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.

Program Requirements

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The Nurse Practitioner program requires 46 credit hours to complete — 23 hours of core requirements, 15 hours of clinical courses and 8 hours of preceptorship courses. Core required courses include:

  • Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice (3 hours)
  • Research and Quality Improvement in Nursing (4 hours)
  • Advanced Assessment/Differential Diagnosis (4 hours)
  • Advanced Pathophysiology (3 hours)
  • Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 hours)
  • Policy and Health Promotion (3 hours)
  • Advanced Practice Nursing Role (2 hours)
  • Advanced Practice Nursing Seminar (1 hour)

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Apply for Admission

Candidates for unconditional admission to the Nurse Practitioner program are required to meet the general requirements for graduate admission and provide proof of professional liability insurance and licensure.

Effective Fall 2018 the GRE or MAT is no longer required for admission to graduate nursing programs.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester: May 1 
  • Spring semester: September 15

Contact the Nurse Practitioner Program

Please contact the following campus representatives for additional information:

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 2:30 PM, November 12, 2018