Advanced Practice Nursing Programs in Texas
Nurse Practitioners in Texas are referred to as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN's). Just as in most states, there are specific qualifications set forth by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) that must be met before you can become licensed as an APRN in Texas. First and foremost, you must have a current, valid Texas RN license. You must also complete a formal nursing education program that focuses on a specific concentration of advanced practice nursing. Such programs must either be approved by the board of nursing or be accredited by a national accrediting body recognized by the board. In addition, as of January, 2003, it is required that all all advance practice education programs be of at least a master's degree level. Programs must be at least one year in length and must also include a practicum/preceptorship
After you have successfully completed a graduate level nurse practitioner program, you must become nationally certified in you specialty area in order to apply for licensure as an APRN in Texas. While you are awaiting results from the certification exam, you may be issued an interim license by the board of nursing to practice as an APRN. Read more about additional requirements to become an advanced practice registered nurse in Texas www.bon.state.tx.us/.
Below you will find a number of accredited nurse practitioner programs in Texas. You will see that there are campus based programs available as well a number of online nurse practitioner programs for Texas residents. Online APRN programs in Texas have become increasingly popular as they may allow you the flexibility to continue working while you are getting your advanced degree. Preceptorships or practicum components of the programs can usually be arranged to take place at a health care facility located within the vicinity of where you currently live and work. All of the programs that you see listed below are accredited my a national accrediting body recognized by the Texas Board of Nursing, however, it is always a good idea to check with them directly if you have any questions or concerns at all. Click here to find an accredited nurse practitioner or other APRN specialty master's programs now.
The salary of advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) in Texas vary with regards to factors such as physical location, place of employment, specialty, and knowledge base. According to the Advance for Nurse Practitioners 2007 Salary Survey, nurse practitioners in Texas make on average $85,931 per year. Those practicing in acute care settings such as the emergency departments or neonatal units of hospitals seem to make significantly more than those working in educational or family practice type settings.
Take some time to browse through the various nurse practitioner and other APRN specialty programs listed below. Request information from the schools directly to learn more about the programs that best fit your needs and career aspirations. If you are not entirely set on becoming an APRN, we also have other accredited master's in nursing programs in Texas for you to explore.
Nationally Accredited Advanced Practice Nursing Programs in Texas
Maryville University - St. Louis offers two CCNE accredited online MSN Nurse Practitioner Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner.
Programs Offered Online: MSN - (Family Nurse Practitioner -FNP, Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner - AGNP)
- Click Here for information about the Maryville University Online MSN programs.
University of Cincinnati - College of Nursing
The University of Cincinnati - College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The MSN - Nurse Midwifery online program is accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).
Programs Offered Online: MSN - (Specializations: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Midwifery, Clinical Nurse Specialist - Nurse Educator)
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Frontier Nursing University - Distance Education
The Frontier Nursing University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools. They offer online MSN Programs with post masters certificates in the following areas: Certified Nurse Midwifery (accredited by ACME), Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner (accredited by the NLNAC). FSMFN also offers an online DNP program accredited by the AACN.
Programs Offered: Online ADN - MSN (Tracks: Nurse Midwifery) , Online MSN - (Tracks: Nurse Midwifery), DNP (Online)
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Graceland University - School of Nursing
The RN-BSN, RN to BSN/MSN and MSN programs are CCNE and NLNAC accredited. RN to BSN and RN to BSN/MSN program Practicums can be completed in the student's community.
Online Programs Offered: RN to BSN, RN to BSN/MSN and MSN - (Specializations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator), Post-Graduate Certificate (Specializations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Education), Doctor of Nursing Practice DNP (Online)
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Philadelphia University - Distance Education
The Midwifery Institute is accredited by the American Commission for Midwifery Education.
Programs Offered: MS Completion Program - Midwifery, MS in Disaster Medicine and Management, MS - Midwifery.
Schools Based in Texas Offering Nurse Practitioner and other APRN Programs
Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing
Programs Offered: MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN - Advanced Neonatal Nursing and Nurse Midwifery concentrations.
- Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing
Waco, Texas 76798
Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing
Programs Offered: Master's Degree in Nursing- Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration. (Consortium of Abilene Christian University, Hardin-Simmons University and McMurry University)
- 2149 Hickory Street
Abilene, Texas 79601
University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing
Programs Offered: MSN and Post-Master's Certificates in: Acute Care NP, Acute Care Pediatric NP, Adult NP, Emergency NP, Family NP, Gerontological NP, Pediatric NP, Psychiatric/Mental Health NP
- Box 19407
University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing
Programs Offered: Holistic Adult Health (Clinical Nurse Specialist), Family Nurse Practitioner, and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
- 1700 Red River
Austin, Texas 78701-1499
Phone: (512) 471-4701
(Sources: Texas Board of Nursing, Advance for Nurse Practitioners Salary Survey 2007)