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MSN Program

Earning your Master of Science in Nursing at Houston Baptist University will allow you to master the skills and knowledge necessary to take on new and expanded leadership roles as a nurse. HBU offers two MSN degree options:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care(PNP-PC)

Houston Baptist University is a proud member of the:

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

The FNP program prepares you to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination from either the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. The 40-credit program includes 621 clinical contact hours and can be completed in 24-26 months. The program will prepare you for rewarding and flexible practitioner roles in family-focused healthcare including managing, diagnosing and treating patients from across the lifespan.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care (PNP-PC)

The PNP-PC program prepares you to sit for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care certification examination from either the Pediatric Nurse Certification Board or the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The 36-credit program includes 504 clinical contact hours and can be completed in 24 months. The program will prepare you for a wide range of pediatric primary care practitioner opportunities managing, diagnosing, and treat patients ages birth to 21 years old.

Nurse Practitioners are In Demand

Demand for Nurse Practitioners (NPs) is far greater than the supply, putting NPs in demand across the state. The Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies estimates that Texas needs more than 4,580 new NPs to fill today’s job opportunities. At only 4%* of the RN workforce in Texas, NPs are on the rise and answering the needs of our aging population and changing healthcare environment.

*American Nurses Association, 2016

Nurse Practitioners Enjoy a Variety of Attractive Career Paths

NPs enjoy a range of healthcare environments and types of roles, offering you long-term flexibility to shape your career on your own terms.

NPs by Type of Employer

Employer Type

Share of US NPs

Physician Offices

46%

Hospitals (for qualified NPs)

26%

Outpatient Centers

9%

Schools

3%

Other

17%

Source: United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (2015)

NPs by Type of Role

NP Role

Share of US NPs

Clinical Practice

95%

Administration

11%

Faculty

12%

Research

6%

Source: American Association of Nurse Practitioner (2015, March)

Nurse Practitioner Careers Offer Greater Earning Potential

HBU’s Family and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Degrees Can Accelerate Your Career

HBU’s MSN degree prepares you to practice as either a Family or Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. Offered through the School of Nursing and Allied Health, the MSN allows BSN-prepared nurses with a Texas Board of Nursing license to earn their degree without having to travel to class.* The flexible curriculum was developed in a competency-based education (CBE) model (course based, not direct assessment CBE) and is delivered through a blend of online coursework and high quality clinical and practicum experiences at leading healthcare providers near you.

*The MSN programs requires two one-day sessions on campus for orientation and skills training. Site orientation occurs the Friday of the first 8 weeks.  This provides an opportunity to meet the faculty, get university student card that can be used for discounts, provide hands on learning of the various programs utilized in the MSN, review program expectations, and give an opportunity for students to answer questions.

Two Online Master of Science in Nursing learning options; Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care (PNP-PC).

Learn Comprehensive Skill Sets Valuable to Employers: In order to meet the need for highly trained nursing staff in Texas hospitals and healthcare facilities, the online MSN program follows a Competency-Based Educational (CBE) format. Program competencies blend employer requirements and those of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing AACN Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties insuring that the curriculum is high quality and targeted to the skills you need to succeed today. CBE is student-centric and personalized, blending online courses with direct, hands-on clinical experiences. And since competencies are industry-aligned, utilizing next generation technology and strongly supported clinical and preceptor experiences, HBU’s MSN program produces nursing leaders.

Flexible and Convenient: Blending online courses with clinical experiences in a healthcare facility near your home. Each term is 8-weeks, creating an opportunity for you to graduate quickly.

Personalized Support: Instead of learning in crowded lecture halls, students receive real-time, personalized feedback while working online and directly at leading healthcare providers to master your skills. Individualized faculty support guides you along the way through coursework and hands-on in clinical and preceptor experiences.

Houston Baptist University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program allows you to efficiently complete your master’s degree in about two years. The program is a made up of 15 courses for a total of 40 credits. Below is an outline of the FNP program.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) – 15 Courses (40 Credits)

Theory Integration
(NURS 5300)3 Credits

This course explores and analyzes theories and propositions from social, psychological, medical, nursing, and interpersonal relations as a foundation to understanding research, practice, and scholarship in nursing. This is a three credit hour course.

Advanced Nursing Research
(NURS 5301)3 Credits

This course is designed to further nursing science through knowledge utilization and the testing of evidence-based research. The students will be given the opportunity to apply evidence-based research methods to nursing problems identified in their practice. Inductive and deductive approaches will be explored. The focus of this course is on acquiring knowledge and understanding of research reported in the literature, critique findings, and applying to practice. This is a three credit hour course. 

Leadership for Quality, Safety and Health Policy
(NURS 5302)3 Credits

The principles and theories germane to leadership will be explored in relation to complex organizations and the development of leadership styles and policy making within Microsystems, mesosystems, and macrosystems to transform those healthcare systems. Course content will include continuous quality improvement models, processes, and tools to measure outcomes in a healthcare facility. Emphasis will be placed on the political, demographic, and economic forces that influence the development of health policy and professional nursing practice. Ethical and legal dimensions of nursing practice and interprofessional relationships at advanced level will be explored. This is a three credit hour course.

Advanced Pathophysiology
(NURS 5303)3 Credits

This course focuses on pathophysiological processes across the lifespan and the development of clinical reasoning skills that distinguish the relationships between normal physiology and specific system alterations produced by injury and disease. Particular attention will be given to etiology, pathogenesis, developmental and environmental influences, and clinical manifestations of major health problems.

This is a three credit hour course.

Advanced Pharmacology
(NURS 5304) 3 Credits

This course provides the opportunity to acquire advanced knowledge and skills in the therapeutic use of pharmacologic agents. The pharmacologic treatment of major health problems will be explored. Principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacogenomics will be examined. The effects of culture, ethnicity, age, pregnancy, gender and funding on pharmacologic therapy will be emphasized. Legal aspects of prescribing will be fully addressed. This is a three credit hour course.

Advanced Health Assessment
(NURS 5305)3 Credits

This course will build upon health assessment skills developed in the professional nurse’s basic educational program. The theoretical and clinical basis for assessment in advanced nursing practice will be developed. The process whereby the advanced practitioner utilizes comprehensive physical, psychosocial, and cultural assessment across the lifespan to gather specific data relevant to common health problems is demonstrated. Faculty and preceptors facilitate laboratory and clinical experiences, which focus on assessment of clients and presentation of findings in a variety of settings. This course will require 27 hours of precepted patient care hours practicing the didactic content across the lifespan. This is a three credit hour course.

Advanced Skills Primary Care
(NURS 5120)1 Credits

This course will provide didactic and hands-on practice with the advanced skills needed in primary care. This class requires nine simulation/lab hours on campus or alternative location. The course is a one credit course.

Growth and Development Across the Lifespan
(NURS 5223)2 Credits

This course will provide didactic and hands-on practice with guidelines for health supervision of infants, children, and adolescents. This course has 81 hours of precepted patient care clinical. The course is a two credit course.

Advanced Diagnostics
(NURS 5230)3 Credits

Focus is on managing complex healthcare problems through the development of evidence-based diagnostic and clinical decision-making skills. Participants evaluate use of advanced diagnostic techniques in terms of best evidence, client values/beliefs, available resources, and clinical expertise. The course is a three credit course.

Advanced Role
(NURS 5229)2 Credits

The purpose of this course is to provide a conceptual basis for advanced practice nursing. Students examine nurse practitioner competencies with emphasis on acquiring knowledge and skills to assume leadership roles in healthcare delivery, health policy, and complex healthcare systems. Research and quality improvement mechanisms to implement change are explored. The course is a two credit course.

FNP I
(NURS 5230/5030)2 Credits

This course will provide didactic and hands-on practice in the diagnosis and management of women’s health. This course has 45 hours of precepted patient care clinical. The course is a two credit course.

FNP II
(NURS 5231/5031)2 Credits

This course will provide didactic and hands-on practice in the diagnosis and management of acute illnesses in adults. This course has 54 hours of precepted patient care clinical. The course is a two credit course.

FNP III
(NURS 5232/5032)2 Credits

This course will provide didactic and hands-on practice in the diagnosis and management of chronic conditions in adults. This course has 54 hours of precepted patient care clinical. The course is a two credit course.

Advanced Practicum I
(NURS 5420)4 Credits

This course will provide the opportunity for the learner to integrate and practice the content from previous courses. This course is a precepted clinical of 180 hours. The course is a four credit course.

Advanced Practicum II
(NURS 5421)4 Credits

This capstone course will provide the opportunity for the learner to integrate and practice the content from previous courses. This course is a precepted clinical of 180 hours. The course is a four credit course.

Houston Baptist University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care (PNP-PC) program allows you to efficiently complete your master’s degree in about two years. The program is a made up of 14 courses for a total of 36 credits. Below is an outline of the MSN PNP-PC program.

Theory Integration
(NURS 5300)3 Credits

This course explores and analyzes theories and propositions from social, psychological, medical, nursing, and interpersonal relations as a foundation to understanding research, practice, and scholarship in nursing. This is a three credit hour course.

Advanced Nursing Research
(NURS 5301)3 Credits

This course is designed to further nursing science through knowledge utilization and the testing of evidence-based research. The students will be given the opportunity to apply evidence-based research methods to nursing problems identified in their practice. Inductive and deductive approaches will be explored. The focus of this course is on acquiring knowledge and understanding of research reported in the literature, critique findings, and applying to practice. This is a three credit hour course. 

Leadership for Quality, Safety and Health Policy
(NURS 5302)3 Credits

The principles and theories germane to leadership will be explored in relation to complex organizations and the development of leadership styles and policy making within Microsystems, mesosystems, and macrosystems to transform those healthcare systems. Course content will include continuous quality improvement models, processes, and tools to measure outcomes in a healthcare facility. Emphasis will be placed on the political, demographic, and economic forces that influence the development of health policy and professional nursing practice. Ethical and legal dimensions of nursing practice and interprofessional relationships at advanced level will be explored. This is a three credit hour course.

Advanced Pathophysiology
(NURS 5303)3 Credits

This course focuses on pathophysiological processes across the lifespan and the development of clinical reasoning skills that distinguish the relationships between normal physiology and specific system alterations produced by injury and disease. Particular attention will be given to etiology, pathogenesis, developmental and environmental influences, and clinical manifestations of major health problems.

This is a three credit hour course.

Advanced Pharmacology
(NURS 5304) 3 Credits

This course provides the opportunity to acquire advanced knowledge and skills in the therapeutic use of pharmacologic agents. The pharmacologic treatment of major health problems will be explored. Principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacogenomics will be examined. The effects of culture, ethnicity, age, pregnancy, gender and funding on pharmacologic therapy will be emphasized. Legal aspects of prescribing will be fully addressed. This is a three credit hour course.

Advanced Health Assessment
(NURS 5305)3 Credits

This course will build upon health assessment skills developed in the professional nurse’s basic educational program. The theoretical and clinical basis for assessment in advanced nursing practice will be developed. The process whereby the advanced practitioner utilizes comprehensive physical, psychosocial, and cultural assessment across the lifespan to gather specific data relevant to common health problems is demonstrated. Faculty and preceptors facilitate laboratory and clinical experiences, which focus on assessment of clients and presentation of findings in a variety of settings. This course will require 27 hours of precepted patient care hours practicing the didactic content across the lifespan. This is a three credit hour course.

Advanced Skills Primary Care
(NURS 5120)1 Credits

This course will provide didactic and hands-on practice with the advanced skills needed in primary care. This class requires nine simulation/lab hours on campus or alternative location. The course is a one credit course.

Growth and Development Across the Lifespan
(NURS 5223)2 Credits

This course will provide didactic and hands-on practice with guidelines for health supervision of infants, children, and adolescents. This course has 81 hours of precepted patient care clinical. The course is a two credit course.

Advanced Diagnostics
(NURS 5230)3 Credits

Focus is on managing complex healthcare problems through the development of evidence-based diagnostic and clinical decision-making skills. Participants evaluate use of advanced diagnostic techniques in terms of best evidence, client values/beliefs, available resources, and clinical expertise. The course is a three credit course.

Advanced Role
(NURS 5229)2 Credits

The purpose of this course is to provide a conceptual basis for advanced practice nursing. Students examine nurse practitioner competencies with emphasis on acquiring knowledge and skills to assume leadership roles in healthcare delivery, health policy, and complex healthcare systems. Research and quality improvement mechanisms to implement change are explored. The course is a two credit course.

PNP I
(NURS 5220/5020)2 Credits

This course will provide didactic and hands-on practice in the diagnosis and management of acute illnesses management of infants, children, and adolescents. This course has 72 hours of precepted patient care clinical. The course is a two credit course.

PNP II
(NURS 5221/5021)2 Credits

This course will provide didactic and hands-on practice in the diagnosis and management of chronic illnesses in children and adolescents. This course has 72 hours of precepted patient care clinical. The course is a two credit course.

PNP III
(NURS 5222/5022)2 Credits

This course will provide didactic and hands-on practice in the diagnosis and management of chronic conditions in adults. This course has 54 hours of precepted patient care clinical. The course is a two credit course.

Advanced Practicum I
(NURS 5420)4 Credits

This course will provide the opportunity for the learner to integrate and practice the content from previous courses. This course is a precepted clinical of 180 hours. The course is a four credit course.

Director of Graduate Programs, HBU School of Nursing and Allied Health – Kathryn Reveles, DNP

Education

  • Nursing PhD Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
  • DNP, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
  • MSN, University of Texas, El Paso
  • Post-MSN Certificate, University of Texas, Medical Branch
  • BSN, University of Texas, El Paso

Awards and Honors

Dr. Kathryn Reveles has been invited to make presentations on her research regionally, nationally, and internationally. She also helped develop curriculum for the Pediatric Acute and Primary care nurses program at the University of Texas at El Paso. She was awarded the 2015 TNA District 9 Outstanding Nurse.

Publications

Ortiz, G., & Reveles, K. A. (2012). Targeting the priming response: Intranasal steroid therapy for allergic rhinitis. Advance for NPs & PAs, 3(4), 16-21.

Reveles, K.A. (2015). A Qualitative Descriptive Study of Women in a Transitional Living Facility. Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, UT.

Reveles, K. A. (2011). Reducing Pediatric Obesity: A Team Approach.Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, UT.


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