Start your nursing career with SFA
The Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing provides an environment that is both nurturing and challenging, committed to student achievement and career success. Our nationally recognized program offers students access to advanced technology, hands-on learning opportunities and personalized instruction.
A message from the Director, Dr. Tammy Harris
It is with great pleasure and a sense of pride that I welcome you to the DeWitt School of Nursing at Stephen F. Austin State University. We are happy that you are considering our program and look forward to working with you in the future. The DeWitt School of Nursing has a rich history and solid reputation for producing exceptional graduate nurses. The nursing program is committed to excellence in patient care and high academic standards. Our students are regularly challenged in the classroom, simulation lab and clinical setting to provide compassionate, holistic, evidence-based care to patients and their families. I am also happy to report that our students consistently score well above the national average on the national licensure exam.
A state-of-the-art simulation center awaits you and provides a protected, controlled environment in which to practice the skills necessary to become a safe and confident nurse. Our medium- and high-fidelity mannequins allow students to use their knowledge and critical-thinking skills to enhance their clinical learning. These clinical skills will be further strengthened during your face-to-face clinicals with our qualified faculty.
The faculty are here to join you in your journey, celebrate your successes and support you during your challenges. Students report that they consider the individual attention, expert advising and mentoring as attributes critical to their success during the program and well after graduation. Our graduates consistently say one of the best things about nursing at SFA is the faculty!
We welcome your interest in the DeWitt School of Nursing and invite you to schedule a visit and explore our school and program as you consider your choices. Finding the right nursing program for you is important, and we look forward to your visit.
Tammy Harris, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Director, Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing
Academic programs and areas of study
Earn your bachelor's degree in nursing through our traditional program or our Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online transition program. We also offer a graduate degree for students looking for advanced training.
About Richard and Lucille DeWitt
Richard and Lucille DeWitt, Rich and Lucy to friends, were the owners of one of the largest KFC franchises in the country. They started in 1964 with locations in Nacogdoches and Lufkin, and later expanded to 68 other locations throughout the state of Texas.
In the local community, they were well-known for giving back. Rich took pride in providing for his employees and their families. Lucy was an avid community volunteer, founding and serving on the boards of multiple charitable organizations. When they sold their KFC franchise, they donated the land from the Nacogdoches headquarters to the SFA School of Nursing.
About Ed and Gwen Cole
Ed and Gwen Cole moved to Nacogdoches in 1978 from New Orleans, Louisiana. They fell in love with the area and became avid supporters of education and the local community.
SFA students benefit from multiple scholarships and learning centers provided by the Coles, including the nursing program’s state-of-the-art simulation lab.