The nursing education section of the BON web site was developed for the purpose of providing information and resources for individuals seeking information regarding nursing education in the State of Texas. Use this site to obtain information about nursing education topics of interest, answer student questions, answer faculty questions and to access nursing education rules and guidelines.
The target audience for this site includes faculty of nursing programs, students and members of the public with questions about nursing education in Texas.
The information included in this site does not include Continuing Education. For information on Continuing Education follow one of these CE Links.
Please Note: New information will be added on an ongoing basis. Please check back frequently!
Students and Prospective Students
Unapproved Nursing Educational Programs Operating in Texas
The Board is aware of six schools operating in Texas without Board approval. Graduates from these programs would not be eligible to take the NCLEX licensure examination. Review the BON News posting for more information.
Becoming a Nurse
An informational video, produced under the guidance of NCSBN's Examinations department, to explain computer adaptive testing (CAT) and how it is used by NCLEX to measure the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level nurse. CAT is a method for administering exams that merges computer technology with modern measurement theory to increase the efficiency of the exam process. Topics covered include item selection and pass/fail rules.
Dean or Director and Faculty
What are the qualifications for nursing faculty in Texas
For professional nursing education programs, Rule 215.7(c)(1) related to Faculty Qualifications and Faculty Organization requires in pertinent part that "Each nurse faculty member shall (A) hold a current license or privilege to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Texas; (B) show evidence of teaching abilities and maintaining current knowledge, clinical expertise, and safety in subject area of teaching responsibility; (C) hold a master’s degree, preferably in nursing. A nurse faculty member holding a master’s degree in a discipline other than nursing shall hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited baccalaureate program in nursing; and (i) if teaching in a diploma or associate degree nursing program, shall have at least six semester hours of graduate level content in nursing appropriate to his/her teaching responsibilities, or (ii) if teaching in a baccalaureate level program, shall have at least 12 semester hours of graduate level content in nursing appropriate to his/her teaching responsibilities." It is expected that nursing faculty will be assigned to teach in their areas of expertise, i.e. focus of Master’s degree, and/or nursing practice experience.
In addition, the governing institution of a professional nursing education program may have other requirements for faculty members within that institution.
For vocational nursing education programs, Rule 214.7 (c)(2)(A-D) related to Faculty Qualifications and Responsibilities requires that faculty hold a current license or privilege to practice nursing in the State of Texas; have been actively employed in nursing for the past three years. If the instructor has not been actively employed in nursing for the past three years, the instructor's advanced preparation in nursing, nursing education, and nursing administration, and prior relevant nursing employment may be taken into consideration in evaluating qualifications for the position; and, have had three years varied nursing experiences since graduation. They also must show evidence of teaching abilities and maintaining current knowledge, clinical expertise, and safety in subject area of teaching responsibility.