This is an exciting time to welcome you to the Texas A&M College of Nursing. Since the college was established in 2008, we have experienced growth in enrollment, the number of campuses and locations opened, and programs offered. We have set the bar high in academic, research and outreach excellence.
Currently, we offer three tracks leading to a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degree options. Additionally, we are working to establish a certificate program in Forensic Nursing and a Ph.D. graduate nursing degree. Our graduates consistently exceed the state’s average pass rate for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), the official examination for the licensing of nurses in the United States. Several of our classes have achieved a 100 percent pass rate. Members of our faculty are involved in research that will help shape nursing practice and education in the future, and our community outreach ranges from preventative health to treatment.
We take the responsibility of providing an outstanding educational experience for our students seriously. A rigorous curriculum that offers classroom instruction (traditional, hybrid and web-based), simulations and clinical experiences help make our student’s studies relevant and meaningful to the work they have been called to do.
We are committed to transforming health by preparing leaders for the nursing profession who possess the knowledge, skill and compassion to make a difference in the lives of their patients, families and communities.
I am blessed to be the founding dean of this amazing college, and to serve alongside the talented and dedicated faculty and staff in our college, and at the Texas A&M University Health Science Center. A new chapter began with the merger of Texas A&M University and the Texas A&M Health Science Center, and we look forward to developing future collaborations with our university colleagues to benefit our students, The Texas A&M University System and the State of Texas.
On a personal note, this marks my 50th year as a nurse. While there have been significant changes in the practice, policy and technology of the profession, the hallmarks of compassion and dedication are ever present. As a practicing nurse and educator, I cannot imagine my life without the joys and challenges of this profession. Being a nurse is one of the highest callings one can aspire to, and we are proud to partner with you to advance the nursing profession.
Sharon A. Wilkerson, Ph.D., RN, CNE, ANEF
Dean, Texas A&M College of Nursing