Masters Program

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) has been ranked as the top online program nationally by Best Colleges.com. Our MSN degree prepares the graduate to make significant contributions to the improvement of health care and to influence health care policy through advanced clinical practice and research that meets the complex health challenges and needs of society. The MSN program consists of seven tracks: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP), Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP), Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), Executive Nurse Leader (ENL) and Nurse Educator (NE). All of the six tracks of the MSN program are offered in the online format. All tracks except the ENL share a common core that consists of seven courses: GNRS 5373 Foundations of Theory and Research, GNRS 5355 Pathophysiology, GNRS 5301 Pharmacology, GNRS 5349 Informatics/QI, GNRS 5346 Public Policy, GNRS 5307 Advanced Health Assessment, GNRS 5337 Innovations in Community Health Practice. All specialties build on this core to prepare nurses for advanced practice. The ENL track does not include Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, or Advanced Health Assessment.

A successful graduate of the Master's Program at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Integrate specialized knowledge* into the advanced practice of nursing.
  • Synthesize and apply evidence, research, and theory to improve the advanced practice of nursing.
  • Develop and sustain collaborative relationships with colleagues from nursing and other disciplines to promote the health of individuals, families, and communities.
  • Use evidence-based teaching and counseling strategies for promotion of health, prevention of illness, and management of human responses to illness.
  • Provide leadership in contemporary roles associated with the advanced practice of nursing.
  • Analyze the historical, legal, cultural, and ethical dimensions of advanced nursing roles.
  • Actively participate in political, economic, and organizational change to promote the health of individuals, families, and communities within the global environment.
  • Demonstrate competence in an advanced nursing role incorporating cultural sensitivity, compassion, integrity, and respect.
  • Assume legal and ethical accountability in practice with individuals, society, and the profession.

*including, but not limited to knowledge from bio-psycho-social disciplines, nursing specialty areas, informatics, health policy, and financing of nursing practice.


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