Texas A&M University Corpus Christi - College of Nursing and Health Sciences

About Us

About Us

Welcome to the website of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CONHS).

We are committed to 'transforming healthcare leaders through innovation, research & practice". Our nursing programs have been in existence since the early 70's when we were the first in the nation to have a RN to BSN program accredited in a upper-level university.  The graduate programs were added in the 80's and in 1990 we began our pre-licensure program. We became a College of Nursing and Health Sciences in 2004 with an enrollment of approximately 650 students (pre nursing/health sciences and those actively in programs). As of Fall 2015, we have over 2000 students in pre-nursing and health science courses and in the programs of nursing and health sciences. In the fall of 2016 we are approved to begin a postmaster's DNP. The CONHS's nursing programs are approved by the Board of Nursing in Texas and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The Southern Accreditation Commission accredits the university.

Are you thinking of nursing as a profession? Nursing can offer professional opportunities that are both personally and financially rewarding. Learn more about nursing and how to get started on your nursing career. If you’re already a nurse, but ready for a change of pace, you may be interested in advancing your professional opportunities by enrolling in one of our many programs, RN to BSN, RN to MSN, MSN with focus in Nursing Education, Leadership in Nursing Systems, and Nurse Practitioner.

Why Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, College of Nursing & Health Sciences, we are:

  • High Tech and High Touch: 

1) State of the Art Simulation labs

2) Innovative uses of technology eIslander, WebEX, Skype

3) Variety of programs offered: face-to-face, online, MSN theory all online

  • Engaged with our students: support systems that are designed to promote student success with:

1) Financial support

2) Tutoring

3) Time management & resources

4) Success counselors

  • Partnerships with our communities, excellent acute care facilities, clinics, behavioral health, camps and alternative clinical experience
  • Excellent faculty who are certified in their clinical areas.

  

 
Julie Anne Hoff, PhD, MPH, RN
Dean and Professor of Nursing
College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Welcome to College of Nursing & Health Sciences
The philosophical foundations of the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Nursing Program are based on the belief that caring is the essence of nursing. Students are unique individuals with differing backgrounds, needs and interests, and have the freedom and responsibility to make considered choices. Nursing faculty subscribe to the belief that professional nurses must have a solid foundation in the arts, sciences and humanities that provides a reservoir of knowledge from which to draw when making critical clinical decisions in the roles of care provider or care coordinator (A.A.C.N., Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing, 1998).

The faculty believes that learning is a life-long, interactive process in which both teachers and students are learners. The faculty endeavor to create a learning environment that is flexible and intellectually stimulating, encourages scholarship and promotes self-directed learning. Student learning is built upon an existing knowledge base and is directed toward socialization into the practice of professional nursing and the health sciences. Nursing and health science are professions as well as disciplines. Therefore, the faculty strives to maintain expertise in practice. Faculty influence student learning by being role models. (Practice is defined as clinical specialty expertise, research, leadership and other forms of scholarly endeavor.)

Service is of great value to the nursing and health science faculty. As such, they interact and contribute to the internal and external communities that surround them. Through service, the faculty develops sensitivity to the context in which the nursing and health science programs exist and evolve. This active participation reflects a commitment to the community and serves as a professional standard for the student. 

Research and scholarly activity are important parts of the faculty role and the curriculums. Each member of the faculty is involved in research and/or scholarly activity. The research base for professional practice is an integral part of both undergraduate and graduate curriculums. At both levels of education, students utilize the research process to identify and study nursing and issues related to health care. Critical thinking is developed through a variety of assignments aimed at promoting scholarship.


Mission Statement

The College of Nursing & Health Sciences positively impacts the health of the global population through the education of health care leaders and providers of tomorrow with innovative educational programs in the nursing and health professions. The College identifies, attracts, and graduates students of high potential, especially from groups who have been historically under-represented in the organization and provision of healthcare. This work is enhanced through faculty contributions to community service, leadership, practice and research. These activities are fostered in a collaborative inter-professional and multicultural learning environment promoting a sense of community and caring. 

College of Nursing and Health Sciences Goals

The goals of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences assist the College in implementing the university and college missions:

  1. To develop within the student the knowledge and skills necessary for beginning professional and advanced health care practice, cultivating basic and specialized abilities needed to successfully pursue a career.
  2. To promote the concept of caring and facilitate attainment of a care delivery system sensitive to multicultural diverse communities and their health values.
  3. To offer individuals the opportunity to increase the breadth and depth of the theoretical and ethical base for health care practice, enhance and expand competence, prepare for role specialization and contribute to the discovery of new health care knowledge.
  4. To provide an educational environment of respect within which students may evolve as broadly educated, responsible and accountable professionals dedicated to the principles of lifelong learning.
  5. To build a foundation for graduate education.
  6. To ethically serve diverse communities as health care experts, leaders, consultants, and advocates of resources.

  

Undergraduate programs include: the pre-licensure baccalaureate nursing program which prepares the individual at the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) level, the RN-BSN completion program and a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree (BSHS). The basic BSN program includes four track options: Traditional (Face-to-Face), an Accelerated track for students already holding a baccalaureate degree in a field outside of nursing, and online options (eLine and eLine Military).  Following successful completion of all course work students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses (RNs).  The RN-BSN program provides baccalaureate education for the RN holding an ADN degree or a Diploma in nursing.  The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences prepares graduates for a variety of career opportunities in the health field by providing the management skills necessary for success.

The Graduate Nursing Department offers individuals interested in graduate nursing education opportunities to expand their scope of practice. The Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) curriculum prepares registered nurses for advanced clinical, educator or leadership positions that required specialized competencies. Several options are available to registered nurses (RNs) for entering the MSN program. Registered Nurses who have earned a BSN degree can begin graduate course work as soon as they are admitted to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.  Registered Nurses who have not earned a BSN can move into graduate course work after completing transition courses. These courses are outlined in the RN-MSN and RN-Bridge program descriptions. The TWU-TAMUCC PhD in Nursing Cooperative program supports the development of nurse scholars for academic and research positions. Students must be admitted to the Texas Woman’s University-Denton Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science to participate in this cooperative.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program will begin the fall of 2016 (Pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges)

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, the master's degree in nursing and the post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Quick Facts

  • State of the art nursing simulation laboratories on campus.
  • Both face-to-face and online instruction methodologies.
  • Current enrollment in College exceeds 2,000 students.
  • Established the first accredited online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) track in 2003.
  • eLine Military Program (established in 2010) was awarded the 2013 Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Award by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
  • 4th largest Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program in the State of Texas.
  • MSN theory available in Nurse Educator, Leadership in Nursing Systems, and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program ranked in the top 10 for Best Online Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report in 2014 and 2015.
  • Implementing a Post-Masters Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program for Family Nurse Practitioner in Fall 2016.