Texas A&M University-Texarkana has begun enrolling students in pre-nursing courses, which will start this August, in preparation for a new four-year nursing program in 2017.Enrolling in pre-nursing courses is a first step toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Students in a four-year nursing program spend two years in pre-nursing before moving into the official four-year nursing program.

The university will receive $1.8 million in state funding in 2016 and 2017 to expand its existing RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program to also include a full four-year program to meet the needs of students and the local medical community.

“The expanded program will accommodate students who want a four-year university experience and a nursing degree,” A&M-Texarkana President Dr. Emily Cutrer said. “Many of our best and brightest students in the region will now have an additional reason to stay here and make significant contributions to our local economy. Because we are a destination campus, we also will attract students from outside of the region who desire a four-year nursing degree.”

“The university is developing a generic baccalaureate degree in nursing for initial nursing licensure,” said Dr. Kathy Missildine, associate dean of STEM and director of nursing. Students can enroll now in the pre-nursing curriculum leading to this degree.

“We plan to admit students from our pre-nursing program to the first actual nursing courses in summer 2017. Tentatively, we will admit 30 students in the first cohort. In the second year, we plan to admit an additional 35 students and another 40 students in the third year,” Missildine said.

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 903- 223-3000 or visit their website.