Master of Science in Nursing (Nursing Education)

Nursing Education Program of Study (40 semester credit hours)

Required Courses
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
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 SCHs40

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).