Pearland’s New Double Credit Nursing Program touts cost and time benefits

The accredited program, which has been in preparation for a few years, allows students to earn an associate’s degree in nursing after five semesters as well as pass their RN exam. Once the sixth semester is over, they will have obtained the baccalaureate.

Karen Alexander, director of nursing at UHCL at Pearland, called the program “one of college’s best-kept secrets.”

“Instead of doing four years (at a traditional university) and getting 120 credits, they’re going to do six semesters and get 120 hours,” she said. “In a four-year program, it would take them almost five years before they could take the (RN) exam.”

Alexander said this approach is also cheaper for students.

“It’s less than $ 10,000 to do our program; I am therefore committed to informing people about the different avenues of access to nursing care so that they have choices, ”she said.

ACC and university officials attended a signing ceremony this summer to officially mark the launch of the program. Alexander said about 15 students had enrolled in the middle of the summer and were ready to study in the fall. Students must attend school full time, including summer sessions.

Co-enrolled students will have the opportunity to take courses with graduate students who are already nurses, which will allow them to be supervised by people already working in the field.

During the community health course, nursing students will have the opportunity to work with at-risk populations, children, urban communities and the homeless. Alexander said that this type of experience enriches the education of students and prepares them to work in a variety of settings and learn more about health disparities in patients.

“Our program is intense in the real world, but it gives them motivation and desire and we mentor them every step of the way,” said Alexander. “

Beth Lewis, UHCL to Pearland COO, spoke about the Bachelor of Nursing Co-Enrollment Program at a recent Talk of the Town event presented by Pearland Mayor Kevin Cole. The event took place on the university’s Pearland campus, 1200 Pearland Parkway.

She called the program unusual and said the community was lucky to have it so close to her home.

“It’s not something that a lot of colleges and universities have, but we have it,” Lewis said.

Center for autism based at UHCL in Pearland

Lewis also spoke about some of Pearland’s UHCL programs, including the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. The CAD, as it is called, is an education center but also serves as a resource for parents and teachers who work with people with autism.

“We help people navigate the world of autism, whether they’re teaching or raising a child with autism, and what that means,” she said.

Lewis also highlighted his college’s engagement with the local business community. She said business owners can take advantage of UHCL’s services from Pearland’s Industrial and Organizational Psychology program. This could mean receiving help interviewing potential employees to find the best candidate, or learning techniques for hiring more workers to support the expansion of a business. Those who participate in the program will work with students graduating from the college.

Drone Academy planned

Lewis said Pearland’s UHCL is looking to expand its offerings in vocational and continuing education. She said the first program the school is trying to launch is a drone academy.

“We’re going to teach people to fly drones, and I’m not talking about the weekend hobbyist going to the beach. We mean people who will be hired by oil companies to inspect the lines, or people who want to be hired by realtors or insurance companies who want visuals of rooftops before the hurricane season, ”he said. she declared.

For more information on any of UHCL-Pearland’s programs, visit or call 281-212-1700.

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