RN to MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner

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Program Quick Facts

Admits Terms: On Hold

Credit Requirement: 54 credits

Enrollment Mode: Online, hybrid

Estimated Resident Tuition $19,625

Class Size: No more than ten (10) per cohort

About the Program

The demand for primary care services in the State of Texas is expected to increase over the next decade and research suggests that nurse practitioners (NPs) are competent professionals who can deliver primary care services, particularly in underserved areas. This innovative program is aimed to produce quality graduates who will meet the needs of our diverse communities. Associate degree-prepared RNs who are looking to obtain their Family Nurse Practitioner MSN degree are invited to apply to this unique opportunity which is one of only a handful of programs offered in the country. An associate degree RN can complete their RN-FNP program in 54 credits over six (6) to seven (7) semesters attending as a full-time student.

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. 

Curriculum Plan

Bridge Courses
N5594W Synthesis for RNs 4
N5592W Management and Leadership  4
N5593W Community Health Practice for RNs 3
N5593B Community Health Project for RNs-Clinical  2
General Core Courses
N6104W Nursing Informatics: Introduction to Concepts and Health Information Technologies 2
N6106W Nursing Research and Epidemiology for Evidence-Based Practice 3
N6105W Evaluation and Application 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 54

Admission Requirements and Deadlines 

Per the regulations defining the amount of allowable online course credits, UTHealth is unable to sponsor RN to MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner students requiring an F-1 visa. Additionally, students must personally reside in the state of Texas prior to the first day of class. 

Applications are currently being accepted for Spring 2021. Interested students are encouraged to apply online. The admissions requirements are as follows: 

  • Associate degree in nursing earned from an accredited program.
  • Active RN license.          
  • 60 hours of nursing prerequisites with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale. All prerequisites must be completed with an earned grade of C or higher.
  • 3.0 GPA or higher in the science prerequisites of Chemistry, Microbiology, and Anatomy and Physiology I and II.
  • Three (3) academic/professional references. Supply individual references with an applicant letter of reference form (pdf).
  • Professional curriculum vitae or resume.
  • One year clinical experience as a registered nurse.

The faculty reserves the right to require an interview of qualified applicants; all interviews are by invitation. Writing samples may also be required at the time of interview. 

Student-Centered Support

Each RN-FNP student is assigned an advisor/faculty mentor at the time of enrollment in both the BSN and MSN programs. Additionally, the university has staff available in the Student Success Center that can assist with writing, studying technique, study resources, and general academic support.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The School of Nursing is proud of its commitment to nursing education through the offering of merit and need-based scholarships and grants. Students interested in scholarship support are encouraged to submit the Cizik School of Nursing Scholarship Application after an admission application has been submitted.


Q: Can I apply if I have less than the one year of experience at the time of application?

A: Yes, the one-year requirement has to be met by the time the program starts. If you will have less than twelve months' experience at the start of the program, please discuss this with the faculty during your admissions interview.

Q: How much on-campus time is required for the RN-FNP Bridge Program?

A: The RN-BSN and FNP courses are online. The FNP program has limited on-campus time for labs and simulation in select semesters. On-campus requirements will be communicated well in advance in order for you to make adjustments to your work schedule.

Q: Is a part-time enrollment option offered?

A: No, this unique program is only designed for full-time enrollment.

Q: If I find the program too demanding, can I withdraw at the point I've earned my BSN? 

A: The RN-FNP program is fully integrated and does not allow for a BSN exit. If a student requests to withdraw from the program before completion they must consult with the RN-BSN faculty regarding admission to that program. 


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 (