Family Nurse Practitioner MSN

Shelly Hanko, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, MSN Coordinator
Phone: 903-886-5315, Fax 903-886-5729
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Master of Science in Nursing in Family Nurse Practitioner

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program prepares graduates with a fuller understanding of the discipline of nursing, enabling a higher level of practice and leadership in a variety of settings.  MSN education has a foundation encompassing advanced health assessment, advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, and health promotion/population health as well as a core promoting the advancement of the nursing profession through research and theory.  This MSN program role focus is the Family Nurse Practitioner who is prepared to meet the increasing demand for primary care. Students complete courses in their role as well as courses in the advanced specialty area.  The program has online courses with intensive days.  Clinical experiences are conducted as traditional, hands-on practice in a variety of clinical settings, enabling the student to acquire competence with their new knowledge and skills.  Degree completion requires a Practice Intervention Project paper and presentation.  Prospective students must have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a nationally accredited nursing program as well as a current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in order to be admitted.  Graduates will be prepared to sit for national certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  Master’s nursing education equips Registered Nurses with a mastery of their chosen specialty area as well as the graduate foundation for doctoral education. 

Family Nurse Practitioner

NURS 5301Theoretical Foundations in Nursing3
NURS 5302Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 5303Pharmacology for Advanced Practice3
NURS 5304Health Promotion and Population Health3
NURS 5207Informatics in Health Care2
NURS 5312Advanced Nurse Practice Role3
NURS 5209Issues in Advanced Practice2
NURS 5305Advanced Health Assessment3
NURS 5306Translational Research in Nursing (3 semester hours required)3
NURS 5307Primary Care Procedures3
NURS 5621Primary Care I6
NURS 5622Primary Care II6
NURS 5310Health Care Policy, Organization, and Financing3
NURS 6300Practice Intervention Project3
Total Hours46

Note:  Successful completion of the Comprehensive Exam Project is required of all students.

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