College of Nursing

Administrative Officers

Dean - Sharon Wilkerson, Ph.D., RN, CNE, ANEF

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs - Debra Matthews, Ph.D., RN

Associate Dean for Student Affairs - Kathryn Cochran, M.S.N., RN

Associate Dean for Finance and Administration - Shirley Ellison, M.B.A.

Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies – Brian Holland, Ph.D.,  RN

Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies – Kevin Gosselin, Ph.D., M.Ed., M.S., B.A.

General Statement

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 highly observant and detail-oriented and are often the first to catch important and changing signs and symptoms. They 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. In addition to their clinical expertise, nurses are being sought out to serve in a variety of leadership posts on bodies developing policy recommendations related to a wide-range of health care policy issues.

Individuals who earn a nursing degree must first complete a national licensing examination in order to obtain a nursing license for practice. Further training or education can qualify nurses to work in specialty areas, such as emergency care, pediatrics, labor and delivery, psychiatry, oncology, surgery or public health. Graduate education can increase advancement opportunities for nurses including administrative positions, academic faculty positions, and as nurse practitioners.

The College of Nursing is committed to addressing the critical nursing shortage across Texas through exceptional educational programs in nursing. Our students are provided with cutting-edge classroom technologies and simulated experiences, which include standardized patients and virtual clinical learning activities. As leaders, our graduates are taught to question traditional methods and continually seek the best practices based on relevant clinical research. Through community service and leadership opportunities, the College of Nursing fosters a sense of social responsibility and global citizenship.

History

After receiving approval in 2008 from the Texas Board of Nursing, the College of Nursing located in Bryan-College Station, Texas, was created. Initially, 44 students were admitted expected to assist upon graduation with the severe nursing shortage across Texas. With a nursing workforce shortage and a large population that is aging and ready to retire, it is vital to the state of Texas to help increase the number of baccalaureate-prepared registered nurses. The college is committed to addressing this need. The faculty and staff believe that highly skilled nurses, working in collaboration with other health professionals, through research and service can enable individuals, families and groups to achieve a maximum state of well-being.

College of Nursing Programs

Program: Baccalaureate degree in nursing
Length: 12 to 22 months
General Admissions Requirements: Prerequisite coursework varies by program
Application Deadline: Varies depending on program of study
Start Term: Varies depending on program of study
Specialization, Program of Study: BSN Traditional Track, BSN Second Degree Track, RN to BSN Track
Degree: BSN.

Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing

The College of Nursing offers three tracks that lead to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Upon obtaining the BSN degree, the prelicensure graduates will apply to take the registered nurse (RN) licensure examination.

Accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public’s health. A specialized/professional accrediting agency, CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs and of post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education gave a full ten year accreditation to the College of Nursing in 2014 for the B.S.N. program. For more information on accreditation, go to www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation.

Good Academic Standing

Good academic standing is defined as having a minimum grade point average of a 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale), maintaining a minimum grade of C in all courses, and non-probationary status. Students must be in good academic standing in order to progress in the program. If a student receives a grade of D or F in any course in any given semester, the student will automatically be placed on probation and notified in writing of probation status. The student will remain on probation until the course is repeated with a C or better. The course can only be taken through the College of Nursing. Students are allowed to repeat only one course during their enrollment in the program.

Students must complete the program in three consecutive years. If a student repeats a course, which he/she has failed in the College of Nursing, the official grade is the last one earned. That official grade will be used in computing the grade point average and the failing grade will remain on the record.

Academic Dismissal

Students will not be permitted to continue in the nursing program or apply for readmission if they:

  1. receive a grade of D or F in more than one course,
  2. receive any combination of grades of D or F on two attempts of the same course, or
  3. receive notice of dismissal from the program by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or the Associate Dean for Student Affairs for failure to adhere to College of Nursing policy.

Nursing Professional Code of Ethics

Students in nursing and other health professions curricula are held to standards of conduct that both differ from and exceed those usually expected of university students. Each student enrolled in the College of Nursing is expected to uphold the professional code of ethics established for and by the nursing profession. The nurse recognizes that his/her first obligation is to the patient’s welfare.

Any situation that threatens patient safety, exhibits a lack of moral character, demonstrates a lack of professionalism or good judgment, and/or proves harmful to the hospital or college environment is a violation of College/Hospital policy and may result in immediate termination from the program.

Compliance Requirements for Clinical Courses

Students must provide documentation confirming completion of compliance requirements prior to participating in clinical nursing courses. Information on requirements is provided upon admission and during New Student Orientation.

Locations

The College of Nursing educates students at three locations: Bryan/College Station, Round Rock, and McAllen, Texas. The Bryan/College Station campus opened in 2010 and 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. In 2009, the College of Nursing opened a new facility in Round Rock providing a state-of-the-art 134,000 -square-foot structure with classrooms, a simulation center, library, study lounge, student services and faculty offices. The McAllen location was established in 2000 and provides comprehensive, accessible health education programs and services to residents of the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Since 2014, the College of Nursing has provided prospective and current student support. The McAllen location is housed in a 23,000-square-foot facility with space for laboratories, offices, classrooms and conference areas available to deliver a wide range of health training, clinical research, medical education, community interventions and public health programs with local partners. Additionally, the College of Nursing has an advising location at Angelina College in Lufkin.

Bryan/College Station Campus
8447 State Highway 47
Bryan, TX 77807-3260
(979) 436-0110
nursing.tamhsc.edu

Round Rock Campus
3950 North A. W. Grimes Blvd.
Round Rock, TX 78665
(512) 341-4200

McAllen Location
2101 South McColl Road
McAllen, TX 78503(956) 668-6328

Advising Location
3500 South 1st Street, Room #H110
Lufkin, TX 75904
936-633-3293

Balke, Nora, Clinical Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
MS, Western Governors University, 2012

Bonner, Rickie, Clinical Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
DNP, Regis University, 2012

Bosenbark, Margaret, Instructor
College Of Nursing
BSN, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, 2010

Bruce, Richard, Clinical Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
MS, University of Phoenix, 2012

Burns, Rebecca, Clinical Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
DNP, Loyola University New Orleans, 2015

Decker, Willa, Clinical Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
MA, University of Houston - Clear Lake, 1989

Downing, Nancy, Associate Professor
College Of Nursing
PHD, The University of Iowa, 2010

Ehlert, Patricia, Clinical Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
MS, University of Phoenix, 2004

Fannin, Ehriel, Clinical Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
MNU, University of the Incarnate Word, 2008

Garcia, Magdiel, Clinical Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
MNU, The University of Texas - Austin, 2012

Gary, Jodie, Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
PHD, University of Texas at Tyler, 2012

Gruben, Darla, Clinical Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
MNU, The University of Texas Health Science Center, 1999

Hansen, Cathy-Lynn, Clinical Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
MNU, University of Texas El Paso, 1988

Hare, Martha, Clinical Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
DNP, Texas Tech University Health Science Center, 2010

Harrison, Elizabeth, Clinical Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
MNU, George Mason University, 2012

Hazel, Michael, Clinical Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
DNP, Texas Tech University Health Science Center, 2010

Hoffman, Matt, Instructor
College Of Nursing
BS, Texas A&M Health Science Center, 2010

Holland, Brian, Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
PHD, The University of Texas at Arlington, 2014

Hunter, Jacqueline, Clinical Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
DNP, Radford University, 2014

Jones-Schubart, Kara, Clinical Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
DNP, George Washington University, 2011

Keys, Vicky, Clinical Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
MNU, University of Phoenix, 2005

Kosarek, Jane, Clinical Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
MNU, Texas Woman's University, 1985

Landry, Karen, Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
PHD, Texas Women's University, 2008

Montalvo-Liendo, Nora, Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
PHD, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, 2009

Moreland, Jack, Clinical Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
PHD, Capella University, 2011

Muellerhinze, Maxine, Clinical Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
PHD, The University of Texas - Austin, 1988

Mufich, Martin, Clinical Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
MNU, The University of Texas at Austin, 2015

Mulcahy, Angela, Clinical Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
MNU, University of North Dakota, 2012

Neal, Colleen, Clinical Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
MNU, The University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, 2011

Page, Robin, Clinical Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
PHD, University of Texas at Austin, 2006

Pittman, Alison, Clinical Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
MNU, The University of Texas at Austin, 1999

Pullium, Cheryl, Clinical Associate Professor
College Of Nursing
MNU, Texas Christian Univeristy, 2006

Reynolds, Raquel, Clinical Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
MNU, The University of Texas at Austin, 2005

Ruiz, Roberta, Professor
College Of Nursing
PHD, The University of Texas Health Science Center, 1999

Seaback, Wanda, Clinical Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
MNU, Texas Women's University, 2005

Stout Aguilar, Jacqueline, Clinical Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
PHD, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, 2015

Turnbow, Sonia, Clinical Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
MNU, The University of Texas at El Paso, 1995

Utterback, Virginia, Associate Professor
College Of Nursing
PHD, Texas Tech University, 2010

Van, Suzanne, Clinical Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
MNU, University of Texas at El Paso, 2014

Weston, Cynthia, Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
DNP, Univeristy of Texas Health Science Center San Antoion, 2014

White-Corey, Shelley, Clinical Assistant Professor
College Of Nursing
MNU, Univeristy of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, 2011