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Nursing

A World of Opportunity Awaits Those Who Care

 

Mission


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The nursing program at Texas A&M University-Central Texas offers nursing education to the registered nurse on the baccalaureate level, to serve the diverse population of Central Texas which includes the military and their families. The nursing faculty prepare excellent nurses to practice in acute care settings, outpatient services, or continue in pursuit of advanced degrees.

The RN to BSN program is designed with the working professional in mind. Classes are offered online by faculty dedicated to their success.


Accreditation



The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Texas A&M Central Texas is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).


How to Apply for Admissions



Entry Requirements

General Education and Course Requirements

A&M-Central Texas is an upper-level university, therefore, the core curriculum/general education courses and non-nursing courses must be taken at another institution. Core curricula may also be accepted from other institutions. 

How to Apply for Admissions

The B.S Nursing program at A&M-Central Texas has additional entry requirements separate from general admission. After acceptance to the university, complete these steps:

  • Meet with your academic advisor to apply to the nursing program and develop a Student Education Plan applicants must complete all non-nursing courses listed in the degree requirements.
  • International applicants and applicants with foreign credentials must adhere to additional requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions



Is your program accredited?
The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Texas A&M University-Central Texas is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001,
202-887-6791, www.ccneaccreditation.org/.

Is the program online or face to face?
Currently the RN to BSN program is 100% online.

Do I need to find a preceptor or clinical site?
Individual courses contain certain assignments that are clinical in nature and satisfy the CCNE requirement for a clinical component; the assignments may require a preceptor at a designated location.

What is the average class size?
The university student to faculty ratio is 13:1. The maximum number of students in online nursing courses is 25.

What advising and support services are available?
Faculty are available for advising or assignment assistance online or during office hours. The University provides a variety of student services to include a writing lab, professional tutoring, a counseling center and more.

When can I apply?
Admission is open for fall and spring semesters.

What is your application process?
First, we recommend submitting your unofficial transcripts to the nursing department for review and advising well in advance. More information regarding university admission can be found in our Undergraduate Admissions application checklist. Please reach out to Recruitment at recruiting@tamuct.edu or call 254.501.5952 for questions regarding the application process.

Do I need to take an entrance exam or submit an essay for admission?
No entrance exam or essay is required; however, a current Texas license as a registered nurse is required for full admission to the program.

How long does it take to complete the program?
You have five years to complete the program; student completion time varies. Students enrolled in courses full-time may complete the program in one calendar year.

How long are my pre-requisite courses transferable?
There are no time restrictions on pre-requisite courses.


Faculty



  • Dr. Amy Mersiovsky

    Dr. Amy Mersiovsky serves as the Director and Chair of the Department of Nursing. She is an associate professor of nursing. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Nursing Administration and Academic Nurse Educator Concentration Certificate in 2017. Dr. Mersiovsky earned her Master of Science (MSN) in Nursing Education from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2009. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Arkansas Tech University in 1998. Dr. Mersiovsky is certified as Pediatric Nurse by the American Nurse’s Credentialing Center. She earned a certificate in Effective College Instruction from the Association of College and University Educators in 2022.

    Dr. Mersiovsky is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Honors Society of Nursing and serves as a board member to the Tau Epsilon Chapter. She also serves on the Sigma Region 6 committee. In addition, she is an item writer for the American Nurse’s Credentialing Center and peer article reviewer for Pediatric Nursing. Dr. Mersiovsky serves as the volunteer scheduling coordinator and nurse for the Feed My Sheep Children’s Clinic. In addition, she volunteers with the Bell County Youth Fair and Texas 4-H. Dr. Mersiovsky was honored as the 2020 Arkansas 4-H Alumni of the Year.

    Dr. Mersiovsky has presented research on nursing students and math anxiety, interprofessional Healthcare Education programs, the decrease in learning engagement of nursing students during COVID-19, and the experiences of the nurse educator during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other research interests include nurses being consulted by the media for healthcare topics and the effects of social media on children. Dr. Mersiovsky has consulted on 150 healthcare related news stories for local and regional news media sources since 2020.

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  • Dr. Dawn Riess

    Dawn Riess is an Assistant Professor of Nursing. Dr. Riess earned her Ph.D. in Nursing Education with an emphasis on empathy and simulation. Dr. Riess was an Associate Professor at Temple College School of Nursing from 2009-2021. She is a member of the Texas Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau. Dr. Riess believes in caring for her community, students, and peers. She is on the Board of Directors for Immanuel Lutheran Ministries and volunteers often at civic organizations. Dr. Riess teaches her students that caring is the art of nursing science and a key part of holistic nursing care. Life-long learning and compassionate care are the cornerstones of her nursing philosophy. Dr. Riess is a practicing nurse currently working in a long-term acute care hospital with a Cardiac, ICU, and medical/surgical practicing background. She is currently conducting research on the effects COVID-19 had on nurse educators.


  • Ms. Catherine Pena

    Assistant Lecturer

    Catherine Pena holds a Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix and is pursuing a Doctor of Education with a specialization in Nursing Education. Her graduate and post graduate research work consists of Minority Students in Nursing Education and BSN Faculty Perception on Mentorship. Ms. Pena belongs to the Association of perioperative Registered Nurses, the National League of Nursing, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She has leadership and staff nurse clinical experience in various specialties such as Maternal-Child services, Adult/Pediatric Med-Surg, Intensive Critical Care, and Perioperative services. Her teaching background is in License Vocational Nursing, Associate Degree of Nursing, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs.

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  • Dr. Gray-Vickrey

    Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

    Peg Gray-Vickrey is the Provost and the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Professor of Nursing at Texas A&M University-Central Texas. Prior to this appointment, she served as Associate Provost and Interim Provost, Interim Dean for the College of Health Professions and Director of the School of Nursing at Florida Gulf Coast University. Dr. Gray-Vickrey holds a B.S.N. degree in Nursing from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh; an M.S. in Nursing (Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist) from Northern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in Nursing Science from the University of Buffalo. Peg received the Academic Scholarship in Nursing Micro-credential, University at Buffalo, 2021. She has over 40 peer-reviewed publications, 2 award winning AV productions on Alzheimer’s disease and multiple invited and peer-reviewed professional presentations, most notably in the area of Gerontology, with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease, Delirium and Elder Abuse. She was Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Alzheimer’s Care Today (formerly Alzheimer’s Care Quarterly) from 2007-2010 and served on the Editorial Board for the peer-reviewed journal Nursing from 1998-2019. She was inducted as a Fellow of the National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) in 2013.

    Peg has been actively involved in civic and community engagement during her career in higher education. Peg is Immediate Past Chair of the Steering Committee for the AASCU program, the American Democracy Project (ADP). Peg is a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Advisory Committee on Academic Innovation and Transformation, the American Council on Education (ACE) Association of Chief Academic Officers, and the Texas Council of Chief Academic Officers (TCCAO). She is the past chair of the Board of Directors for the Greater Killeen Community Clinic.

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  • Ms. Amanda Dycus, MSN, RN

    Adjunct Instructor

  • Ms. Kimberly Kuklies, MSN RN

    Adjunct Instructor

    Kimberly Kuklies, MSN, RN is a Central Texas native that has combined two careers of education and nursing for over 27 years. She has her bachelor's degree in nursing, an Alternative Certification as a Texas teacher, and master’s degree in Nursing Administration. She has worked at several local hospitals with a variety of specialties to include general surgery, long term care, and psychiatry. Ms Kuklies taught nursing skills at the high school level and worked as a school nurse, then moved to nursing administration in school health. She has served as Program Director for Nurse Assistant and Emergency Medical Technician programs for many years. Ms Kuklies has also served on many professional boards, committees, and community service projects throughout her career in both the education and nursing fields.

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