RN to BS in Nursing

RN to BS in Nursing Program Overview

Registered nurses interested in moving their careers forward can earn a CCNE-accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) online. This 38-credit program prepares nurses for leadership roles in healthcare, empowering them to create change in the workplace and promote high-quality, patient-centered care.

You must have a current, unencumbered RN license in Texas or other Nurse Licensure Compact state for consideration. 

From One Generation of Nursing Leaders to the Next

Every aspect of our online RN to BS in Nursing program caters to the needs of today’s nurses. Courses are designed and led by nursing leaders, all of whom are RNs with first-hand experience of the challenges faced by healthcare practitioners.

As an experienced RN, you can gain a deeper understanding of evolving challenges in nursing, the intricacies of organizational culture, the importance of patient-centered care, and much more in our virtual classroom. Our course Social Determinants of Health takes an in-depth look at environmental factors that influence patient outcomes, while Informatics and Innovation explores the impact of technology on clinical decision-making. These courses, along with the rest of our online RN to BS in Nursing program, offer a practical way to perfect the skills needed to transition into leadership roles, such as: 

  • Clinical nurse manager
  • Health policy nurse
  • Nurse administrator
  • Nurse consultant
  • Nurse educator

Maintain a Work-Life Balance With Self-Paced Learning

With the exception of two clinical courses, our program is composed of asynchronous elements that allow you to complete coursework on your schedule. After a shift or during a long weekend, dive into a course module’s readings, assignments, and quizzes and gain up-to-date knowledge immediately applicable to your career. Your time in and outside of work is valuable, which is why we’re entrusting you to control the pace of your own education.

Translate Nursing Concepts into Clinical Practice

As a student, you’ll be required to complete two clinical courses conducted in person and with a local nurse preceptor of your choice, as long as that person has a BSN and is working in a leadership role. By working closely with a nurse leader, you will further develop the knowledge and skills needed to take on additional professional responsibilities, even if you already have considerable experience as an RN. Clinical courses require no campus visits.

Earn a BSN and an Optional Nurse Manager Certificate

Earning a BSN degree is an honor in and of itself. However, graduates of our program are also able to obtain a Nurse Manager Certificate from Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, for an additional cost. This prestigious certificate further distinguishes graduates in the competitive healthcare industry.

Accreditation

UT Permian Basin’s School of Nursing is accredited by the prestigious Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a national accreditation agency committed to ensuring the quality of collegiate professional education programs throughout the United States.

 

General Education

42 credits required. 3 Liberal Arts credits must come from ENGL 2322, 2323, 2327, 2328 or COMM 1301. 3 or 4 Math credits must come from MATH 1314, 1324, 1332, or 2412.

Courses
Duration
Credits
ARTS 1301 - Art Appreciation
8 weeks
3
The study of art, its role in society, the creative process, and standards of artistic judgment.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
COMM 1301 - Introduction to the Study of Communication
8 weeks
3
An introductory course that surveys the history, development, and future directions of the field of communication. Equal emphasis is placed on understanding application of theory to everyday situations and learning introductory approaches to research.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2022 Spring B 2023 Summer B 2023 Fall A 2023 Spring A 2024 Summer A 2024 Fall B 2024 Spring B 2025 Summer B 2025
COMM 1315 - Introduction to Public Speaking
8 weeks
3
Introduces students to the theory and practice of public speaking, with an emphasis on invention, arrangement, and delivery of informative and persuasive speeches. Further emphasis is given to the reduction of anxieties associated with public speaking.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2022 Spring B 2023 Summer B 2023 Fall A 2023 Spring A 2024 Summer A 2024 Fall B 2024 Spring B 2025 Summer B 2025
ENGL 1301 - Composition I
16 weeks
3
Composition I offers intensive instruction in the writing process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and proofreading), emphasizing the recursive nature of the process and the importance of the relationship among writer, audience, and subject. The course will also explore the connection between writing and critical thinking and the usefulness of writing as a tool for learning in all fields of knowledge. Students enrolling in Composition I will be expected to have a good command of standard written English.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Summer 2022 Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024
ENGL 1302 - Composition II
16 weeks
3
Composition II covers argument, rhetorical analysis and the research paper. In this course students analyze and respond to texts of various kinds through essays and research papers. Students will learn to defend their points of view by using textual evidence and strong rhetoric. Readings and exercises help student learn to write broad-minded, well-informed essays in polished academic prose that moves and educates the reader.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 - Composition I
Semesters Offered: Whole Summer 2022 Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024
ENGL 2322 - British Literature to 1800
16 weeks
3
Chronological survey of major works in British Literature from Anglo-Saxon times, through the Restoration and late 18th century.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 - Composition I ENGL 1302 - Composition II
Semesters Offered: Whole Summer 2022 Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024 Whole Fall 2024 Whole Spring 2025 Whole Fall 2025
ENGL 2323 - British Literature Since 1800
16 weeks
3
Chronological survey of major works of British Literature from the late 18th century (about 1800) to the Modern Period.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 - Composition I ENGL 1302 - Composition II
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024 Whole Fall 2024 Whole Fall 2025
ENGL 2327 - American Literature to 1865
16 weeks
3
Chronological examination of writers, works, and movements in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry through 1865.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 - Composition II
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024 Whole Fall 2024 Whole Spring 2025 Whole Fall 2025
ENGL 2328 - American Literature Since 1865
16 weeks
3
Chronological examination of writers, works, and movements in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from 1865 to the present.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1302 - Composition II
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024 Whole Fall 2024 Whole Spring 2025 Whole Fall 2025
HIST 1301 - History of the United States to 1877
16 weeks
3
A survey of major social, economic, and political developments in the United States from European colonization through Reconstruction.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Summer 2022 Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024 Whole Summer 2024 Whole Fall 2024
HIST 1302 - History of the United States Since 1877
16 weeks
3
A survey of major social, economic, and political developments in the United States from 1877 to the present.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Summer 2022 Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024 Whole Summer 2024 Whole Fall 2024
MATH 1314 - College Algebra
8 weeks
4
Study of quadratics, polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions; systems of equations; progressions; sequences and series; and matrices and determinants.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
MATH 1324 - Applications of Discrete Mathematics
8 weeks
3
Mathematics for modeling in the social and behavioral sciences. Topics include algebra, linear equations in two variables, and exponential and logarithmic functions. Other topics are chosen by the instructor. Course emphasizes application to social science and economics.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
MATH 1332 - Contemporary Mathematics I
16 weeks
3
Modern applications of mathematics including graph theory, optimization, data organization, and social decision models.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024 Whole Fall 2024
MATH 2412 - Precalculus
8 weeks
4
College algebra (sets, functions, relations, logic), trigonometry (circular functions, logarithms, and exponential functions), and analytic geometry (standard form conic sections).
Prerequisites: MATH 1314 - College Algebra MATH 1324 - Applications of Discrete Mathematics
Semesters Offered: N/A
MATH 2413 - Calculus I
16 weeks
4
Differentiation of functions of one variable, introduction to integration.
Prerequisites: MATH 2412 - Precalculus
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024 Whole Fall 2024
MUSI 1301 - Jazz, Pop & Rock
8 weeks
3
Historical introduction to jazz and the American popular song, including rock and roll.
Prerequisites: MUSI 1306 - Music Appreciation MUSI 1311 - Music Theory and Aural Skills I
Semesters Offered: N/A
MUSI 1306 - Music Appreciation
8 weeks
3
A non-technical survey course designed for the intelligent appreciation of Western and non-Western music styles represented throughout history. Recordings, videos, and live performance help illustrate the influence of music within the various fine arts.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
PLSC 2305 - American National Politics
8 weeks
3
An examination of American national political institutions and processes. Satisfies state requirement in U.S. government.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
PLSC 2306 - State and Local Politics
8 weeks
3
An examination of state and local political institutions and processes. Satisfies state requirement in Texas government.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2022
PSYC 1301 - Introduction to Psychology
8 weeks
3
Foundation for the understanding of basic psychological principles affecting human behavior
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Summer 2022 Summer B 2022 Whole Fall 2022 Fall A 2022 Fall B 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Spring A 2023 Spring B 2023 Summer A 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Summer B 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Fall A 2023 Fall B 2023 Whole Spring 2024 Spring A 2024 Spring B 2024 Summer A 2024 Whole Summer 2024 Summer B 2024 Whole Fall 2024 Fall A 2024 Fall B 2024
Major Requirements for Pre-Nursing

The following are required courses as part of the pre-nursing major: BIOL 3300 Microbiology, NURS 3368 Pathophysiology, PSYC 3344 Lifespan and Development, and PSYC 3301 Introductory Statistics.

Courses
Duration
Credits
NURS 3368 - Pathophysiology
16 weeks
3
Focus on the pathophysiologic responses that occur in the body related to health and illness across the lifespan, emphasis on principles of patient safety. Prerequisite(s):May be taken prior to entry into the nursing program.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2022 Whole Spring 2023 Whole Summer 2023 Whole Fall 2023 Whole Spring 2024 Whole Summer 2024 Whole Fall 2024 Whole Spring 2025 Whole Summer 2025 Whole Fall 2025
PSYC 3301 - Introductory Statistics
16 weeks
3
Measures of central tendency, variability, correlation, and hypotheses testing, with emphasis on the application of statistical methods to research in the behavioral sciences and education.
Prerequisites: PSYC 1301 - Introduction to Psychology
Semesters Offered:
PSYC 3344 - Lifespan and Development
8 weeks
3
Examination of theories and research on biological, cognitive, social, emotional, and personality factors that affect individuals from infancy through old age.
Prerequisites: PSYC 1301 - Introduction to Psychology
Semesters Offered:
Online RN to BSN Curriculum Degree Plan

38 sch.

Courses
Duration
Credits
NURS 4610 - Transformation to Nursing Leadership and Management
8 weeks
6
Role Transformation to BSN is designed to examine the transition of the Registered Nurse (RN) to the professional leadership role at the baccalaureate level. As the entry course for the Professional Component of the RN to BSN program, this course provides students with networking and mentoring opportunities with peers and faculty. An examination of evolving disciplinary nursing knowledge, historical foundations, and current issues regarding the scope and roles of the nurse leader shall be explored. The promotion of critical thinking and interpersonal communication skills critical to professional practice are assessed through writing intensive assignments.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall A 2022 Spring A 2023 Summer A 2023 Fall A 2023 Spring A 2024 Summer A 2024 Fall A 2024 Spring A 2025 Summer A 2025 Fall A 2025
NURS 4290 - Population Public Health
8 weeks
2
Analysis of formal and informal community systems/resources and health care delivery systems including public health; emphasis on cultural diversity and needs of individuals, families, communities, and populations. Community building through collaborative activities with community partners to develop and access resources to promote health. Roles, strategies, and resources for emergency management in the community.
Prerequisites: NURS 4610 - Transformation to Nursing Leadership and Management
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2022 Fall B 2022 Spring B 2023 Summer B 2023 Fall B 2023 Spring B 2024 Summer B 2024 Fall B 2024 Spring B 2025 Summer B 2025 Fall B 2025
NURS 4291 - Population Public Health Clinical
8 weeks
2
Performing assessment of formal and informal community systems/resources and health care delivery systems including public health; emphasis on cultural diversity and needs of individuals, families, communities, and populations. Community building to develop and access resources to promote health. Roles, strategies, and resources for emergency management in the community. This course must be taken with NURS4290.
Prerequisites: NURS 4610 - Transformation to Nursing Leadership and Management
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2022 Fall B 2022 Spring B 2023 Summer B 2023 Fall B 2023 Spring B 2024 Summer B 2024 Fall B 2024 Spring B 2025 Summer B 2025 Fall B 2025
NURS 4350 - Healthcare (or Health Science) Research Methods
8 weeks
3
Evidenced Based Practice: course introduces the formal study of research methods, including literature search, hypothesis generation and testing, sampling theory, research design, data analysis and report-writing. The course provides for integration of basic research methods for analyzing research studies and incorporating current quality standards and evidence-based protocols into healthcare.
Prerequisites: NURS 4610 - Transformation to Nursing Leadership and Management
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2022 Fall B 2022 Spring B 2023 Summer B 2023 Fall B 2023 Spring B 2024 Summer B 2024 Fall B 2024 Spring B 2025 Summer B 2025 Fall B 2025
NURS 4320 - Social Determinants of Health
8 weeks
3
Analyze and evaluate the relationship between the domains of social determinants of health and health disparities, inequalities, health-related outcomes and patient satisfaction. Propose strategies and foster relationships through intentional collaborations across professions to enhance access to healthcare and information and quality of life by impacting social determinants of health.
Prerequisites: NURS 4610 - Transformation to Nursing Leadership and Management NURS 4290 - Population Public Health NURS 4291 - Population Public Health Clinical NURS 4350 - Healthcare (or Health Science) Research Methods
Semesters Offered: Fall A 2022 Spring A 2023 Summer A 2023 Fall A 2023 Spring A 2024 Summer A 2024 Fall A 2024 Spring A 2025 Summer A 2025 Fall A 2025
NURS 4420 - Health Assessment for the Professional Nurse
8 weeks
4
In this course, students integrate science and skills in pathophysiology, pharmacology, and nursing assessment address physiological adaptations, health promotion and disease prevention across the lifespan to promote person-centered care that focuses on the individual within multiple complex contexts. The course helps the practicing nurse advance professional practice skills and develop increased ability in problem solving and clinical reasoning.
Prerequisites: NURS 4610 - Transformation to Nursing Leadership and Management NURS 4290 - Population Public Health NURS 4291 - Population Public Health Clinical NURS 4350 - Healthcare (or Health Science) Research Methods
Semesters Offered: Fall A 2022 Spring A 2023 Summer A 2023 Fall A 2023 Spring A 2024 Summer A 2024 Fall A 2024 Spring A 2025 Summer A 2025 Fall A 2025
NURS 4344 - Informatics and Innovation
8 weeks
3
In this course, students explore the changing technology environment and its potential impact on the delivery of quality, safe patient care. Students will integrate the knowledge of health information and data analysis to drive clinical decision-making and patient care outcomes. Overriding considerations will include: (a) technology’s impact on workflow, (b) legal and ethical considerations associated with select technology, and (c) the impact of technology on the changing role of the provider.
Prerequisites: NURS 4610 - Transformation to Nursing Leadership and Management NURS 4290 - Population Public Health NURS 4291 - Population Public Health Clinical NURS 4350 - Healthcare (or Health Science) Research Methods NURS 4320 - Social Determinants of Health NURS 4420 - Health Assessment for the Professional Nurse
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2022 Spring A 2023 Spring B 2023 Summer B 2023 Fall A 2023 Fall B 2023 Spring B 2024 Summer A 2024 Summer B 2024 Fall B 2024 Spring A 2025 Spring B 2025 Summer B 2025 Fall A 2025 Fall B 2025
NURS 4340 - Strategy and Analysis of Organizational Process
8 weeks
3
This course focuses on the role as a leader in complex healthcare organizations. The student examines theories and processes for conflict resolution, negotiation skills, operations management, and strategic planning across the continuum of care in healthcare organizations. Topics of study include informatics, legal issues, organizational management, and healthcare economics. The student will be prepared as a leader of change in healthcare systems to improve population health outcomes.
Prerequisites: NURS 4610 - Transformation to Nursing Leadership and Management NURS 4290 - Population Public Health NURS 4291 - Population Public Health Clinical NURS 4350 - Healthcare (or Health Science) Research Methods NURS 4320 - Social Determinants of Health NURS 4420 - Health Assessment for the Professional Nurse
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2022 Spring B 2023 Summer B 2023 Fall B 2023 Spring B 2024 Summer B 2024 Fall B 2024 Spring B 2025 Summer B 2025 Fall B 2025
NURS 4342 - Quality Improvement and Healthcare Systems
8 weeks
3
In this course, students are introduced to competencies necessary to address elements of quality improvement and leadership’s responsibilities related to continuous quality improvement, including data analysis for quality improvement, clinical practice guidelines, and future of healthcare to enhance the quality and minimize the risk of harm to patients and providers.
Prerequisites: NURS 4610 - Transformation to Nursing Leadership and Management NURS 4290 - Population Public Health NURS 4291 - Population Public Health Clinical NURS 4350 - Healthcare (or Health Science) Research Methods NURS 4320 - Social Determinants of Health NURS 4420 - Health Assessment for the Professional Nurse NURS 4344 - Informatics and Innovation NURS 4340 - Strategy and Analysis of Organizational Process
Semesters Offered: Fall A 2022 Spring A 2023 Summer A 2023 Fall A 2023 Spring A 2024 Summer A 2024 Fall A 2024 Spring A 2025 Summer A 2025 Fall A 2025
NURS 4341 - Healthcare Leadership and Policy
8 weeks
3
Course overviews healthcare organizations in the United States and current and emerging concepts, trends, policies, and issues in healthcare. The course provides for analysis of relevant legislation and discussion of current issues policy research and healthcare system evaluation.
Prerequisites: NURS 4610 - Transformation to Nursing Leadership and Management NURS 4290 - Population Public Health NURS 4291 - Population Public Health Clinical NURS 4350 - Healthcare (or Health Science) Research Methods NURS 4320 - Social Determinants of Health NURS 4420 - Health Assessment for the Professional Nurse NURS 4344 - Informatics and Innovation NURS 4340 - Strategy and Analysis of Organizational Process
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2022 Spring B 2023 Summer B 2023 Fall B 2023 Spring B 2024 Summer B 2024 Fall B 2024 Spring B 2025 Summer B 2025 Fall B 2025
NURS 4611 - Leadership Immersion & Capstone
8 weeks
6
This is the culminating scholarly experience in the health science program of study. Students will focus on synthesis and integration of complex concepts relevant to their scope of practice, and leadership and management skills in complex organizational environments. Emphasis is placed on the application of leadership principles and self-reflection that fosters personal growth, health, and life-long learning through an evidence-based capstone project.
Prerequisites: NURS 4610 - Transformation to Nursing Leadership and Management NURS 4290 - Population Public Health NURS 4291 - Population Public Health Clinical NURS 4350 - Healthcare (or Health Science) Research Methods NURS 4320 - Social Determinants of Health NURS 4420 - Health Assessment for the Professional Nurse NURS 4344 - Informatics and Innovation NURS 4340 - Strategy and Analysis of Organizational Process NURS 4342 - Quality Improvement and Healthcare Systems NURS 4341 - Healthcare Leadership and Policy
Semesters Offered: Spring B 2023 Summer B 2023 Fall B 2023 Spring B 2024 Summer B 2024 Fall B 2024 Spring B 2025 Summer B 2025 Fall B 2025

Admission Requirements

  • Current unencumbered RN license in Texas or other Nurse Licensure Compact state
  • Graduate of a nationally accredited professional nursing program approved by the Texas State Board of Nursing or appropriate state board
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Official transcripts from all colleges, universities, and nursing programs attended

Official Transcripts

Official copies of transcripts must come directly from the school in a sealed envelope and should be mailed to:

UT Permian Basin
Office of Admissions
4901 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, TX 79762

Official transcripts in electronic format can be sent to admissions@utpb.edu.

Application Fee

The application fee is $40 and must be paid when you submit your online application.

You may request an application fee waiver if the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) listed on your Student Aid Report is zero.

Faculty Bios

Adjunct Professor
School of Nursing
bredimus_b@utpb.edu

Dr. Kit Bredimus is the Chief Nursing Officer at Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas. Dr. Bredimus earned his Doctor of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. He is a nationally recognized nurse leader through his various presentations, podcasts, publications, and involvement in professional organizations. Dr. Bredimus was featured on the inaugural list of 20 under 40 by Midland Magazine and is a Texas Nurses Association’s 2020 Year of the Nurse Award winner. Nationally, Dr. Bredimus is a Modern Healthcare’s Rising Star in Nursing Award winner, the American Organization for Nursing Leadership Early Careerist Award winner, and runner-up for Nursing Management’s Hader Visionary Nurse Leader Award. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Organization for Nursing Leadership, Texas Nurses Association, and Permian Basin Great 25 Nurses Recognition Program.

Dr. Bredimus is also an active member and volunteer with several national and regional professional organizations. He is a Master Certified Values Coach with a focus on transformational leadership and personal empowerment, a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and he holds multiple board certifications in nursing management and executive leadership, along with Emergency and Pediatric Emergency nursing. Dr. Bredimus is married to his high school sweetheart, Heather, and they have four children. He is active in his community, volunteering with several local non-profit organizations with a focus on helping children, especially those in the child welfare system.

Assistant Clinical Professor
Coordinator, RN-BSN Program
Director, Center for Inter-Professional & Experiential Learning (CIPEL)
College of Health Sciences and Human Performance
dunne_d@utpb.edu

Ms. Dunne has been a nurse for over 30 years. She has worked in varying roles from staff nurse to director as well as serving on numerous committees. The majority of her career has been in women’s health, but she has worked in research, specialty areas, quality/risk management, and education. Ms. Dunne received her Associate Degree in Nursing in 1992 and then went on for a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration, a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership, and a Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in education. She obtained her BSHA and both master's degrees online while working two jobs, and she understands the sacrifices you make to complete your degrees.

Currently Ms. Dunne is the Director for the Center for Inter-Professional and Experiential Learning at UTPB as well as an Assistant Clinical Professor and RN-BSN Program Coordinator. In her free time, Ms. Dunne enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and giving back to her community.

Adjunct Professor
School of Nursing
faulk_d@utpb.edu

Dr. Faulk retired from full time teaching at Auburn University Montgomery in 2015 as the RN to BSN program coordinator and a professor emeritus. Her experience as a nurse educator is somewhat varied in that she has taught RN to BSN, baccalaureate, and graduate students.  Her course experience is primarily teaching leadership, health policy, professional issues, informatics, and scholarly inquiry (research). Dr. Faulk has  over 20 years of experience teaching online.  She is creative, energetic, and a seasoned faculty member, and she is excited about the possibility of sharing her knowledge and experience with students at UTPB.

Dr. Faulk’s teaching philosophy is simple: “I treat students with respect and exhibit a caring approach in my interactions ... By using various pedagogical methodologies, I accomplish the basic tenets of nursing education; the development of knowledge and a voice to express that knowledge. Through use of transformative learning principles and approaches, I create planned strategies to stimulate transformative learning with the outcome of enhanced professionalism. As an authentic nursing educator, I use my professional values of honesty, fairness, individual responsibility/accountability, team spirit, knowledge and the Golden Rule in my relationship with students and colleagues.”

Part-Time Faculty
School of Nursing 
hall_m@utpb.edu

Dr. Hall has been a nurse since 1995 and has served in various formal nursing leadership roles since 2001.  He has presented at national conferences, consulted on state legislature for the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners, and has consulted both nationally and internationally on nursing leadership. He been published in nursing journals for his research on pain management as well as his work on formal recognition programs like ANCC’s Pathway to Excellence.

Dr. Hall is the director of the Center for Advancing Professional Excellence at Midland Health. In his director’s role, he leads nursing education, mental health, patient safety, safe patient handling, clinical data analytics, the Nursing Intern Program, the Nursing Residency Program, the Nursing Fellowship Program, and the Professional Governance Programs. Dr. Hall also leads the formal recognition programs for the hospital including ANCC Magnet, ANCC Pathway to Excellence, ANCC Practice Transition Accrediting Program, AACN Beacon, and DAISY.  

Part-Time Faculty
School of Nursing
leftwich_k@utpb.edu

Dr. Leftwich is an adjunct faculty member at UT Permian Basin’s School of Nursing. She has been a nurse since 1996 and is a graduate of Odessa College, Texas Tech University, and Capella University. Her nursing degrees focus on administration, leadership, and management. 

She has served in various roles clinically and in leadership, including working bedside for 13 years before transitioning into a nurse educator role. She was the Director for Medical Telemetry and Medical Oncology for five years and had oversight of the Palliative Care Program.  Dr. Leftwich currently serves as the Associate Chief Nursing Officer at Medical Center Hospital, where her oversight includes the Center for Women and Infants, Pediatrics, Medical Telemetry, Medical Observation Unit, and Medical Oncology, as well as Care Management and Utilization Review. She serves as the chair of the Clinical Ethics Committee and is the Nursing Chair for the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Adjunct Professor
School of Nursing

Ms. McQuitty has been a nurse since 2007. Prior to nursing, she worked as a surgical technologist for 10 years. Ms. McQuitty’s nursing career has been in Critical Care, Informatics, and Education. She graduated with her Associate Degree in Nursing from Odessa College in 2007, her BSN from Angelo State University in 2013, and her MSN from Western Governors in 2019.

Ms. McQuitty loves to travel to new places with the beach being her favorite. Family is very important to her, and she always wants to be surrounded by positive people so they can lift one another up.

Associate Professor
Department Chair
School of Nursing
murray_a@utpb.edu

Dr. Alicia Murray is an Associate Professor and Department Chair for The University of Texas Permian Basin. She is originally from Glenburn, Maine. She has been in nursing for over 36 years. She began as an LPN and earned her Doctorate in Nursing Practice with a Population Health focus from Quinnipiac University in August of 2020. She spent six years in the Army reserves.

She has an extensive background in the clinical areas of nursing. She developed a chronic illness management program as well as inpatient palliative care programs, and she opened a diagnostic cardiac catheterization lab at a community hospital. She has been certified in hospice and palliative care for 22 years. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. She has been active in board service for Northern Light Healthcare Operations board, Maine Hospice Council, and Bangor Nursing and Rehabilitation Services. She has two grown children and enjoys traveling, scuba diving, and spending time with family and friends.

Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Nursing
saldana_v@utpb.edu

Venessa Saldana is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She received her associate degree in respiratory care in 2009, bachelor's in nursing in 2013, and master's in nursing from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2019.

As a registered nurse, Ms. Saldana began her career with Midland Memorial Hospital as a staff and charge nurse in the Emergency Department for over seven years. She also has experience working in a primary care practice, urgent care, and aesthetic medicine as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Ms. Saldana has over 10 years of experience in urgent and emergency medicine. She also holds certifications in the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME).

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