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RN MS
  • Current license to practice professional nursing in the US
  • Complete all prerequisites prior to the first day of class. (Multicultural Women's Studies - 3 hours must be completed prior to graduation)
  • Basic statistics course (included in the required prerequisite coursework)
  • Minimum B average on all prerequisites for admission to the program
  • Minimum grade of C in anatomy and physiology and microbiology
  • Minimum B average on all required nursing courses for the associate degree or the diploma in nursing
  • Complete the equivalent of one year of full-time experience as a registered nurse prior to enrollment in the first clinical course at the master's level
  • GRE (verbal and quantitative) or MAT scores must be submitted to Office of Admissions Processing 

Prerequisite Courses


Prerequisite Courses

Hours

Eng 1013 Composition I

3

Eng 1023 Composition II

3

Literature or Philosophy

3

History 1013 History of the United States, 1492 – 1865

3

History 1023 History of the United States, 1865 to the Present

3

Gov 2013 U.S. National Government

3

Gov 2023 Texas Government

3

Psy 1013 Introduction to General Psychology

3

Psy 1603 Developmental Psychology (Lifespan)

3

Math 1013 Quantitative Approach to Introductory Mathematics

3

Math 1703 Statistics

3

NFS 2323 Introduction to Nutrition

3

Chemistry with lab

4

Bact 1001 and 1003 Microbiology and Lab

4

Zool 2011 and 2013 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab

4

Zool 2021 and 2023 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab

4

Multicultural Women’s Studies*

3

Visual or Performing Arts

3

Elective

2

 

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*Course may be taken before or after admission to upper division nursing.

Core

Core Curriculum Transfer Policy

Students who have satisfactorily completed a 42 hour core curriculum at an institution of higher learning in Texas are not required to complete the core curriculum at TWU. The TWU Academic Affairs Core Curriculum page lists approved courses.

Core Competencies

According to the TWU General Catalog 2009 – 2011 (page 73), each student must pass:

  1. A computer science course (CSCI 1403 or CSCI 2433) or a competency examination in computer literacy
  2. A speech course (SPCH 1013, BUS 3513, or DRAM 3493) or document successful completion of two or more evaluated oral presentations. Students are encouraged to complete these requirements prior to enrolling in the nursing program.

RNs Who Are Core Complete in Texas 

Registered nurses who have completed a 42 hour core curriculum at an institution of higher learning in Texas (community college or state supported university) are not required to complete the core curriculum at TWU or the core competencies (speech and computer). Courses that have been previously successfully completed do not have to be repeated. The following prerequisites are required:

Prerequisite Courses

Hours

History 1013 History of the United States, 1492 – 1865

3

History 1023 History of the United States, 1865 to the Present

3

Gov 2013 U.S. National Government

3

Gov 2023 Texas Government

3

Psy 1603 Developmental Psychology (Lifespan)

3

Math 1703 Statistics

3

NFS 2323 Introduction to Nutrition

3

Chemistry with lab

4

Bact 1001 and 1003 Microbiology and Lab

4

Zool 2011 and 2013 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab

4

Zool 2021 and 2023 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab

4

 

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Credit Awarded

28 semester hours of credit will be awarded to individuals with a license to practice in Texas as a registered nurse and who have met the criteria for admission to upper division nursing courses. Credit is awarded for:

  • NURS 3025 Women’s Health and Family Role Competencies
  • NURS 3035 Adult Health Competencies I
  • NURS 3813 Pharmacology
  • NURS 4615 Mental Health Competencies
  • NURS 4045 Adult Health Competencies II
  • NURS 4055 Child Health Competencies

Advanced Placement

Students in the RN BS, RN MS, and Post Baccalaureate RN MS Program are eligible to challenge the undergraduate nursing courses. Advanced placement through the challenge examination process offers the registered nurse the opportunity to challenge courses for which the student has gained knowledge through continuing education, life experiences, or academic course work.

Advanced Placement Application [pdf]

The following courses may be challenged by students who are officially enrolled in the course and complete the challenge exam during the first week of the semester.

  • Nurs 3612: Introduction to Nursing Research*
  • Nurs 3614: Nursing Assessment Across the Life Span*
  • Nurs 3804: RN with Families and Groups
  • Nurs 4612: Promoting Wellness in the Aging Family
  • Nurs 4803: The Nursing Leadership and Management Experience
  • Nurs 4813: RN High Acuity Nursing

*Courses may not be available for challenge for the RN to MS or Post Baccalaureate RN to MS student. These programs, dependent on the track selected, may require NURS 5023 and NURS 5644.

Upper Division Course Requirements

The following upper division course requirements are taken for all RN MS tracks:    

Nurs 3643 RN Introduction to Baccalaureate Nursing

3

Nurs 3804 RN with Families and Groups

4

Nurs 4612 Aging

2

Nurs 4614 Community Health Competencies

4

Nurs 5024 Research in Nursing

Nurs 4813 RN High Acuity Nursing

3

Nurs 4823 Competencies in RN Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing

3

Total

23

Added courses for the Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator and Nurse Practitioner Tracks:

Biol 5333 Advanced Pathophysiology

3

Nurs 5644 Advanced Assessment

4

Nurs4803 Leadership & Management

3

  Total

10

 Added courses for the Health Systems Management with a Business OR a Health Care Administration minor.

BIOL   4344  Pathophysiology

4

Nurs 3614 Nursing Assessment across the Life Span

4

HCA 5223 Organizational Theory & Health Care Management 

OR

BUS 5523 Management & Organization

3

Total

11

Contact the RN MS Coordinators for information and course progression on the Nursing/Health Systems Management with Business minor or with HCA minor. Upon receipt of the baccalaureate degree the student will complete additional graduate course work in the clinical specialty of choice. Please see the College of Nursing web pages for complete information on the Master's Program.

Grade Requirements

To progress in the nursing program, a student must receive a minimum of B in each required course in both the baccalaureate and master's courses and must maintain a 3.0 grade point average. A student may repeat only one course in which a grade of less than B is earned. A student who has earned a grade of less than B in two nursing courses or who has earned a grade of less than B twice in the same required course will be removed from the RN to MS program. If a course must be repeated, the student cannot continue to take master's level courses until that course has been successfully repeated. A student may, however, continue to take undergraduate courses or choose to continue as an RN to BS student; students could, upon completion of the baccalaureate program, reapply to the master's program.

page last updated 8/18/2014 3:26 PM