Admits Terms: Spring Only
Credit Requirement: 54 credits
Enrollment Mode: Online, hybrid
Estimated Resident Tution $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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
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.
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 (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
RN to MSN - FNP Program Information
- Pacesetter BSN
- RN-Bridge (for ADN-prepared RNs)
- RN to BSN
- RN to MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
- RN to MSN - Nursing Leadership and Administration
- MSN and Post-Graduate
- Adult/Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
- Adult/Gero Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
- Emergency/Trauma Care (Post-Graduate only)
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Nursing Education
- Nursing Leadership
- Psychiatric Mental Health
- BSN to DNP
- Nurse Anesthesia
- Nurse Practitioner
- Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
- Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)