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Veteran to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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  Deborah L. Sikes, Veteran to BSN Director
  Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center




Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Nursing (SON) offers an accelerated Veteran to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (VBSN) degree for men and women with prior military medical training and experience. The VBSN track is open to veterans from all branches of the service and is designed to build on the education and experience of the veteran. Using a competency-based education approach, VBSN students are offered assessments to allow for advanced placement in the curriculum based upon demonstration of knowledge and skill. The VBSN track is available at five different locations throughout Texas and is offered over three semesters. Courses are delivered via online classes with clinical instruction guided by assigned clinical coaches and nursing clinical faculty.

This project was made possible with funding from the Texas Workforce Commission’s College Credit for Heroes and the US Department of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Nursing Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR)-Veterans’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program grants. In addition to the partnerships with the grant funding organizations, TTUHSC collaborated with the Joint Services’ Medical Education and Training Campus, located at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, in the development of the curriculum. Numerous military installations throughout Texas have invited our institution to share information about this program with active duty, reservists, and veterans through education and vocational fairs. The VBSN track has proven to be a highly successful avenue for veterans to incorporate prior knowledge and skills on a career pathway to becoming a professional nurse. The first cohort of seven students graduated in December 2016. All seven VBSN students (100%) were successful in passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) on their first attempt, and are now practicing as registered nurses (RN) in Texas. The second cohort of 13 VBSN students matriculated in January 2017.

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