Nurse Practitioner

Increased autonomy, prescriptive authority, better earning potential and endless opportunities in the field — these are just a few of the advantages to becoming a nurse practitioner.

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Nurse practitioners serve as advanced practice nurses who provide patient care for clients of any age, focusing on common health care problems. At TWU, we offer five distinct areas of specialty for nurse practitioners working toward an MS in Nursing.

By the Numbers

  • $107,526 average salary for nurse practitioners in Texas (National Salary Survey)
  • 31% projected growth of nurse practitioners from 2014 to 2024 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Nurse Practitioner Areas of Specialty

Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)

Interested in solving complex health issues in a fast-paced setting? The Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner(AGACNP) program prepares professional nurses to meet this challenge through exposure to the full spectrum of high acuity patient needs.

Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)

Assess, diagnose and manage the health of adults. The Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) program teaches protocols for treatment decisions, referrals and follow-ups for commonly encountered health conditions.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Treat patients through the lifespan, from infancy to adulthood. Focus for the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program is placed on health promotion and health maintenance in a primary care setting.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)

Provide compassionate care to children and adolescents for the most common acute and chronic illnesses. The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) program encompasses physiological, behavioral and family theories for better health maintenance.

Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)

Provide normal and high-risk prenatal management, family planning, fertility and well-woman care. The Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) program examines the health care needs of women, from adolescents to adults.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the TWU Graduate School

When you apply to the TWU Graduate School, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores if required. All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admissions to the TWU Graduate School. In addition, most graduate programs have additional admission requirements that must be completed. These requirements can be found on each graduate program website. After acceptance, you will need to begin your program within one year, unless a deferral has been approved by the program.

Check out the links below for specific admissions information:

*Admission to the M.S. in Nursing

Program Contacts

Denton – Dr. Susan Quisenberry
940-898-2401
squisenberry@twu.edu

Dallas – Dr. Susan Sheriff
214-689-6510
ssheriff@twu.edu

Houston – Dr. Paula Clutter
713-794-2100
pclutter@twu.edu

Application Deadlines

Nurse Practitioner
Fall-May 1
Spring – September 15

Nurse Educator 
Fall-July 1
Spring- December 1

Nursing Health Systems Management
Fall-July 1
Spring-September 15

Admission Requirements

  • Current US RN license (unencumbered)

  • Basic statistics course

  • BS or BSN degree from a nationally accredited nursing program

  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of course work toward the undergraduate nursing degree and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all prior graduate course work

Applicants who do not meet these criteria but have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the last 60 semester credit hours of course work toward the undergraduate nursing degree may be considered for provisional admission on an individual basis. Factors that may be considered in the admission decision are: GPA on any prior graduate course work, scholarly activities, professional leadership, and work history.

For applicants who have a baccalaureate degree in nursing and a master's degree in another field (or more than one graduate degree), the grade point average from all previously earned degrees and post-graduate work can be considered in making the admission decision.

Individuals who have a master’s degree in nursing may seek admission to a post-master’s certification program in one of three areas: nurse practitioner, nursing health systems management, or nursing education. 

Applicants who wish to transfer from another nursing program must provide evidence of eligibility to continue in the previous nursing program. Nine semester hours for programs requiring 39-44 semester hours, 12 semester hours for programs requiring 45 or more semester hours, may be transferred, if approved. A grade of B or higher in each course is necessary for semester credit hours to be considered for transfer.

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.

Contact the Nurse Practitioner Program

Please contact the following campus representatives for additional information:

  • Denton Campus
  • Dallas Center
  • Houston Center
    • Email Paula Clutter, Advanced Practice Coordinator
    • Call 713-794-2137

Out-of-State Students

The MS in Nursing – Nurse Practitioner Program prepares graduates to take the Texas Board of Nursing licensure exam. If you are a resident of another state, contact our department to determine whether our program fulfills requirements for licensure in your home state. 

Page last updated 4:53 PM, September 9, 2019