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Message from the Dean

Nancy Fahrenwald

Howdy!

I am honored to serve as the dean of the Texas A&M University College of Nursing, working with faculty, staff and students to realize our vision of educating and empowering a diverse population of nurse leaders who will transform health and health systems through service, discovery and knowledge.

This year – 2020 – we join the global nursing community in celebration of “The International Year of the Nurse and Midwife,” recognizing the significant contributions and advances made in health care by nurses. As we celebrate the history and future of our profession, we take pause to commend our colleagues for rapidly responding to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic through heroic acts of care for patients, community outreach, service abroad and evidence-based research to restore and support population health across our state, nation and world. We are proud of our profession, of our fellow nurses and the dedicated work of our former students, current students and faculty as they contribute to this response.

Our vision embraces diversity and we stand in unity with our national nursing organizations in speaking out for justice, health and safety for all people. We are committed to addressing long-term structural racism, especially in relationship to health disparities.

If you are a prospective or current student, I assure you that our educational programs and specializations are top-notch and our graduates are in high demand by employers across Texas. The Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree track is offered on the Bryan-College Station and Round Rock campuses, while our RN to BSN program is delivered 100 percent online. The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program includes three different specializations preparing you to serve as a nurse educator, family nurse practitioner or forensic nurse. Each MSN degree option is completed online with limited travel to the Bryan-College Station campus for competency assessment. Our future plans include an innovative and distance-accessible Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), a program we are diligently preparing to launch as early as fall 2021, to support professional nurses seeking to advance their post-master’s education in nursing at Texas A&M University.

Our strategic focus is on preparing future and advanced health professionals who actively improve access to quality care with specific emphasis in areas with medically underserved populations. Texas A&M University’s Core Values of Respect, Excellence, Leadership, Loyalty, Integrity and Selfless Service provide the ideal foundation for our educational programs. Our students, faculty and former students are quick to respond in service to address community needs and to partner with other organizations as we work together to provide a safe, equitable and healthy world for all.

Thank you for your interest in Texas A&M College of Nursing. Gig ‘em!

Best regards,

Nancy Fahrenwald, PhD, RN, PHNA-BC, FAAN
Dean