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This major prepares professional nurses for the nurse educator role in academic or clinical settings.  The curriculum integrates masters’ essential areas as described by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2011), graduate level advanced practice core courses, and education-focused specialty courses.

 The curriculum is distinctively different from other nurse educator programs in several aspects. Graduate level advanced practice courses are taught specifically for educators, and there is a focus on integration of best practices in simulation pedagogy throughout the curriculum.  Additionally, during the two final mentored experience courses, students have the opportunity to work closely with professionals who have expertise in improving health outcomes for specific clinical populations, and with expert nurse educators.

 The curriculum prepares students to take the National League for Nursing’s Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam.

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.

  • AACN:     Essential I, II, IV, VII, XI
  • AONE:     Leadership and Knowledge of Healthcare Environment
  • ANA:       Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 13, 15
  • NLN:        Competency V
  • NONPF:   Scientific Foundation Competencies, Leadership Competencies, Health Delivery System Competencies  
  • QSEN:      Quality Improvement (QI), Team and Collaboration, Patient-centered Care, Evidence-based Practice. 

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

  • AACN:     Essential I, II, VII, IX
  • AONE:     Communication and Relationship building
  • ANA:        Standards 8, 9, 10, 11, 15
  • NLN:         Competency I, II, V
  • NONPF:    Health Delivery System Competencies, Practice Inquiry Competencies
  • QSEN:      Teamwork and Collaboration, Patient-centered care

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.

  • AACN:      Essential III, V, VIII, IX
  • AONE:      Business Skills and Principles
  • ANA:         Standards 7, 14, 15
  • NLN:         Competency II, III, VI
  • NONPF:    Practice Inquiry Competencies, Technology and Information, Literacy Competencies, Health Delivery System Competencies, Independent Practice Competencies
  • QSEN:      Quality Improvement (QI), Safety, Patient-centered Care, Evidence-based Practice, Informatics

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

  • AACN:      Essential II, VI, VIII, IX
  • AONE:      Knowledge of Healthcare Environment
  • ANA:         Standard 16
  • NLN:         Competency IV, VII
  • NONPF:    Quality Competencies, Policy Competencies, Health Delivery System Competencies
  • QSEN:       Quality Improvement (QI), Safety, Teamwork and Collaboration, Patient-centered Care

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

  • AACN:      Essential  II VII, VIII, XI
  • AONE:      Professionalism
  • ANA:         Standard 9, 12
  • NLN:         Competency I, II, VIII
  • NONPF:    Ethics, Competencies, Independent Practice Competencies
  • QSEN:      Teamwork and Collaboration, Patient-centered Care

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 http://graduate.utep.edu/ 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. Valid, unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license from the state of current practice.
  2. Completed application for the Graduate School at UTEP.
  3. A Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or equivalent education at a foreign institution.
  4. 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.
  5. Admission Levels
    1. Full Admission: Undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or greater
    2. Conditional Admission: Undergraduate GPA of 2.00-2.99.  Must achieve a B or better on first 3 core courses.

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.

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 33

MS in Nusing Education (All courses require a grade of C or better) 1
Required Courses:
NURS 5303Advanced Health Assessment3
NURS 5310Nursing Theory3
NURS 5338Health Policy and Advocacy3
NURS 5345Curriculum Development3
NURS 5347Effective Teaching Strategies3
NURS 5348Evaluation of Learning3
NURS 5365Managing Health Care Outcomes3
NURS 5369Nursing Ed Mentored Experience3
NURS 5370Rsrch Appraisal & Application3
NURS 5372Integ Concpts Pathophys/Pharm3
NURS 5374Nurs Ed Mentored Exp-Educ Role3
Total Hours33
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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 a 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.