School of Nursing Expands to Amarillo
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School of Nursing Expands to Amarillo

The first accelerated second degree program in the Amarillo region begins this fall.

Written by Beth Phillips

The program is designed for students with a previous college degree who are looking to become a BSN registered nurse.

The program is designed for students with a previous college degree who are looking to become a BSN registered nurse.

The School of Nursing will join other area nursing schools in expanding nursing education by offering a Web-based Second Degree Baccalaureate Nursing Degree Program to students in Amarillo.

The Second Degree Program is designed for students with a previous college degree. The accelerated 12-month program includes coach and nurse educator oversight in the student’s own communities in Abilene, Lubbock, Austin, El Paso, the Permian Basin and now Amarillo. Students in the new Amarillo program will gain on-site clinical experience at Northwest Texas Hospital, Baptist St. Anthony’s Health System and the Amarillo Veterans Affairs Health Care System.

“This is the first accelerated second degree program in the Amarillo region,” said School of Nursing Dean Michael L. Evans, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN. “We are very pleased to be joining the other excellent nursing programs in that area to meet the current and future need to educate more students to become nurses. This program is aimed at attracting mid-career, degreed individuals who want to be a BSN registered nurse.”

Accelerated programs, like the School of Nursing’s Second Degree Program, offer the most efficient route to licensure as a registered nurse for people who have already completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The Institute of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have set a goal for 80 percent of the nation’s nurses to earn their bachelor’s degrees in nursing by 2020 to provide safe, quality, patient-centered, accessible and affordable care in the 21st century. Currently the national average of bachelor’s-prepared nurses is 50 percent. Texas stands below that average at 37 percent.

The School of Nursing anticipates up to 15 students will begin the new Second Degree Program in Amarillo this fall.

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The School of Nursing began in 1979 with the development of the first nationally accredited Continuing Nursing Education Program in Texas.

With campuses in Lubbock, Amarillo, Abilene, Dallas and the Permian Basin, the school offers a variety of programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN to BSN
  • Second Degree Web-based BSN
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Midwifery
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Post Master's Nurse Educator Certificate Program

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