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Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner Online

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Program Overview

The Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner (RN to MSN – FNP) program prepares advanced practice nurses to implement evidence-based care in a variety of primary care settings, emphasizing health promotion and primary care management of the acute and stable chronically ill patient.

The unique program—the only online program of its kind in Texas—is designed for working RNs with at least two years of clinical experience. This accelerated program allows you to progress past your BSN to earn your MSN in less time—and save you more money—than if you complete the RN to BSN and MSN programs separately.

Why Choose UTA Online:

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icon $34,808 Total Tuition
icon As few as 42 months Program Duration
icon 75 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.

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at The University of Texas at Arlington are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

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The RN to MSN – FNP online program equips 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, this program prepares you to assume the in-demand role of a healthcare treatment provider and health management resource for diverse groups of patients in a wide variety of clinical settings, independently or as part of a healthcare team.

Graduates of the program are prepared to take the Family Nurse Practitioner National Certification Exams through the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and to be licensed as an advanced practice registered nurse by the state board of nursing.

Career opportunities for RN to MSN – FNP graduates include primary care/ambulatory clinics, urgent care clinics and health department family care clinics.

Program Benefits

  • Accelerated coursework delivered 100% online in 5- and 10-week courses
  • BSN awarded when undergraduate requirements are met
  • No expiration on previously earned credits
  • Complete your RN to MSN – FNP at the nation's largest public college of nursing
  • CCNE accredited
  • Clinicals can be completed in your geographical area
  • Only 2 years of clinical experience as an RN are required to enter the program
  • Multiple starts per year

You can apply immediately—regardless of the number of general courses you have completed—by clicking the Apply Now button. This online program is the most cost-effective and efficient way to earn both your BSN and MSN degrees while you continue working.

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"The UT Arlington program builds off your work experience already and that was the biggest factor of why I chose it."

Roberta DeutschGraduate of UTA's Online RN to BSN Program

 

Tuition

UTA is committed to providing an outstanding education that is also affordable. Tuition is structured to give our students the best value and flexibility.

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Roberta Deutsch

"...I really liked about the program was the fact that I could be online, do the classes on my schedule..."

Roberta DeutschGraduate of UTA's Online RN to BSN Program

Calendar

Our RN to MSN – FNP online program offers multiple start dates throughout the year.

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Course Start Application Deadline All Supporting Documents Due Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Session
1/14/2019 12/21/2018 Time Sensitive* 1/9/2019 1/11/2019 Spring
1/22/2019 12/21/2018 Time Sensitive* 1/16/2019 1/18/2019 Spring
2/25/2019 2/1/2019 Time Sensitive* 2/20/2019 2/22/2019 Spring
4/8/2019 3/15/2019 Time Sensitive* 4/3/2019 4/5/2019 Spring
5/20/2019 4/26/2019 Time Sensitive* 5/15/2019 5/17/2019 Summer
7/1/2019 6/7/2019 Time Sensitive* 6/26/2019 6/28/2019 Summer
8/12/2019 7/19/2019 Time Sensitive* 8/7/2019 8/9/2019 Fall
8/19/2019 7/19/2019 Time Sensitive* 8/14/2019 8/16/2019 Fall
9/23/2019 8/30/2019 Time Sensitive* 9/18/2019 9/20/2019 Fall
11/4/2019 10/11/2019 Time Sensitive* 10/30/2019 11/1/2019 Fall

*Applicants are required to submit all required documents as soon as possible to maintain program progress:

  1. After the original intended start date on application, a hold will be placed the day after the next start date to prevent students with missing documents from progressing in the program.
  2. Transfer Credit Report, Advisement Report, and Degree Map will not be generated for those that have not turned in all required documents.

Please contact an Enrollment Specialist at 817-533-3118 or 866-489-2810 for details.

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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
1/22/2019 12/14/2018 12/28/2018 1/16/2019 1/18/2019 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
8/19/2019 7/12/2019 7/26/2019 8/14/2019 8/16/2019 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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RN to MSN – FNP Admission Requirements

  • Completed online application and application fee
  • Active and Unencumbered RN License verifiable via Nursys or State Boards of Nursing (BON)
    • If the license is unable to be verified, the student must send in a copy via email of the license for verification. Acceptance will be on hold until the license is verified. Use the RN License Upload Form to submit license.
    • Students that do not have a license but graduated within 1 year of completion of the ADN program will have the license checklist waived and accepted to the AO RN to BSN program. However, the license will be verified within N3345. If the license is unable to be verified, students will be unable to progress.
  • Two years of related experience as a Registered Nurse
  • 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) of all courses completed
  • TOEFL or TSI may apply.
    • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam is satisfied by resident status, Associate’s Degree, or completion of Composition I and II with a grade of C or better plus 24 additional transferrable hours at a college or university located in the U.S. Otherwise, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam is required if the applicant's native or first language is not English. Additional information is available here.
    • Completed Texas Success Initiative (TSI). This will NOT prevent admission, but the requirement must be satisfied during the first semester of enrollment.

Official transcripts from all colleges/universities you have attended should be submitted, along with required documents, from the granting institution(s) to:

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Courses

Students in UTA’s accelerated online RN to MSN – FNP program must complete the undergraduate general course requirements as listed below, plus the following RN to BSN courses and MSN Common Courses, as well as Family Nurse Practitioner Courses. This program is comprised of 75 credit hours, but more may be required, depending on how many general courses are required by the student.

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One of the literature courses (ENGL 2329, ENGL 2319, or ENGL 2309) must be completed to graduate from the AO RN-MSN program. If you have taken one of these courses in the past, they can be transferred into the AO RN-MSN program.

ART 1301: Art Appreciation

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Intended to develop an understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of art in its many forms. Recommended as a fine arts elective for non-art majors.

BIOL 2457: Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 4

Functional morphology of humans, cellular function, principles of support and movement, and neural and endocrine control systems. Laboratory exercises involve both anatomical and experimental aspects of principles introduced in the lecture. This class is designed for students in sport activities (EXSA), medical technology, and pre-nursing. Prerequisite: BIOL 1345, BIOL 1441, or equivalent, or approval of the department. May not be used for biology grade point calculation or biology credit toward a B.S. degree in biology or microbiology.

BIOL 2458: Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 4

Functional morphology of humans, maintenance of the human body, and continuity of life. Topics will include the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, immune, and reproductive systems. Laboratory exercises explore both anatomical and experimental aspects of principles introduced in the lecture. This class is designed for students in sport activities (EXSA), medical technology, and pre-nursing. Prerequisite: BIOL 1345, BIOL 1441, or equivalent, BIOL 2457, or approval of the department. May not be used for biology grade point calculation or biology credit toward a B.S. degree in biology or microbiology.

BIOL 2460: Microbiology

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 4

The intention of this course is to present basic information, relevant to nursing practice, with the principles of microbiology and the nature of microbial disease. This course will give the nursing student a fundamental background of knowledge that will be applicable to the care of infectious patients, to the control of microbial diseases, and an understanding of microorganisms. The laboratory will provide practice in aseptic techniques, the use of disinfectants and antimicrobial agents, and microscopic study of bacteria. This course cannot be applied for credit toward a degree in Biology. Prerequisite: BIOL 1345, BIOL 1441, or equivalent.

ENGL 1301: Critical Thinking, Reading, & Writing I

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The critical thinking about, and reading and writing of, referential/expository discourse. Introduction to inventional procedures. Writing assignments focusing on identification and development of a subject, on organization, audience analysis, style, and the revision process.

ENGL 1302: Critical Thinking, Reading, & Writing II

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Continues ENGL 1301, but with an emphasis on critical thinking about, and reading and writing of, argumentative discourse. Introduction to inventional procedures such as types of proofs and claims and the Toulmin model. Writing assignments focusing on the identification, development, and support of propositions of fact, cause, value, and policy. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in ENGL 1301.

ENGL 2338: Technical Writing

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Processes of researching, drafting, editing, revising, and designing technical reports, proposals, manuals, resumes, and professional correspondence for specific audiences. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302. For RN to BSN students, this course can be a co-requisite with N3345 part A as long as it is taken in the AP 5 week course format.

HIST 1311: History Of The United States To 1865

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to the political, social, economic, and cultural history of the United States prior to 1865. This course is designed to help students understand and evaluate their society, comprehend the historical experience, and further develop reading and writing competencies and critical skills. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 1301.

HIST 1312: History Of The United States Since 1865

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to the political, social, economic, and cultural history of the United States since 1865. This course is designed to help students understand and evaluate their society, comprehend the historical experience, and further develop reading and writing competencies and critical skills. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 1301.

MATH 0311: Foundations for Contemporary Mathematics

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed for students whose placement scores or life experience indicate that they may need additional preparation in order to take a college credit-bearing mathematics course. This course provides foundational preparation for MATH 1301. Topics include basic numeric and algebraic operations, expressions, linear and quadratic equations, solving techniques, graphing, mathematical logic and reasoning, as well as a brief introduction to probability and statistics. Students will use mathematical software to master targeted areas and progress through a modified self-paced environment in order to achieve college readiness. Immediately following the successful completion of this foundational course, students should register for a credit-bearing mathematics course according to their degree plan, specifically MATH 1301. Credit in this course does not fulfill any degree requirements.

MATH 0312: Foundations for College Algebra

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed for students whose placement scores or life experience indicate that they may need additional preparation in order to take a college credit-bearing mathematics course. This course provides foundational preparation for Math 1302 or Math 1315. Topics include basic numeric and algebraic operations and expressions, linear equations and inequalities, polynomials, rational expressions, factoring, exponents and radicals, graphing, and quadratic equations. Students will use mathematical software to master targeted areas and progress through a modified self-paced environment in order to achieve college readiness. Immediately following the successful completion of this foundational course, students should register for a credit bearing mathematics course according to their degree plan, specifically MATH 1302 or MATH 1315. Credit in this course does not fulfill any degree requirements.

MATH 1302: College Algebra

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Topics include the study of linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, radical, absolute value, logarithmic, and exponential relations; functions and inequalities; graphs, basic characteristics, and operations on relations and functions; real and complex zeros of various functions; graphing techniques; systems of equations; and matrices. The use of mathematical software and a basic/scientific calculator is required. No graphing calculators are allowed. All exams will be proctored for a minimal fee using an online proctoring service requiring a webcam. See course syllabus and blackboard course site for specific details.

MATH 1308: Elementary Statistical Analysis

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Topics include collection, analysis, presentation, and interpretation of data. Analysis includes descriptive statistics, probability, relationships between variables and graphs, elementary statistical models, hypothesis testing, inference, estimation, correlation, regression and confidence intervals. The use of mathematical software and calculators is required. All exams will be proctored for a minimal fee using an online proctoring service requiring a webcam. See course syllabus and blackboard course site for specific details.

POLS 2311: Federal Government

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The constitution and government of the United States. The organization, procedures, and duties of the branches of the government, together with their accomplishments and defects.

POLS 2312: State & Local Government

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The principles and organization of American state, county, and municipal government, together with current problems and the constitution and government of Texas.

PSYC 1315: Introduction to Psychology

Duration: 8 & 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The fundamental methods and content of scientific psychology. Concentration on the understanding of basic principles.

PSYC 3310: Developmental Psychology (Lifespan)

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Human development and growth from conception through old age, concerned with the physical, behavioral, and social aspects.

SOCI 1311: Introduction to Sociology

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A scientific approach to the analysis and explanation of culture, personality, and social organization. The social processes and mechanisms of interaction involved in the natural process of cultural development, dissemination, assimilation, and the institutions of the group.

ENGL 2329: American Literature

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Consideration of significant American works with a focus on ideas and the ways in which they reflect cultural and aesthetic values; emphasis on critical methods of reading, writing, and thinking; at least three genres and six authors considered.

ENGL 2319: British Literature

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Consideration of significant British works with emphasis on ideas and the ways in which they reflect cultural and aesthetic values; emphasis on critical methods of reading, writing, and thinking; at least three genres and six authors considered.

ENGL 2309: World Literature

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Consideration of significant works of world literature with emphasis on ideas and the ways in which they reflect cultural and aesthetic values; emphasis on critical methods of reading, writing, and thinking. Examines at least three genres and six authors.

NURS 3345 must be completed before enrolling in additional nursing courses.

NURSU 3315: Holistic Health Assessment Across the Lifespan

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Theory and practice of holistic health assessment of individuals and families across the lifespan designed for the Registered Nurse. An application-based practice experience is required and can be completed in the workplace.

NURSU 3325: Holistic Care of Older Adults

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction of concepts and issues related to the holistic care of older adults and the impact on society and healthcare. An application-based practice experience is required and can be completed in the community.

NURSU 3335: RN to BSN Promoting Healthy Lifestyles

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Health promotion for individuals and families. Opportunities to gain knowledge about primary prevention in healthcare. Importance of the role of the nurse in disease prevention and health promotion. RN-BSN students only. Previously NURS 3435. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NURS 3345.

NURSU 3345: Role Transition to Professional Nursing

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course addresses the role transition to Professional Nursing, nursing theory, ethics, decision making, critical thinking/clinical judgment, introduction to evidence-based practice, and informatics/technology in practice. Identifies strategies for personal and professional empowerment.

NURSU 3375: Health Policy and Legal Aspects of Professional Nursing

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course addresses health policy, legislative and political concerns, nurse practice act, legal and ethical aspects that impact the practice of professional nursing in contemporary healthcare.

NURSU 4325: Nursing Research

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Basic concepts, processes, and applications of nursing research. Research role of the nurse in decision making and clinical practice. RN-BSN students only. Prerequisite: Math 1308, or equivalent and NURS 3345. (Previously offered as NURS 4321.)

NURSU 4455: Nursing Leadership & Management

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 4

Exploration of organizational strategies, leadership theories and societal trends with implications for decision making in healthcare. Introduction to management and leadership skills needed by professional nurses with clinical application in diverse settings. An application-based practice experience is required and can be completed in the workplace.

NURSU 4465: Care of Vulnerable Populations Across the Lifespan

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 4

Integrates knowledge from nursing theory and public health science in assessing healthcare needs of aggregates, communities, and society for the Registered Nurse. An application-based practice experience is required and can be completed in the community.

NURSU 4685: Capstone Course

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 6

Synthesis of theories and concepts for professional nursing practice. Focuses on evolution and transition of professional nursing practice in diverse settings within a context of emerging societal issues and trends. The student will pick one of three areas (management, clinical or education) of interest for concentrated study.

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NURSG 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.

NURSG 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.

NURSG 5367: Evidence-Based Practice

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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

NURSG 5302: Curriculum Development and Evaluation

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Explore the nature of nursing education. Focus on the curriculum process and its application to nursing education programs.

NURSG 5308: Nursing Informatics

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Focus on application of computer technology that supports the dissemination of healthcare data, information and knowledge. Selected software packages/applications are presented and used.

NURSG 5310: Teaching and Learning Theories and Strategies in Nursing Education

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Teaching/learning theories, strategies, and evaluations for educators.

NURSG 5312: Assessment and Evaluation Strategies in Nursing Education

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Integration of concepts of assessment and evaluation into a nursing evaluation framework.

NURSG 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.

NURSG 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

NURSG 5334: Advanced Pharmacology

Duration: 11 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study of clinical pharmacological therapeutics for advanced nursing practice.

NURSG 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.

NURSG 5120: Adult-Gerontology Assessment Lab

Duration: 3 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

Conduct comprehensive health assessment in the adult-gerontology population.

NURSG 5130: Pediatric Assessment Lab

Duration: 3 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

Conduct comprehensive health assessment in the pediatric population.

NURSG 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.

NURSG 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.

NURSG 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.

NURSG 5367: Evidence-Based Practice

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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

NURSG 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.

NURSG 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.

NURSG 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.

NURSG 5337: Clinical Practice I

Duration: 11 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Clinical Hours: 180 Hours

NURSG 5338: Clinical Practice II

Duration: 11 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Clinical Hours: 180 Hours

NURSG 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.

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 UTA 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 settings
  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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Tuition cost reflects required nursing courses only, and cost may vary if general courses are required. Cost is subject to change by the University.

*The RN to MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner program cost includes a $3500 scholarship. This scholarship applies to only Fall 2018 start dates. Students must start September 24 or November 5, 2018. Scholarship will be applied to graduate nursing courses only. Students must stay continuously enrolled in the program for scholarship to apply.

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