Andy & Barbara Gessner College of Nursing - University of Houston
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U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Nursing (BSN) Programs 2024

Solving the
Nursing Shortage

Welcome to the Andy and Barbara Gessner College of Nursing

A transformational $20 million gift from UH alumnus Andy Gessner and wife Barbara creates lasting impact on the nursing profession and its future nurse leaders, educators and clinicians. In recognition, the college has been renamed the Andy and Barbara Gessner College of Nursing.

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Andy and Barbara Gessner's $20 Million gift addresses the nursing labor shortage, honors their mothers and continues their legacy of support for the University of Houston.

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The Gessner College of Nursing offers excellent, affordable and flexible undergraduate and graduate degree programs for those individuals interested in pursuing or advancing a career in nursing. Students who already have a university degree can become a nurse in our Second Degree program.

Our BSN, MSN and DNP programs are approved through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and have BSN full approval from the Texas Board of Nursing. The University of Houston is an institutional member of the Texas Medical Center.

CCNE Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Houston Andy and Barbara Gessner College of Nursing are accredited by the  Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001,  202-887-6791.

Prospective Students

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    How to Apply?

    Applicants interested in the Gessner College of Nursing should apply through NursingCAS. NursingCAS is the online, centralized application service for nursing programs.
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    Why Nursing?

    The College of Nursing is committed to serving educational needs, supporting lifelong learning, advancing excellence in regional and global healthcare.
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    What Degrees do we offer?

    We offer the BSN, MSN and DNP degree programs with face-to-face and web-enhanced classes that are designed to work around your busy schedule.
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    Need More Information?

    The College of Nursing hosts all Information Sessions in an online format for program offerings at UH, UH at Sugar Land and UH at Katy.

College by the Numbers

  • Top 8%For First Time NCLEX-RN Pass Rates (2020)
  • 100%NCLEX-RN First Time Pass Rate (2015, 2016, 2017 & 2020)
  • 100%FNP First-Time Certification Pass Rate (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020)
  • Award Recipient: Insight into Diversity Health Professions HEED Award (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021 & 2022)
  • 100%Employment Rate for BSN graduates (2021)

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