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Two nursing websites rank UTRGV nursing program among best in nation

By Jennifer L. Berghom

RIO GRANDE VALLEY – AUG. 17, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s School of Nursing has been named among the best in the country in two national rankings, published by websites that serve as resources for prospective and current nursing students.

UTRGV was ranked 27th out of 50 top nursing schools in the Southwest by Nursing Schools Almanac, and 30th out of 50 top residential Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs in the country by Top RN to

Dr. Carolina Huerta, professor and interim director of UTRGV’s School of Nursing in the College of Health Affairs, said the university and its legacy institutions, UT Pan American and UT Brownsville/Texas Southmost College, have been providing quality healthcare for at least 50 years through the nursing programs. 

UT Pan American, back when it was still Pan American College, began offering an associate degree program in nursing. The university began offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in 1994 and later added a Master of Science in nursing. Currently, UTRGV admits 150 nursing students a year to its Edinburg and Brownsville campuses

“I’m very proud of our accomplishments, in that we’re producing quality healthcare, producing excellent nurses for our community,” Huerta said.


Nursing Schools Almanac reviewed a variety of nursing programs, from licensed vocational nurse and associate degrees in nursing, to Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in nursing.

Top RN to looked specifically at residential BSN programs.

Nursing Schools Almanac and said it collected data from more than 3,200 nursing schools throughout the country and based its rankings on the institutions’ academic prestige and perceived value, the breadth and depth of nursing programs offered, and student success – particularly on the pass rates of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) required for nurses to be licensed to practice. The Southwest rankings include schools from Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Top RN to looked at statistics from the U.S. Department of Educations’ National Center for Education Statistics for nursing schools that are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. It then used that data to rank schools based on highest graduation rates of students who start the program, how much debt students would have at graduation, and the schools’ reputation academically.

In this nationwide ranking, UTRGV is one of just four Texas schools represented. Other schools include Texas A&M University Health Science Center (No. 7), UT Austin (No. 23), and Texas A&M University-Commerce (No. 50).

Huerta said she is proud to be at the helm of a successful and growing program.

“We still have lots more to give,” she said. “This is just the beginning.”

View a complete list of the rankings for Nursing Schools Almanac.

View a complete list of the rankings for Top RN to

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