Master of Science in Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

All students complete a minimum of 46 semester credit hours.

Required Courses
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
NURS 5625Family Health Nursing I5
NURS 5605Family Health Nursing II5
NURS 5615Family Health Nursing III5
NURS 5683Family Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship I3
NURS 5695Family Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship II5
Total SCHs46

Special Requirements for all Master’s Degrees

  1. A grade of B or higher must be achieved 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 MS 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 APRN 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 must have been completed no more than 15 years earlier.

Final Examination

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

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

All students complete a minimum of 46 semester credit hours.

Required Courses
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
NURS 5325Child Health Nursing I5
NURS 5305Child Health Nursing II5
NURS 5315Child Health Nursing III5
NURS 5383Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship I3
NURS 5395Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship II5
Total SCHs46

Special Requirements for all Master’s Degrees

  1. A grade of B or higher must be achieved 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 MS 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 APRN 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 must have been completed no more than 15 years earlier.

Final Examination

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

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

All students complete a minimum of 46 semester credit hours.

Required Courses
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
NURS 5425Women's Health Nursing I5
NURS 5405Women's Health Nursing II5
NURS 5415Women's Health Nursing III5
NURS 5483Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship I3
NURS 5495Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship II5
Total SCHs46

Special Requirements for all Master’s Degrees

  1. A grade of B or higher must be achieved 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 MS 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 APRN 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 must have been completed no more than 15 years earlier.

Final Examination

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

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

All students complete a minimum of 46 semester credit hours.

Required Courses
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
NURS 5525Adult/Gerontology Nursing I5
NURS 5505Adult/Gerontology Nursing II5
NURS 5515Adult/Gerontology Nursing III5
NURS 5583Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship I3
NURS 5595Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship II5
Total SCHs46

Special Requirements for all Master’s Degrees

  1. A grade of B or higher must be achieved 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 MS 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 APRN 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 must have been completed no more than 15 years earlier.

Final Examination

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

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

All students complete a minimum of 46 semester credit hours.

Required Courses
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
NURS 5005Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I5
NURS 5015Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II5
NURS 5025Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner III5
NURS 5083Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship I3
NURS 5095Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship II5
Total SCHs46

Special Requirements for all Master’s Degrees

  1. A grade of B or higher must be achieved 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 MS 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 APRN 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 must have been completed no more than 15 years earlier.

Final Examination

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