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 6451 FNP I
NURS 6452 FNP II
NURS 6453 FNP III
NURS 6442 Advanced Health Assessment
NURS 6434 Skills for the APN
NURS 6340 Role Development for Advanced Practice
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.
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
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