minority status. UTMB has a long history of commitment to care for vulnerable populations, making this the ideal program for nurse practitioners who are committed to serving those most vulnerable.The 42 semester credit hour program is taught online, part-time, and requires only one trip to campus each semester for 2-3 days.

We are excited to inform you that our existing Nursing PhD Program is now offered online using synchronous and asynchronous delivery modalities with only one required on-campus visit (5 days) each year. We currently offer two tracks: BSN to PhD and MSN to PhD.

The program has a full-time and a part-time option and both programs prepare students to become researchers, educators, or administrators in nursing. Using an online delivery modality, a combination of theoretical and evidence based approaches provide stimulating interactions in an environment conducive to scholarly exchanges and student development. The program has as its foundation a focus on health promotion, human response, and healing with research emphases in biobehavioral research, vulnerable populations, and contemporary pedagogies. This unique focus gives students the opportunity to investigate nursing from a holistic perspective. It encourages students to develop their original research efforts and ideas from the perspective of the individual, family, and community as integrated systems rather than one or more separate parts functioning independently.


This week UTMB School of Nursing Population Health students partnered with the Galveston Police Department to have bike lanes near campus painted green. These students developed a campus/community health plan to make streets near the campus safer for cyclist and pedestrians. A BIG 'thank you' to all the students, and supporting faculty, who diligently believed and participated on this clinical team to make this happen! Happy green trails to all!

When you have a chance, please take a little time to vote for UTMB in the STAT madness contest to boost our ranking of the most innovative scientific studies of 2017 like MS & Zika Virus research to name a couple. Hover over the icon to see the "Vote" option displayed and/or select "View match-up" to see the details then select "vote" under UTMB.

Registered Nurses will actively participate in the discussion of the journal article and know the impact of better communication with a novice nurse to support and improve overall satisfaction in transition into practice and retention rates hence benefiting both health service organizations and patient care. They will indicate an intent to change practice on the post-activity evaluation tool.

Applications for our MSN programs are being accepted through April 15, 2018. Take your Nursing Career to the next level. Get your MSN through one of the award winning UTMB School of Nursing programs! Apply Today!

Congratulations to our School of Nursing faculty member Dr. Sharron Forest for being selected as 'Educator of the Month for March 2018' by the UTMB Academy of Master Teachers! The UTMB Academy of Master Teachers, established in 2007, is an honorary service organization to recognize Master Teachers and to provide faculty development opportunities for all UTMB Faculty. Membership in the Academy is by selection based on a set of standards. Way to go Dr. Forest!

One of our best assets here at UTMB in Galveston, the Alumni Field House, will be undergoing renovations for a new, improved appearance in the pool area including the pool and hot tub starting March 12th-May 14th. This is good news! In the meantime, the other gym facilities will remain available to help you practice a healthy lifestyle.

Looking for something to do tonight? The St. Vincent's Free Student-Run Clinic will be hosting its annual benefit concert and silent auction this evening, March 1st, 2018. Tickets available at the door for $12.

Are you interested in a Nurse Practitioner career? See how the UTMB Nurse Practitioner faculty keep their clinical practice active.

Here is a shout out to the amazing School of Nursing faculty and staff who wore red today in honor of Heart Awareness Month! Friday, February 2, has been designated by the American Heart Association as National Wear Red Day in the United States. On this day, men and women are encouraged to wear red as a symbol of their support for women’s heart health. According to the American Heart Association, “Heart Disease is the #1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year.”

Happy New Year! Do you want to know more about our nursing programs and tour our Galveston campus? Would you like to meet Faculty and Student Ambassadors? Then join us for Open House on January 12, 2018, starting at 1:00 pm in the Levin Hall Building. To register click the following link - We look forward to meeting you!

Please join us in congratulating the Traditional BSN students as they celebrate the end of classes!

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