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Dr. Luis Colom, Dean
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The mission of the College of Nursing at the University of Texas at Brownsville is to provide high quality nursing education for students and to provide opportunities for life-long learning for nurses.  The College of Nursing offers bachelor’s and graduate degrees providing students the opportunity to become competent, caring nurses by following a seamless educational path.  Recognizing the diversity and uniqueness of the community that it serves, the College of Nursing is committed to the enhancement of the quality of health care through excellence in teaching, research, service, continuing education and the promotion of evidence-based practice.
Graduate Program
Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)
Graduate Faculty
Dianna Garcia-Smith, Assistant Professor
Ava Miller, Professor
Eloisa G. Taméz, Associate Professor
Anne Rentfro, Professor
Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)
37 Hour Program
The graduate program of study leads to the Master of Science in Nursing which produces nursing leaders.
The major outcomes of the graduate program are to develop the ability to:
o    Utilize knowledge from health and social sciences to address the needs of diverse populations through planned programs, education and advocacy
o    Integrate knowledge about diverse populations with clinical and theoretical knowledge, research, and practice related to health promotion, disease prevention and illness
o    Utilize research to provide high quality healthcare, initiate change and improve nursing practice
o    Demonstrate leadership in the application of interventions and technology related to policy, organization and health care management
o    Function in a role that incorporates nursing theory, research and practice into interdisciplinary activities
o    Demonstrate ethical decision-making in research, evaluation, practice, leadership and management
The Master of Science in Nursing and all degrees at the university are accredited by the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools.  The Master of Science in Nursing is also accredited by the National
League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
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Admission Requirements
Evidence of academic achievement and potential for advanced study and research is required for graduate admission. Specific criteria for Unconditional Admission for master’s degree seeking students in nursing are:
o    Undergraduate GPA of 3.0         
o    A satisfactory short essay under timed condition
o    A satisfactory interview with the M.S.N. program director
o    An official transcript of TOEFL scores (500 written, 213 computer) for foreign students
o    An official transcript in English, with translation if necessary, indicating either an earned bachelor’s degree in nursing or completion of the Transition to Graduate Nursing course as a pre-requisite for those having a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing
o    Successful completion of an undergraduate statistics course
o    Current license to practice nursing in Texas
o    Evidence of current immunizations required by the Texas Department of Health for students in health-related programs
o    Criminal Background Check
Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 but at least 2.5 and/or GRE scores lower than those specified will be considered for admission on a conditional basis.
Notification of decisions on graduate admission is made by the Office of Graduate Studies based on the
admission criteria and recommendation of the academic department. Information related to application
procedures and deadlines is available through the Office of Graduate Studies.
International Students
International students wishing to pursue online degrees are not eligible for an F1 or F3 student visa.
Degree and Graduation Requirements
Each student will be assigned an advisor to assist in preparing the graduate program of study before or
during their first semester in the program. Advisors will be available throughout the program for guidance.
Students must complete all course work prior to graduation.
Students who have been suspended may apply for readmission into the M.S.N. program by the procedures
outlined in the Academic Probation and Suspension section of the Graduate Catalog. Such applications will
be considered on a case by case basis, and readmission will be granted at the discretion of the M.S.N.
program admissions committee and the Dean of the College of Nursing.
Transfer courses from other graduate nursing programs will be evaluated on an individual basis for
Transition to Graduate Nursing Program
Registered nurses who have an earned bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing may qualify for
application to the M.S.N. program by completing the Transition to Graduate Nursing course.
Number                       Course                                                                         Credit
NURS  5600                   Transition to Graduate Nursing                                        6
Curriculum Thesis Option
The MSN Program contains a Core Curriculum that all students are required to complete.
Required Courses (31 SCH)
Number           Course                                                                                     Credit
NURS                6322     Moral and Ethical Issues in Nursing                                  3
NURS                6323     Theories and Conceptual Models of
                                    Nursing Practice                                                             3
NURS                6333     Research in Nursing                                                        3
NURS                6354     Advanced Community Nursing                                          3
NURS                6351     Nursing Leadership in a Changing World                           3
NURS                6370     Nursing Administration Concepts and Theory                     3
NURS                6464     Teaching Roles and Strategies                                         4
                                    Nursing Electives                                                            9
Capstone Requirement (6 SCH)
NURS    7301     Thesis I                                                                                    3
NURS    7302     Thesis II                                                                                   3
            Degree Total                                                                                         37
Curriculum Non-Thesis Option
The MSN Program contains a Core Curriculum that all students are required to complete.
Required Courses (34 SCH)
Number             Course                                                                                   Credit
NURS    6322     Moral and Ethical Issues in Nursing                                               3
NURS    6323     Theories and Conceptual Models of
                        Nursing Practice                                                                         3
NURS    6333     Research in Nursing                                                                    3
NURS    6354     Advanced Community Nursing                                                      3
NURS    6351     Nursing Leadership in a Changing World                                       3
NURS    6370     Nursing Administration Concepts and Theory                                 3
NURS    6464     Teaching Roles and Strategies                                                     4
                        Nursing Electives                                                                        12
Capstone Requirement (3 SCH)
NURS    7300     Professional Scholarship in Nursing                                              3
                        Degree Total                                                                             37
Graduate Course Descriptions
NURS    5600     Transition to Graduate Nursing
This course is designed to transition the registered nurse, with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing, to graduate nursing.  This course focuses on the behaviors, attitudes and values necessary for theory-based professional nursing practice.  Lec. 6, Cr. 6
NURS    6322     Moral and Ethical Issues in Nursing
This course provides a study of ethical issues in nursing.  Emphasis is placed on the influence of moral and ethical positions on behavior and decision making in policy formulation and practice. This course helps the student identify action that reflects amoral or ethical positions in various nursing contexts, understand how moral and ethical beliefs influence behavior, relate selected moral and ethical theories to position-taking, specify a personal position on moral and ethical issues in nursing, and identify the consequences of taking a position. Lec 3, Cr 3
NURS    6323     Theories and Conceptual Models of Nursing Practice
This course focuses on the critical evaluation and utilization of the theoretical foundations of nursing practice.  Relevant theoretical concepts from related fields of study such as social and biological sciences, educational, organizational and leadership theory will be explored and applied to nursing practice.  Lec 3, Cr 3
NURS    6333     Research in Nursing
This course introduces students to the procedures and methods utilized in conducting clinical and epidemiological population based research. The planning and design of research proposals and projects are undertaken. The various types of nursing research are examined, and critical analysis of research articles and research design are stressed. Students prepare research proposals during the course and focus on problem identification, literature review and analysis, project description and evaluation, and measurement of health care outcomes. The implementation of the student’s research project is completed in NURS 7300 Capstone Practice. Lec 3, Cr 3
NURS    6351     Nursing Leadership, in a Changing World
This course examines leadership and role theory within the context of nursing and the enactment of the leadership role.  The structure and discipline of nursing will be examined with particular emphasis on theories, models, and conceptual frameworks.  Changes in health care delivery and implication for health status, nursing education, research and service are explored.  This course also involves the process for analysis of social policy from health care formulation to appropriation and allocation of funding (local, state, federal)  Lec 3, Cr 3
NURS    6354     Advanced Community Nursing
In this course students analyze the theory and role of nurses working with aggregates, including assessing communities through use of epistemologies methods; defining and prioritizing health problems; and developing proposals for resolution of diagnosed problems.  Course content is designed to build on baccalaureate education to further promote critical thinking skills necessary to perform autonomously in community health environments.  Students will use the course concepts in a clinical application project that reflects leadership in the students chosen degree emphasis area.  Lec 3, Cr 3
NURS    6362     Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Education
This course focuses on the theoretical foundations of teaching, learning innovation, and the multifaceted role of the nurse educator in multiple settings.  These theories will be examined for their utility across a variety of settings and levels of education.  Lec 3, Cr 3
NURS    6363     Curriculum Development in Nursing
Focuses on the curriculum development process in nursing.  Examines the philosophy, conceptual framework, objectives and program evaluation in curriculum development.  Explores the relationship and significance of these elements and their Impact on curriculum implementation.  Examines external factors that Impact decisions about curriculum design.  Lec 3, Cr 3
NURS    6365     Educational Evaluation in Nursing
This role support course introduces the student to the evaluation process in nursing education.  The course provides basic knowledge of evaluation design and strategies for evaluating learning outcomes in nursing education along with overall curriculum and program evaluation. Lec 3, Cr 3
NURS    6366     Instructional Design and Online Teaching in Nursing
This course will examine processes for designing nursing instruction for effective and efficient delivery.  Included is the process of instructional design in an online nursing education context.  Lec 3, Cr 3
NURS    6370     Nursing Administration Concepts and Theory
Concepts and theories related to organizational structure and the administrative process are used to examine the roles and responsibilities of the nurse manager in healthcare organizations.  The influence of environmental, technological, and professional forces on the structure and functions of healthcare and nursing service organization and on the role of the nurse manager is explored.  Lec 3, Cr 3
NURS    6371     Health Care Change, Negotiation, and Conflict Resolution
This course examines organizational behavior, total quality management, change theory, and team building application of implementing change, negotiation, and managing conflict in an ever-changing health care environment. The course also addresses empowerment, shared governance, and problem-solving/ negotiation models. Lec 3, Cr 3
NURS    6372     Healthcare Finance
This course presents students will the financial aspects of management across health care settings.  Students examine the financial issue in delivery models in such areas as managed cared and explore techniques of cost analysis, strategic planning in budgeting and marketing, and forecasting.  Analysis of staffing and case mix, regulatory impacts, and financial interactions with resource allocations are also included.  Lec 3, Cr 3
NURS    6374     Clinical Leadership in Nursing
Explores aspects of horizontal and vertical leadership central to the Clinical Nurse Leadership role.  Quality management and improvement, communication processes and evidence-based practice initiatives within a microsystem are stressed.  Strategies for the efficient use of resources while maintaining safe and effective patient care are emphasized.  Lec 3, Cr 3
NURS    6380     Special Topics in Nursing
This course gives the student the opportunity to study contemporary topics and issues within a specific subject area in the discipline of nursing. May be repeated once as topics vary.  Lec 3, Cr 3
NURS    6382     Evidence-Based Nursing Practice
This course focuses on clinical reasoning and clinical outcomes, information systems and management, evidence-based practice, and scholarship/scientific writing.  It promotes the development of skills in using the research process to define clinical research problems with application to practice.  Lec 3, Cr 3
NURS    6383     Advanced Pathophysiology
This course focuses on pathophysiological processes across the lifespan, development, development of clinical reasoning skills that distinguish relationships between specific system alterations resulting from injury an disease. Particular attention will be given to etiology pathogenesis, development and environmental influences, and clinical manifestations of major health problems.   Lec 3, Cr 3

NURS 6384 Advanced Health Assessment
This course builds on health assessment skills based on theoretical and clinical advanced assessment practice. The advanced practitioner utilizes comprehensive physical, psychosocial, and cultural assessment skills across the lifespan. Faculty and preceptors facilitate laboratory and clinical experiences that focus on assessment of clients and presentation of findings in various settings. Lec 3, Cr 3
NURS    6385     Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
This course includes content on advanced knowledge and skill in the therapeutic use of pharmacologic agents, pharmacologic treatment of major health problems, principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharacogenomics.  Effects of culture, ethnicity, age, pregnancy, gender and funding on pharamacologic therapy are emphasized.  Legal aspects of prescribing will be fully addressed.  Lec 3, Cr 3
NURS    6464     Teaching Roles and Strategies
This course focuses on the roles of nursing faculty.  It includes an analysis of teaching/learning theories, teaching strategies, classroom climate, learning environments and evaluation of teaching/learning.  Examination of distance education is included.  The course involves the application of teaching/learning theories, strategies and evaluation in an actual educational situation.  Lec 4, Cr 4
NURS    7300     Professional Scholarship in Nursing
The capstone is a professional scholarship project that employs a practitioner-scholar model for graduate nursing preparation.  Practitioner-scholars are expected to forge links between theory and practice .  By embracing the practitioner-scholar model, the capstone practice project course endeavors to align graduate nursing education with the career aspirations of students.  A pass/fail grade will be assigned. Lec 3 , Cr 3.
NURS    7301    Nursing Thesis I
 The student completes an individual research project under the direction and supervision of a graduate thesis committee. The thesis is defended publicly and approved by a majority of the committee. Prerequisite: Approval of graduate nursing advisor. Lec 3, Cr 3
NURS    7302     Nursing Thesis II
As a continuation of Thesis I, the student completes an individual research project under the direction and supervision of graduate thesis committee. The thesis is defended publicly and approved by a majority of the committee. Prerequisites: Approval of graduate nursing advisor. Lec 3, Cr 3
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