School of Nursing and Allied Health
HBU School of Nursing Houston

Houston Baptist University’s School of Nursing and Allied Health educates nurses and healthcare professionals who care for the well-being of people in our communities.

Among nursing schools in Houston and beyond, HBU is a recognized and respected leader. Through the Departments of Nursing and Kinesiology, we offer undergraduate, graduate and online degree programs in nursing and in kinesiology (with specializations in sport management and wellness management).

It is our philosophy that achieving true health is far more than just avoiding or treating sickness — it’s about promoting the wholeness of the person and the community. Students in our nursing programs and kinesiology programs benefit from this holistic approach. They bring enthusiasm, care and diligence to our rigorous academic challenges. Together, nursing and kinesiology students account for about one-third of the University’s enrollment.

HBU is a Christian university, and the School of Nursing and Allied Health educates students to show the same care, compassion and global impact shown by Jesus. As a Baptist School of Nursing and Allied Health, HBU focuses on the importance of treating the whole patient—and teaching the whole student. Both nursing and kinesiology students benefit from small classes with experienced, dedicated faculty who know our students by name and help them grow through a holistic approach that focuses on:

  • Mind – the curriculum is integrated with general studies for a total University experience.
  • Body – our students gain hundreds of hours of hands-on clinical experience in top-level hospitals, in our on-campus simulation lab and through the Bradshaw Fitness Center.
  • Spirit – our students are organized into cohorts that form strong bonds as they take classes together and mentor each other through the Nursing Student Association. Prayer and Bible studies are available for students who wish to participate.

Top Academic Programs

Houston Baptist University educates nurses to create healthcare delivery systems — not just function within existing systems — in order to fully meet the needs of individuals, families and groups in society. HBU’s accredited academic degree programs in Nursing educate future nurses who are respected and welcomed in the healthcare community in Houston, throughout Texas and nationwide. Explore our excellent degree programs to build a strong foundation for your future in nursing.

Our Kinesiology program leads to many career options in the allied health industries. The Kinesiology-Wellness Management degree prepares you for jobs and graduate studies in exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, fitness training and other allied health professions. The program is also an excellent choice paired with electives to fulfill prerequisites for physical therapy, occupational therapy and other professional health programs.

Excellent Student Benefits

The mission of the School of Nursing and Allied Health is to prepare individuals to be leaders within interprofessional health teams as they provide quality services in diverse settings, as a result of our central confession that Jesus Christ is Lord.

HBU students in the Nursing program or the Kinesiology program can expect to be challenged, learn and be guided in an environment that provides a first-class education built on strong Christian values. As students in the School of Nursing and Allied Health, you will receive a comprehensive education that blends the arts and sciences to help you perform in a global society. Because of HBU’s strong reputation among nursing schools in Houston, our graduates with Nursing degrees or Kinesiology degrees are ready to market their skills in our city, which offers extensive job and career opportunities. You will also be fully prepared to take your education anywhere you choose.

Student Organizations

As a leading Nursing program in Houston, HBU supports student organizations as opportunities to give our Nursing students further preparation for their future careers, including networking with other healthcare professionals.

  • Sigma Theta Tau – The mission of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the honor society of nursing, is to advance world health and celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service. Sigma Theta Tau International’s vision is to be the global organization of choice for nursing. STTI membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing.
  • National Student Nurses’ Association – Houston Baptist University is proud to host a local chapter for the National Student Nurses’ Association. The HBU chapter aligns itself with the University’s Ten Pillars Vision and seeks to increase our cultural impact and establish a society of learning through health education and community outreach to achieve a more global focus. We aim to enhance students’ lives through their meaningful interaction with one another and other healthcare professionals. The Nursing Student Association at the School of Nursing and Allied Health is located in the Cullen Science Building, room S119.

The BSN Nursing program is accredited by the following agencies:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Telephone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020
Website: www.acenursing.org

Texas Board of Nursing
333 Guadalupe #3-460
Austin, TX 78701
Telephone: (512) 305-7400
Website: www.bon.texas.gov

The accreditation details for our RN to BSN and MSN programs can be found on our online programs site page. 

 

For More Information

To learn more about the School of Nursing and Allied Health at Houston Baptist University, contact:

Email: nursing@hbu.edu
Email: kinesiology@hbu.edu
Call: (281) 649-3300

School of Nursing and Allied Health
Houston Baptist University
7502 Fondren Road
Houston TX 77074-3298

Report of Bachelor of Science in Nursing Outcomes

  • Employment Within 6 Months of Graduation
    Graduation Date Number of Graduates Number Employed at Graduation
    December 2021 45 41
    May 2020 77 52
    December 2020 64 29
  • NCLEX Pass Rate
    Graduation Year HBU Texas National
    2021 87/141 13,285/15,310 167,214/203,608
    2020 84/101 12,039/13,231 151,617/174,750
    2019 66/76  11,905/12,954 150,508/170,899

    Houston Baptist University is a Christian university committed to academic excellence. The School of Nursing and Allied Health upholds and promotes the University’s Vision and Mission. The SoNAH focuses on teaching and student success based on Christian core values. The nursing faculty have strong clinical backgrounds and work with students to transfer knowledge from the classroom into clinical practice. Clinical experiences are provided in a number of healthcare agencies within the greater Houston area, including the world-renowned Texas Medical Center Hospitals. Within the School of Nursing, 77% of the nursing faculty have terminal/doctorate degrees.

    SoNAH nursing graduates have a high employment rate with 91% or above acceptance into nurse residency programs prior to graduation. And, the nursing student retention rate is over 95% of those admitted to the nursing programs.

    Historically, the graduates of the traditional BSN program have had a strong pass rate on the initial licensure exam (NCLEX-RN). The pass rate for 2021 was 61%. HBU is supporting a strong team of leaders and faculty to strengthen the curriculum and policies to restore the first-time pass rate to previously high rates. The program continues to be approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission of Education in Nursing (ACEN). The leadership/faculty team is working on a self-study report to analyze factors contributing to the current rate and initiate improvements that will support excellence in the academic program.

    Pandemic related limitations on clinical experiences and in person laboratories minimized the ability to offer advanced or additional learning experiences. Gratefully, HBU is operating in 2021-22 in full in-person instruction and laboratories.

  • Currently Enrolled / Graduating Students
    Term Cohort Began Nursing Program Number Admitted in Nursing Program Number Graduated in Nursing Program Number Still in Nursing Program Number Changed Majors/Programs
    Fall 2019 97 86 1 6
    Spring 2020 59 34 13 11
    Fall 2020 75 0 42 23
    Spring 2021 34 0 28 3
    Fall 2021 49 0 42 5
    Spring 2022 26 0 26 0