Texas Nurse Practitioner Programs
Nurse practitioners are advanced practice nurses who typically have a master's degree in addition to their registered nurse credentials. Master's degree programs for nurse practitioners are often found as Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs and have several specialization options, such as a family nurse practitioner or neonatal nurse practitioner. Read about two of the Texas colleges offering nurse practitioner programs and learn about common courses, specializations, clinical experience requirements and program completion options. The table in the article also provides additional school information.
- University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley is located in Edinburg and offers a Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program.
- Baylor University, situated in Waco, offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program which features a pair of majors in family nurse practitioner and neonatal nurse practitioner.
Comparison of Schools
When making such a crucial career decision, students will want all of the information possible. After looking over the information above, check out the table below to learn even more school details.
|University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley||Baylor University|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||27,809*||17,059*|
|Campus Setting||Small city||Midsize city|
|Graduate Tuition (2017-2018)|| $5,550 (in-state)*
|Student:Teacher Ratio||19 to 1*||14 to 1*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||80%*||39%*|
|Retention Rate (2016)||79%*||90%*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2011)||45%*||77%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley
The University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) is a 4-year college with an annual enrollment of more than 27,000 students. Formed in 2013 by the Texas legislature as the first public 21st century university in Texas, the Edinburg campus is located at the site of the former University of Texas - Pan American. UTRGV offers nine hospital-based training programs in the School of Medicine, including a nurse practitioner program.
Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
Candidates interested in becoming family nurse practitioners must pursue the Master of Science in Nursing and choose the family nurse practitioner track. They must have licensure as a registered nurse in Texas and a bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited university. Required courses include statistics, research, professional nursing issues, health promotion, family nurse practitioner and the nurse practitioner role, for a total of 48-51 credit hours.
The FNP major has a thesis or non-thesis option, which affects the number of credit hours required to complete the program. The non-thesis option requires the completion of a practice intervention project, where the student reviews, evaluates and implements a solution to a hypothetical problem based on his or her specialty area. This project has both oral and written components. Full-time students can complete this program in two years, while it may take three years for part-time students.
A private university affiliated with the Baptist church, Baylor University is a 4-year college offering a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio. The school has more than 17,000 students that can choose from degrees in over 11 academic divisions. Baylor's Louise Herrington School of Nursing offers two nurse practitioner tracks - one for aspiring family nurse practitioners and one for those looking to work as neonatal nurse practitioners.
Doctor of Nursing Practice - Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
The family nurse practitioner option is intended for registered nurses. Course topics in this program include health promotion, acute and chronic illness treatment, diseased prevention, and other advanced skills. The DNP program features a 75-credit curriculum that can be completed over the course of three years. In their final semester, students complete a residency period which allows them to practice the skills they have acquired throughout their studies.
Doctor of Nursing Practice- Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) major within the Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares registered nurses to assume leadership roles as neonatal nurse practitioners. The intensive curriculum features courses in essential and fundamental concepts such as critical thinking, neonatal nursing, program planning, systems management, and diagnostic reasoning. The program is offered online, creating flexible scheduling options for students with busy work schedules.