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Nurse practitioners are advanced practice nurses who function as primary care providers to clients of any age, focusing on common health care problems. These skilled health care providers use expert clinical judgment and decision making in the performance of comprehensive health assessments, differential diagnoses and prescribing of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions in the direct treatment of health problems. These work in collaborative practices with primary care physicians to deliver culturally sensitive care to clients.

Nurse practitioners programs include:

The Family Nurse Practitioner program has become very popular in the past couple of years.  Due to a high number of applicants and limited slots, the admissions have become competitive.  Please be sure and adhere to our admission dates of:

Semester for Admission Submit application and all transcripts to the Office of Admissions no later than
Fall May 1
Spring September 15
Summer (Houston campus only) February 1

Core Requirements

The nurse practitioner tracks require 46 credit hours. The following courses must be completed by all nurse practitioner students:

Core Requirements

credit hours

N5013: Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice 3
N5024: Research and Quality Improvement in Nursing
N5644: Advanced Assessment/Differential Diagnosis 4
B5333: Advanced Pathophysiology 3
N5663: Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
N5003: Policy and Health Promotion 3
N5002: Advanced Practice Nursing Role 2
N5001: Advanced Practice Nursing Seminar 1

Total

23 hrs.

Additional Requirements in Specialty Area

In addition, nurse practitioner candidates complete 23 credit hours of clinical courses in their specialty area.

Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) 

The Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program will prepare the professional nurse for a leadership role in the delivery of health care and the promotion of health within the acute care setting. The core body of knowledge for the ACNP is derived from the full spectrum of high acuity patient care needs. The role of the AGACNP has expanded to include inpatients, specialty based clinics, private practice groups, as well as virtual locations, such as telemedicine/telenursing and eICUs. The program is available at the Houston Center.

AGACNP Clinical Courses:

credit hours

N5005: Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I 5
N5015: Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II 5
N5025: Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner III 5
Total 15
Preceptorship Courses
can be completed in 1 or 2 semesters

credit hours

N5683: Preceptorship I 3
N5695: Preceptorship II
Total 8 

Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)

Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) students focus on promoting the health of adults through theory and research-based interventions. Protocols for treatment decisions, referrals and follow-up are used in the management of commonly encountered health deviations in the adult population. The program is available at the Dallas Center and Houston Center.

AGNP Clinical Courses

credit hours

N5525: Adult/Gerontology Nursing I 5
N5505: Adult/Gerontology Nursing II 5
N5515: Adult/Gerontology Nursing III 5

Total

15
Preceptorship Courses
can be completed in 1 or 2 semesters

credit hours

N5683: Preceptorship I 3
N5695: Preceptorship II

Total

8 

Students are encouraged to frequent the web site of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Family nurse practitioner students synthesize concepts from theory-based, family-centered nursing practice for the management of culturally diverse and medically underserved families across the life span. Focus is placed on health promotion and health maintenance primary health care settings. The program is available in Denton, Dallas, or Houston.

FNP Clinical Courses

credit hours

N5625: Family Health Nursing I 5
N5605: Family Health Nursing II 5
N5615: Family Health Nursing III 5

Total

15
Preceptorship Courses
can be completed in 1 or 2 semesters

credit hours

N5683: Preceptorship I 3
N5695: Preceptorship II

Total

8 

Students are encouraged to frequent the web site of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)

Pediatric nurse practitioner students focus on the common acute and chronic illnesses experienced by children and adolescents. Physiological, behavioral and family theories are used in all phases of clinical maintenance of these clients. The program is available at the Dallas Center.

PNP Clinical Courses

credit hours

N5325: Child Health Nursing I 5
N5305: Child Health Nursing II 5
N5315: Child Health Nursing III 5

Total

15
Preceptorship Courses
can be completed in 1 or 2 semesters
credit hours
N5683: Preceptorship I 3
N5695: Preceptorship II

Total

8 

Students are encouraged to frequent the web site of the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)

Women's health nurse practitioner students examine the health care needs of adult and adolescent females. Treatment modalities, pharmocologic interventions and referral criteria are used in the management of the reproductive and nonreproductive needs of clients. The program is available at the Dallas Center.

WHNP Clinical Courses:

credit hours

N5425: Women's Health Nursing I 5
N5405: Women's Health Nursing II 5
N5415: Women's Health Nursing III 5
Total 15
Preceptorship Courses
can be completed in 1 or 2 semesters

credit hours

N5683: Preceptorship I 3
N5695: Preceptorship II
Total 8 

Students are encouraged to frequent the web site of the National Certification Corporation (NCC).

Before You Apply

All applicants must meet:

Additional requirements vary by program.  

How to Apply to the NP Program

  1. Apply online to TWU at ApplyTexas.org.
  2. Submit official transcripts from each accredited college or university you have attended, to the address below:
     TWU Office of Admissions Processing
     P.O. Box 425649
     Denton, TX 76204
    o Transcripts may be electronic or printed. 
    o Electronic transcripts must be sent through a secured system directly to TWU from the sending institution. 
    o Printed transcripts must be sent to TWU directly from the institution or delivered personally in a sealed envelope from the institution. 
    o Any sign of tampering will render the transcript unofficial and invalid. 
    o If you are a TWU College of Nursing BSN graduate, then you will not have to submit those transcripts. 
    o For more information regarding transcripts, please visit Student Records.
  3. Submit scores for the Graduate Record Examination(GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT). We currently do not require a minimum score for the GRE/MAT. Students that hold an advanced degree are not required to take the GRE/MAT.

You must have all of the above steps completed in order for your application to be considered for admission. Master's Nurse Practitioner program applicants must submit their program application, all transcripts, and GRE or MAT scores to the Office of Admissions by no later than one of the following dates:

Fall Semester: May 1 
Spring Semester: September 15
          

Contact

For more information about our nurse practitioner programs, please contact:

College of Nursing

Denton

ASB 216
P.O. Box 425498
Denton, TX  76204-5498
(940)898-2401 phone
(940) 898-2437 fax

Dallas

5500 Southwestern Medical Avenue
Dallas, TX  75235-7299
(214)689-6510 phone
(214)689-6539 fax

Houston

6700 Fannin Street
Houston, TX  77030-2897
(713)794-2100 phone
(713)794-2103 fax

 

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