Nursing Master's Degrees

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Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School.

In addition to these general requirements, the College of Nursing requires the following for unconditional admission to the master’s program.

  1. A current unencumbered license to practice professional nursing in the USA.
  2. A basic statistics course.
  3. A baccalaureate degree with an upper division major in nursing from a program accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting body.
  4. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (‘B’ average) in the last 60 semester credit hours of course work toward the undergraduate nursing degree and a minimum GPA of 3.0 (‘B’ average) in all prior graduate course work.
  5. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) verbal and quantitative scores or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score.

Applicants who do not meet these criteria but have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the last 60 semester credit hours of course work toward the undergraduate nursing degree may be considered for provisional admission on an individual basis. Factors that may be considered in the admission decision are: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) verbal and quantitative scores or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score, GPA on any prior graduate course work, scholarly activities, professional leadership, and work history.

For applicants who have a baccalaureate degree in nursing and a master's degree in another field (or more than one graduate degree), the grade point average from all previously earned degrees and post graduate work can be considered in making the admission decision.

Individuals who have a master’s degree in nursing may seek admission to a post-master’s certification program in one of four areas: nurse practitioner, clinical nurse leader, nursing/health systems management, or nursing education. GRE or MAT scores are not required for students with a master’s degree in any field.

Applicants who wish to transfer from another nursing program must provide evidence of eligibility to continue in the previous nursing program. Nine semester hours for programs requiring 39-44 semester hours, 12 semester hours for programs requiring 45 or more semester hours, may be transferred, if approved.   A grade of ‘B’ or higher in each course is necessary for semester credit hours to be considered for transfer.

Master’s program applicants must submit their program application and all transcripts and GRE or MAT scores to the Office of Admissions Processing by one of the following dates:

Semester for Admission Submit application no later than
FallMay 1
SpringSeptember 15
Summer (Houston Campus only)February 1

Prior to enrollment in clinical nursing courses the student must show proof of:

  1. professional liability insurance purchased through a TWU student professional liability group policy.
  2. unencumbered licensure to practice professional nursing in Texas.
  3. current required immunizations.
  4. Basic Life Support (BLS) for health care providers.
  5. criminal background check and drug screening.

Prior to enrollment in the first clinical nursing course, it is recommended that the student have completed the equivalent of one year of full-time clinical experience in the specialty area for which they have applied. Students may be required to meet additional clinical agency requirements such as drug testing, criminal background screening, and evidence of health insurance.

All nursing education majors are required to have a current unencumbered RN license in the state of residence.

Readmission - Master's Program

An individual who has been unsuccessful in meeting the progression requirements, after being admitted to the master’s program in the College of Nursing, is eligible to apply to the College of Nursing and be considered for admission as a new student in the master’s program after a period of six years.

Programs of Study (40-46 semester credit hours)

Total Hours Required

The total semester credit hours required vary depending on the track the student selects. All students complete a minimum of 40 to 46 semester credit hours.

Special Requirements

  1. A grade of ‘B’ or better is required in all required courses. A student who has earned a grade of less than ‘B’ (‘C’, ‘D’, ‘F’ or ‘WF’) in two required courses at the graduate level or who has earned a grade of less than ‘B’ (‘C’, ‘D’, ‘F’ or ‘WF’) twice in the same graduate level required course will be removed from the nursing program. For the purpose of removal from the nursing program, a grade of less than ‘B’ is counted as a grade of less than ‘B’ even if the course has been successfully repeated.
  2. Students admitted to the master’s program provisionally, based on low GPA, must complete the first 12 semester credit hours of graduate courses with grades of ‘B’ or better in each course; at least 9 semester credit hours must be in nursing courses. A provisionally admitted student will be dismissed from the program if a grade of ‘C’ or lower is made in any course during the probationary period.
  3. For the M.S. graduate who is unsuccessful on a certification examination and is accepted for the re-education process, if the student earns a grade of ‘C’ or below (‘D’, ‘F’, or ‘WF’) in one of the required re-education courses, he/she will not be allowed to continue in the re-education process.

Time Limit

Semester credit hours older than six years, including transfer courses, cannot apply toward the master’s degree. If a student in one of the certificate options is practicing as an advanced practice nurse and is currently credentialed by the Texas Board of Nursing as an advanced practice registered nurse, the advanced pathophysiology, pharmacotherapeutics, and advanced assessment courses may have been completed no more than 15 years earlier.

Final Examination

Oral examination of the completed professional or clinical project (course work optional).
 

Nurse Practitioner Program of Study (46 semester credit hours for major)

Required Courses (23 SCH)
NURS 5013Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice3
NURS 5024Research and Quality Improvement in Nursing4
NURS 5003Health Policy and Health Promotion3
BIOL 5333Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 5663Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURS 5644Advanced Assessment/Differential Diagnosis4
NURS 5002Advanced Practice Nursing Role2
NURS 5001Advanced Practice Nursing Seminar1
Area of Specialty Clinical Courses (23 SCH)
Select an area of specialty from the following:23
Adult Gerontology Acute Care
Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I
Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II
Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner III
Nurse Preceptorship I
Nurse Preceptorship II
Adult Gerontology
Adult/Gerontology Nursing I
Adult/Gerontology Nursing II
Adult/Gerontology Nursing III
Nurse Preceptorship I
Nurse Preceptorship II
Family
Family Health Nursing I
Family Health Nursing II
Family Health Nursing III
Nurse Preceptorship I
Nurse Preceptorship II
Pediatric
Child Health Nursing I
Child Health Nursing II
Child Health Nursing III
Nurse Preceptorship I
Nurse Preceptorship II
Women's Health
Women's Health Nursing I
Women's Health Nursing II
Women's Health Nursing III
Nurse Preceptorship I
Nurse Preceptorship II
Total Semester Credit Hours46


Clinical Nurse Leader Program of Study (40 semester credit hours)

Required Courses (20 SCH)
NURS 5013Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice3
NURS 5024Research and Quality Improvement in Nursing4
NURS 5003Health Policy and Health Promotion3
BIOL 5333Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 5663Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURS 5644Advanced Assessment/Differential Diagnosis4
Specialty Area Clinical Courses (20 SCH)
NURS 5016Clinical Nurse Leader I6
NURS 5026Clinical Nurse Leader II6
NURS 5034Clinical Nurse Leader Immersion Experience I4
NURS 5044Clinical Nurse Leader Immersion Experience II4
Total Semester Credit Hours40


Nursing Health Systems Management Program of Study (42 semester credit hours for major)

Required Courses (10 SCH)
NURS 5013Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice3
NURS 5024Research and Quality Improvement in Nursing4
NURS 5003Health Policy and Health Promotion3
Specialty Area Clinical Courses (14 SCH)
NURS 5544Organizational Assessment Practicum4
NURS 5543Outcomes Assessment Practicum3
NURS 5553Fiscal Assessment Practicum3
NURS 5554Health Systems Management Challenges and Opportunities4
Minor (18 SCH)
Select one of the following minors18
Minor: Health Care Administration
Performance Measurement and Quality in Health Care Administration
Strategic Organizational Theory in Healthcare
Economics of Health Care
Management Accounting for Health Care Organizations
Practicum Supporting Courses or Electives
Minor: Business
Management and Organization
Human Resource Administration
Management Operations
Practicum Supporting Course or Electives
Total Semester Credit Hours42


Nursing Education Program of Study (40 semester credit hours)

Required Courses (20 SCH)
NURS 5013Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice3
NURS 5024Research and Quality Improvement in Nursing4
NURS 5003Health Policy and Health Promotion3
NURS 5644Advanced Assessment/Differential Diagnosis4
BIOL 5333Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 5663Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Nursing Practice3
Specialty Area (20 SCH)
NURS 5203Theoretical Bases for Nursing Education3
NURS 5253Curriculum Design and Management in Nursing3
NURS 5273Measurement and Assessment in Nursing3
NURS 5294Teaching Practicum in Nursing4
NURS 5244Clinical Specialization: Nurse Educator4
NURS 5263Educational Communication and Technologies of Education3
or NURS 5283 Evaluation Models for Curriculum Management
Total Semester Credit Hours40