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Nursing Graduate Program

Department of Nursing Graduate Program

Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) Degree

  • Comprehensive M.S.N. Available Online 
  • FNP M.S.N. Available On-Campus Only 

MSN role specialization and CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Nursing Graduate Program offers the M.S.N education in two role specializations:

  • Comprehensive M.S.N. (Major Code 5703) 
    The Comprehensive M.S.N. program prepares students to function at an advanced nursing practice level in complex environments. This degree allows students to tailor their nursing education around specific role specializations. Students will take the advanced clinical nursing courses of Pathophysiology, Pharmacotherapeutics, and Advanced Assessment to enhance clinical practice at an advanced level. Praxis coursework is personalized to address each student's specific learning objectives as well as current national guidelines for practice at the graduate level. Graduates work in hospitals, outpatient settings, administrative positions, educator positions, and in collaborative practice with physicians and other health care providers, and schools of nursing. This program of study is available all online.
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) M.S.N. (Major Code 5707)
    A Nurse Practitioner is a registered nurse with advanced education who is able to assess, diagnoses (nursing and medical), manage (including prescribing), and evaluate care for persons who are ill, injured, and / or have chronic diseases. Health promotion and disease prevention are integral in the NP's practice. The FNP practices independently and autonomously within the nurse practitioner scope of practice, and collaboratively with physicians and other health care providers. The FNP specialization program prepares students for advanced practice nursing providing primary healthcare in diverse areas (e.g. underserved areas, clinics, occupational settings, independent practice.) This results in improved access to primary healthcare. The program is available on-campus only and graduates are eligible to sit for the Advanced Practice Family Nurse Practitioner Exam from the Board of Nursing.
  • POST Master Family Nurse Practitioner M.S.N. (Major Code 5702)
    The Post MSN FNP is designed as a certificate course of study that enables a practicing nurse who holds a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree to prepare for credentialing as an FNP. Upon completion of the prescribed course of study, the student's transcript indicates that he/she has completed the educational preparation as regulated by the Texas Board of Nursing. The students are eligible to take a national FNP certification exam.

 MSN admission information

  • Submit application to the Graduate School and the Graduate Nursing Program Application; (Nurs App Word Doc)
    •  Applications will be accepted beginning June 1 through September 1 to start the spring semester (January) each year.
      (Both applications have an application fee associated with them.)
  • The application process includes:
    • Applicant will have an unencumbered nursing license (RN)
    • Provide one official copy of all transcripts to the Graduate School.
      • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA for the last 60 hours of college credit of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Failure in any nursing coursework will be taken into consideration. A Nursing GPA will also be calculated and taken into consideration.
      • Applicants for the nurse practitioner role must document 2 years of experience as an RN. Applicants may submit a resume to document this requirement.
    • Applicants will be scheduled for a phone interview with the Associate Department head for Nursing Graduate Programs or a designee once application paperwork is complete.
    • Provide the Department of Nursing contact information for two clinical (non-academic clinical supervisor) references. This must be accomplished in a timely manner, so that responses from references can be included in the Committee's consideration.
    • Applicants will write a goal statement that will be evaluated based on:
      • Clear focus related to a goal statement
      • Supportive detail regarding the goal statement
      • Organization of goal statement (clear introduction, body and conclusion)
      • Clarity, grammar and punctuation
      • Goal statement is typed with a word count of between 500-750 words
    • Degree seeking students will have admission preference over non-degree seeking students (i.e. post-MSN FNP).

degree options/ future

Comprehensive MSN specialty areas include:

  • Nursing informatics
  • Quality improvement
  • Case management
  • Utilization management
  • Clinical coordinator
  • Holistic nursing
  • Patient/unit educator
  • Nursing management
  • School nursing
  • Community nursing
  • Instructor, school of nursing
  • Patient advocate 
  • Clinical specializations (e.g. pediatric, acute care, gerontologic)

FNPs practice in the following areas:

  • Primary Health care
  • Underserved access to healthcare areas
  • Clinics
  • Occupational settings
  • Independent practices

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MSN Wage Range (WTAMU) - $40,000 - $90,000

Median MSN Wage (TX) - $80,000

PLAN of study

Comprehensive role specialization coursework: NURS 6120, 6303, 6314, 6325, 6317, 6318, 6320, 6322, 6323, 6324, 6384 and three electives.
NOTE: If thesis option is selected, delete NURS 6120 and two electives and replace with NURS 6301 and 6302. (39-40 credit hours).

FNP role specialization courswork:  NURS 6120, 6303, 6315, 6316, 6317, 6318, 6320, 6384, 6611, 6712, 6713, 6490; (46 credit hours).

For course information, consult the University catalog.

contact us

For more information on the Nursing Graduate Program, please contact Deanna Moore at 806-651-2654 or dmoore@wtamu.edu.

For more information on the Graduate School, please contact Karen McKaskle at 806-651-2730 or KMckaskle@wtamu.edu.


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 program accreditation and what you will learn

The graduate program at WTAMU is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is based on the latest standards for nursing education. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be prepared to:
  • Integrate scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organization sciences for the continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings.
  • Recognize that organization and systems leadership are critical to the promotion of high quality and safe patient care..
  • Be articulate in the methods, tools, performance measures and standards related to quality.
  • Apply research outcomes within practice settings, work as a change agent, and disseminate results.
  • Use patient-care technologies to deliver and enhance care and use communication technologies to integrate and coordinate care.
  • Intervene at the systems level through policy development and advocacy strategies.
  • Communicate, collaborate and consult with other health professionals.
  • Integrate organizational skills for client-centered, culturally appropriate concepts in the planning, delivery, management and evaluation in prevention strategies for identified populations.
  • Integrate knowledge into practice.