Bachelor of Nursing Degree (BSN)
The School of Nursing and Allied Health offers a rigorous nursing curriculum that includes academic and clinical performance requirements. The BSN degree prepares students as generalists, capable of working in a variety of settings. In addition, students are prepared for graduate studies in nursing. It is approved by the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
What will I experience in HBU’s nursing BSN program?
Courses have clinical experiences in all of the major hospitals in the Texas Medical Center and in numerous community health sites. In addition, most hospitals in the area offer opportunities for students to be selected for work-study nursing programs. Approximately 10 students per school are selected, hired by the hospital, and they work about 24 hours per month. Students are paid for their work and receive scholarship support from the institution for their nursing education. Students study intensive care nursing at Memorial Hermann Hospital, one of the nation’s leading trauma and burn centers. During this study, they eyewitness the operation of Life Flight and the Shock Trauma ICU. Students in the nursing program have a series of courses on community and public health which explore the nurse’s role in numerous sites including school nursing, home health care, and long-term care, as well as care for the homeless, and adult daycare programs for elderly with Alzheimer’s disease. The School of Nursing and Allied Health, in partnership with the Fifth Ward Congregational Health Coalition, has provided health fairs, senior groups health education, home visits, and health promotion plans to underserved populations.
Become a Registered Nurse (RN) through our BSN program (Texas)
The nursing shortage has created numerous career opportunities for registered nurses, including specialty care units such as nurseries, pediatric and adult ICUs, OR, and post-anesthesia care units, labor and delivery, and postpartum. In the community, there are nursing jobs available for school nurses, in clinics providing care for vulnerable populations such as persons with cancer, AIDS/HIV, homeless and the elderly, and in hospitals caring for persons with organ transplants, burns, and trauma. Some nursing school graduates have gone into research, while those who enjoy technology and computers can enter the world of nursing informatics.
Advantages and opportunities of a nursing education at HBU
- The only baccalaureate level program in the city of Houston that allows students to complete all prerequisite and required courses on one campus
- Students have an integrated and traditional four-year college experience
- Students benefit from the low student-to-faculty ratio
- Classes and clinical experiences are taught by nursing faculty
Graduation requirements for a nursing degree
Requirements for graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree are that the candidate meets all general requirements for graduation as outlined in the Houston Baptist University Catalog: Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours.
- Candidates for the Bachelor of Science Nursing Degree are expected to have earned a prescribed number of points in the Nursing Student Association, and demonstrated professionalism as required for the portfolio.
- Graduating seniors are expected to make application to the Texas State Board Examination for RN licensure.
After graduating from the nursing school
Graduates of Houston Baptist University’s nursing school are highly sought by employers, and they have a wide range of employment options. Traditional hospital employment offers a BSN-prepared RN the opportunity to work with patients of all ages. Graduates can also choose to work in an area of specialization such as intensive care, labor and delivery, pediatrics, mental health or surgery. In the community, our graduates go into such settings as home healthcare, hospice care, school nursing and more. The BSN program comprehensively prepares the student for graduate study. Our graduates include those who have continued their education to become advanced practice nurses following completion of the MSN degree, nurse administrators, and some choose to obtain a PhD degree in nursing as well.
What are people saying about HBU’s nursing program (Houston)
“Upon graduating from HBU, I felt very well-prepared to enter into the career of nursing. HBU gave me a firm foundation of knowledge, as well as the skills needed for clinical practice. HBU also pressed upon me the importance of ethics in nursing as well as increasing my spiritual foundation.”
Shawnaka Holland, BSN ’02
Respiratory Care Unit Nurse
Texas Children’s Hospital
“As a Heart Transplant Coordinator for The Methodist Hospital, I believe the strong clinical skills learned through HBU’s nursing program provided a solid background which helped me transition smoothly into this specialty area. My patients are often faced with many psychosocial and emotional stressors in this process, and HBU helped me develop a compassionate approach to treating the whole patient.”
Susan Zylicz BSN ’93, RN, CCTC
Cardiac Transplant Coordinator
The Methodist Hospital
Multi-Organ Transplant Center