The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

School of Nursing College of Health Affairs

Welcome to the School of Nursing

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Nursing combines the rich history of the Nursing programs at both the University of Texas-Pan American and the University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College. These two legacy institutions have produced successful, professional nurses for almost five decades.


In Remembrance of Joseph Richard Lacher 1942 - 2017

Joe Lacher

Joe Lacher was a great man. He was an exceptional nurse. He was a pioneer here in the Rio Grande Valley having worked tirelessly in the private sector for many years in various roles as human resources manager, chief nurse executive, supervisor, and staff nurse before going into academia.

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UTRGV nursing professor named a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

Dr. Martinez

UTRGV nursing professor Dr. Nelda C. Martinez, RN, Ph.D., has been named a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. (UTRGV Photo by David Pike)

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – OCT. 3, 2017 – Dr. Nelda C. Martinez, RN, Ph.D., clinical professor in the UTRGV School of Nursing, College of Health Affairs, will be inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing during the organization's 2017 Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference, Oct. 5-7 in Washington, D.C.

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UTRGV nursing professor Tamez accepts Legacy Award from national organization

Eloisa Tamez

UTRGV nursing professor Eloisa G. Taméz, RN, Ph.D., FAAN, is the 2017 recipient of the Latino Legacy Award from the National Association of Hispanic Nurses. Here, she accepts the award during the 42nd annual NAHN Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. (Courtesy photo)

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UTRGV Nursing Program Ranked High in the Nation

News Center 23 - Edinburg, TX - October 12, 2016 -The Nursing Program at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley was recently ranked as one of the best in the nation. News Center 23's Jose Saenz tells why the program received that recognition, and why students are choosing over other programs. Continue...

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.

The School of Nursing offers four programs: a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and three Master of Science in Nursing. 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

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.

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