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This degree is designed to prepare nurses for roles in nursing administration across a variety of health care settings.  The program focuses on the development of administrative skills based on theory and evidence based practice.  Key concepts include managing human resources, managing financial resources, and managing quality. The program culminates in a project based residency course in which students address a systems level management issue by developing and implementing a summative evidence based solution.  

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:

  1. Synthesize theory and concepts from nursing and other disciplines for applications in the care of clients;
  2. Provide advanced nursing care based upon in-depth client assessment in an area of specialization;
  3. Evaluate ethical, moral, and legal precepts in client care;
  4. Design culturally competent interventions based on current, valid evidence;
  5. Apply research methods to investigate problems that influence advanced nursing care;
  6. Analyze public policy and issues that affect advanced nursing practice and health care delivery systems;
  7. Collaborate with other disciplines to provide care in a variety of settings;
  8. Integrate peer review and/or peer guidance in advanced practice;
  9. Participate in leadership and development of the profession; and
  10. Enhance the basis for life-long learning and/or doctoral study.

MSN Applicants have the choice of three majors: a) Nursing Education; b) Nurse Practitioner with concentrations in Adult /Gerontology with an Acute Care focus, Family, and Pediatrics Primary Care or Acute Care; and c) Nursing Administration and 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. 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. A 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. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0. GPAs of 2.0-2.99 will be considered on a case by case basis for the Nursing Education and Nursing Administration and Management Programs.

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 is enrolled or the student risks being dropped from courses. Once admitted, students provide compliance documentation to the Graduate Compliance Coordinator. All MSN students are required to have Background Check, Drug Screen, and proof of unencumbered, current, RN or APRN license at the beginning of their program.  Students are responsible to meet the agency specific compliance requirements of clinical sites.

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. The final capstone experience for the NSM major requires large blocks of time that will require employment arrangements to meet the course requirements. Classes are offered in a variety of time periods throughout the year to assist the students in minimizing conflicts.

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

M.S.N Core Courses
NURS 5310Nursing Theory3
NURS 5370Rsrch Appraisal & Application3
NURS 5338Health Policy and Advocacy3
Nursing Administration and Management (All courses require a grade of B or better)
Required Courses:
NURS 5300Organ. Theory & Culture in HC3
NURS 5304Comm&Conf Mgmt Nurs Mgr&Admin3
NURS 5335Nursing Adm Roles & Operations3
NURS 5337Fin Mgmt for Nurse Mgrs&Adm I3
NURS 5349Fin Mgmt for Nurse Mgrs&Adm II3
NURS 5365Managing Quality in Nurs Pract3
NURS 5366Manag Div Work Team in Nur Set3
NURS 5339Nursing Management Residency3
Total Hours33