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The School of Nursing is pleased to announce that an accreditation review by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is scheduled for April 7, 8, 9 2021. If you would like to provide feedback or comments on any of the nursing programs to CCNE please submit them by March 16, 2021 
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Josiah | Honoring the Human Spirit | Mazda Heroes

For our 100th anniversary, Mazda is honoring the human spirit by giving back to those who have given their all. We are highlighting 50 selfless individuals who’ve done heroic things for their communities by rewarding each of them with a Mazda MX-5 Miata 100th Anniversary Special Edition vehicle. Josiah, a hard-working student from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was nominated for his determination and the action he took to help others.

Josiah graduated from our BSN program about 6 years ago. We are so proud that he was selected as a Mazda hero.


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PHARR, Texas – Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez and UT-Rio Grande Valley President Guy Bailey spoke at a news conference that was held to announce the expansion of UTRGV’s School of Nursing.

A new teaching facility operated by the school of nursing will be built on land immediately south of the Pharr Events Center, on N. Cage Boulevard.

Here are the remarks of the two leaders at the news conference.

Dr. Guy Bailey:


Thank you so much. First of all, I appreciate you being here. It is not the coolest day is it? But, hey, we have wonderful winters so you take a few days like today.

It is a great time to be in higher education in the Rio Grqnde Valley. We have strong political leadership, much of which you just were introduced to. Some more of which you will see on video later. So, we have very strong political leadership. But there are two things that are really different. Remember, in the introductions, you were introduced to a regent from the Rio Grande Valley and to the chair of the higher education coordinating board from the Rio Grande Valley. I want you to think about that. The stars are really aligned for us to do some great things. With the great political leadership we have and… no better example than what we have, here in Pharr. Forward-thinking, supportive, always out ahead of what is going on. Hey, this is a great place to be.

When we first talked about this, you talk to a lot of people about doing partnerships. But what Pharr is able to accomplish here is tremendous. It is not just facilities. It is programmatic support and those are the things you need to increase the number of nurses in the Valley. And, by the way, you see these people right here. These are nursing students. You raise your hand if you are a UTRGV nursing student. (Applause)

Remember, that is really why we are here today. We are not only going to have great kids. We are going to have a lot more of them coming forward. So, it is an honor to be part of this. I cannot tell you what a privilege it is to be president of UTRGV, to work with the strong political leadership we have and we have some great leadership internally, too. You met Provost Arney, and Veronica Gonzales, our vice president for community and governmental relations. We have terrific leadership here. With the partnerships we have, with people like Pharr we are going to go a long way. 

Dr. Ambrosio Hernandez


Thank you. Bienvenidos. Buenas tardes. Good afternoon. Welcome everyone. Great to see a lot of white coats. That is good. We need you guys, especially now in this Covid time, this pandemic.

I want to thank everybody for being here today. Dr. Bailey, thank you. Nolan Perez, of course. MaryJane, thank you – once again, our new dean of nursing. Thank you. There are a lot of partners here.

A refresher course, real quick. The City of Pharr has always believed that partnerships are the fastest way to get anything done. We also know that locally everything gets done. That is why we are here again with UTRGV. Under Dr. Guy Bailey’s tenure we have partnered not once but twice. The first one, for memory’s sake, across the freeway is the nanatorium. That is our dual project that we are doing together with the school district. That is our project. Representing PSJA is, of course, Dr. Arredondo. Do you mind standing up, so people can recognize you? This is our partner as well.

And now we are here today to celebrate a second one. A great endeavor that we all know we need. The reason these people were mentioned is because education is the foundation and is the great equalizer. Region One is extremely important for that, as is the school district. We know that without you guys, you start very young, we push through education and that could not be done without you. That is why we wanted to make sure you were involved in this process. We believe in these partnerships, especially with Dr. Alvarado’s leadership as well, helping us with Region One.

The school districts, we will be partnering with the school districts to make sure we get the cream of the crop when it comes to our nursing students. You are going to find there are a lot of good students here. They always leave the area. They want to go into medicine and nursing but they don’t because there are not enough slots, not enough infrastructure, not enough help. But, we are going to solve their problem. We are going to give a little help to you, the City of Pharr. And we are glad this is happening.

This has long been overdue. We all know we have a national shortage of nursing. We all know we have family members affected by it. All of us have had it. But now we going to solve this problem. It may appear to be a drop but it is a big drop in the bucket, a very large drop. Because you are going to have a multi-million dollar investment being done here, in the Rio Grande Valley. We say Rio Grande Valley because it affects the Rio Grande Valley. It affects the State of Texas and the nation, what we are about to do. We want to accelerate our students from high school to go through and become nurses if they so decide to do so, with our local district.

We know that the county also plays a big part. One of the biggest culprits, as I call him, is Commissioner Cantu. Can you stand up, sire, for a minute, so we can recognize you? Commissioner Cantu has always supported, always put education forward as one of his endeavors, whether it be WiFi for everybody, whether it be roads to make sure our children get there. Always keeping the children at heart and their parents, everybody’s parents at heart because we need to get you to hospital. We need to get to where we need to be.

Nursing is a critical pathway for education but also an opportunity. But it is also for our health. Whether you realize it or not, sooner or later you will need a nurse. You will need not only a physician but a nurse in that facility. Right now we know we have such a drastic shortage. We had it before but now it is really terrible. And as Fred Farias and I have discussed before, this is a time for us to act. So Pharr, with the help of UTRGV has taken the lead in the Rio Grande Valley. We are going to step up to the plate, we are going to commit resources, there are dollars, there are Cares dollars as well we are putting in to make sure this endeavor succeeds.

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news story shows UT-Rio Grande Valley President Guy Bailey and Pharr Mayor Dr. Ambrosio Hernandez signing an agreement to expand UTRGV’s School of Nursing in Pharr. (Photo credit: City of Pharr)

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a three-part series on the UTRGV-City of Pharr collaboration. Click here to read Part One. Part Three will be published in our next edition.


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UTRGV nursing graduates ready to help COVID-19 patients

EDINBURG, Texas (KVEO) — The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) says 166 students graduating from the UTRGV School of Medicine will be entering the workforce.

“They will emerge as the leaders in this new reality, and there is no better time to be a nurse,” said Dr. SharonRadzyminski, dean of the UTRGV School of Nursing. “Nurses have always been there for the patient, and our graduates will rise to the occasion. I salute the graduates and their embrace of what nursing stands for.”

According to a release, 124 graduates will receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), seven will receive a Registered Nurse to BSN degree (RN to BSN), and 35 will receive a Master of Science in Nursing.

Below are four students from the BSN program that will be receiving their degrees at the virtual ceremonies, as stated in the release.

JUSTIN DE LEON

Justin De Leon, 25 Harlingen

“As a nurse, you are exposed to different pathogens and bacteria, so there is always a risk,” said De Leon in the Release. “We have been taught all the precautions. I am ready for this. I am excited to be able to say to my patients, ‘I am the RN and I will be taking care of you.’”

DANIELLA COLLASO

Daniella Collaso, 23, Brownsville

“I discovered I loved caring for people, that I craved the human interaction and touching people lives,” Collaso said in the release. “One day, I woke up and said, ‘I think I want to be a nurse.’ So, I went for it and here I am.”

ALYSSA HERNANDEZ

Allysa Hernandez, Harlingen

“This is where we have to be selfless and care for others during COVID-19,” Hernandez said in the release. “Even though the ceremony will be virtual, we got through school and finished. We did it.”

YVONNE WAGGONER

Yvonne Waggoner, McAllen

“I told my children, this is what I signed up for. I must take the necessary precautions, like everyone does during these times. I am not one to be fearful of what is to come,” Waggoner said in the release. “I just put myself in God’s hands.”

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Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) Online

Are you ready to meet the growing demand for more BSN-prepared nurses in health care? The UTRGV RN to BSN online degree program is designed to enable you to move ahead in your nursing career with leadership skills and knowledge from theory, research and evidence-based practice.

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Program Details

Next Start DateJanuary 12
Application DeadlineDecember 5
Estimated Program Length12 months
Credit Hours30
Course Length7 weeks
Cost Per Credit$277.77

About the Program

Our RN to BSN online degree program is an affordable path to advance professionally in your nursing practice with the flexibility to continue working as an RN. Gain the evidence-based knowledge and management skills you need to take the lead while providing quality nursing care—all in a convenient, accelerated, online format.

As a student of this program, you will:

  • Learn nursing leadership theories, organizational structures, and health care management
  • Advance your professional nursing practice providing care to individuals, families, groups, and communities
  • Prepare for graduate study

Courses

This course introduces anatomy, physiology, and assessment skills with psycho-socio-cultural, developmental, spiritual, and ethicolegal consideration in client health assessment. Opportunities are provided in a simulated setting to practice cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills and demonstrate systematic client assessment competency.

This course presents historical, philosophical, theoretical, sociocultural, economic, political, ethicolegal, and technological concepts impacting nursing and health care delivery systems (lay, folk, professional).

This course introduces anatomy, physiology, and assessment skills with psycho-socio-cultural, developmental, spiritual, and ethicolegal consideration in client health assessment. Opportunities are provided in a simulated setting to practice cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills and demonstrate systematic client assessment competency.

This online course will enable the student to study basic pathophysiology underlying changes in body physiology that result from disease or injury. This course seeks to provide understanding of the mechanisms of disease and how and why alteration in body structure and function lead to the signs and symptoms of disease. Understanding pathophysiology guides the interprofessional in applying clinical judgement in planning, implementation, and evaluation of therapies and treatments.

This course introduces the student to pharmacological concepts and nursing responsibilities for drug therapy. Dosage calculations, safe administration and the usage of the nursing process in the various methods of medication therapy are emphasized.

This course will explore the role of the nurse caring for individuals, families, communities, and populations, with an emphasis on designing, implementing, and evaluating population-based interventions to promote health. Emphasis is placed on health promotion and prevention of population-based health problems. Consideration is given to populations experiencing chronic health problems being cared for in the community.

This course will explore the role of the nurse caring for individuals, families, communities, and populations, with an emphasis on designing, implementing, and evaluating population-based interventions to promote health. Emphasis is placed on health promotion and prevention of population-based health problems. Consideration is given to populations experiencing chronic health problems being cared for in the community.

This course enables the student to be a knowledgeable nursing consumer. An orientation to the research process, various methods of inquiry, and ethical considerations are presented to be assess students in critical evaluation and appropriate application of research findings to practice.

This course addresses issues, trends, and problems in nursing as well as their impact on health care delivery systems (lay, folk, professional).

This course focuses on theories of nursing leadership, organizational structures, and management in relation to health care. The nursing process will be emphasized as it relates to leadership and management in clinical/lab settings. The transition from the student role to professional role will be explored.

This course focuses on theories of nursing leadership, organizational structures, and management in relation to health care. The nursing process will be emphasized as it relates to leadership and management in clinical/lab settings. The transition from the student role to professional role will be explored.

This course introduces anatomy, physiology, and assessment skills with psycho-socio-cultural, developmental, spiritual, and ethicolegal consideration in client health assessment. Opportunities are provided in a simulated setting to practice cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills and demonstrate systematic client assessment competency.

This course presents historical, philosophical, theoretical, sociocultural, economic, political, ethicolegal, and technological concepts impacting nursing and health care delivery systems (lay, folk, professional).

This course introduces anatomy, physiology, and assessment skills with psycho-socio-cultural, developmental, spiritual, and ethicolegal consideration in client health assessment. Opportunities are provided in a simulated setting to practice cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills and demonstrate systematic client assessment competency.

This online course will enable the student to study basic pathophysiology underlying changes in body physiology that result from disease or injury. This course seeks to provide understanding of the mechanisms of disease and how and why alteration in body structure and function lead to the signs and symptoms of disease. Understanding pathophysiology guides the interprofessional in applying clinical judgement in planning, implementation, and evaluation of therapies and treatments.

This course introduces the student to pharmacological concepts and nursing responsibilities for drug therapy. Dosage calculations, safe administration and the usage of the nursing process in the various methods of medication therapy are emphasized.

This course will explore the role of the nurse caring for individuals, families, communities, and populations, with an emphasis on designing, implementing, and evaluating population-based interventions to promote health. Emphasis is placed on health promotion and prevention of population-based health problems. Consideration is given to populations experiencing chronic health problems being cared for in the community.

This course will explore the role of the nurse caring for individuals, families, communities, and populations, with an emphasis on designing, implementing, and evaluating population-based interventions to promote health. Emphasis is placed on health promotion and prevention of population-based health problems. Consideration is given to populations experiencing chronic health problems being cared for in the community.

This course enables the student to be a knowledgeable nursing consumer. An orientation to the research process, various methods of inquiry, and ethical considerations are presented to be assess students in critical evaluation and appropriate application of research findings to practice.

This course addresses issues, trends, and problems in nursing as well as their impact on health care delivery systems (lay, folk, professional).

This course focuses on theories of nursing leadership, organizational structures, and management in relation to health care. The nursing process will be emphasized as it relates to leadership and management in clinical/lab settings. The transition from the student role to professional role will be explored.

This course focuses on theories of nursing leadership, organizational structures, and management in relation to health care. The nursing process will be emphasized as it relates to leadership and management in clinical/lab settings. The transition from the student role to professional role will be explored.

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Tuition & Financial Aid

UT Rio Grande Valley's 100% online accelerated graduate programs offer affordable tuition, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

*We estimate that tuition and fees will total no more than the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change. 

Financial Aid

UTRGV is an equal opportunity institution in the administration of its financial aid programs. In keeping with this policy, financial aid is extended to students without regard to race, creed, sex, national origin, veteran status, religion, age or disability. For additional information regarding funding please visit our Financial Aid for Accelerated Online Programs page.

Additional Fees

Domestic Applicant Fee: $50
International Applicant Fee: $100
Graduation Fee: $32


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Please review all the admission requirements for the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) Online degree program. For specific questions or more details, contact an enrollment specialist at 1-833-887-4842.

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Be a registered nurse or have a temporary permit in your state.


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UTRGV plans to expand nursing school to Pharr

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is expanding its nursing school to the city of Pharr.

With nursing shortages across the nation and limited enrollment in some local programs, the interim dean for the UTRGV School of Nursing says this expansion comes at a time of critical need.

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"This new building will give us the capacity to really step up what we're doing in terms of simulation, what we're doing in terms of our labs," said Dr. Mary Jane Lewitt, interim dean of the UTRGV School of Nursing. "And it gives us additional classroom space, so that we can enroll more students across all of our programs."

The added space will go up next to the Pharr EMS headquarters off 2800 Cage Boulevard. Pharr Mayor Dr. Ambrosio Hernandez says construction is scheduled to finish within 12 months, with some of the biggest challenges already being tackled.

“First problem we have is we don't have enough slots for our nursing students. Second, we don't have enough professors and we don't have enough infrastructure,” Dr. Hernandez said. “Well, the city of Pharr, UTRGV and other partners want to alleviate that problem."

In 2019, over 700 qualified applicants didn’t get in the nursing program. With expansions like these, university officials feel confident growth and opportunities will help students and the local health systems.

"It is a partnership to enhance the career path for nursing,” Dr. Hernandez said. “We know we've always had a shortage, but now we have a critical shortage during the pandemic, and the city of Pharr has always invested in human capital and this is a great way for us to invest in our students."

According to Dr. Lewitt, there are 6,000 nurses across the Valley. But the need is at an all-time high.

"That shortage is not projected to decrease through 2032; this is according to the Texas Center for the Nursing Workforce Studies, and right now there is about 10 nursing programs in the Valley at this point in time," Dr. Lewitt said. 

Those programs train close to 1,500 students per year.

"And it will also allow us to expand our nursing enrollment in the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral level," Lewitt said. 

The expansion is part a $2 million grant by the CARES act fund directly allocated for the UTRGV School of Nursing.

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PHARR — Elected officials and education leaders celebrated the expansion of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Nursing facility here at a signing ceremony Thursday, an expansion they hailed as a major step for the region.

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced a $2 million grant in May directing federal virus relief funding toward building the school.

The funding for the state-of-the-art facility will be matched with $24 million in local investment, according to U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez’s office. The project is expected to create 750 jobs and $30 million in private investment. 

It’s unclear from where the $24 million local investment will come.

UTRGV enrolls around 300 nursing students annually in two types of programs, School of Nursing Dean Dr. MaryJane Lewitt said.

According to Lewitt, the new facility, which will be located at 2800 N. Cage Blvd. in Pharr, will contain four large classrooms, a skills lab and a full simulation center that will provide undergrads with “one of the best learning environments anywhere.”

Two classrooms, a skills lab, a simulation center and a full clinic setup with exam rooms will serve graduate level students.

The facility will provide a home for aspiring nurses the Valley currently doesn’t have the infrastructure to train, Lewitt said, noting that over 700 qualified applicants were not admitted into Valley nursing programs in 2019.

Officials underscored the importance those nurses will have on the health of the Valley’s residents.

“I’ll take a moment of personal privilege to tell you that in the last few months I’ve spent, with my family, more time than I would like to in a hospital. And I saw a lot of great doctors, but I’ll tell you, I saw a lot more great nurses,” State Rep. Terry Canales said. “They are the front line, they are the people that register when you walk in the door. I watched them wait on my father hand and foot in an ICU room, to my mother at MD Anderson. I can tell you, there’s no such thing as too many nurses.”

Addressing the nursing shortage that’s affected medical practices and hospitals locally and nationally is one of the main boons of the project.

“This has long been overdue,” Pharr Mayor Dr. Ambrosio Hernandez said. “We all know that we have a national shortage of nurses. And we all have a family member affected by it — all of us have had it. But now we’re going to solve the problem. It may appear to be just a drop, but it’s a big drop in the bucket, a very big drop.”

The facility will have the added advantage of providing students from Valley school districts a place to train and learn locally.

“That’s what you’re going to find, there’s a lot of good students here,” Hernandez said. “They always leave the area. They want to go into medicine and nursing, but they don’t because there’s not enough slots, not enough infrastructure, not enough help. But we’re gonna solve that problem for you.”

The various dignitaries consistently hailed the collaboration between politicians, education institutions and municipalities that they said made the facility possible.

UTRGV President Dr. Guy Bailey praised the strong local and state political leadership he said undergird the project and have fueled the growth of educational institutions locally.

“Forward thinking, supportive, always out ahead of what’s going on,” he said. “Hey, this is a great place to be.”

Editor’s note: This story was updated to include the address of where the expansion will be located.

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