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Post-Master APN Certification

The School of Nursing offers a Post-master Certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse with a

Family Nurse Practitioner focus. The applicant must make an appointment with the program

director to determine any leveling work needed. Applicants must have a Master of Science in

Nursing degree from an accredited program and an unrestricted, current Texas RN license.

The applicants MSN transcript will be reviewed by the program director to determine course

requirements for completion. At a minimum, applicants must successfully complete the following





NURS 6442 Advanced Health Assessment

NURS 6434 Skills for the APN

NURS 6340 Role Development for Advanced Practice

Graduation Requirements

A student is eligible for graduation from the MSN program when the following criteria have been



Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.


Successful completion of all course work required for the chosen degree.

Time Limit

Students must complete all requirements for the degree within six years of the initial semester of

acceptance into the program. All course work must be completed to be able to participate in the

graduate commencement.


Note: By action of the Graduate Council and graduate faculty, all students must have a minimum

of 50% of their curriculum in 6000 level courses.

NURS 5340 Healthcare Missions

Elective nursing course exposing students to concepts in cross-cultural healthcare, and introducing

the concept of servant-leadership in that context. The course will lay the foundation of healthcare

strategies, which can be used to serve and evangelize in cross-cultural environments. Topics

include culture shock, transcultural nursing, and methods used to start and maintain healthcare

clinics in transcultural or faith based setting. Includes 25 clinical hours of a nursing mission


NURS 5430 Advanced Pathophysiology

Scientific concepts of pathophysiology essential to diagnostic reasoning, clinical decision making,

and management of disease states. Emphasis placed on concepts related to genetic, cellular,

biochemical pathophysiology and common disease processes affecting major systems. Course

designed to meet the educational needs of graduate nursing students.

NURS 6099 Special Topics (1–3 hours credit)

Designed to meet special needs of individuals or special students. Offered as needed. May be

repeated when topic is changed.

NURS 6330 Policies and Strategies for Advanced Healthcare Delivery

Focuses on health policy and the role of the health professions in the development,

implementation, and influence on advanced healthcare delivery. Factors influencing health policy

to be addressed include: ethics, demographics, delivery, social, political, scientific, fiscal, and

other concerns. Health policy is analyzed in relation to cost-effectiveness or cost-benefit ratio. The