UD offers new dual-degree program for nursing


Lindsey Busker
Contributing Writer

The University of Dallas, partnering with Texas Women’s University (TWU), announced a new dual-degree program for nursing last Thursday. This program will allow students to pursue two bachelor’s degrees: an accelerated biology degree from UD and a nursing degree from the state-of-the-art, brand-new nursing school at Texas Women’s University in downtown Dallas.

This is the first of its kind to be offered at UD, a dual-degree program that is to be completed in five years that affords the possibility for students to become registered nurses at the end of the fifth year.

Dean Charles W. Eaker is excited about the new program and said in a recent press release, “The new dual-degree program in biology and nursing gives UD students an opportunity to combine the liberal arts with a career pathway.”

This is a valuable opportunity for those looking to become a registered nurse, one of the fastest growing professions in the state of Texas. With more than 3,200 nursing students at its three locations in Denton, Houston and Dallas, TWU is the leading nursing school in the state, providing education to the largest number of college graduates eager to become registered nurses.

Students enrolled in the dual-degree program must fulfill all of the requirements for graduating from UD in three years with a bachelor’s in biology, including the core curriculum. Students then apply early admission to TWU and, if accepted, earn a nursing degree at TWU in two years.

The dual-degree program promises a liberal arts education with a concentration in nursing. Freshman student Maria Buckner is overjoyed at the news of the dual-degree program.

“It is great that UD finally offers this type of program,” Buckner said. “You don’t see accelerated programs at many private colleges, only at larger public universities.”

This is a great opportunity for students interested in becoming a registered nurse while also immersing themselves in the liberal arts education.


  1. “The new dual-degree program in biology and nursing gives UD students an opportunity to combine the liberal arts with a career pathway.”

    I get Dr. Eaker’s point. But his juxtaposition seems to imply that the “liberal arts” and a “career path” are two seperate things. As if reading/writing better than any of their competition makes UD students unemployable. The problem is not that the liberal arts are somehow deficient in preparing one to be of use to society. Rather, society needs to be (re)taught how liberal arts students can be incorporated into the workforce, where many UD students ultimately become the best, most interesting, employees. This idea that the liberal arts are somehow a professional poison that needs a supplement (or antidote) of a utilitarian degree is not true…AT ALL.

    UD students need to be trained how to market the skills provided to them by the liberal arts. Dont start off your resume with some cheesy objective statement like: “I want to be an apostle of classical literature.” Instead include the following: “researched and analyzed a variety of subject material, communicated results in organized reports following standard formatting protocol, and colloborated with various entitities to meet content requirements and deadlines)”–basically any UD student can say that at a minimum. Play the game that secular society forces us to play in order to get hired, then drop the bomb that the employee of the month majored in Classical Philology at a small, Catholic school in Irving, TX. You will stand out among your one-dimensional colleagues and rise to the top of your professions. That is the game plan for success as a UD grad, and it has nothing to do with supplemental enhancement degrees for “career pathways.”

    UD students will make the best lawyers, doctors, government employees, teachers, etc, not because they got an MBA at TCU or a nursing degree at TWU, but because they got a BA from UD. While Dr. Eaker (a chemist) would probably agree with this, his statement betrays, albeit subtly, an attitude of distrust towards the liberal arts, a lack of faith that is disturbing in the Dean of the Constantin College of….Liberal Arts.


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