Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN

College of Nursing & Health Sciences

Family Nurse Practitioner Program, MSN

Family Nurse Practitioner Degree, MSN (49 hours)

The MSN Family Nurse Practitioner degree prepares RNs to be Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN). After completing the degree nurses are eligible to sit for National Certification Exam as a Family Nurse Practitioner. The degree sequence is designed to be part-time to allow our students to work full-time.

The FNP Degree is offered complete online and only admits new students in the Fall semester.

Domestic Students:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
April 15 Not Offered Not Offered Not Offered

International Students:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
April 15 Not Offered Not Offered Not Offered

All completed applications will be reviewed beginning March 1st.  Applicants who submit complete applications by April 15th  will be notified of the admission decision approximately by May 15th; however, admissions decisions may continue through June.


Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission:
  • Apply for Admission via Apply Texas Application
  • An applicant may defer admission to an earlier/later semester. Applications are valid for one year. One deferral is allowed per application.
Application fee:
  • $50 for US citizen, $70 for International Students

Please Note: Applicants who wish to apply for a different program will be required to submit a new application. The application processing fee is required for each application submitted.


(Fall 2020 applications will open in October)

Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 applicants need to complete all of the following 6 REQUIREMENTS:


REQUIREMENT #1: Submit an Application at- Apply Texas

Once you have submitted via Apply Texas you will receive a Student ID (A#) from TAMUCC In 3-5 business days. You will need this A# throughout the application process.


REQUIREMENT #2: Submit a Resume- Resume Submission Link

This resume should not simply be a list of the places where you have worked but should include an outline of your professional and scholarly activities. It may be more than one page. You should present your information starting with most recent activities and ending with your earlier experiences. You can include activities you completed as a student if you graduated from your undergraduate program less than two years ago. Include in your resume                  

  • Name and contact information
  • Education (date and name of institutions where degrees earned)
  • Professional licensures and certification with expiration dates noted
  • Employment (include relevant details to demonstrate level of expertise where appropriate)
  • Awards and honors
  • Research experiences (in any role other than participant)
  • Publications, presentations, workshops in which you were a speaker/presenter
  • Professional membership (indicate leadership roles when appropriate)
  • Workplace committee/taskforce memberships (include leadership positions you may have held in these experiences)
  • Other organizational memberships (include leadership roles when appropriate)


REQUIREMENT #3: Submit an Essay-  Essay Submission Link

Write an  essay/personal statement that describes your goals related to graduate education in nursing. In the essay, please be specific about how a Masters of Science in Nursing (in your specific track of interest) will add to your current foundation of knowledge and enable you to further your career goals.  You  should also describe the position you anticipate seeking upon completion of the MSN degree and how this education will prepare you to work in the new role or support your current role. Applicants are encouraged to review the Texas Board of Nursing for reference. Finally, explain how your current professional experiences and the graduate education you are seeking create a foundation for your future career goal. 


REQUIREMENT #4: Submit a copy of a valid unencumbered Texas Nursing License-  License Submission Link

To obtain this license visit go to the Texas Board of Nursing Licensure Verification. Enter your RN License Number and press “submit”.  Print the license as a PDF saving it to your computer.


REQUIREMENT #5: Have 3 references submit the- CONHS Reference Form

To do this, go to Recommendation Request.  Fill out your information and provide 3-4 recommender email addresses.  The emails you provide will receive a prompt to complete the CONHS Reference Form on your behalf.  They DO NOT need to submit an original recommendation letter. Three reference must be received for this requirement to be considered complete.


REQUIREMENT #6: Submit an application & submit transcripts via- Nursing CAS

All transcripts must be submitted through Nursing CAS. (Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 applicants in Nursing CAS will open by July 1st)


NOTE: International students please see “Additional International Applicant Requirements” below.


For clarification, applicants should contact Graduate Academic Advisor, Mrs. Elizabeth Rivera: 361-825-2568

Special Program Requirements
  • Upon admission to the College, complete a criminal background check.
  • Complete a five panel non-chain of custody urine drug screen.
  • Purchase professional liability coverage through the University. Fees for this coverage are included in the fees paid at the time of registration at the beginning of each academic year.
  • Meet Texas Department of State Health Services immunization requirements for students involved with direct patient contact. Students who are not in compliance with these requirements will not be allowed to attend clinical laboratories. These requirements, as stated in the Texas Administrative Code, Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 97, Subchapter B, Rule 97.64 include the following:

a)Students may be provisionally enrolled for up to one semester to allow students to attend classes while obtaining the required vaccines and acceptable evidence of vaccination.

b)Students cannot be provisionally enrolled without at least one dose of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine if direct patient contact will occur during the provisional enrollment period.

c)Polio vaccine is not required. Students enrolled in health-related courses are encouraged to ascertain that they are immune to poliomyelitis.

d)One dose of tetanus-diphtheria toxoid (Td) is required within the last ten years.

e)Students who were born on or after January 1, 1957, must show, prior to patient contact, acceptable evidence of vaccination of two doses of measles-containing vaccine administered since January 1, 1968.

f)Students must show, prior to patient contact, acceptable evidence of vaccination of one dose of rubella vaccine.

g)Students born on or after January 1, 1957, must show, prior to patient contact, acceptable evidence of vaccination of one dose of mumps vaccine.

h)Students shall receive a complete series of hepatitis B vaccine prior to the start of direct patient care or show serologic confirmation of immunity to hepatitis B virus.

i)Students shall receive two doses of varicella vaccine unless the first dose was received prior to thirteen years of age.

  • Complete of a series of hepatitis A vaccine or serologic confirmation of immunity to hepatitis A virus before enrollment in courses with clinical laboratory experiences.
  • Provide results of tuberculosis screening annually.
  • Hold a Current American Heart Association CPR Type C certification.
Additional International Applicant Requirements

Application requirements for international applicants:

  • Copy of current Visa (if applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency. TAMUCC currently accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the last 2 years  :
    • Official TOEFL score minimum paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80
    • Official IELTS score minimum 6.5
    • TOEFL/IELTS will be waived if a valid Texas Nursing License is submitted.

FNP Degree Sequence

49 Total Credit Hours/630 Clinical Hours

Year 1

Fall (MSN Core Courses)

NURS 5310 Science in Nursing (3 Credit Hours)

NURS 5314 Nursing Research (3 Credit Hours)

Spring (MSN Core Courses)

NURS 5315 Diverse Care Environments (3 Credit Hours)

NURS 5316 Intro to Advanced Role (3 Credit Hours)

Year 2

Summer (Begin FNP Specialty Courses)

NURS 5323 Finance for the NP (3 Credit Hours)

NURS 5341 Wellness and Health Promotion (3 Credit Hours)


NURS 5322 Advanced Pharmacology (3 Credit Hours)

NURS 5326 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 Credit Hours)


NURS 5624 Health Assessment and Differential Diagnosis

(6 credit hours/ 90 clinical laboratory hours)

Year 3


NURS 5644 Acute Chronic 1

(6 credit hours/ 135 clinical laboratory hours)


NURS 5645 Acute Chronic II

(6 credit hours/ 135 clinical laboratory hours)

Spring (Capstone Course)

NURS 5746 Integrated Clinical

(7 credit hours/ 270 clinical laboratory hours)

Half of each new FNP cohort will be placed on a modified sequence at the end of their first fall semester to ensure that we can admit as many student as possible. These students will begin major clinical courses earlier than outlined in the above sequence. These students will receive an updated degree plan when they are assigned to the modified sequence.

Students are responsible for identifying and selecting preceptors for clinical experiences. The clinical instructor for each course must approve the clinical site selected by the student. The CONHS will make every effort to support the students in the communities where they reside but occasionally students are required to travel when appropriate sites are not available. Program Coordinators can provide students with additional information about clinicals. For more information please see the Preceptor Guide on our Current Students page.

Transfer Coursework:
The CONHS Graduate Department may accept up to 12 graduate hours for transfer provided that the coursework:
  1. Is from an accredited University
  2. has a letter grade of B or better (no CR/NC or Pass/ No Pass)
  3. has been completed in less than 7 years from the time of graduation in the TAMUCC program
  4. has not been used on a conferred master's degree at another institution
Please correspond with CONHS Graduate Academic Advisor to determine transfer credit. The courses must be evaluated for possible transfer equivalency, so transcripts, course descriptions, and syllabi are essential to determine possible transfer credit. These need to be sent to the CONHS Graduate Advisor for consideration.
For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the Business Office's website.

Additional Information

All materials, including applications, transcripts, graduate form, and 3 reference forms must be received by Graduate Admissions by the application deadline. Please allow time for transcript processing, which can take up to two weeks.

Applicants whose documents are not received by Graduate Admissions by the posted date will not be considered for admission.
Please carefully review the application requirements above.

If you have questions, please call or e-mail the Graduate Academic Advisor. Students who have applied for admission in previous semesters should contact the Graduate Academic Advisor to confirm documents are still available for the admissions review.

If you'd like to learn more about the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, please visit our website.

Contact for More Information:

Dr. Elizabeth Loika

Island Hall-328B
6300 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78412
Office: 361-825-4241