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MSN Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner track prepares the graduate to practice as a primary care provider to a wide range of patients while focusing on health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention and illness management. The course instruction is delivered primarily online allowing students to balance career, family and other responsibilities while advancing their education.

Admitted students will be asked to travel to the Bryan-College Station campus for a one-day New Student Conference prior to the start of the program and a limited number of class activities. Advanced Health Assessment requires students to complete a total of 45 hours on the Bryan-College Station campus to meet the clinical objectives of the course as set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing for any MSN degree. Students will complete the clinical hours in two separate on-campus visits requiring overnight stays for students at a distance. Students will also be required to travel to campus one to two times during the semesters they complete Diagnostics and Procedures as well as their four (4) Primary Care courses.

Practice experiences with a preceptor may be obtained within the student's community of residence as long as the placement aligns with course objectives. The final decision on appropriate preceptor and clinical placement is determined by the FNP Program Coordinator. Nurse practitioners are preferred although physicians or physician assistants may serve in some courses. In the event the student does not have a clinical preceptor, the College will place them, however, this may involve travel and lodging at the student's expense. Further information on preceptors will be provided at orientation.

Applicants must reside in the state of Texas and hold an active, unencumbered RN license to be eligible to apply. Students who relocate out of state during the course of their enrollment may be unable to continue due to the regulations which many state boards of nursing impose regarding use of preceptors.

Upon completion of course requirements, graduates of the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program are eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Family Nurse Practitioner and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Exams to be licensed as an Advanced Practice Nurse.


The Traditional BSN, Second Degree BSN and MSN in Family Nurse Practitioner degree programs at Texas A&M University College of Nursing lead to a professional license or certification that is required for employment. Professional licensure/certification requirements vary from state to state, which may affect a student’s ability to apply for a professional license/certification upon the completion of the program. The U.S. Department of Education regulation, 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), requires an institution to disclose whether the program will fulfill educational requirements for licensure or certification for each state. Texas A&M University College of Nursing has made the following determination regarding our curriculum:

Program Meets State or U.S. Territory Requirements  Does not meet A determination has not been made
Bachelor of Science in Nursing TX, AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY, District of Columbia (DC), Virgin Islands (VI), American Samoa (AS), Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Guam (GU)   Puerto Rico (PR), Marshall Islands (MH), Federated States of Micronesia (FM), Palau (PW)
Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner TX, AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY, District of Columbia (DC), Puerto Rico (PR), Virgin Islands (VI), American Samoa (AS), Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Guam (GU)   Marshall Islands (MH), Federated States of Micronesia (FM), Palau (PW)
We recommend students contact the appropriate state licensing agency in their state or the state where they intend to work to seek the most up-to-date information about state licensure/certification requirements before beginning the program. 

MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

Full Time Curriculum - 6 Semesters

Semester

Curriculum

Hours

Summer

NURS 617 Advanced Pathophysiology

3

Fall

 

NURS 618 Advanced Pharmacology

NURS 621 Diagnostics and Procedures (16 CLH*)

NURS 653 Advanced Health Assessment (45 CLH*)

3

2

3

Spring

NURS 622 Primary Care of Families I (135 CLH*)

NURS 652 Scholarship: Integration and Application

6

3

Summer

NURS 624 Primary Care of Families III (135 CLH*)

NURS 654 Prevention and Population Health

6

3

Fall

NURS 623 Primary Care of Families II (135 CLH*)

NURS 651 Quality Improvement and Health Informatics

6

3

Spring

NURS 620 Advanced Roles

NURS 625 Primary Care of Families - Practicum (180 CLH*)

NURS 656 Leadership & Policy

3

4

3

 

TOTAL

48

*CLH = clinical learning hours. These reflect the courses that require practicum hours in addition to class time.

Part Time Curriculum - 8 Semesters

Semester


Curriculum

EFFECTIVE for new students entering fall 2018

Hours

Fall

NURS 617 Advanced Pathophysiology

NURS 651 Quality Improvement & Informatics

3

3

Spring

NURS 652 Scholarship: Integration and Application

NURS 656 Leadership & Policy

3

3

Summer

(10 week term)

NURS 654 Prevention and Population Health

3

Fall

NURS 653 Advanced Health Assessment

NURS 621 Diagnostics & Procedures

NURS 618 Advanced Pharmacology

3

2

3

Spring

NURS 622 Primary Care of Families I

6

Summer

NURS 624 Primary Care of Families III

6

Fall

NURS 623 Primary Care of Families II

6

Spring

NURS 625 Primary Care of Families - Practicum

NURS 620 Advanced Roles

4

3

 

TOTAL

48

 

Cost of Attendance

For cost of attendance including estimated cost of tuition & fees, books & supplies, housing, etc., please visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website.

Application Deadlines

The MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner track prepares the graduate to practice as a primary care provider to a wide range of clients while focusing on health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention and illness management. The majority of course instruction is delivered online allowing students to balance career, family and other responsibilities, while advancing their education.

When taking NURS 653 Advanced Health Assessment, students will be expected to attend two separate on-campus clinical experiences for a total of 45 hours to meet the clinical objectives of this course as set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing for any MSN degree. Each clinical experience will include three full days of activities requiring overnight stays for students at a distance. Students will also be required to come to campus on 1-2 occasions during the semesters they complete their Primary Care courses. Practice experiences with a preceptor may be obtained within the student's work environment. It is the responsibility of the student to secure preceptors. Nurse practitioners preferred although physicians or physician assistants may serve in some courses.

Applicants must reside in the state of Texas and hold an active, unencumbered RN license to be eligible to apply. Students who relocate out of state during the course of their enrollment may be unable to continue due to the regulations which many state boards of nursing impose regarding use of preceptors.

Upon completion of course requirements, graduates of the Masters program are eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Family Nurse Practitioner and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Exams.

 

Application Opening Date October 1
Application Deadline December 1
Mandatory Orientation July
First Class Day August
 
The MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner program starts in the fall only of each year; no spring or summer entry is available.

Admission Criteria

Admission to the college is competitive and applicants are evaluated on the following basis:

  • Completion of elementary statistics with a minimum grade of "C" by the first class day
  • Cumulative GPA on all undergraduate coursework
  • GPA on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework
  • Admission essay(s)
  • References - three academic and/or professional references
  • Volunteer/community/military service
  • Leadership/involvement/awards in professional activities
  • Preferred 1-2 years work experience as a baccalaureate RN
  • TOEFL score, required by international applicants only
  • Interview, if requested by Selection Committee
  • History of withdraws, repeats or failures will place applicant at a disadvantage

Application Requirements

  1. Bachelor of Science in nursing degree and Texas RN license
  2. Primary Application: NursingCAS application and nonrefundable application fee
  3. Secondary Application: Apply Texas application and nonrefundable application fee
  4. Official college transcripts from each institution attended (sent to NursingCAS)
  5. Completion of elementary statistics with a minimum grade of “C” by the first class day
  6. Personal statement essay (submitted in NursingCAS)
  7. Three professional reference evaluations (submitted in NursingCAS)
  8. Professional resume (submitted in NursingCAS)
  9. Recommended minimum 3.0 cumulative and last 60 hour GPA
  10. International applicant credentials (if applicable)
  11. Admissions Interview, if requested by Selection Committee

Prospective Student Information Sessions

Interested students are invited to attend a Prospective Student Information Session (PSIS) to learn more about our programs leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). These sessions will provide details on admission requirements, prerequisite coursework, student life, clinical experiences and other opportunities. Students are required to attend a PSIS prior to requesting an individual appointment.

  • Reservations are required to attend a session
  • Guests of registered attendees are welcome
  • Sessions last approximately an hour to an hour-and-a-half