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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.

Students are asked to come to Bryan-College Station for a limited number of class activities. On-campus clinical hours are required to meet the clinical objectives as set forth by the American Association of Schools of Nursing for any MSN degree. Students will be expected to attend on-campus clinical experiences for NURS 653 Advanced Health Assessment to complete the required 45 clinical hours in two separate on-campus visits.

Students will also be required to travel to campus one to two times during the semesters they complete diagnostics and procedures and their four 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, but physicians or physician assistants may serve in some courses. If a student does not have a clinical preceptor, the school will place them; however, this may involve travel and lodging at the student's expense. Further information on preceptors is 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 registered nurse (APRN) 


 

The following programs may 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. The administrative departments that offer the programs have made the following determination regarding their curriculum.

Program Meets State or U.S. Territory Requirements  Does not meet A determination has not been made
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Traditional, Second Degree) 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)
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)
Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health 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)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. Review additional licensing board information.

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 Attendence

For cost of attendance, including estimated cost of tuition and fees, books and supplies, housing, etc., visit the Aggie One Stop website.

Application Deadlines

Application Opening Date Oct. 1
Application Deadline Jan. 1
Mandatory Orientation April 26, 2024
First Class Day August
 
If you have not received an admission decision through Nursing CAS by April 1 for fall admission, call (979) 436-0110 and ask to speak with an admissions advisor to check on the status of your application.

Admission Criteria

  • Completion of elementary statistics with a minimum grade of "C" by the first class day
  • Cumulative GPA on all undergraduate coursework
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and RN license
  • GPA on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework
  • Timed verbal responses and written assessments
  • 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
  • History of withdrawals, repeats or failures will place applicant at a disadvantage
  • Interview, if requested by Graduate Admissions, Progression and Graduation Committee

Application Requirements

  1. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and RN license.
  2. NursingCAS application and nonrefundable application fee.
  3. Official School transcripts from each institution attended sent to NursingCAS. This includes Texas A&M University, if applicable.
  4. Completion of elementary statistics with a minimum grade of “C” by the first class day.
  5. Online interview and online written assessments through the secondary assessment provider, Kira Talent. Eligible applicants will be sent invitations to complete this portion following review of their NursingCAS application.
  6. Three professional reference evaluations (submitted in NursingCAS).
  7. Professional resume (submitted in NursingCAS).
  8. Recommended minimum 3.0 cumulative and last 60 hour GPA.
  9. International applicant credentials (if applicable).

Information Sessions

Interested students are invited to attend an information session to learn more about our programs of study. These sessions provide details on admission requirements, prerequisite coursework, student life, clinical experiences and other opportunities. Students are required to attend an information sessions prior to requesting an individual appointment.

  • Reservations are required to attend a session.
  • Guests of registered attendees are welcome.
  • Sessions last approximately 60-90 minutes.