Campus News 2010

For Immediate Release
October 25, 2010

Schreiner BSN program approved by state board

The Schreiner University Nursing Advisory Board announced today that the Texas Board of Nursing has formally approved the university’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. The new program is part of Schreiner's very successful life sciences signature program, which also includes pre-med and pre-dentistry programs, and vocational nursing certification. Classes for the BSN will begin in fall 2011 for students who have the required prerequisites.

“The need for professionally trained nurses is critical locally, regionally and nationally,” said Dr. Tim Summerlin, Schreiner’s president. “Schreiner has a tradition of responding to changing times and needs, as this effort illustrates so well. We are honored to have been able, under the leadership of Dr. Lena Rippstein, to secure approval for this new program so promptly. There are many to thank—those whose financial support allowed us to undertake the project, those from our health services industry whose professional advice helped shape a model curriculum, the Schreiner faculty and academic leaders who enthusiastically supported the effort, and a generous community that has embraced it as well.”

“The United States is in the midst of a critical nursing shortage that is expected to intensify as baby boomers age and the need for health care grows,” Dr. Rippstein, director of nursing and assistant professor of biology at Schreiner, said. “Over the past decade, both in Texas and nationally, there has been an escalating demand for RNs that exceeds the current supply—and that nationwide shortage is expected to increase to approximately 260,000 RNs by 2025. Schreiner University’s new four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing will address the impact of this shortage in Kerrville, throughout the Hill Country and beyond.”

“Given the challenges that face our nation’s health professions, Schreiner will continue to seek other ways that its learning program can make contributions,” Summerlin added. “Our thanks go out to all of those who have made this new program possible and all of those who will be its supporters in the future.”

For more information about Schreiner, visit the university’s website at For more information about the new BSN program, go to