Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN)

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The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner Program is designed to prepare the graduate to use an expanded skill, theory, research, and knowledge base in advanced practice nursing. The program emphasizes preparation of students to meet the dynamic needs of the international, multicultural, and multilingual society of the Rio Grande Valley. The curriculum promotes the development of advanced critical thinking and inter-collaborative skills to be used in conceptualizing, synthesizing, and evaluating nursing and health care.

  • Why UTRGV?

    • Ranked #79 among 300+ national universities by Washington Monthly in 2018
    • Accredited, cutting edge degree program
    • Experienced, dedicated faculty
    • Affordable tuition (ranked #1 in net price among natinal universities by Washington Monthly in 2018 and #3 most affordable university in America 2018 by BestValueSchools.com)
    • Demonstrated student success in research, professional certification and career advancement
  • Admission Requirements

    Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at www.utrgv.edu/gradapply. The university application fee of $50 ($100 for International Applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.

    Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to gradapps@utrgv.edu or mailed to:

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    The Graduate College
    Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
    1201 W. University Drive
    Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

     
    *Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

    Review and submit all Program Requirements:

    • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
    • Bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN)
    • Submission of a letter of intent.
    • Submission of resume.
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation
    • Successful completion of undergraduate statistics course.
    • Holding an unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse in the State of Texas
    • Cleared Criminal Background Check

    The following items are to be submitted after being accepted into the program:

    • Evidence of current immunizations required by the Texas Department of Health for students in health-related programs.

    Additional requirements for domestic applicants who attended foreign universities:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the Additional Documents for Domestic Applicants who Attend Foreign Universities section of our website.
    • Certified English translation of educational records.

    Additional requirements for international applicants:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. For additional information, visit the English Proficiency Exam section of our website.
    • Certified English translation of educational records.
    • Financial   Documentation  showing sufficient funds to cover all expenses (living and academic) for the first year of study. For additional information, visit the Financial Documentation section of our website.
    • Immigration  documents, including a current copy of your valid passport. For additional information, visit the Immigration Documents section of our website.

    UPDATE ON INTERNATIONAL ADMISSIONS FROM U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT:

    • SEVP regulations prohibit the issuance of a Form I-20 based on conditional admission, effective July 13, 2016. University officials can only issue a Form I-20 when students have met all standards for admission for the program of study listed on the Form I-20. These standards for admission include any English proficiency requirements.

  • Program Contact

    Program Coordinator: Dr. Beatriz Bautista

    Phone: (956) 665-3497

    Office: Edinburg Campus, EHABE 2225

    E-Mail: beatriz.bautista@utrgv.edu  

  • Deadlines

    Deadlines:

    Applications will be accepted year round and prospective students are encouraged to apply at least 2 months before classes start to ensure a timely application review.  Applying early will also give prospective students the best opportunity to be considered for scholarships and other possible funding opportunities.

    *Note: This program only admits applicants during Fall semester.

  • Course Requirements

    Program Requirements
    Required Courses 31
    NURS 6208: Nursing Informatics 2
    NURS 6209: Professional Nursing Issues 2
    NURS 6301: Theoretical Foundations in Nursing 3
    NURS 6302: Research in Nursing 3
    NURS 6303: Statistics in Nursing 3
    NURS 6304: Advanced Pathophysiology in Nursing 3
    NURS 6305: Advanced Health Assessment 3
    NURS 6306: Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
    NURS 6307: Health Care Policy, Organization And Financing 3
    NURS 6310: Advanced Practice Health Promotion 3
    NURS 6311: Advanced Practice Rural Health Nursing 3
     
    Practice Courses 14
     
    NURS 6247: Nurse Practitioner Role 2
    NURS 6612: Family Nurse Practitioner I 6
    NURS 6613: Family Nurse Practitioner II 6

     

    Students receiving a grade below “B” in any clinical course will not be allowed to progress in the program. Only one course in the curriculum can be repeated to earn a grade of ‘B’ or higher to progress.

    Capstone Requirement
    Choose one of the following options:
    Thesis 6
     
    NURS 7300: Thesis I - Proposal 3
    NURS 7301: Thesis II 3
     
    OR
    Project 3
     
    NURS 7302: Practice Intervention Project 3
     
    Total graduate hours for degree: 48/51
     
    Course Descriptions  

    NURS 6208: Nursing Informatics               [1‐3]

    This course provides the student the opportunity to use computer applications in nursing and healthcare.

    Prerequisite: Graduate student status.

    NURS 6209: Professional Nursing Issues              [2‐0]

    This course provides a forum for exploration and evaluation of concerns of contemporary nursing. The focus is the nursing profession and current major issues and problems concerning it. Social forces influencing changes in the nursing profession are analyzed in terms of historical antecedents and their current manifestations. National, state and regional political activity in nursing is also emphasized.

    Prerequisite: Graduate student status.

    NURS 6247: Nurse Practitioner Role              [1‐3]

    This course focuses on the five roles of the advanced practice nurse. Incorporated are concepts of peer review, legal parameters of quality practice, ethical practice, caring business management and accountability. Theoretical concepts related to role theory, feminist theory and andragogy are included.

    Prerequisite: Graduate student status, NURS 6305 and 6310.

    NURS 6301: Theoretical Foundations in Nursing              [3‐0]

    This course provides an examination of the philosophical and theoretical bases underlying concepts and operations inherent to nursing. Theories from behavioral, natural, social and applied sciences are considered with the aim of synthesis in the development and application to nursing theory.

    Prerequisite: Graduate student status.

    NURS 6302: Research in Nursing              [3‐0]

    This course enables the student to develop a research-oriented approach to the improvement of the profession of nursing. The logic, methods and techniques of the research process are explored from problem formulation to analysis and interpretation. Quantitative and qualitative methodologies are addressed. The student is provided the opportunity to recognize a researchable problem in nursing and to develop a plan for its study.

    Prerequisite: Graduate student status, NURS 6303 (or concurrent enrollment).

    NURS 6303: Statistics in Nursing              [2‐3]

    This course focuses on the understanding of statistics as it relates to the research process. Both descriptive and inferential statistics are addressed with computer applications to selected research questions and hypotheses.

    Prerequisite: Graduate student status, credit for or concurrent enrollment in NURS 6208.

    NURS 6304: Advanced Pathophysiology in Nursing              [3‐0]

    This course explores changes in normal cellular and tissue functions and related physiologic processes of the major body systems caused by disease and aging.

    Prerequisite: Graduate student status.

    NURS 6305: Advanced Health Assessment              [2‐3]

    This course presents the theoretical and clinical principles for advanced health assessment in specialty nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on physical, psychosocial and cultural assessment to develop a comprehensive health data base. Integration of theory is tested in the laboratory setting.

    Prerequisite: Graduate student status.

    NURS 6306: Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice              [3‐0]

    The focus of this course is the pharmacologic and pharmacokinetic principles used in the therapeutic management of common health care problems in clients across the life span. Development of scientifically based clinical pharmacologic management of selected health problems in emphasized.

    Prerequisite: Graduate student status.

    NURS 6307: Health Care Policy, Organization and Financing              [3‐0]

    This course focuses on health care policy, organization and financing. The advanced practice nurse’s role in the provision of quality cost-effective care, participation in design and implementation of health care in a variety of health care systems, and leadership in managing human, fiscal and physical health care resources is emphasized.

    Prerequisite: Graduate student status.

    NURS 6310: Advanced Practice Health Promotion              [2‐3]

    This course focuses on the assessment and management of essentially healthy children and adults, including pregnant women, in a variety of health care settings. Conceptualization of health, health promotion and disease prevention related to age and cultural values is explored. The Mexican-American cultural dynamics receive special emphasis. Age appropriate primary and secondary prevention and risk reduction strategies and their research base are examined.

    Prerequisite: Graduate student status.

    NURS 6311: Advanced Practice Rural Health Nursing              [2‐3]

    This course focuses on the role of the advanced practice nurse in coordination and delivery of primary health care in rural settings. Health care related problems specific to rural communities and the Mexican-American culture are explored through epidemiological methods. Health promotion interventions which are community centered, research based and culturally competent are identified. The effect of state and federal regulations on rural primary health care access and quality is analyzed.

    Prerequisite: Graduate student status.

    NURS 6612: Family Nurse Practitioner I              [2‐12]

    This course focuses on assessment, diagnosis and management of common episodic and chronic conditions of children and adults. Included is the study of their epidemiology, pathophysiology, symptom complexes and research-based treatments as well as appropriate patient education resources and protocol development. Attention is given to the integration and application of advanced health assessment skills, developmental and family theories, and health promotion strategies in the diagnostic and management processes of the advanced nurse practitioner role.

    Prerequisites: NURS 6311 and NURS 6247.

    NURS 6613: Family Nurse Practitioner II              [1‐15]

    This course provides the opportunity for the graduate student to integrate previously acquired knowledge into practice and to develop clinical expertise as a nurse practitioner. Assessment and management of additional selected health problems frequently seen in primary health care will be explored. Students will increase their responsibility for management of health and illness conditions as competence is validated by preceptors and faculty.

    Prerequisite: NURS 6612.

    NURS 7300: Thesis I Proposal               [3‐0]

    The student completes an individual research project under the direction and supervision of a graduate thesis committee. The thesis defended publicly and approved by a majority of the committee.

    Prerequisites: Credit for or concurrent enrollment in advanced practice clinical courses. NURS 6302 and Graduate student status.

    NURS 7301: Thesis II              [3‐0]

    As a continuation of Thesis I, the student completes an individual research project under the direction and supervision of a graduate thesis committee. The thesis is defended publicly and approved by a majority of the committee.

    Prerequisite: NURS 7300.

    NURS 7302: Practice Intervention Project              [3‐0]

    This course is required for non-thesis students. It involves delineation of a problem/issue/project related to the student’s clinical or functional area, review of pertinent literature and development of a proposed solution, along with implementation and evaluation. The student will give a written and oral presentation of the project to a selected audience. May be repeated for credit.

    Prerequisites: Credit for, or concurrent enrollment in NURS 6302.