Highlights, Rankings & Awards

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#1 online accelerated BSN degree

#1 online accelerated BSN degree in U.S. by Nursingprocess.org

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#1 Online BSN

#1 Online BSN by College Rank

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#32 in NIH funding

among Schools of Nursing for 2020 (Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research)

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#6 in Texas among public nursing schools

Ranked No. 6 in Texas among public nursing schools by Nursing Schools Almanac

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Top 75 for Master's

U.S. News and World Report ranked us #60 Best Nursing School, Master’s

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#16 most affordable Online Master's

in Nursing Educator Programs for 2021 by Nursing School Hub

Additional Rankings & Awards in recent years

  • *NEW* No. 2 Best Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program by RegisteredNursing.Org (2021)

  • U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 list ranks the College of Nursing and Health Innovation’s doctor of nursing practice program No. 100 (2021)

  • No. 1 in Associate Degree in Nursing according to NursingSchoolHub.com (2021)

  • CONHI was accepted into the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE) (2020)

  • No. 6 in Southwest Region, No. 46 among public nursing schools and No. 89 among all nursing school in the United States by Nursing Schools Almanac (2020)

  • No. 1 in Associate Degree in Nursing according to NursingSchoolHub.com (2020)

  • #20 Online Nursing Programs by Best Value Schools (2020)

  • #7 Best Online MSN Degree Programs by Best Health Degrees (2020)

  • 2019 NCLEX pass rate of 92.7

Highlights About the College of Nursing

  • The College of Nursing is the largest producer of baccalaureate educated nurses in the state. Nationally, we are the largest not-for-profit college of nursing, with approximately 17,000 on-line and in-person students. This works because we set the nation’s model for individualized instruction and coaching. All students, regardless of location or course delivery method, are in small groups with a seasoned faculty member to guide learning. We care about the quality of our education and insist that our faculty be master teachers. Even in a community of thousands, our students are individuals.

  • Our master’s programs recognize the myriad roles of nursing leaders today and in the future. Advanced practice nurses are a must in our health care system. We offer a complete selection of programs, including on-line programs using our well-developed master teacher-coaches and master practitioners. We also offer an online program leading to the MSN in nursing administration, and campus-based and online programs leading to the MSN in nursing education.

  • The Smart Hospital is a national model for simulation instruction for all levels. Come see the amazing virtual world approaches. Our faculty members set the gold standard in these approaches and are highly sought nationally and internationally to share their insights and methods. Come here to learn from the best—as a faculty member or student. Both are welcome, because we embrace life-long earning.

  • The future of the human condition requires that doctorally prepared nurses be leaders in practice and research. Our doctorate in nursing practice works exclusively with master practitioners on the leadership and scientific skills to keep our practice systems utilizing state of the art information—real-time translation for today’s patients.

  • Research is a special priority here and we have a robust nursing research doctoral degree in nursing. Students are paired with senior scholars. Our PhD graduates participate in cutting edge science and develop important scientific studies as new scholars—marking their future in improving the human condition.