UHV closer to offering undergraduate nursing degree

The University of Houston-Victoria is one step closer to offering its own bachelor’s nursing degree again after the UHV School of Nursing transfers to UH in the fall.

The UH System Board of Regents gave approval at its meeting on Thursday for UHV to offer its own Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in Victoria and online beginning this fall. The UH System will now request that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board grant approval. This is the final step in the approval process.

“This is good news for Victoria and the surrounding rural communities because we expect to start a new UHV RN to BSN program as soon as the UHV School of Nursing transfers to UH,” UHV Interim President Vic Morgan said.

A director and faculty members for the UHV RN to BSN program will be hired before the start of the fall semester, and the new program will be part of the UHV School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development.

“Since all of our nursing scholarships and equipment remain in place in Victoria, this will be a seamless transition,” Morgan said.

UH will continue to offer its Master of Science in Nursing degree in Victoria until UHV administrators can request and gain approval for its own graduate-level nursing program in about a year.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Paula Cobler