Master of Science in Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)


A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) who holds a master’s or doctoral degree in a specific population focus.  These include family, adult-gerontology (primary or acute care), neonatal, pediatrics (primary or acute care), women’s health, or psychiatric-mental health populations.  Texas Woman’s University offers programs for family, adult-gerontology (primary and acute care), pediatric (primary care), and women’s health. 

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) provides care for patients of all ages and within many settings.  The FNP role focuses on health promotion and health maintenance of patients while also managing both common acute and chronic health conditions across the lifespan.  

The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) provides care to newborns through young adults for both common acute and chronic health conditions with an emphasis on growth and development.  Practice extends across a variety of settings.  While there are both primary and acute care programs, TWU prepares students for the primary care role. 

The Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) provides care for women extending from adolescence through adults. The TWU WHNP program prepares graduates to provide well-woman care, high-risk prenatal management, family planning, menopause, and fertility care. 

The Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner is prepared to function in a primary care role (AGPCNP) or an acute care role (AGACNP).  Texas Woman’s University offers both specialty tracks.  The AGPCNP provides acute, chronic, and preventative care for adults from adolescence through old age, typically in a primary care setting.  An AGACNP provides care for acute and severe episodes of illness, injury or trauma, and may continue care following the acute phase.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. Advance a culture of excellence through lifelong learning in the care setting.
  2. ​Navigate and integrate care services across the healthcare system.
  3. ​Design innovative nursing practices.
  4. ​Translate evidence into nursing practice.


All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.

This academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.

Degree Requirements

UPDATE: Current curriculum is under revision and subject to change effective Summer 2022.

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

46 semester credit hours (SCH).

Required Courses
BIOL 5333Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 5001Advanced Practice Nursing Seminar1
NURS 5002Advanced Practice Nursing Role2
NURS 5003Health Policy and Health Promotion3
NURS 5013Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice3
NURS 5024Research and Quality Improvement in Nursing4
NURS 5644Advanced Assessment/Differential Diagnosis4
NURS 5663Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Nursing Practice3
Total SCHs23

Complete One of the Following Tracks

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
NURS 5605Family Health Nursing II5
NURS 5615Family Health Nursing III5
NURS 5625Family Health Nursing I5
NURS 5683Family Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship I3
NURS 5695Family Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship II5
Total SCHs23
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
NURS 5305Child Health Nursing II5
NURS 5315Child Health Nursing III5
NURS 5325Child Health Nursing I5
NURS 5383Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship I3
NURS 5395Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship II5
Total SCHs23
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
NURS 5405Women's Health Nursing II5
NURS 5415Women's Health Nursing III5
NURS 5425Women's Health Nursing I5
NURS 5483Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship I3
NURS 5495Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship II5
Total SCHs23
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
NURS 5505Adult/Gerontology Nursing II5
NURS 5515Adult/Gerontology Nursing III5
NURS 5525Adult/Gerontology Nursing I5
NURS 5583Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship I3
NURS 5595Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship II5
Total SCHs23
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
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 SCHs23

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, or F) in two required courses at the graduate level or who has earned a grade of less than B (C, D, or F) 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 MSN 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, or F) 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.

Final Examination

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