UH to add nursing doctoral program, increase undergrad tuition
The cost per credit hour for UH’s undergraduate nursing program was approved to increase to $410 from $244 in today’s Administration and Finance committee meeting before the Board of Regents at the Student Center South ballroom.
The program is moving from UH-Victoria to UH and classes will begin on campus in the fall.
The significant increase is attributed to multiple factors, said Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Paula Myrick Short, including location changes and the need for a “qualitatively different” faculty for a Tier One nursing program.
Short said that nursing graduates won’t just be prepared to work in hospitals, but will “have research experience” that sets them apart from other graduates.
The increase will also help fund the addition of a Ph.D. in Nursing program at UH, a program Short called “very expensive.” When asked about the culturally different cost of the program, Short said that the program “may look different from the current programs at UH,” and that the change is necessary as UH moves to becoming a full Tier One University.