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University of Texas at El Paso School of Nursing welcomes first summer cohort


The University of Texas at El Paso School of Nursing admitted its first summer cohort to its traditional BSN program this semester, which began in May and runs until Aug. 23.

Eighty-five students are expected to complete the nursing program in less than two years, according to a university news release.

“Across the nation, schools of nursing are receiving more applicants than they are able to admit,” UTEP School of Nursing Dean Elias Provencio-Vasquez, RN, PhD, FAAN, FAANP, said in a news release. “At our great school of nursing, we are always looking for innovative ways to maximize our resources, both internally and externally. We are continually striving to increase our enrollment to meet the healthcare demands of our community and our region.”

Each fall and spring semester, the nursing program receives about 300 to 400 applications, out of which 90 students are admitted, according to the release. This year, the school was able to expand its student capacity with support from clinical partners, who are providing additional clinical placement sites at acute care and ambulatory care facilities.

Compared to the 16-week-long fall and spring semesters, cohort students are expected to learn the same material during 14 weeks this summer. From Monday through Friday, students attend classes and receive hands-on-training in the university’s simulation center. Students who continue with the cohort will graduate in August 2014.

Nursing student Stephanie Legarretta said she decided to start the nursing program this summer because she wants to start her career by her 21st birthday next year.

“I know it’s going to be tough, but anything is possible if you dedicate yourself,” Legarretta said in the release.

For information, call Manuel Santa Cruz, DNP, assistant dean for undergraduate education, at 915-747-7273.


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