About the School of Nursing
The School of Nursing's philosophy supports UTEP’s mission, embracing its role as an intellectual cultural and socioeconomic asset to the region with a nursing program that meets human resource needs and contributes to the quality of life and social mobility (https://www.utep.edu/nursing). We strive to improve healthcare and quality of life in our diverse multicultural underserved local communities by preparing graduates to make significant contributions to nursing, local, national, and global communities. The last NCLEX pass rate for our Traditional BSN Program was
98.4% – significantly higher than both the national average and the state average. The national pass rate for the NCLEX exam is 87% and the Texas state average is 90.8%.
In addition, the School’s facilities and programs are designed to promote interdisciplinary teaching, learning, research and community engagement among our students. The School is housed in our $60 million 135,000 sq. ft. Health Sciences and Nursing building on the main campus, and houses a state-of-the-art 54 bed Simulation Lab – one of the largest university simulation labs in the country.
Through the development of innovative infrastructure, the recruitment of talented faculty, the engagement of community partners, and a strong commitment to student success, the School of Nursing has built a portfolio of degree programs that prepares diverse students for challenging and rewarding healthcare careers. The School enrolls more than 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students and operates on a $5.6 million budget.
Its faculty of 90 members offer one undergraduate degree, three graduate degrees, one doctoral degree and one graduate certificate program. With over 400 local and national clinical training facilities, the School of Nursing provides its students with on-hands practicum experience in most of its programs. This School and faculty are nationally recognized for innovative research in border health, and Hispanic health and health disparities. Many of our distinguished faculty members serve in leadership positions with local, state, national and international organizations such as the American Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Our faculty researchers have been widely published in peer-reviewed journals and scholarly publications. The School of Nursing’s faculty offer the following programs:
- Traditional Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN)
- RN to BSN Option
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
- Nursing Education (NE)
- Nursing Systems Management (NSM)
- Adult Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
- Adult Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Post Master Certificate
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Family Nurse Practitioner, Post Master Certificate
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Post Master Certificate
- Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
- Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Science
In addition, the School of Nursing maintains a strong clinical and service presence across the region’s healthcare facilities and non-profit healthcare organizations, as well as with the UTEP College of Health Sciences, the UTEP School of Pharmacy and the Border Biomedical Research Center (BBRC). The School also enjoys collaborative partnerships with the Hospital Corporation of America, University Medical Center of El Paso and the Tenet Healthcare Corporation. Partnerships like these support the implementation of a comprehensive training program for our students who complete their clinical rotations at the best clinical facilities throughout the city. The School’s extensive collaboration network, which extends across the border region, is a valuable resource for the development of nursing research of national and global relevance in the areas of chronic disease management, health disparities and geriatric treatment.
The School’s partnerships extend beyond the West Texas region. Collaboration with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has led to the development of the Nurse Engagement and Wellness Study, a cohort study that aims at recruiting nursing students to study the effect of social and environmental actors on health and performance of nurses.
The School recently introduced new research and initiative programs, including forming a Research Steering Committee and a Nursing Research Support program which provides faculty with assistance developing research plans, proposals and capstone projects. The School also founded the Biobehavioral Research Laboratory (BbRL) which focuses on studying the biological, behavioral, and environmental pathways that affect health and wellness. In addition, the BbRL offers collaborative and consulting support to patient-centered outcome research programs interested in conducting human subject health research in the region.
Complemented by its emphasis on patient-centered care, the School has received a grant from the University’s BUILDing Scholars program and is currently collaborating with researchers from Cornell University and Texas Tech in a research program focused on advancing care planning.
The School of Nursing continues to become a key player in the diversification of the cadre of nursing scientists across the nation. To accomplish this, the School has created an undergraduate research fellowship program which works closely with the BbRL, and offers several research seminars to students during the year.
Learn more about the UTEP School of Nursing:
- School of Nursing website
- School of Nursing Strategic Plan for Research
- A Brief History of The University of Texas at El Paso School of Nursing
- UTEP Hospital Days
- UTEP Sim Lab