Master of Science in Nursing and Post-Graduate
Family Nurse Practitioner


Program Quick Facts

  • MSN and Post-Graduate Admit Terms: Summer, Fall, and Spring
  • Credit Requirement: 41 for the MSN; 29-33 for the Post-Graduate
  • Enrollment Mode: Curriculum includes both online and on-campus courses
  • Enrollment Level: Complete in 5-7 semesters
  • Estimated Total Cost: $16,482

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program prepares graduates to care for individuals and families and across the lifespan with a focus on primary care in outpatient settings. There is a strong emphasis on health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention, and illness management. The clinical component provides interdisciplinary experiences working with other healthcare providers in caring for individuals and their families.

FNP students at UTHealth participate in 660 precepted clinical hours that prepare them to be skilled practitioners. Graduates are eligible to take the FNP certification examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB). 

Graduates of the advanced practice degrees are eligible to take national certification exams and eligible for licensure as an Advanced Practice Nurse in Texas  Requirements for other states vary and graduates should check individual state requirements prior to applying for an advanced practice status or license. 

The School offers both a Master of Science in Nursing and also a Post-Graduate completion program. The Post-Master’s program is customized depending upon previously completed graduate coursework. Students admitted to the FNP Post-Master’s program will create a degree plan with their academic advisor.

Also, after being admitted to the FNP track, students can apply to concurrently enroll in the Emergency/Trauma Care Post-Graduate program.

An academic advisor is assigned at the time of admission. The student and the academic advisor together will complete a degree plan to specify which courses are to be taken to complete the degree requirements.

Sample Curriculum

General MSN Core Courses 
N6104W Nursing Informatics: Introduction to Concepts & Health Information Technologies 2
N6106W Nursing Research & Epidemiology for Evidence-Based Practice  3
N6105W Evaluation and Application of Research  3
Advanced Practice Core Courses
N5529W Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing  3
N6151W Advanced Pathophysiology 3
N6152W Advanced, Physical Examination/Differential Diagnosis 2
N6152B Advanced Physical Examination/Differential Diagnosis Lab 1
N6551W Diagnostic Tests and Procedures 2
N6165W Advanced Practice Role in Population Health 3
N6154W Transition to Advanced Practice Nursing  2
Track Courses 
N6194W Family Nurse Practitioner I 3
N6194B Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical I 3
N6195W Family Nurse Practitioner II 3
N6195B Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical II 4
N6752 Family Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship 4
Total Credits 41

Note: 1 semester hour of credit is earned for:

Student Support

Each student will be assigned an academic advisor at the time of admission to the program. The student and the academic advisor will complete a degree plan to specify which courses will be taken to complete the degree requirements. Degree plan policy and procedures may be found in MSN Program Policy G5320 (pdf).

Additional details on preceptorships are available for review in the Preceptor Guidelines. This webpage provides an outline of criteria for selection of preceptors and clinical sites, as well as the roles and responsibilities of the student, preceptor, faculty, and clinical site in the precepted clinical experience.

Tuition and Financial Assistance 

Cizik School of Nursing is proud of its commitment to graduate education through the offering of merit and need-based scholarships and grants. The application process is competitive and begins during the application review cycle. To be considered for a Cizik SON award, please submit the School of Nursing Scholarship Application after applying for admission. To receive the greatest amount of consideration, interested students are encouraged to apply by the MSN priority application deadline date. 

Admissions Process

Prospective students interested in applying must follow the MSN or Post-Graduate admission requirements. To be considered for the FNP, students must also:

  • have at least one of the three required recommendations include a faculty reference from the BSN program
  • have RN experience in a clinical setting


Q: Do I have to have completed the one year of experience before the application deadline?
A: This is generally true; however, each file is subjectively reviewed by the track director, who can make exceptions if only a small amount of work experience is missing.

Q: I’m interested in the Emergency/Trauma concentration, how do I apply?
A: After you are accepted into the FNP program, students then schedule a meeting with the Emergency/Trauma Care coordinator to interview.

Q: How long will it take me to complete the program?
A: Full-time students typically complete in five (5) semesters, while part-time students complete in 6-7 semesters.

Q: How are clinicals arranged?
A: Clinicals are arranged collaboratively between student and advisor. The School has already arranged many sites; however, if location is an issue, the student and advisor work together to find a suitable site.

Q: Can I work?
A: The School does not prevent students from working; however, students who are enrolling full-time are encouraged to evaluate their school/work/life balance before making that decision. Some students at the School work full-time and go to school full-time; however, most working students will choose the part-time option.

Q: How many times a week should I expect to be on-campus?
A: Most of the FNP courses are online; however, students must come to campus typically once a month (4 times per semester) to demonstrate skills. Exams are offered online through a third-party vendor, but students can also choose to take exams on-campus.

Q: What times of the day are the clinicals?

A: Clinical courses take place Monday-Friday, typically between 8-5, because of primary care and outpatient facility hours of operation. When students reach the clinical courses, they should anticipate being in clinicals 2-3 days a week.


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program, Doctor of Nursing practice program, and post graduate APRN certificate programs at the Cizik School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Track Coordinators

Kala A Christopherson, DNP, RN, FNP-C

Track Co-Coordinator, Family Nurse Practitioner (Email)

Sydnee Lucas, DNP, RN, FNP-BC

Track Co-Coordinator, Family Nurse Practitioner (Email)