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Program Quick Facts

Admits Terms: Fall, Spring, and Summer

Credit Requirement: 54 credits

Enrollment Mode: Online

Enrollment Level: Full-time only

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

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. To meet this need, starting in the Summer 2018, the Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth will open the RN-FNP Program. This innovative program is aimed to produce quality graduates that 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 5 semesters attending as a full-time student.

Curriculum Plan

Course #Course TitleHours
N6151 W Advanced Pathophysiology 3
N5592W Management and Leadership  4
N5593W Community Health Practice for RNs 3
N5593B Community Health Project for RNs-Clinical  2
N5529 W Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing  3
N6152 W  Advanced Physical Examination and Differential Diagnosis 2
N6152 B Advanced Physical Examination and Differential Diagnosis Lab 1
N5594W Synthesis for RNs 4
N6194 W Family Nurse Practitioner I
N6194 B Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical I 3
N6551 W Diagnostic Tests and Procedures 2
N6106 W Clinical and Epidemiologic Research 
N6195 W Family Nurse Practitioner II 3
N6195 B Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical II  4
N6165 W  Advanced Practice Role in Population Health  3
N6752 Family Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship  4
N6154 W Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice  2
N6105 W Evaluation and Application of Research  3
N6104 W  Informatics and Healthcare Technologies  2
Total 54

Admission Requirements and Deadlines 

The Summer 2018 application deadline is April 1, 2018. The admissions requirements are as follows: 

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

Student-Centered Support

Each RN-FNP student is assigned an advisor/faculty mentor at the time of enrollment in both the BSN and MSN program. 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. Two (2) RN to FNP Bridge Program scholarships will be offered to students entering into the inaugural Summer 2018 class. The application process is competitive and begins during the application review cycle.

Students interested in a RN-FNP scholarship 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 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 100% online. The FNP program has limited on-campus time for skills demonstration 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.