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Program Requirements

Master of Science in Nursing Program Requirements

The University of Houston offers a Master of Science in Nursing degree. The Master of Science in Nursing program is designed to build upon the BSN degree. Students in this program are prepared to function at advanced levels with an expanded knowledge of theory, research and clinical application. Graduates are prepared to provide evidenced based health care and to work on collaborative teams. Each graduate will be able to function in an advanced practice role as a Nurse Administrator, Nurse Educator, and Family Nurse Practitioner. Nurses who have a master's degree in another discipline or who wish to be eligible for the Certified Nurse Educator exam may take the post master's educator certificate courses.

The number of MSN students admitted each year is determined by availability of appropriate qualified faculty and/or clinical resources. Applicants are reviewed on an individual basis. Applicants to the graduate nursing programs must meet all requirements for graduate admission as described in the admissions section of the university catalog. International students must have a minimum score of 89 on the TOEFL.

Criteria for Admission

Criteria have been established by the faculty against which each applicant is evaluated for admission. The purpose is to predict individual potential to succeed at the MSN level. It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit all necessary documentation to NursingCAS by the published deadline for admission consideration to the MSN program. Categories of admission are determined by the degree of criteria met.

1. Apply for graduate admission through NursingCAS.

2. Completion of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from an institution accredited professionally and by one of the six recognized regional accrediting associations as described in the ADMISSIONS section of the university catalog.

3. Evidence of current, unencumbered, valid licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Texas. This may be printed from the Board of Nursing website and uploaded into the NursingCAS application.

4. Official transcripts from each institution attended reflecting a grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 point scale on coursework completed, and the baccalaureate (or higher) degree conferred, sent directly from each institution to NursingCAS.

Mail Documents to:

NursingCAS

P.O. Box 9201

Watertown, MA 02471

5. Applicants to the MSN program must provide a one page personal statement.  The personal statement should include information about your education and experience as a professional nurse to date, why you are interested in graduate education, your career goals are for the next five (5) years, why you choose UH for your graduate education, and what contributions you plan to make to our mission at UH College of Nursing and to advanced nursing practice. This document will be uploaded into the NursingCAS application. Include a resume.

6. An interview will be required.

7. Official Score(s) of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT). UH College of Nursing graduates may qualify for a waived Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) through 2018 if G.P.A. is 3.3 or higher.

8. Two letters of recommendation: one from a university faculty and one from an employer. Applicants will follow the NursingCAS References process.

9.Professional work experience as defined by individual tracks.  It is preferred all FNP applicants have a minimum one (1) year of experience as a baccalaureate prepared registered nurse.

10. Applicants must satisfy the UH College of Nursing Policy for Clinical Readiness Requirements.

MSN REQUIRED CORE COURSES - Nurse Administration and Nurse Education (18 hours)

COURSE # COURSE TITLE Hours
NURS 6301 Advanced Nursing Research and Integrated Evidence Based Practice 3
NURS 6306 Policy, Role & Economics 3
NURS 6320 Healthcare Informatics 3
NURS 6332 Biostatistics 3
NURS 6333 Population Health 3
NURS 6351 Evidence-based Practice Project 3

ACADEMIC CONCENTRATION Nurse Administration (18 hours)

COURSE # COURSE TITLE Hours
NURS 6309 Advanced Leadership and Management 3
NURS 6316 Healthcare Organizational Behavior 3
NURS 6317 Human Resource Management in Healthcare 3
NURS 6318 Healthcare Delivery Systems & Organization 3
NURS 6319 Healthcare Policy, Finance, and Economics 3
NURS 6321 Leadership Practicum 3

Total Program Requirements

Required Core Nursing Courses

18 hours

Academic Concentration 18 hours
Total 36 hours

ACADEMIC CONCENTRATION – Nurse Education (24 hours)

COURSE # COURSE TITLE Hours
NURS 6312 Measurement and Evaluation in Nursing Education 3
NURS 6313 Theories and Methods of Teaching and Learning in Nursing 3
NURS 6314 Development of Nursing Curriculum 3
NURS 6330 Advanced Diagnostic Physical Examination 3
NURS 6331 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NURS 6335 Management of Health Disorders in Adults 3
NURS 6336 Management of Health Disorders in Adults Clinical 3
NURS 6338 Advanced Pathophysiology 3

Total Program Requirements

Required Core Nursing Courses 18 hours
Academic Concentration 24 hours
Total 42 hours

MSN REQUIRED CORE COURSES - Family Nurse Practitioner (15 hours)

COURSE # COURSE TITLE Hours
NURS 6301 Advanced Nursing Research and Integrated Evidence Based Practice  3
NURS 6306 Policy, Role & Economics 3
NURS 6320 Healthcare Informatics 3
NURS 6332 Biostatistics 3
NURS 6333 Population Health 3

ACADEMIC CONCENTRATION – Family Nurse Practitioner (32 hours)

COURSE # COURSE TITLE Hours
NURS 6230 Diagnostic Tests and Procedures 2
NURS 6330 Advanced Diagnostic Physical Examination 3
NURS 6331 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NURS 6335 Management of Health Disorders in Adults 3
NURS 6336 Management of Health Disorders in Adults Clinical 3
NURS 6338 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NURS 6345 Management of Health Disorders in Women and Children 3
NURS 6346 Management of Health Disorders in Women and Children Clinical 3
NURS 6355 Management of Health Disorders Across the Lifespan in Diverse Settings 3
NURS 6356 Management of Health Disorders Across the Lifespan in Diverse Settings Clinical 3
NURS 6366 FNP Capstone Clinical 3

Total Program Requirements

Required Core Nursing Courses 15 hours
Academic Concentration 32 hours
Total   47 hours

*Post Master's Certificate in Nursing Education (9 hours)
Students who desire this additional certificate are required to complete the Nurse Administration requirements, in addition to the courses listed below:

COURSE # COURSE TITLE Hours
NURS 6312 Measurement and Evaluation in Nursing Education 3
NURS 6313 Theories and Methods of Teaching and Learning in Nursing 3
NURS 6314 Development of Nursing Curriculum 3

*Post Master's Certificate in Nursing Administration (9 hours)

Students who desire this additional certificate are required to complete the Nurse Administration requirements, in addition to the courses listed below:

COURSE # COURSE TITLE Hours
NURS 6309 Advanced Leadership and Management 3
NURS 6317 Human Resource Management in Healthcare 3
NURS 6319 Healthcare Policy, Finance, and Economics 3

*Post Master’s certificate candidates are required to achieve a grade of B or higher in all post MSN certificate courses to be eligible to receive the certificate.

 For additional information regarding tuition and fees, textbook information, and the School of Nursing Clinical Readiness Policy, please refer to the Student Resources page.