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Master of Science in Nursing Program Requirements

The University of Houston-Victoria offers a Master of Science in Nursing degree. The Master of Science in Nursing program is designed to build upon the BSN degree. Students in this program are prepared to function at advanced levels with an expanded knowledge of theory, research and clinical application. Graduates are prepared to provide evidenced based health care and to work on collaborative teams. Each graduate will be able to function in an advanced practice role as a Nurse Administrator, Nurse Educator, and Family Nurse Practitioner. Nurses who have a master's degree in another discipline or who wish to be eligible for the Certified Nurse Educator exam may take the post master's educator certificate courses.

The number of MSN students admitted each year is determined by availability of appropriate qualified faculty and/or clinical resources. Applicants are reviewed on an individual basis. Applicants to the graduate nursing programs must meet all requirements for graduate admission as described in the ADMISSIONS section of the university catalog. International students must have a minimum score of 89 on the TOEFL.

Criteria for Admission

Criteria have been established by the faculty against which each applicant is evaluated for admission. The purpose is to predict individual potential to succeed at the MSN level. It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit all necessary documentation to NursingCAS by the published deadline for admission consideration to the MSN program. Categories of admission are determined by the degree of criteria met and include (A) Full Admission Status or (B) Conditional Admission Status.

A.  Full Admission Status (All Tracks)

1. Apply for graduate admission through NursingCAS. (http://nursingcas.org/index.php)

2. Completion of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from an institution accredited by one of the six recognized regional accrediting associations as described in the ADMISSIONS section of the university catalog.

3. Evidence of current, unencumbered, valid licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Texas. This may be printed from the Board of Nursing website and uploaded into the NursingCAS application.

4. Official transcripts from each institution attended reflecting a grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 point scale on coursework completed, and the baccalaureate (or higher) degree conferred, sent directly from each institution to NursingCAS.

Mail Documents to:

NursingCAS

P.O. Box 9201

Watertown, MA 02471

5. Applicants to the MSN program must provide a one page writing sample.  The personal statement should include information about your education and experience as a professional nurse to date, why you are interested in graduate education, what your career goals are for the next five (5) years, why you choose UHV for your graduate education and what contributions you plan to make to our mission at UHV School of Nursing and to advanced nursing practice. This document will be uploaded into the NursingCAS application. You may include a resume.

6. An interview will be required as part of the admission process.

Video Interview - The video interview is a required portion of your application; therefore, we have provided you with clear instructions.  In order to fulfill the interview requirement of your application, please follow this link: https://college.likelive.com/UnAuth/Pages/LoginInv.aspx?AppId=1272&CollegeID=29d4b65a-77b1-4dfd-bd24-716d5579bf33 and proceed to our online video interview process.  This interview will allow us to get to know you better as well as give us a better understanding of you as an applicant to the University of Houston-Victoria. 

Please be sure to follow all instructions carefully prior to beginning your interview.
 
Once you have started the video, do not leave the page.  This is your one opportunity for the video interview.  Read each question aloud before answering. You will have 60 seconds to read and respond to each question for a total of 4 minutes to complete the interview video. You must allow the video to save to 100% in order for your video to be available for review.  If you have any questions regarding your online video, please go to www.LikeLive.com and click on "Contact Us" or the Big Red "Need Help?” button at the bottom of each LikeLive internal webpage.  (Please note that the University of Houston-Victoria Office of Admission cannot assist you with technical questions regarding the video process.) 

7. Official score(s) of Health Sciences Reasoning Test (HSRT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Admission criteria include a combined minimum score of 1000 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections and a minimum score of 3.0 on the written section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken prior to August 2011. A score of 153 on the Verbal section and a score of 144 on the Quantitative section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken after August 2011, OR a score of 18 or greater on the Health Sciences Reasoning Test (HSRT). The HSRT can be taken no more than two (2) times, and scores may not be more than 5 years old. Test results will be uploaded into the NursingCAS application.

8. Two letters of recommendation: one from a university faculty and one from an employer. Applicants will follow the NursingCAS References process.

9. Professional work experience as defined by individual tracks.  All FNP applicants are required to have a minimum of one (1) year of professional nursing practice. (as a BSN prepared nurse preferred)

10. All clinical readiness requirements including criminal background check, drug screen, immunization requirements and CPR for Professional Rescuers met prior to enrollment as outlined in the student handbook

B.  Conditional Admission Status (All Tracks)

Conditional admission may be granted. Students admitted with conditional admission status may convert to full admission status after maintaining at least a GPA of 3.0 during the first nine semester hours of the program. Students failing to meet this requirement will not be allowed to progress in the MSN program.

 

MSN REQUIRED CORE COURSES - Nurse Administration and Nurse Education (18 hours) 

 

COURSE #

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT HOURS

NURS 6301

Advanced Nursing Research and Integrated Evidence Based Practice

3

NURS 6306

Policy, Role & Economics

3

NURS 6320

Healthcare Informatics

3

NURS 6332

Biostatistics

3

NURS 6333

Population Health

3

NURS 6351

Evidence-based Practice Project

3

  

ACADEMIC CONCENTRATION– Nurse Administration (18 hours)

  

COURSE #

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT HOURS

NURS 6309

Advanced Leadership and Management

3

NURS 6316

Healthcare Organizational Behavior

3

NURS 6317

Human Resource Management in Healthcare

3

NURS 6318

Healthcare Delivery Systems & Organization

3

NURS 6319

Healthcare Policy, Finance, and Economics

3

NURS 6321

Leadership Practicum

3

Total Program Requirements
Required Core Nursing Courses       18 hours
Academic Concentration                  18 hours
Total                                                  36 hours

 

ACADEMIC CONCENTRATION – Nurse Education (24 hours)

 

COURSE #

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT HOURS

NURS 6312

Measurement and Evaluation in Nursing Education

3

NURS 6313

Theories and Methods of Teaching and Learning in Nursing

3

NURS 6314

Development of Nursing Curriculum

3

NURS 6330

Advanced Diagnostic Physical Examination

3

NURS 6331

Advanced Pharmacology

3

NURS 6335

Management of Health Disorders in Adults

 

3

NURS 6336

Management of Health Disorders in Adults Clinical

 

3

NURS 6338

Advanced Pathophysiology

3

Total Program Requirements
Required Core Nursing Courses      18 hours
Academic Concentration                 24 hours
Total                                                 42 hours

 

MSN REQUIRED CORE COURSES - Family Nurse Practitioner (15 hours)

 

 

COURSE #

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT HOURS

NURS 6301

Advanced Nursing Research and Integrated Evidence Based Practice 

3

NURS 6306

Policy, Role & Economics

3

NURS 6320

Healthcare Informatics

3

NURS 6332

Biostatistics

3

NURS 6333

Population Health

3

 

ACADEMIC CONCENTRATION – Family Nurse Practitioner (32 hours)

 

COURSE #

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT HOURS

NURS 6230

Diagnostic Tests and Procedures

2

NURS 6330

Advanced Diagnostic Physical Examination

3

NURS 6331

Advanced Pharmacology

3

NURS 6335

Management of Health Disorders in Adults

3

NURS 6336

Management of Health Disorders in Adults Clinical

3

NURS 6338

Advanced Pathophysiology

3

NURS 6345

Management of Health Disorders in Women and Children

3

NURS 6346

Management of Health Disorders in Women and Children Clinical

3

NURS 6355

Management of Health Disorders Across the Lifespan in Diverse Settings

3

NURS 6356

Management of Health Disorders Across the Lifespan in Diverse Settings Clinical

3

NURS 6366

FNP Capstone Clinical

3

Total Program Requirements
Required Core Nursing Courses        15 hours
Academic Concentration                    32 hours
Total                                                   47 hours
 

 

*Post Master's Certificate in Nursing Education (9 hours)


Students who desire this additional certificate are required to complete the Nurse Administration requirements, in addition to the courses listed below:

  

COURSE #

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT HOURS

NURS 6312

Measurement and Evaluation in Nursing Education

3

NURS 6313

Theories and Methods of Teaching and Learning in Nursing

3

NURS 6314

Development of Nursing Curriculum

3

 

 

*Post Master's Certificate in Nursing Administration (9 hours)

 

Students who desire this additional certificate are required to complete the Nurse Administration requirements, in addition to the courses listed below:

 

 

NURS 6309

Advanced Leadership and Management

3

NURS 6317

Human Resource Management in Healthcare

3

NURS 6319

Healthcare Policy, Finance, and Economics

3

*Post Master’s certificate candidates are required to achieve a grade of B or higher in all post MSN certificate courses to be eligible to receive the certificate.

 For additional information regarding tuition and fees, textbook information, and the School of Nursing Clinical Readiness Policy, please refer to the Student Resources page. 

 

6/30/2014 10:59 AM

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