University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing Announces Two New Graduate Programs in Pediatric and Neonatal Acute Care

June 4, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing has established two new graduate nurse practitioner programs to help alleviate the critical shortage of acute care pediatric and neonatal nurses.

The school is partnering with Dell Children's Hospital and Pediatrix Medical Group to teach and train more students in these areas. Dell Children's Hospital is providing two acute care pediatric nurse practitioner faculty members for the school. Pediatrix, a private practice group of neonatologists that contracts with hospitals nationwide to provide medical care to critically ill babies, is providing salary support.

The Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program begins this summer. The new role was established in response to the need for more acute care pediatric providers within hospitals and specialized pediatric health care clinics, including emergency rooms. The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program, designed to train nurses to care for a rapidly growing group of high-risk infants, specifically those born prematurely and those newborns suffering from life-threatening illnesses, will begin in the fall.

"Similar to acute care pediatric nurse practitioners, the demand for neonatal nurse practitioners has grown steadily over the past few decades due, in part, to rapid technological advancements in neonatal care and increased survival of more preterm babies," said Marlene Walden, professor of clinical nursing. "There are about 500-800 position openings for neonatal nurse practitioners across the United States and several locally."

Both new acute care programs at the School of Nursing can be completed in less than two years for those nurses seeking a master's degree. Students who already have a master's degree and want to extend their professional credentials can complete the program in about one year.

For more information, contact: Nancy Neff; Marlene Walden, 512-471-1119.

13 Comments to "University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing Announces Two New Graduate Programs in Pediatric and Neonatal Acute Care"

1.  Misty Copen said on June 17, 2009

Please send information regarding the acute care pediatric nurse practioner program. Thank you!

2.  Marlene Gegenheimer said on June 18, 2009

I am interested in pursuing my masters. My daughter is starting UT in the fall. I would like more information.

3.  Patti White said on June 18, 2009

I am a school nurse out in West Texas and for some of my students, I am the only medical person they see. This sounds wonderful! Please send me info as I would like to obtain my masters degree. Thanks!

4.  Paula Day said on June 18, 2009

I am an RN interested in pursuing my Masters. I would like to explore your avaliable programs that the UT system offers.

Thank You!
Paula Day, RN,BSN,OCN

5.  Marlene Walden said on June 19, 2009

For more information about the new acute care graduate nurse practitioner programs, please contact Marlene Walden at or 512-471-1119.

6.  Lyndsey Smith said on June 19, 2009

I am extremely interested in this program. Congratulations to The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing! Please send me information regarding the Pediatric Acute Care NP program. Thanks.

7.  Jocelyn Taylor LVN said on June 24, 2009

I'm very interested. Please put me on the mailing list.

8.  Meggie Kwan said on June 25, 2009

Does the School of Nursing only offer graduate studies? My daughter is planning to take nursing. She is graduating high school in June 2010, and she wants to go to The University of Texas at Austin. Please advise and thank you.

9.  Denise Kuri said on June 29, 2009

I just graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas Health Science Center in May 2009 with a bachelor's degree in nursing and am very interested in this program. Please put me on the mailing list/send more info. I am also a member of Sigma Theta Tau International. I would like to work in critical care and/or neonatal acute care, continue my studies and obtain my master's and doctor's degrees. Thank you for your kind consideration.

10.  Chelsea Galinski said on July 6, 2009

I am a nursing student at The University of Texas at Austin right now, about to start my junior year. The university's nursing program is not just a graduate program. You can get your four-year bachelor's degree, along with many other programs if you already have a degree. It's a fantastic school, and their scholastic standards are very high. I look forward to the graduate program once I graduate!

P.S. The School of Nursing has a Web site. Go to and click on the link that says Colleges & Schools. There is a ton of great information there.

11.  Sue Anne Spry said on Sept. 15, 2009

Hi. I am interested in info on your nursing programs. I would also like info on financial aid. I'm very interested in this program. Would love to work around babies and children. Thanks, Sue Anne :)

12.  Lourdes Cobos said on Jan. 7, 2010

Can you please send me information on your pediatric acute care program? Thank you.

13.  Naomi Hoffman said on Oct. 22, 2011

Can you please send me some information for The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program and financial aid. Thanks so much!