Admission Criteria

To be admitted to the Post Master’s FNP Certificate program, prospective candidates must first meet all requirements for graduate admission to UT Rio Grande Valley, as well as the other requirements listed below:

  • A Master’s or doctoral degree in nursing from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited program in nursing
  • An Advanced Health Assessment course equivalent to UTRGV SON NURS 6305 within the last 3 years*
  • An Advanced Pharmacology course equivalent to UTRGV SON NURS 6306 within the last 3 years*
  • An Advanced Pathophysiology course equivalent to UTRGV SON NURS 6304 within the last 3 years*
  • A current unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the State of Texas
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • An official transcript from all colleges and universities attended
  • Three (3) letters of professional recommendations
  • A written statement of purpose (letter of intent).
  • A current resume/curriculum vitae
  • A cleared criminal background check
  • Evidence of current immunizations required by the Texas Department of Health for students in health-related academic programs

*The Graduate Admission, Progression and Graduation Committee requires that the applicant submit course syllabus to determine equivalency to UTRGV Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) FNP course. MSN-prepared Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) certified as adult nurse practitioners, women’s health nurse practitioners, pediatric nurse practitioners or acute care nurse practitioners and currently practicing in their areas may have these courses waived from the admission requirements after applications have been assessed by this committee.

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