Southwestern's nursing program will prepare you to become a leader in health care. Small class sizes with dedicated professors mean personalized mentoring as you develop wholistic thinking, comprehensive patient assessment skills, and clinical judgment. Our nursing students have a NCLEX pass rate above the national average. You will enter the profession prepared to engage with co-workers and embrace change, optimizing patient outcomes by addressing not just the physical but all aspects of health.

The nursing program is fully approved by the Board of Nursing for the State of Texas (333 Guadalupe #3 - 460 Austin, TX 87801; 512-305-7400; www.bon.state.tx.us) and is accredited with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (655 K Street, NW., Suite 750, Washington, DC 2001; 202-887-6791; www.aacnnursing.org/CCNE).

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Compassionate Service

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Programs

Nursing (B.S.)

Students who enter this degree track need no prior healthcare experience or nursing education.  The curriculum for this degree includes both pre-nursing and nursing course requirements, preparing graduates for professional nursing careers in a wide variety of areas.

See curriculum guide

Nursing (B.S.) (R.N. to B.S. degree)

The Registered Nurse with an Associate of Science degree or diploma in nursing may graduate in 2 - 4 academic semesters.  The curriculum for this degree assists the graduate to grow professionally and opens new opportunities for advanced nursing jobs.

See curriculum guide

Nursing (B.S.) (L.V.N. to B.S.)

The licensed vocational nurse who has current work experience and wishes to earn a B.S. in Nursing may be awarded credit for initial nursing courses.  The curriculum for this degree prepares graduates to grow in their profession and expand job possibilities. This degree is designed for licensed vocational nurses with at least one year of work experience in a hospital or long-term care facility.  After successfully completing at least 12 credit hours at Southwestern, such students may receive credit for Fundamentals of Nursing and Medical-Surgical Nursing I Clinical.  This normally enables students to complete the program in less than three years, with outcomes similar to the traditional B.S. in nursing.

See curriculum guide.

Your Future

Careers

A degree in nursing opens the door to one of the fastest growing and most-in-demand career fields.  Research shows the value of nurses with bachelor’s degrees (BSN), and many hospitals are hiring with a goal of having all BSN nurses.  Many of Southwestern’s graduates are in leadership and management positions, nursing education, or specialty areas.  Many others enter graduate programs and become nurse practitioners, midwives, or nurse anesthetists. BSN graduates have greater opportunities for career advancement and expanded access to over 100 specialty nursing roles.

Sample Job Titles

  • Nurse
  • Midwife
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Researcher
  • Administrator
  • Educator
  • Therapist
  • Consultant

>1 million

nursing job openings expected
between 2012 and 2022​

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Faculty Profiles

Kerrie Kimbrow, DNP, MS

Nursing Department
Associate Professor/Department Chair
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Ron Mitchell, PhD, MS

Nursing Department
Professor
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Jean Alway, MSN, CNE

Nursing Department
Associate Professor
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Fay Foreman, MSN

Nursing Department
Assistant Professor
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Terri Gibson, DNP, MSN

Nursing Department
Associate Professor
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Lolita Valdez, MN

Nursing Department
Assistant Professor
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Lakicia Foster, MPH

Nursing Department
Assistant Professor
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Marcia Azevedo, MSN

Nursing Department
Assistant Professor
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Candy Harvey, MBA

Nursing Department
Office Manager/Clinical Coordinator
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