The Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing recently earned the No. 64 spot in Nursing in the 2012 edition of Best Graduate Schools by U.S. News Media Group. Highlights of the rankings are published in the Best Graduate Schools 2012 edition book.
"UIW has been preparing outstanding nursing leaders for nearly a century. Receiving national recognition for the quality of our graduate program, the faculty, and the clinical leaders we prepare is significant as we strive for academic excellence and prepare tomorrow's healthcare professionals," said Kathleen M. Light, EdD, MSN, RN, Dean of the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing.
Re-dedicated in January, 2011, The school of nursing recently underwent a $6.3 million dollar overhaul. The newly renovated nursing and health professions building features an additional 16,000 square feet and includes additional classroom and office space, state of the art labs and computerized manikins, four simulated hospital rooms with state of the art technology and 21st century AV equipment in all the classrooms. The newly renovated facility will offer students technology they will encounter as health professionals and allow enrollment in the programs to grow by 50 percent over time.
"Our new teaching facilities will allow us to continue our commitment to extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ through the education of outstanding leaders and compassionate caregivers," said Dr. Light.
Nursing and UIW have been synonymous for decades and is currently the only Catholic school of nursing in Texas. The School of Nursing was established by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in 1931. It was the first accredited school of nursing to offer a baccalaureate degree located west of the Mississippi and remains one of the most successful nursing programs in the region.
Today, UIW continues to provide a quality education to students offering a bachelor and a master of science in nursing as well as an accelerated RN bachelor of science in nursing for registered nurses who wish to complete a bachelor's degree. In addition, UIW now offers a doctorate of nursing practice degree. Among its many graduates are five Brigadier Generals of the U.S. Armed Services, including Lillian Dunlap, the first female Brigadier General of the Army.