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Master of Science In Nursing
(MSN) Degree

Purpose

The Master of Science in Nursing Program prepares nurses for advanced nursing practice. There are seven tracks available at this time:  Administrative Management, Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), Nursing Education, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG_ACNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care (PNP-PC) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).

Students without a BSN can enter the Alternate Entry Master's track for ADN/Diploma RNs.  Students complete 21 semester credits of undergraduate level coursework while beginning their graduate level courses to earn the Master's degree.

MSN-prepared nurses interested in obtaining a post-graduate certificate as a Nurse Practitioner may apply to take appropriate coursework depending on their previous graduate level courses.  Total semester credit hours needed for completion of the post-graduate certificate is determined on a case by case basis on admission.

MSN Tracks Offered:

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Nursing Program (MSN) students will:

  1. Integrate scientific findings from nursing and related sciences, including genetics and genomics, into the delivery of advanced nursing care to populations in diverse settings.
  2. Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership to assure ethical and critical decision-making at all systems’ levels for quality and patient safety.
  3. Incorporate performance improvement strategies for quality, safety, and patient-centered care delivery.
  4. Use improvement science to achieve optimal patient care and care environment outcomes.
  5. Integrate meaningful and usable information systems and healthcare technologies to support safe, quality patient care and healthcare systems effectiveness.
  6. Advocate for policy changes that influence healthcare at appropriate levels.
  7. Lead interprofessional teams using collaborative strategies to effect quality patient care and population health outcomes.
  8. Analyze and incorporate broad ecological and social health determinants to design and deliver evidence-based clinical prevention and population healthcare and services to individuals, families, and aggregates/identified populations.
  9. Integrate the advanced competencies expected of a master’s prepared nurse to design, deliver, and evaluate outcomes of systems of care for individuals, families, and diverse populations.

Admissions Information:

MSN Flyer: Master of Science in Nursing
PhD Flyer: Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

Contact:

The Office of Nursing Admissions &
Student Services
SONadmission@uthscsa.edu
210-567-5805
877-235-0341 Toll-free