The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio) maintained its ranking in the top 5% of undergraduate nursing programs nationally in U.S. News & World Report’s 2023-2024 Best Colleges rankings just released, and first in South Texas.
The university’s School of Nursing is tied at No. 31 nationally in the Best Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Programs category, out of 656 programs meeting criteria to be ranked, and second statewide out of 37 schools ranked. In all, there are approximately 125 nursing programs in Texas.
Statewide, UT Health San Antonio ranks among The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (No. 16) and The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas A&M University and Baylor University (all at No. 31).
“We continue our standing as one of the nation’s top undergraduate nursing programs, based on our reputation and the excellence of our faculty, students and graduates,” said Cynthia O’Neal, PhD, RN, associate dean of undergraduate studies for the UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing. “We are at the forefront of academic nursing, leading excellence through our innovative teaching, quality research, compassionate care and community service.”
The UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing offers five academic programs, consisting of BSN, DNP and PhD degrees and specialty certificates, and is dedicated to fostering equity in the nursing profession. First-generation college students represent roughly one-third of its enrollment of about 800.
The school also operates a nurse practitioner-led patient-care practice of UT Health San Antonio that provides primary and acute care at its Wellness 360 clinics, both on campus and at a variety of community partner sites.
U.S. News & World Report’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs rankings are determined by the average of scores received from surveys of top academics and officials at nursing schools or departments. These officials rated the overall quality of undergraduate BSN programs they were familiar with on a 1-5 scale.
Schools are included and ranked in this standalone peer assessment survey if they have bachelor’s-level accreditation by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. In addition, these regionally accredited institutions must have recently awarded at least 40 BSN degrees.