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UT Arlington School of Nursing is now the College of Nursing

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Friday, January 22, 2010

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

ARLINGTON - The School of Nursing at The University of Texas at Arlington is now the College of Nursing. The University of Texas System and the Higher Education Coordinating Board have approved the change, effective immediately.

UT Arlington Provost Donald R. Bobbitt said that when a school grows to the point that it has multiple departments and grants several different degrees, the school can apply to the Coordinating Board to be designated as a college.

"It was a logical progression for nursing," Bobbitt said. "Their growth over the past few years has been simply phenomenal."

UT Arlington College of Nursing enrollment has climbed by 79 percent since 2004 to more than 3,100 students in 2010. That enrollment places it among the 10 largest schools of nursing in the United States and makes it the largest in Texas. The College of Nursing offers programs ranging from the bachelor's degree through the doctoral level.

The Nurse Practitioner program in the graduate school is just one example of the college's many successful programs.

"Our Nurse Practitioner graduates had an annual 99-100 per cent pass rate on national certification exams and the graduate program has been recognized in the top 25 percent of schools by U.S. News and World Report," said Dean Elizabeth Poster.

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The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.

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