Nursing Programs

Accreditation Information:

The BSN program is approved
by the Texas Board of Nursing,
P.O. Box 430
Austin, Texas 78767-0430
Phone: (512) 305-6818

The BSN, MSN and DNP programs
are accredited by the Commission
on Collegiate Nursing Education,
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 887-6791

The School of Nursing was granted full
accreditation through December 31, 2021
for its baccalaureate and master's degree programs.
The DNP was granted full accreditation through December 31, 2018.


Common Information:

Undergraduate Programs

The Baccalaureate Nursing program is an upper division program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Candidates for the program take their first two (i.e. freshman and sophomore) years of general education credits at any accredited college of their choice.

There are two tracks of study in the BSN program:

  1. Accelerated Track - designe to meet the learning needs of the individual who has completed a prior BS or higher degree in a field other than nursing. The Accelerated Track will require 15 months of continuous full time intensive study. The faculty recommends that students in this track do not work while in the program. For admissions information click here.
  2. Ongoing Traditional Track - an upper division completion track for individuals completing their first baccalaureate degree and who are not registered nurses. Students will complete this program in 2 years of study with summers off. For admissions information click here.

At the time of application, all science and math prerequisite course requirements and at least 51 of the required 60 semester course hours of prerequisite courses must be completed.

Graduate Programs

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Nursing offers educational opportunities for students at the Masters, Post-Masters, and Doctoral levels with part-time and full-time enrollment options. With a combined total of 14 different possible options towards obtaining a degree or certificate, along with a variety of pathways of entry into the graduate program, you are sure to find an area of study to suit your higher education goals.

Our Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program offers the following track options: (1) Administrative Management, (2) Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), (3) Nursing Education, (4) Family Nurse Practitioner, (5) Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner,(6) Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care, and (7) Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Students enter the program as traditional Post-Baccalaureates in Nursing. Total semester credit hours required for the MSN degree vary by track.

MSN-prepared nurses interested in obtaining a Post-Graduate Certificate may select from the following areas of specialization: (1) Family Nurse Practitioner, (2) Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care, and (3) Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (4) Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and (5) Nursing Education. Total semester credit hours required for the Post-Graduate Certificate vary by track.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program is designed as the highest possible degree for nurses committed to clinical work. The DNP is an outgrowth of increasingly complex healthcare system that requires advanced practice nurses to understand leadership, policy, economics, quality and safety issues, apply and translate research into practice, and to be leaders of multidisciplinary practice initiatives. The program is for students who already hold a master's degree in nursing. Three leadership tracks are available: Advanced Practice Leadership, Executive Administrative Management, Public Health Nurse Leader. Part-time and Full-time study options are available.

Total semester credit hours range between 41-48, depending on the track chosen. All students must have 1,000 clinical/practicum hours post bachelors to DNP. Clinical/practicum hour requirements for nurses in the DNP program are 480 hours for all tracks. More hours may be required to complete the total 1,000 hour requirement depending on review of hours completed at the Masters level.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing prepares students for careers as clinical nurse scientists and faculty. Admission into the program is only offered once a year, with an application deadline of February 1st for students to begin classes in Fall. Admission can occur at the Post-BSN or Post-MSN levels. Individuals with MSN degrees will receive advanced placement related to their graduate coursework. In contrast to the practice-based DNP, this doctoral program is rooted in foundations of theory and research with the expectation of students to become teachers and disseminators of knowledge in the field of Nursing.