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The nurse practitioner major offers a choice of four individual concentrations. Available concentrations include: a) adult gerontology with an acute care focus (AGACNP), b) family with primary care focus (FNP), and c) pediatrics with an acute care focus (PNP-AC) d) pediatrics with a primary care focus (PNP-PC).

The total semester credit hours for the specific NP concentration ranges from 46 to 49 credits. Clinical practicum times vary from 610-720 clock hours based on the concentration and the student’s acquisition of competencies essential to practice. All nurse practitioner majors must complete the three core and four advanced practice core courses prior to starting clinical courses.

Due to the competitiveness of the major and limited clinical slots, students who deviate from their established degree plan for any reason will be dropped from the specific NP concentration cohort and must reapply to the specific NP concentration.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The Master of Science degree in Nursing (MSN) prepares professional nurses for post-graduate roles in a variety of advanced practice and specialty areas. Graduates have increased autonomy and independence in their practice and are eligible to apply for national certification. The Master of Science in Nursing provides the graduate the opportunity to:

UTEP’s MSN program outcomes incorporate nationally recognized educational and professional standards and competencies. Upon program completion graduates will be able to:

1.Apply theoretical perspectives, scientific evidence, and visionary thinking to critically analyze and lead complex organizational systems and implement innovative change.

2.Use interpersonal, inter-professional and organizational communication and relationship building skills to create and lead highly functioning, reliable and healthy teams. 

3.Combine business skills and principles, evidence-based practice, informatics, and quality and safety strategies and metrics to lead care systems for improvement of processes and outcomes.

4. Employ state, federal and global health policy(ies) to advocate for healthcare reform and improve health outcomes for all. 

5. Model professionalism, integrity, ethical decision making and respect for differing points of view and with diverse populations.   

6. Utilize research for the improvement of nursing practice and the advancement of nursing as an academic discipline.

7. Ascertain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to continuously improve the quality and safety of the health care systems in which they practice through lifelong learning.

MSN Applicants have the choice of three majors: a) Nursing Education; b) Nurse Practitioner with concentrations in Adult Gerontology Acute Care, Family, and Pediatrics Primary Care or Acute Care; and c) Nursing Systems Management. Total required semester hours vary from 33 to 49.

Interested nurses apply online through the Graduate School Web site and send official transcripts directly to the Graduate School. After individual evaluation, the Dean of the Graduate School upon recommendation of the Graduate Studies Committee makes the final decision regarding admission.

Requirements for Admission

  1. Current Registered Nurse license in good standing in state or country where clinical or practicum coursework is completed
  2. Completed application for graduate school at UTEP and a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or equivalent education at a foreign institution or
    Alternative admission: associate’s degree in Nursing from an accredited Nursing program. These applicants must first complete undergraduate application and the following undergraduate courses: (a) State of Texas core courses, (b) pre-professional Nursing courses, and (c) the five RN-BSN courses with a grade of B or better. Once undergraduate courses are completed, students apply to graduate school and request acceptance into a Nursing graduate major (Bachelor of Science in nursing degree not awarded).
  3. Satisfactory score on TOEFL as defined by the graduate school for international applicants whose first language is not English or who have not completed a university degree in the U.S.
  4. Demonstration of academic achievement and potential as indicated by
    1. Undergraduate or graduate coursework
    2. Letter of intent (LOI) that includes
      1. Name and 800# if known
      2. A personal goal statement demonstrating fit with specific major and concentration for which you are applying
      3. Skills, talents, unique abilities, or community service essential to preferred advanced nursing role and concentration; if you are an NP applicant you may want to address experience with diverse populations
      4. Following format
        1. Word document with 500 words or less, 1 inch margins, 1.5 or double spaced, and 11 point Arial font.
        2. Strong flow and organization
        3. Proper sentence structure, syntax, punctuation, capitalization, etc.
    3. Current resume identifying appropriate objective related to graduate education

Length of program depends on major and varies from 33 to 49 semester credit hours (SCH). Students should contact the Assistant Dean of Graduate Nursing for further information ( Applications are considered on an individual basis and are reviewed by the Graduate Studies Committee of the School of Nursing.

Online Learning Requirements

To be successful, students must purchase or have accessible a computer with reliable internet access, most current Microsoft Office and other software essential for online learning.

Compliance Requirements for MSN Program

Compliance must remain current throughout the semester in which the student enrolls or the student risks being dropped from courses. Once admitted, students provide compliance documentation directly to the Compliance Officer. See compliance website for more information.

Travel Requirements

The new MSN student face-to-face orientation occurs on the UTEP campus prior to the start of each semester (fall, spring and summer). Attendance is strongly encouraged for all graduate nursing students.

Nurse practitioner students are required to travel to UTEP's campus up to a maximum of three times during the semesters in which they are enrolled in clinical courses. The number of on campus times varies according to the NP concentration. This time is used for self and faculty evaluation of clinical competencies.

Due to the limited number of appropriate clinical placements, nurse practitioner students may be required to travel 200 miles or more to fulfill clinical requirements.

Student Employment

Student employment is a personal decision; however, it is the student’s responsibility to arrange work obligations to support the required education commitments for classes and clinical experiences. We strongly encourage NP students in the last three semesters of study to immerse themselves into the role and to limit outside employment. 

Degree Requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing

The School of Nursing attempts to accommodate flexibility in course offerings with respect to weekend, evening, and summer classes and online delivery.  Courses with enrollment of less than seven individuals are subject to cancellation.
Graduate students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 (“B average”) in order to remain in good academic standing.  Additionally, any graduate nursing student achieving a grade lower than B in any of the Graduate Core or Advanced Practice Core courses must repeat the course and earn a grade of B or better.  Students earning two grades of C in any graduate nursing course will be dismissed from the Graduate Nursing Program.  Students earning a grade of D or F in any graduate nursing course will be dismissed from the Graduate Nursing Program. 
All degree requirements for the M.S.N. must be completed within six years.


  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric  Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 46-48

Graduate Core Hours (All courses require a grade of B or better)
Required Courses:
NURS 5310Nursing Theory3
NURS 5338Health Policy and Advocacy3
NURS 5370Rsrch Appraisal & Application3
Advanced Practice Core Courses (All courses require a grade of B or better)
Required Courses:
NURS 5121Adv Health Assessm. Practicum1
NURS 5220Advanced Health Assessment2
NURS 5319Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 5362Pharmacotherapeutics3
Concentration Required
Select one of the following concentrations28-31
Total Hours46-49

Concentration in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 

Adult-Gero NP w/Acute Care Sp (All courses require a grade of B or better)
Required Courses:
NURS 5254Advanced Practice Nursing Role2
NURS 5260Advanced Skills2
NURS 5302Adult & Geriatric Practm3
NURS 5361Acute & Critcl Illness Practm3
NURS 5367Advanced Diagnostics3
NURS 5461Acute & Crit Illness in Adults4
NURS 5472Advanced Practice Clinical4
NURS 5472Advanced Practice Clinical4
NURS 5602Adult & Geriatric Health6
Total Hours31

Concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner

Family Nurse Practitioner (All courses require a grade of B or better)
Required Courses:
NURS 5130Advanced FNP Skills1
NURS 5229Advanced FNP Diagnostics2
NURS 5230FNP Adult Health2
NURS 5231FNP Adult Health Practicum2
NURS 5236FNP Geriatric Health2
NURS 5237FNP Geriatric Health Practicum2
NURS 5240FNP Pediatric Health2
NURS 5244FNP Women's Health2
NURS 5245FNP Women's Health Practicum2
NURS 5254Advanced Practice Nursing Role2
NURS 5441FNP Pedi Health Practicum4
NURS 5672Advanced Practice Clinical6
Total Hours29

Concentration in Pediatric Acute Care

Pediatric Nurse Acute Care (All courses require a grade of B or better)
Required Courses:
NURS 5254Advanced Practice Nursing Role2
NURS 5312Chldbear/rearing Hlth Practm3
NURS 5359Acute Pediatric Practicum3
NURS 5412Childbearing/rearing Hlth4
NURS 5472Advanced Practice Clinical4
NURS 5657Pediatric Acute Care6
Total Hours22

Concentration in Pediatric Primary Care

Pediatric Nurse Primary Care (All courses require a grade of B or better)
Required Courses:
NURS 5202Pediatrics IA2
NURS 5203Pediatrics IB2
NURS 5210Developing Human2
NURS 5246PNP Adv Diagnosis and Skills2
NURS 5247Pediatrics Practicum IA2
NURS 5248Pediatrics Practicum IB2
NURS 5249Pediatrics IIA2
NURS 5250Pediatrics IIB2
NURS 5251Pediatrics Practicum IIA2
NURS 5252Pediatrics Practicum IIB2
NURS 5254Advanced Practice Nursing Role2
NURS 5374Nurs Ed Mentored Exp-Educ Role3
NURS 5375Pediatrics Adv. Practicum A3
Total Hours28