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New partnership offers UT Arlington student nurses community health experience

Beginning this fall, Houston-area students in The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation online program will serve as student nurses through an innovative new program in Pasadena, a suburb of Houston.

An agreement signed in January established a partnership between the Pasadena Independent School District, UT Arlington and the UT Health Science Center at Houston for a school-based community health clinical rotation.

“We are pleased to provide our students with the opportunity to both learn and serve in the critical area of public health at this important phase of their young careers,” said Anne Bavier, dean of the UT Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation. “Health science collaborations of this kind are invaluable for complex problem solving whether in schools and hospitals or governmental agencies and beyond.”

Both undergraduate and graduate programs require the nursing students to obtain clinical hours in a variety of rotations such as community health services, surgical/medical and pediatrics. Pasadena ISD qualifies as a community health services rotation because it is a public school district.

“The rotation program will provide student nurses a look at the disparity within the district that many economically disadvantaged residents face with access to health care and how it impacts the educational process,” said April Weisedel, Pasadena ISD nurse specialist.

The nursing students also will be trained as vision/hearing screeners and for some of them this rotation may transition into jobs within the district.

The nursing students in the rotation are in their final semester of college and are fully trained in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or HIPAA privacy. They will shadow a licensed nurse at the school where they are placed, to observe best practices and learn about state mandates as they relate to nursing in public schools.

About the College of Nursing and Health Innovation

The UT Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation is a leader in the development of scientific evidence and educational models that equip nurses and other health care professionals to effectively and quickly integrate into the healthcare scientific and practice workforce.  Our academic programs prepare individuals for clinical practice, teaching, research, leadership, administration, and health care policy. Visit to learn more. 

About The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of more than 51,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs and is the second-largest institution in The University of Texas System. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UT Arlington as one of the 20 fastest-growing public research universities in the nation in 2014. U.S. News & World Report ranks UT Arlington fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as a “Best for Vets” college by Military Times magazine. Visit to learn more, and find UT Arlington rankings and recognition at