Newly developed nursing program begins in the fall at UTB

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POSTED: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 5:48pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 18, 2014 - 8:07am

A new nursing program at UT Brownsville that combines increased technology with streamline paperwork is getting underway this fall.

New research in the medical profession has been proving useful in schools across the United States since 2009. Now, UT Brownsville will be adopting the same type of program.

Dr. Anne Rentfro, Interim Dean of Nursing, "It's talking about a whole different way of approaching the teaching, bringing the students to the patients early on. Rather than preparing them, but doing it more integrated and gradually so we design our program with that focus in mind."

The 60 students who are currently enrolled, will be attaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. It is designed with very specific goals in mind to combine study with the use of simulation to give students a real life experience.

Dr. Rentfro, "Nurses are expected to come out of school and be able to function in a very complex setting. We have the hospital, the simulation hospital or SMART hospital up in Harlingen that we can work with."

UTB, TSC, and UT Pan Am have combined efforts to allow students the smoothest transition. Students who come in to take their bachelors degree core will be given strict guidelines for classes that all center around nursing so that there is no wasted time.

Dr. Rentfro, "There's really no electives. So a student needs to come in knowing that they want nursing, and each semester it's pretty much prescribed what they need to take in order to be ready."

The program at UTB is very similar to the one that is already being offered at UT Pan Am. The idea is to create a seamless transition to the new UTRGV that will be opening next fall.

Dr. Rentfro says that the hands on focus will likely bring students to the valley, as well as make it easier for them to find jobs once they graduate.

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