Master of Science in Nursing

Now accepting applications for the January 2021 MSN start

Master of Science in Nursing Program

Earning your Master of Science in Nursing  degree from 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 specialized MSN degree options to choose from. The Master of Science in Nursing – Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care and the Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner.

MSN-Pediatric NP – PC
MSN Family NP

Offered through the School of Nursing and Allied Health, the Master of Science in Nursing 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 require two one-day sessions on campus for orientation and skills training. Site orientation occurs the Friday prior to classes starting.  This provides an opportunity to meet the faculty, get a 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.

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MS in Nursing Career Options

Nurse Practitioner Careers Offer Greater Earning Potential

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

*American Nurses Association, 2016

Program Features

Two Online Master of Science in Nursing learning options

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

Flexible and Convenient

Blending online courses with clinical experiences in a healthcare facility near your home. Each term is 16-weeks, creating an opportunity for you to graduate quickly.

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.

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.

Outcomes

  • 80% of graduates will demonstrate professional practice congruent with HBU’s & SNAH’s mission as evidenced by: A1: aggregate scores of > 3.5 on items 3.2, 3.3, 5.1, and 6.2 IA2: documentation of mission trip experiences
  • Graduates will practice according to professional guidelines and standards defined by AACN; NP graduates will also practice according to professional guidelines defined by NONPF as evidenced by: 90% of students achieving total scores of > 114 on the Clinical Evaluation Tool in NURS 5420 & NURS 5421
  • MSN program will prepare graduates to demonstrate practice that is relevant to the needs of the community of interest.
  • HBU and SNAH policies will support achievement of program outcomes.
  • Fiscal resources will be sufficient to fulfill the MSN program’s goals, mission, & expected outcomes.
  • Physical resources and clinical sites will be sufficient to enable the MSN program to fulfill its mission, goals, & expected outcomes.
  • Faculty will be sufficient in number & academically & experientially prepared to accomplish the MSN program’s mission, goals, and program outcomes.
  • HBU & SNAH will provide & support an environment that encourages faculty teaching, scholarship, service, & practice in keeping with the mission, goals, & expected faculty outcomes.
  • MSN program will provide planned clinical practice experiences that enable students to integrate new knowledge, demonstrate attainment of program outcomes, & foster inter-professional collaborative practice.
  • MSN program will utilize a systematic evaluation plan to determine program effectiveness & needs for program improvement.
  • 70% of students will complete program.
  • 80% of graduates will pass the appropriate certification exam.
  • 70% of graduates will be employed as NPs within 12 months after completing program.
  • Student outcomes lead to program improvement as needed.
  • Aggregate faculty outcomes will demonstrate program effectiveness.
  • Aggregate faculty outcomes will foster program improvement.
  • MSN program outcome data demonstrate program effectiveness.
  • MSN program outcome data will foster program improvement

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

For additional detail on course descriptions, please view our Course Catalog.

Growth and Development Across the Lifespan (NURS 5223)

Advanced Diagnostics (NURS 5230)

Advanced Role (NURS 5229)

FNP I (NURS 5230/5030)

FNP II (NURS 5231/5031)

FNP III (NURS 5232/5032)

Advanced Practicum I (NURS 5420)

Advanced Practicum II (NURS 5421)

Theory Integration (NURS 5300)

Advanced Nursing Research (NURS 5301)

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

Advanced Pathophysiology (NURS 5303)

Advanced Pharmacology (NURS 5304)

Advanced Health Assessment (NURS 5305)

Advanced Skills Primary Care (NURS 5120)

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Primary Care

For additional detail on course descriptions, please view our Course Catalog.

Growth and Development Across the Lifespan (NURS 5223)

Advanced Diagnostics (NURS 5230)

Advanced Role (NURS 5229)

PNP I (NURS 5220/5020)

PNP II (NURS 5221/5021)

PNP III (NURS 5222/5022)

Advanced Practicum I (NURS 5420)

Theory Integration (NURS 5300)

Advanced Nursing Research (NURS 5301)

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

Advanced Pathophysiology (NURS 5303)

Advanced Pharmacology (NURS 5304)

Advanced Health Assessment (NURS 5305)

Advanced Skills Primary Care (NURS 5120) 

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HBU’s Online Degree Programs

Clicking the “Request Info” button above constitutes your express written consent for representatives of Houston Baptist University to contact you about educational opportunities. You understand you may be called, texted or emailed by HBU’s technology partner at the number/email address provided, regarding furthering your education. You understand that calls may be generated using an automated technology. Your consent is not an obligation to purchase educational programs or services.

Director of Graduate Programs, HBU School of Nursing and Allied Health

Kathryn Reveles, PhD, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC

AWARDS & 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.

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

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.