The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program for registered nurses was established at the Edinburg campus in 1983, and the generic BSN Program was initiated in Spring 1992. The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program with a clinical specialization in adult health was approved in 1993 and admitted its first students in 1994. The MSN Program added a Family Nurse Practitioner Program in 1998. In 2000, the Brownsville campus added an MSN in Public Health. In 2004, two additional MSN programs were added in Administration and Education. The Brownsville campus also introduced a bridge to graduate nursing education for nurses without a BSN via a “Transition to Graduate Nursing” initiative in 2008, providing eligibility for ADN Program graduates to apply to the MSN Program.

On August 31, 2015, the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Certificate was launched with the inauguration of UTRGV.

Texas Board of Nursing logo The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is accredited by the Texas Board of Nursing, 333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460 Austin, TX 78701-3944, 512-305-7400
CCNE Accredited The Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing, Master’s Degree in Nursing, and the Post-Graduate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Programs at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.