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University of Texas - Pan American (Department of Nursing)

The Nursing Department offers two programs: a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing. Each program is fully accredited from the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) for registered nurses was established in 1983, and the generic BSN program was initiated in Spring 1992. The Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) program with a clinical specialization in adult health was approved in 1993 and admitted its first students during Summer 1994. The MSN program has since added Family Practitioner and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner tracks. Both the BSN and MSN programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


The Nursing Department supports the mission of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services through programs that educate individuals to meet the health care needs of a culturally diverse society. These programs facilitate the development of competent practitioners with critical thinking skills to provide holistic nursing care to individuals, families, aggregates, and communities. A commitment to fostering research and service that enhance health promotion, maintenance, and restoration is integral to the mission of the Nursing Department.


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide baccalaureate level nursing care. It is designed to enable students to integrate knowledge from theory and research, high level skills, and concepts of leadership into the practice of professional nursing care of individuals, families, and groups. The BSN Program also provides a foundation for graduate study.

BSN graduates meet the educational requirements of the Texas State Board of Nurse Examiners to take the licensure examination to become Registered Nurses. After successfully completing this examination, the graduate is issued a license to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Texas.


The UTPA BSN program is designed to prepare graduates at a high level of competency for beginning positions in culturally diverse health care settings. It has the responsibility to foster professional excellence by providing a climate in which intellectual achievement in nursing is encouraged and developed.

The BSN program is generic in nature with an alternate pathway for registered nurses. The BSN curriculum evolves from each of these concepts: individual, society, health, nursing, and education. The faculty subscribe to the following beliefs:

The individual is a holistic being with her/his own inherent worth. Each individual has unique interwoven biopsychosocial, spiritual, cultural, and political characteristics. Individuals are viewed as being ultimately responsible to act in their own best interests based on their ability to manage human needs across the life span.

Society forms the dynamic environment within which individuals, families, groups, and communities live and function. It is composed of people, distinctive in ethnic origins, cultural patterns, religions, political affiliations, and social classes. Individuals are born into such a society and are influenced by that society. Society affects the perception of health and the selection of actions taken to manage health processes.

Health is an evolving multidimensional process that is culturally defined, uniquely perceived, and personally experienced. Holistic health involves interrelated physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and sociocultural components. At best, it is mind-body-spirit harmony, allowing people to function at their maximum potential within their environments. Ranging on a continuum from high-level wellness to devastating illness, health impacts the totality of a person's existence.

Nursing is an art and a science, a holistic, interpersonal caring process guided by a theoretical base. By using nursing knowledge, research, and related theories, nurses assist individuals, families, groups, and communities in their quest for optimal well-being. This assistance includes activities to nurture and promote self-direction, increase knowledge, prevent illness, maintain or regain an optimum state of health, or cope with dying and death. Nursing practice extends into a variety of multicultural settings and health care delivery systems (lay/popular, folk, professional).

Education promotes change in psychomotor, cognitive, and affective behaviors. This change is fostered by the teaching-learning process, which is a cooperative effort between the teacher and the student. Education is enhanced by a climate of mutual respect and open interaction where critical thinking and the exchange of ideas are encouraged. Experiences are structured from simple to complex with varied methods of presentation and frequent evaluation of progress. Teachers, as facilitators, are responsible for functioning as role models, establishing effective interpersonal relationships, developing curricula with experiences that allow for individual learning needs, and utilizing ongoing evaluation to assist students. Students are responsible for learning, assisting the teacher in selecting learning experiences that will meet their learning goals, and evaluating the teacher, the curriculum, and their own progress. Both the teacher and learner are ethically and legally accountable to the individual, the nursing profession, and society at large.

Nursing education is an integral part of a collegiate setting providing students the opportunity for personal, cultural, social, and intellectual enrichment. A broad knowledge base in the social and natural sciences integrated with the humanities accentuates the delivery of holistic nursing care.

Baccalaureate degree graduates are prepared to work as culturally competent health care providers in a wide variety of primary, secondary, and/or tertiary health care settings. Graduates, as critical thinkers, are expected to integrate knowledge from the arts and sciences, nursing theory, and research as well as act on that knowledge to deliberately and rationally make decisions. Graduates, as client advocates, are encouraged to be politically aware and use the research process as well as leadership and management theories to promote quality health care delivery. Graduates, guided by the nursing process, are prepared to function as accountable practitioners with the potential to develop within the emerging role of the nurse. Graduates are expected to be committed to the profession of nursing and to the promotion of professional nursing standards. Graduates are encouraged to continue their educational process either formally or informally, including graduate study.

School name:University of Texas - Pan AmericanDepartment of Nursing
Address:1201 West University Dr.
Zip & city:TX 78540 Texas

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This course is designed to introduce the student to theories, concepts and practices related to wellness, with an emphasis on self-care. The student will have an opportunity to practice and demonstrate competency in selected self-care skills in a simulated situation. (May be taken by students who cannot take two hours of required kinesiology activities to fulfi ll University core curriculum requirements.)

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

This course enables the student to be a knowledgeable nursing research consumer. An orientation to the research process, various methods of inquiry and ethical considerations are presented to assist the student in critical evaluation and appropriate applications of research fi ndings to practice.

This course is designed to provide students the academic fl exibility to study contemporary issues and practices in the nursing profession. The course may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

This course provides an opportunity to study a selected area of clinical nursing. The student will utilize the nursing process while caring for clients in a supervised clinical site.

This course allows the student to apply psychological, social, and cultural concepts conjointly with anatomy/physiology and assessment skills used in evaluating the health status of clients. The student will use laboratory settings to practice cognitive, aff ective, and psychomotor skills in the systematic assessment of clients and their environment.

This course provides continued use of nursing concepts in the care of clients experiencing alterations in mental health. The nursing process is emphasized as it relates to altered psychosocial integrity.

This course is designed to assist the learner in developing a personal philosophy of professional nursing. Changes in the health care delivery system (sociocultural, economic, political, ethicolegal, technological) and their impact on nursing will be described. Emphasis will be placed on the nursing process.

This course expands on the concepts of wellness, health promotion, health maintenance, health restoration and disease prevention across the life span. The nursing process and critical thinking skills will be applied as they relate to selected health alterations. Students will demonstrate competency in performing nursing skills in a variety of health care settings. Emphasis is placed on the application of the theoretical components to the teaching-learning process as it relates to health promotion activities.

This course introduces the student to fundamental health care concepts. The student will demonstrate competency in performing skills in a simulated situation prior to their application in a secondary health care setting.

This course provides for continued use of nursing concepts in providing care for two or more adults in a secondary health care setting. The nursing process is emphasized as it relates to alterations of selected body systems/functions.

This course will enable the student to analyze issues, trends and problems in the delivery of nursing care. The student will identify an issue, trend or problem and evaluate its impact on the health care delivery system.

This course focuses on the role of the nurse in planning and providing primary care to individuals and groups in a community or rural setting. The course will emphasize complex sociocultural, political, economic and health issues within a community. The student will use the nursing process to recognize and meet health needs of individuals and groups.

This course provides continued use of nursing concepts in the care of two or more adult clients experiencing crisis and/or complex health alterations in a secondary health care setting. The nursing process is emphasized as it relates to alterations of selected body systems.

This course focuses on the utilization of the nursing process in the care of families throughout the perinatal cycle, childhood and adolescence. Theoretical concepts and selected research fi ndings will be applied to developmental and familial concerns in both normal and high-risk settings.

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 settings. The transition from student role to professional role will be explored.

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