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History and Accreditation

In 2008, the Texas A&M College of Nursing was approved to provide baccalaureate nursing education by both the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Board of Nursing. The inaugural class of 44 students was admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in July 2008. In April 2009, the college received full approval from the Texas Board of Nursing. The college received its initial national accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education during fall 2009, followed by a reaccreditation in 2014 at which time a 10-year approval was granted. In October 2015, the college received national accreditation for the master's program in nursing from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The college currently offers three tracks for the baccalaureate degree. The Traditional program requires two years of prerequisite courses and two years of nursing curricula. The Second Degree program is for those who have already earned a bachelor's degree in another field of study. The RN-to-BSN program allows registered nurses with diploma or associate degrees to complete additional course work for the BSN.

In July 2013, the college received approval from the  Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in nursing education. Courses are delivered entirely online, allowing students to balance career, family and other responsibilities while advancing their education. The program accepts nurses with a BSN, with future plans to offer an RN-to-MSN for registered nurses with an associate degree or diploma who wish to obtain an advanced degree.

Aggie Nursing Milestones

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Summer 2005

  • TAMHSC partners with the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi to provide accelerated nursing programs in Corpus Christi and College Station areas.

Summer 2008

  • Inaugural class of 44 students admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program
  • Texas A&M College of Nursing approved by both the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Board of Nursing

Fall 2009

  • College of Nursing receives national accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Spring 2010

  • TAMHSC Round Rock campus opens

Summer 2010

  • RN-to-BSN track begins
  • TAMHSC Bryan campus opens

Fall 2013

  • Assistant dean for research and evidence based practice added to administrative faculty

Spring 2014

  • MSN–Education graduate program begins
  • McAllen location opens

Spring 2015

  • MSN -FNP graduate program begins

Fall 2015

  • College of Nursing receives national accreditation for master's degree program in nursing from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Spring 2016

  • College of Nursing establishes an advising location at Angelina College in Lufkin

Fall 2017

  • Classes begin for the inaugural cohort of BSN students on the Round Rock campus
  • Applications open for the MSN-Forensic Nursing graduate program

Future Plans

  • PhD Nursing Programs


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