Nursing programs require the compassionate and caring nature that many Christian denominations encourage. The following overview will look at some of the nursing programs available in Texas's Christian colleges.
Whether you are looking for your denomination or are open to another Christian affiliation, the following table looks at options. For these five schools located across the state of Texas, the tuition cost ranges between $25,000 and $45,000.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|East Texas Baptist University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Baptist||Marshall, TX||$25,470|
|Texas Christian University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)||Fort Worth, TX||$44,760|
|University of St. Thomas||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Houston, TX||$32,660|
|Schreiner University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Presbyterian Church (USA)||Kerrville, TX||$26,900|
|Texas Lutheran University||4-year, private not-for-profit||American Evangelical Lutheran Church||Seguin, TX||$29,960|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Nursing Colleges in Texas Summary
Nursing programs are often housed in a specific nursing school within a university. The following colleges offer nursing undergraduate and graduate degrees within their nursing departments and schools.
East Texas Baptist University (ETBU)
East Texas Baptist University provided 100% of enrolled students who applied for financial aid with grants and scholarships for the 2015-16 school year. As a Baptist school, ETBU has a chapel requirement. At the Great Commission Center, students come together to promote ministry and provide services with the Backpack Program, the Brother's Keeper, the HUB ministry, Heart's for the Hungry, and many more. For licensed nurses with 2-year degrees or diplomas, the ETBU nursing department provides an RN to BSN program 100% online or on campus, and it can be completed in as little as 12 months. Classes include general education requirements, as well as nurse-focused courses, such as nursing research, pathophysiology, holistic nursing, gerontology, and community health.
Texas Christian University (TCU)
At Texas Christian University, students will study nursing at the Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Education can be continuous at TCU, since the school offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in nursing. Students can also earn post-graduate certificates in specialty areas, such as pain management, clinical nursing, nursing education, gerontology, pediatrics, and oncology. Texas Christian University has modern simulation labs, with technology that helps to prepare nursing students with situations they may encounter in a clinic or hospital. This is only part of the hands-on experience students will earn, since clinicals are an essential part of the programs. Some of the popular campus ministry groups focused on community building and worship include Table Time, DOC'n Donuts, Shabbat Retreat, and Toolbox.
University of St. Thomas
U.S. News and World Report named the University of St. Thomas the 26th best regional university in the West for 2018. Among the 35+ undergraduate majors is a nursing program. The university also offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, which can be accelerated as a BSN to DNP. Some of the course topics doctoral students will take include complex adaptive systems, conflict engagement, population health, financial management in health care, healing environments, and plenty of clinical practicums. As a Catholic university, St. Thomas offers religious education courses, retreats, and spiritual integration opportunities.
Schreiner University boasts a rich campus ministry, with plenty of Bible study, worship, and service activities. The Exodus Project encourages the growth of ministerial leaders through an academic cohort, service, and retreats. Those who want to earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing should expect courses working with simulated people and clinics, as well as theory courses. Students can spend time studying childbirth nursing, pediatric nursing, acute care, mental health nursing, surgical nursing, and pharmacology, among others. Along with tuition costs, nursing students will accumulate costs for immunizations, applications, uniforms, books, and medical equipment.
Texas Lutheran University (TLU)
Voted second for regional colleges in the West and first for best value schools in the West by U.S. News and World Report, Texas Lutheran University ranks high in the state for universities. At TLU, students can choose between the BSN program and the RN to BSN program, which is a 12-month program that allows registered nurses the chance to earn their bachelor's degree. The average class size is 30 students, allowing students to feel as if they are receiving one-on-one instruction. Some of the courses include a spiritual influence, such as the age span bio-psycho-social-spiritual assessment, which addresses holistic practices using spirituality to help heal. Once a month, TLU holds Messy Church, which is a service that includes dinner, scripture reading, stories, music, and then stations for readings, prayers, journaling, and arts & crafts.