Nursing Academy (9-12)
Grand Prairie Early College High School provides students with
the opportunity to earn a high school diploma from GPHS and an Associates of Nursing Degree from Mountain View College within
5 years of enrolling in the Nursing Academy as a 9th grader.
Through this nursing program, students are able to transition seamlessly into the BSN degree program at the University of
Texas at Arlington. The program is backed by a $400,000 Next Generation Early College High School Grant from the Texas
Education Agency and is based on the ECHS blueprint.
This program will be geared toward students who have the drive
to excel and the desire to study for Pre-AP, AP, and college
courses. However, students do not have to be a Pre-AP student
or have a certain GPA to be accepted.
Statistics show that by the year 2021, the healthcare profession
will account for 30% of the jobs in the North Texas area. By
having an associate or bachelor’s degree in nursing, students can pursue other careers, if they choose, such as nurse practitioner, anesthesiologist, and management.
Students enrolled in the program will have visits to Mountain View College, where they’ll have access to the facilities, resources, and activities the campus has to offer, and opportunities to explore the medical profession. Grand Prairie ISD covers the financial responsibilities for the program, all fees and textbooks. GP ECHS students will have support through dedicated staff in a personalized academic setting. They’ll also have clinical experiences with Baylor Scott & White at a GPISD facility.
Once students have successfully completed the program, the goal is for them to sit for the NCLEX or the RN Exam. They would also have the opportunity to transition into the BSN program at the University of Texas at Arlington, ahead of the game.
GPISD hopes this is another opportunity for students who graduate to be ready to join the workforce or seek advanced degrees. GPISD prides itself on not only changing the lives of children, but also changing families and communities for the better.
The Nursing Academy is offered through Grand Prairie Early College High School.
Who can apply to attend the Nursing Academy at GP ECHS?
Incoming 9th grade students only