Texas RN to MSN / Masters in Nursing Programs
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Texas is in the midst of a population boom and needs more healthcare providers to keep up with the demand for services. Demand for primary healthcare professionals who provide geriatric and mental health services, such as adult gerontological nurse practitioners and psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialists, is especially acute. According to a report by the University of Texas at Austin, close to 70 percent of Texas counties are considered mental health professional shortage areas. The Center for Health Statistics predicts that residents over age 65 will soon make up 16 percent of Texas' population.

Texas also needs more nurse educators. According to the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies, Texas schools of nursing had a faculty vacancy rate of almost six percent in 2008. That rate will likely increase, as 64 percent of current nursing faculty members will become eligible for retirement within the next 12 years. A MSN degree with a focus on nurse education is typically the entry-level degree for a nurse educator, and qualifies its holder to teach LPN and ADN students. MSN-prepared nurses may also lead clinical sessions for BSN students.

Professional organizations for MSN-prepared nurses in Texas include Texas Nurse Practitioners, Texas Nurses Association and Texas Organization of Nurse Executives.

Curriculum of Masters Degrees in Nursing Programs

An MSN curriculum can vary state to state or program to program, but here are some of the programs you can expect to encounter in a post-baccalaureate degree:

  • Nursing Management
  • Research and Practice
  • Managing Clinical Outcomes
  • Critical Issue Management
  • Specialty focused classes

The demand for well-qualified nurses with master's level degrees in Texas is rising rapidly. There are several universities in Texas with master level nursing programs, and many are listed in the U.S. News top 400 list of universities in the USA.

The Texas Women's University is an example with campuses located in Denton, Dallas and Houston. This university offers full-time and part-time programs, but encourages students to work part-time when enrolled in the clinical courses. In addition, there are some courses that may be completed online or partially online. Master level nursing programs include:

  • FNP for acute, family and adult care
  • Nurse Education
  • Administration
  • Nurse Health Systems Management
  • Clinical Nurse Leadership

Although 78 percent of students live off campus, they offer numerous student organizations and a learning enhancement service, which provides individual academic counseling, academic peer tutoring and study skills workshops.

Another top rated university is Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, which offers a master of nursing family nurse practitioner track (FNP). This particular program's primary focus is training nurses to work in rural agencies and rural other health care settings. This is an online track that requires occasional trips to the Lubbock campus, which is ideal for students that live a longer distance from campus.

Careers for Masters of Nursing Graduates in Texas

The population in Texas is booming, which means there is an increased need for more healthcare workers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics cites nursing as the fasting growing profession from 2008 to 2018, as reported by Forbes. Adult gerontological nurse practitioners and clinical specialties in the field of psychiatric mental health are in acute need.

The outlook is favorable with positions available for adult and geriatric nurse practitioners throughout Texas. They are typically responsible for treatment of patients in skilled care and nursing home settings. There is also a demand for nurse practitioners in hospital settings. Nurse anesthetist, nurse administrators and neonatal intensive care practitioners (NNPs) are some examples.

Many nurse practitioners provide primary and preventative care in doctor offices and many other settings. Another example is a certified nurse midwife, who provides care for obstetric and gynecologic patients and also works in labor and deliver, and Nursing Informatics analysts are being hired by hospitals to make the patient's records available online as directed by the new economic stimulus bill passed last year.

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MSN programs for Texas nurses include:

  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Texas Tech offers online MSN programs in nurse administration and nurse education; the nurse practitioner program is partially online. Texas Tech also offers an interesting option for ADN-prepared nurses who would like to become nurse educators: an RN-to MSN program with a focus on educational leadership.
  • University of Texas at Austin. The University of Texas at Austin offers a full complement of MSN programs, with multiple opportunities for sub-specialization. A nurse may choose to focus on maternity nursing; within maternity nursing, she can select to focus on administration, public health nursing or teaching. Additional coursework in gerontology is available to all MSN students who would like to develop expertise in the care of the aging.

Programs from Texas Schools

Listed below are all of the nationally accredited MSN programs with campus locations in Texas.

Abilene Christian University (Abilene, TX)
Program Name: Administration Track, Education Track, Family Nurse Practitioner Track
Angelo State University (San Angelo, TX)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Nursing (online), Nurse Educator Track (online), Nurse Practitioner (online), RN-MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Nursing (online), RN-MSN Nurse Educator (online)
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
Accreditation: AANA/CANAEP accredited
Baylor University (Dallas, TX)
Program Name: Advanced Neonatal Nursing (NNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Nurse Midwifery (CNM)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Hardin-Simmons University (Abilene, TX)
Program Name: Administration, Education, Family Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Lamar University (Beaumont, TX)
Program Name: MSN/MBA, Nurse Administrator, Nurse Educator
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
McMurry University (Abilene, TX)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration, Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Midwestern State University (Wichita Falls, TX)
Program Name: BSN-MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (online), Nurse Educator (online), RN-MSN
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing (Abilene, TX)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Prairie View A&M University (Houston, TX)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration, Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited, NLNAC accredited
Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, TX)
Program Name: MSN-FNP
Texas A & M International University (Laredo, TX)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, TX)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Leader, Clinical Nurse Specialist - Adult Health (Medical-Surgical), Nurse Anesthesia, Nursing Education - Adult Health/Gerontology, Nursing Education - Parent-Child Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (Lubbock, TX)
Program Name: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Administration, Education (online), Family Nurse Practitioner, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Texas Wesleyan University (Fort Worth, TX)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
Accreditation: AANA/CANAEP accredited
Texas Woman's University (Dallas, TX / Denton, TX / Houston, TX)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education, Nursing Systems Management
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)
Program Name: Adult Health (Administration Track), Adult Health (Teaching Track), Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Child Health Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, Family Psych/Mental Health NP, Holistic Adult Health Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing - Holistic Adult Health CNS, Maternity Nursing, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration and Heathcare Systems Management, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Public Health Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College (Brownsville, TX)
Program Name: Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, Public Health Nursing
Accreditation: NLNAC accredited
The University of Texas at El Paso (El Paso, TX)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Clinician Educator (online), Nursing Systems Management, RN to MSN (online), Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas at Tyler (Tyler, TX)
Program Name: Acute Care NP, Administration, Education, Family NP, Geriatric NP, MSN/MBA, Pediatric NP, Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (Houston, TX)
Program Name: Acute Care Nursing (CNS or NP), Adult Health (CNS NP or Education), Family Nurse Practitioner, Gerontological Nursing (CNS NP or Education), Nurse Anesthesia, Nursing Leadership and Administration in Health Systems, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing NP, Women’s Health
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (San Antonio, TX)
Program Name: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Administration in Community & Health Care Systems in Nursing, Critical Care Nursing (Clinical Nurse Specialist), Family Nurse Practitioner, Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Medical-Surgical Nursing (Clinical Nurse Specialist), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, RN to MSN Program
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (Galveston, TX)
Program Name: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, MSN - Clinical Nurse Leader, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (online), Nursing Educator (online), Nursing Leadership (online), Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program - Family, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program - Gerontological (online), Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program - Pediatric (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas-Pan American (Edinburg, TX)
Program Name: Adult Health Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, Master of Science in Nursing - Adult Health CNS, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Houston-Victoria (Victoria, TX)
Program Name: Nurse Administrator, Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Belton, TX)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Leader, Clinical Nurse Specialist, MSN/MBA
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
US Army (Fort Sam Houston, TX)
Program Name: MS in Nursing Anesthesia
Accreditation: AANA/CANAEP accredited
Wayland Baptist University (Plainview, TX)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing (online)
West Texas A & M University (Canyon, TX)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration, Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited

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