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welcome to the richard and lucille dewitt school of nursing

As a student in the Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing, you will be challenged in the classroom, simulation lab and clinical settings to provide holistic, evidence-based care to patients and their families. Our graduates perform well on the post-graduation national licensure examination and continue on to rewarding careers around the world as both civilian and military nurses.

Accreditation and Approval

The Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing B.S.N. program at Stephen F. Austin State University is accredited by the Accreditation Commission in Education on Nursing and approved by the Texas Board of Nursing.

The M.S.N. program has been granted candidacy status by the ACEN and approved by the Texas Board of Nursing.

Texas Board of Nursing B.S.N. NCLEX Pass Rates
Dewitt School of Nursing B.S.N. Report Card



    Chip LeDuff earned one “C” in his entire SFA education. It was in a maternal course in the School of Nursing. However, his SFA instructors never allowed him to feel discouraged. Chip turned his maternal and pediatric experiences in clinicals and in the simulation lab into a neonatal nursing career. He earned a Master of Science in Nursing as a neonatal nurse practitioner at Duke University and will complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice at Duke in 2018.

    SFA nursing graduate Chip LeDuff

    Chip LeDuff LT, NC, USN, BSN, RN, Class of 2011

  • Inspired to Serve

    Tim Hernandez has made a career of helping others. Prior to attending SFA, Tim worked in prehospital emergency services, assisted with rescue and evacuation during Hurricane Katrina, and enlisted in the U.S. Army as a combat medic in Iraq – all in an effort to serve others.Tim earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SFA in December 2017. He credits the SFA faculty with preparing students to not only perform but to excel in real-world environments. 

    SFA nursing student Tim Hernandez

    Tim Hernandez, Class of Dec. 2017


    Anne James credits her small classes at SFA for her success as a registered nurse. More than a decade after graduating from SFA, she still remembers fondly the one-on-one attention she received from SFA faculty members like Dr. Sara Bishop. The encouragement from Anne’s professors in the School of Nursing helped her persevere even when her courses grew challenging. She also discovered her love for labor and delivery nursing while at SFA and has turned it into a successful career.

    SFA nursing graduate Anne James

    Anne James, BSN RN, Class of 2004

Transformative Experiences

SFA Nursing Clinicals


At SFA, you’ll never have to participate in clinicals alone. Our professors accompany and supervise students on the hospital floor as they tend to patients in the East Texas region. Our students go beyond observation and actually receive valuable hands-on training.

SFA Nursing Simulation Laboratory


The Ed and Gwen Cole Simulation Laboratory includes a medical surgical area, a labor-and-delivery area, a nursery and neonatal area, a health-assessment lab, and an emergency room. Faculty members remotely operate a variety of low-, medium-, and high-fidelity mannequins to simulate any patient condition, including childbirth.

Meet Our Students

  • Devynn Matthews

    Devynn Matthews

    “What we learn in class really comes into play into our clinical. I really get an educational background on how to assess, plan, intervene and evaluate patients.”

  • Rana Ryan

    Rana Ryan

    In her time at SFA, Rana Ryan did more than earn a nursing degree. She was named to the May 2016 All-Southland Conference 3rd Team (1,500m run) and the January 2017 Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

  • Natalie Barringer

    Natalie Barringer

    “Being in nursing school is absolutely life-changing. It’s an experience that challenges you in every way. We don’t just learn about medications or about diseases, but we learn patient-centered care.”

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