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Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner Online

31-36 Months

46 Credit Hours

$30,084 Tuition

Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN – FNP) Online

Quick Facts

31-36 Months

46 Credit Hours

$30,084 Tuition

About the Program

This program is offered to Texas and California residents only

NEW! Resources for Clinical Requirements

The clinical requirements included in the FNP program are intended to provide students with the experiential learning opportunities to enable them to transition successfully into the role of the nurse practitioner. An essential part of each clinical experience is active, hands-on practice, guided by a licensed and certified preceptor with expertise in the therapeutic management of patients and their families.

Our resources for clinical requirements include clinical objectives and preceptor guidelines.

For more information, see Courses.


This FNP online program prepares you to take your nursing practice from bedside focused hospital care to caring for the overall health of patients at all points within the lifespan. By developing research, diagnostic and clinical skills, the UT Arlington MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner program will prepare you to assume the role of a healthcare treatment provider and health management resource for diverse groups of patients in a wide variety of clinical settings. ANCC National Certification Examination pass rates exceed 97%.

UT Arlington's online MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner includes these key elements:

  • Intensive training in evidence-based primary care practice specific to the health management needs of patients and families at each stage of life
  • Specialized knowledge in the areas of pharmacology, diagnostics, health assessment, advanced research and clinical management
  • Clinical experiences in your local area that fully prepare you to assume a role as an advanced practice primary care nurse
  • Flexibility to allow you to take full or part time course work. Take one or two courses at a time and complete the program at the pace that matches your lifestyle.

Please note that the MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner program is currently available to Texas and California nurses only

Tips For Success

Due to the rigorous nature of the graduate nursing program and the time commitment of the coursework and clinical, students can expect to spend a significant amount of time studying and preparing required assignments. Generally, a student will be expected to spend 5 hours per week outside the class room for every 1 credit hour the course is worth. This means a 3 credit hour class would require approximately 15 hours per week of student study time. Given this, it is strongly recommended that accepted applicants limit work schedules to keep up with the academic rigor of the program.

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Online Courses

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Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A critical examination of the philosophical and theoretical bases for nursing science.

Duration: 11 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on developing an advanced knowledge base of pathophysiology. Principles of biochemistry, molecular biology and nutrition are applied to disease processes. Clinical Hours: 0 hours

Duration: 11 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of clinical pharmacological therapeutics for advanced nursing practice. Prerequisites: NURS 5315 or Certificate Program standing.

Duration: 11 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Apply theoretical foundations and clinical skills in comprehensive health assessment across the lifespan. Prerequisite: NURS 5315. Clinical Hours: 90 hours (Lab)

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A theory and clinical procedures course designed for the Advanced Practice Nurse to acquire skills and procedures in the clinical management of selected patients. Prerequisite: NURS 5315 and NURS 5334. Clinical Hours: 45 hours (Lab)

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Theory and application of the multiple roles of the advanced practice nurse within the healthcare system.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on integration of theoretical and empirical principles of nursing research to generate evidence for nursing practice.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on preparation to implement evidence-based change in practice. Prerequisite: Graduate standing—NURS 5327 and NURS 5336.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on advanced concepts and knowledge for nurse practitioner primary care management of designated acute, chronic and complex health problems of individuals and families across the lifespan. Particular emphasis will be on pediatric wellness, women’s health, men’s health, and geriatrics concepts and conditions.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on advanced concepts and knowledge for nurse practitioner primary care management of designated acute, chronic and complex health problems of individuals and families across the lifespan. Particular emphasis will be on renal, neurological, infectious disease, cardiac, vascular, ophthalmology, and hematology concepts and conditions.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on advanced concepts and knowledge for nurse practitioner primary care management of designated acute, chronic and complex health problems of individuals and families across the lifespan. Particular emphasis will be on adult wellness, psychiatric, cardiometabolic, and ENT/Respiratory concepts and conditions.

Duration: 11 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Clinical Hours: 180 Hours

Duration: 11 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Clinical Hours: 180 Hours

Duration: 14 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 6

Clinical preceptorships in selected health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills and concepts in a guided, progressive context of advanced nursing practice. Prerequisite: NURS 5466, NURS 5467, NURS 5373, NURS 5374, and GPA 3.0 or better.

Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical Course Objectives and Preceptor Guidelines (Overview)

Clinical experiences are intended to provide students in the online-enabled FNP program with experiential learning opportunities to enable them to transition successfully into the role of the Nurse Practitioner. An essential part of each clinical experience is active, hands-on practice, guided by a licensed and certified preceptor with expertise in the therapeutic management of patients and their families.

Successful fulfillment of clinicals requires following these steps:

  1. Completion of an orientation during the last 5 weeks of NURS 5418 Advanced Health Assessment, the prerequisite course for all clinicals. During the orientation you will receive further information on these requirements:
    1. Drug test – not to be performed before 30 days in advance of first clinical course
    2. Background check
    3. Verification of immunization records
  2. Identification of preceptors and clinical sites
    1. Guidelines to best practices in recruiting your preceptors and other resources as well as the forms to use will be made available on Blackboard via the orientation course, nurs: clinical coordinator
  3. Approval of preceptors and clinical sites by the Clinical Coordinator and/or course faculty
    1. All preceptors must sign a Preceptor Agreement using proper forms
    2. Clinical sites may require a written agreement or contract with the UT Arlington College of Nursing

Nurse Practitioner Clinical Objectives

The clinical objectives for the program are listed below. These objectives are appropriate for EVERY clinical course – and form the basis for student learning as well as evaluation. The expectation is that students will grow and develop in accuracy, completeness, and independence in accomplishing the clinical objectives. By the end of the final course – NURS 5631 Advanced Clinical Practicum – the student is expected to be able to function as an independent provider in clinical practice.

  1. Provide evidence of clinical skills in performing advanced health assessments to include:
    1. collecting a complete health history
    2. examining all body systems
    3. performing functional assessments to determine ability for self-care and independent living
    4. collect additional data as needed (ECG, vision and hearing screening, urinalysis, blood sugar determination, hematocrit, pap-smear, wet-mount, hanging drop smear, nose and throat culture and others)
    5. making appropriate decisions regarding priority needs for episodic data collection (subjective and objective)
    6. determining which problems/data collection can be deferred until later
    7. making an appropriate and accurate assessment of client’s health status (rule outs, differential diagnoses, nursing diagnoses, etc.)
    8. presenting pertinent data to preceptor in a succinct manner
    9. presenting a cost-effective, clinically sound plan of care which may include:
      1. advanced nursing management
      2. medical intervention
      3. pharmacotherapeutics
      4. diagnostic testing
      5. teaching/counseling
      6. follow-up plan
    10. discussing with preceptor personal strengths and needed areas of improvement
    11. selecting patients that reflect the content being taught in the specific course and program.
  2. Show increasing evidence of ability to develop, implement and evaluate an appropriate management plan for common episodic, acute, chronic and rehabilitative health concerns for clients.
  3. Show increasing evidence of ability to develop, implement and evaluate an appropriate plan for health maintenance and health promotion of clients.
  4. Show evidence of ability to integrate health promotion/disease prevention activities into each client encounter.
  5. Provide evidence of advanced nursing activities to promote and maintain health of children.
  6. Demonstrate ability to provide quality, culturally sensitive health care for individuals of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  7. Provide evidence of the ability to formulate and administer advanced nursing care and medical therapeutics in a variety of setting.
  8. Integrate current research findings into the development and implementation of health care for children and their families.
  9. Continue personal development of the various roles of the nurse practitioner as evidenced by didactic and clinical work.

General Preceptor Guidelines

  • Students will complete an orientation to clinical/preceptor guidelines and processes during the last 5 weeks of NURS 5418 Advanced Health Assessment (prerequisite course for all clinical courses). At that time, specific information regarding additional clinical requirements (e.g. Drug Screen and Background Check) will be provided. Completing these requirements prior to beginning a course with clinical practice requirements is not needed, and if done too early, will need to be repeated.
  • Preceptor forms and additional guidelines are available on Blackboard via the organization course: nurs: clinical coordinator. This course contains clinical experience information and guidelines for ALL Nurse Practitioner programs and includes valuable resources that are updated as changes occur. Students should use ONLY the preceptor forms and information on this site to support their preceptor agreements and clinical facility approvals.
  • Preceptors and clinical sites must be approved by the Clinical Coordinator and/or course faculty.
  • All preceptors must sign a "Preceptor Agreement". The agreement must be sent to the Clinical Coordinator no later than the first day of the clinical experience.
  • Clinical sites may require a written agreement or clinical contract with UTA College of Nursing. If an agreement or contract is required, the student may not begin clinical practice hours until the agreement has been approved by all parties in the agreement.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Admissions

This program is offered to Texas residents only.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must possess an unencumbered RN license. Two years clinical RN experience within the last five years required.
  • Must be a Texas or California resident
  • GRE not required for students with a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a CCNE or ACEN accredited program and a regionally accredited school
  • Undergraduate (basic) statistics course with a minimum grade of "C"
  • Probationary admission for students taking the GRE: GRE required for applicants with a 2.8-2.99 GPA with minimum score of 149 on the verbal section, 141 on the quantitative section, or 3.5 on the analytical writing section (best 2 of 3 sections)
  • Applicants must possess an unencumbered RN license. Two years clinical experience in registered nursing required.
  • International students are required to have two years clinical experience in a United States (or equivalent) health care system.
  • International students are required to have a TSE score of 40 or higher. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam is required if the applicant's native or first language is not English and if he or she does not hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution. TOEFL score requirement - Minimum of 550 on paper-based test, 213 on computer-based test, or 79 on the internet-based test, and achieve the following minimum scores of subtests: Writing, 22; Speaking, 21; Reading, 20; and Listening, 16; or IELTS minimum score of 7.0

Transfer Credits

The maximum amount of credit that may transfer from another university is 10 semester hours. The syllabus for the course(s) you wish to transfer will need to be reviewed. You must apply before we can review your syllabus.

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Costs

Affordability You Can Count On

Program Per Credit Hour Per Course* Per Program
MSN Family Nurse Practitioner $654 - $30,084

Anticipated Course Materials**

Equipment Approximate Cost Course
Webcam 1080p Varies $20-$100 Required for all courses
Tripod Varies $5-$10 Required for all courses
Assessment Kit $49.95 N5418 – Advanced Assessment
Otoscope/Ophthalmoscope Rental $155.00 N5418 – Advanced Assessment
Suture Kit $112.50 N5313 – Clinical Skills

*Per-course tuition based on 3-credit hour courses.

**Textbook costs not included. To view textbooks, please visit the UTA Bookstore.

Tuition Guarantee

The tuition deadline is the Friday (by 11:59 PM CT) before the course begins. If tuition is not paid before the deadline, you will be dropped from your course(s).

No late payments will be allowed and no reinstatement granted if you are dropped for non-payment. If you plan to use the UT Arlington website to make payment, please note that it may be down for maintenance on Sunday mornings. You may also contact Student Accounts at 817-272-2172 for additional information regarding payment.

Fees

All degrees are subject to application fees and graduation fees. Additional fees may apply.

Application Fees

A non-refundable fee as indicated below is required:

  • US Citizen and US Resident Alien Applicants with NO foreign college or university course work: $40
  • US Citizen and US Resident Alien Applicants WITH foreign college or university course work: $70
  • International Applicants: $90

Reactivation Fees

To read the Reactivation/Readmission policy, visit the Admission Requirements.

Graduation Fees

$40 for first diploma, $20 each additional diploma plus applicable mailing fees, and $60 for late application.

Graduation fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. The fee will be billed to the student's MyMav account.

Payment Options

  • Pay by term

Refund Policy

Students wishing to drop a course and maintain no financial responsibility must do so by 11:59 PM CT before the first class day. The official class day begins at 12:00 AM CT.

The refund policy for sessions of five weeks or less is as follows:

  • Before the first class day: 100 percent.
  • First class day: 80 percent.
  • Second class day: 50 percent.
  • After the second class day: No refunds.

The refund policy for sessions greater than five weeks but less than 10 weeks is as follows:

  • Before the first class day: 100 percent.
  • First class day through the third class day: 80 percent.
  • Fourth day through the sixth class day: 50 percent.
  • After the sixth day: No refunds.

The refund policy for sessions ten weeks or greater is as follows:

  • Before the first class day: 100 percent.
  • First class day through the fifth class day: 80 percent.
  • Sixth day through the tenth class day: 70 percent.
  • Eleventh day through the fifteenth class day: 50 percent.
  • Sixteenth day through the twentieth class day: 25 percent.
  • After the twentieth day: No refunds.

The Academic Calendar indicates the deadlines to drop a course with a "W".

Cancellation for Non-Payment

If you enroll in and pay for a course or courses in one start date within a term, then subsequently enroll in another start date during the same term, and do not pay fully for that start, you will be cancelled from all classes for the term that have not yet been graded. Reinstatements will not be allowed unless there is documented university error.

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