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Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner Online

UTA's MSN – FNP online program is designed to give active nurses the skills and confidence needed to become a family nurse practitioner.

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Program Overview

This MSN – 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 UTA MSN – FNP 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. UTA students' ANCC National Certification Examination pass rates exceed 97%.

Why Choose UTA Online:

icon $30,084 Total Tuition*
icon As few as 31-36 months Program Duration
icon 46 Credit Hours
icon $30,084 Total Tuition
icon As few as 31-36 months Program Duration
icon 46 Credit Hours

Residents of certain states may not be eligible to enroll in all UTA accelerated online programs. See program map for details. Currently enrolled students who reside in ineligible states may continue in their program without interruption.

UTA'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

The clinical requirements included in the MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner program at UTA 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.

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Tuition

The University of Texas at Arlington is committed to providing students with affordability you can count on!

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$30,084 Total Tuition
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$654 Per Credit Hour

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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

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Ashley Johnson

"It works perfect for me. I feel like I can still have a life, work full-time and go to school. To me, it would be impossible to work, wake up the next day or on a day off and go to class. I'd rather just open up a laptop and go to class. It's just easier for my work schedule and much more convenient."

Ashley Johnson Online MSN – FNP student

Calendar

Our MSN - FNP online program offers multiple start dates and is ideal for students who seek to balance a job, a family, an education, and a social life.

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Course Start Application Deadline All Supporting Documents Due Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Session
1/14/2019 12/14/2018 12/28/2018 1/9/2019 1/11/2019 Spring
2/25/2019 1/25/2019 2/8/2019 2/20/2019 2/22/2019 Spring
4/8/2019 3/8/2019 3/22/2019 4/3/2019 4/5/2019 Spring
5/20/2019 4/19/2019 5/3/2019 5/15/2019 5/17/2019 Summer
7/1/2019 5/31/2019 6/14/2019 6/26/2019 6/28/2019 Summer
8/12/2019 7/12/2019 7/26/2019 8/7/2019 8/9/2019 Fall
9/23/2019 8/23/2019 9/6/2019 9/18/2019 9/20/2019 Fall
11/4/2019 10/4/2019 10/18/2019 10/30/2019 11/1/2019 Fall

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Admissions

The College of Nursing and Health Innovation admission process is the first step towards changing your life and enriching the lives of others. Familiarize yourself with these admission requirements, along with information on required documentation.

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MSN – FNP Online Admission Requirements

  • An unencumbered RN license
  • Two years of experience as a registered nurse
  • 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).
  • International students required to have two years clinical experience in a United States (or equivalent) healthcare 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 includes 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

Visit Graduate Nursing Advising for a list of AO Graduate advisors.

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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Adrienne Villarreal

"For me, the flexibility of being able to study whenever I needed to, after I put the kids to bed, and not having to worry about being in a classroom setting was one of the big reasons why I picked UTA."

Adrienne Villarreal, MSN – FNPGraduate of UTA's online MSN – FNP program

Courses

To complete the MSN – FNP online program, students must complete the following courses.

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NURS 5327: Exploration of Science and Theories for Nursing

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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

NURS 5315: Advanced Pathophysiology

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

NURS 5334: Advanced Pharmacology

Duration: 11 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study of clinical pharmacological therapeutics for advanced nursing practice.

NURS 5220: Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2

Apply theoretical foundations and clinical skills in comprehensive health assessment across the lifespan.

NURS 5120: Adult-Gerontology Assessment Lab

Duration: 3 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

Conduct comprehensive health assessment in the adult-gerontology population.

NURS 5130: Pediatric Assessment Lab

Duration: 3 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

Conduct comprehensive health assessment in the pediatric population.

NURS 5313: Clinical Procedures for Advanced Practice Nurses

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.

NURS 5350: Role of the Nurse in Advanced Practice

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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

NURS 5366: Principles of Research in Nursing

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.

NURS 5367: Evidence-Based Practice

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on preparation to implement evidence-based change in practice.

NURS 5333: FNP I

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.

NURS 5335: FNP II

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.

NURS 5336: FNP III

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.

NURS 5337: Clinical Practice I

Duration: 11 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Clinical Hours: 180 Hours

NURS 5338: Clinical Practice II

Duration: 11 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Clinical Hours: 180 Hours

NURS 5631: Advanced Clinical Nursing Practicum

Duration: 13 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.

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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.

You will begin your clinical courses in your second year of the program. You will receive specific course information that will assist with locating a preceptor in your area. Early planning is essential to ensure you secure your first choice for a clinical preceptor.

Successful fulfillment of clinicals requires following these steps:

  1. Clinical 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 that 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 healthcare 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 healthcare 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 of clinical/preceptor guidelines and processes during the last five 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 will need to be repeated if done too early.
  • 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 the 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.

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

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

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