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UTA nursing program ranks among the best in the nation

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 • Media Contact: Lekan Oguntoyinbo

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The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation nursing program continued its rapid rise in the latest U.S. News & World Report 2019 graduate school rankings.

UTA nursing students in SMART Hospital

UTA nursing students learn in the SMART hospital. UTA's College of Nursing and Health Innovation improved to No. 50 in the country in the recently released U.S. News & World Report master's degree rankings.

Already the largest producer of baccalaureate-prepared registered nurses in Texas, the nursing master’s degree program jumped from No. 92 to No. 50 – solidifying UTA among the top three programs in Texas. UTA’s doctor of nursing practice program also soared to a No. 52 ranking (previously at No. 101), making it the second best ranked program in the state.

"Notable in these rankings are the small faculty to student ratios, and the extensive talent and skill of a doctoral-prepared faculty," said Anne Bavier, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation. "Our burgeoning, nationally recognized research on issues of health and the human condition gives learners unique opportunities to use and influence science. Our exceptional pass rates provide clear evidence of our success."

UTA’s award-winning nursing program is a tremendous asset to Texas, which has experienced a significant shortage in the profession over the past 10 years. As one of the nation’s five largest programs, UTA’s nursing curricula is filling a significant gap in the workforce. 

UTA President Vistasp Karbhari called the rankings a testimony to the University’s increasing reputation as a Tier 1 research institution.

"Last year, over 4,300 nursing graduates departed our university armed with an education from an illustrious research institute, and the skills they need to immediately enter the workforce and have an enormously positive impact on communities across Texas," Karbhari said. "These rankings cement what UTA has long been championing in our programs university-wide – acclaimed faculty, innovative programs and a dedication to providing students with tangible career competence."

"This latest ranking by U.S. News is an affirmation of what many of us have long believed: CONHI is one of the finest nursing programs in the country – and it continues to get better,” said Lillie Biggins, former president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and a member of the UTA class of 1975. “I am proud to be a product of this program."