College of Nursing
Interim Dean - Regina Bentley, Ed.D., M.S.N., R.N., C.N.E.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs - Debra Matthews, Ph.D., R.N.
Associate Dean for Student Affairs - Kathryn McCallum, M.S.N., R.N.
Associate Dean for Finance and Administration - Shirley Davidson, M.B.A.
Assistant Dean for Academic Studies – Brian Holland, Ph.D., R.N.
Registered nurses have been called the backbone of our health care system. Working on the front lines of health care, they treat patients, monitor and record their condition, help establish a plan of care, educate patients or the public about a health condition and provide advice and emotional support to patients’ family members. Registered nurses are increasingly being recognized as leaders in transforming the health care system to meet the burgeoning demand for prevention, wellness and primary care services with a focus on improving quality and managing costs. Graduate-level nursing degrees provide additional opportunities for registered nurses to excel even more.
Individuals seeking a master’s degree in nursing (MSN) must first complete a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree and hold a valid RN license to practice in the State of Texas. Once completed, the MSN provides numerous and varied opportunities to advance in clinical, leadership and service roles.
The College of Nursing is committed to addressing the critical nursing shortage across Texas through exceptional graduate and undergraduate educational programs and advanced technologies in nursing. As leaders, our graduates are taught to question traditional methods and continually seek the best practices based on relevant clinical research.
Texas A&M College of Nursing received approval from the Texas Board of Nursing on July 17, 2008, and admitted its first class on July 21, 2008. The inaugural class on the Bryan Campus included 22 Traditional and 22 Second-Degree Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) students.
In spring of 2018, the college had grown to approximately 450 nursing students enrolled at two campuses and locations: Bryan and Round Rock. The college also has a resident recruiting presence in Lufkin and McAllen serving residents in East and South Texas, for both undergraduate and graduate nursing students.
The college’s undergraduate nursing students are enrolled in one of three tracks: Traditional BSN, Second-Degree BSN or RN-to-BSN. Graduate students in the College of Nursing are pursuing master-of-science (MSN) degree programs in Nursing Education, Forensic Nursing or Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). A Graduate Certificate in Forensic Health Care is offered for baccalaureate or master’s-prepared health care workers, protective service investigators/case workers, social workers, law enforcement, prosecutors and other professions who wish to assist victims of violence and trauma.
Texas A&M College of Nursing graduates are among the best-prepared masters and baccalaureate nurses in the nation, and they are highly sought after by prospective employers. First-time passing rates on certification board exams for graduates of the FNP degree program are significantly above the national average. Additionally, the first-time National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses® (NCLEX-RN) pass rates for BSN graduates have ranked 10 percentage points higher than both the Texas and national average for the past ten years. And, the percent of BSN graduates employed within the first month following graduation is consistently high compared to state and national averages.
In recognition of this standard of excellence, the college received the National League of Nursing’s prestigious designation as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education for the years 2016-2020, and in 2017 was ranked the #1 nursing program in Texas by RegisteredNursing.org.
The Degrees of Master of Science in Nursing
The College of Nursing offers three Master of Science in nursing (MSN) degrees. The MSN degree programs are offered primarily online, with some required visits to the Bryan-College Station campus each semester, based on the program.
Completion of the MSN Nursing Education degree enables graduates to instruct future generations of the nursing profession with advanced teaching emphasis, preparing them for the national certification exam in nursing education.
Graduates of the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program are advanced practice registered nurses who provide primary health care to a wide range of patients from infants and children to older adults. MSN-FNP graduates are eligible to take the ANCC and AANP certification exams. With a focus on health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention and illness management, FNPs help meet the escalating need for high-quality and accessible health care.
The MSN in Forensic Nursing prepares graduates to care for victims and perpetrators of traumatic events or criminal acts. While caring for patients, the forensic nurse is responsible for observing, recognizing, collecting and documenting forensic evidence. The MSN in Forensic Nursing program provides the academic preparation required for the Advanced Forensic Nursing – Board Certification (AFN-BC), established by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN).
The Bryan/College Station campus serves as the headquarters of the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Nursing. The 200-acre campus is located along State Highway 47 approximately three miles west of the main campus of Texas A&M University. The College of Nursing campus in Round Rock, Texas provides a state-of-the-art 134,000 -square-foot structure with classrooms, a simulation center, library, study lounge, student services and faculty offices. Additionally, the College of Nursing has two advising locations: Lufkin and McAllen, Texas.
Bryan/College Station Campus
8447 State Highway 47
Bryan, TX 77807-3260
Round Rock Campus
3950 North A. W. Grimes Blvd.
Round Rock, TX 78665
McAllen Advising Location
2101 South McColl Road
McAllen, TX 78503
Lufkin Advising Location
Angelina College, Health Careers Building
3500 South 1st Street, Room #H110
Lufkin, TX 75904