Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Online Family Nurse Practitioner Programs

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) offers an online Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) program with 100 percent online coursework and clinical experiences at approved facilities local to the student. Applicants to the MSN program may enter with a BSN, RN with non-nursing bachelor’s (RN Bridge Program), or RN with an associate’s degree in nursing (RN-MSN Program). Master’s-prepared RNs may enter the Post-Master’s FNP Certificate program. None of the programs require campus visits.

TAMUCC seeks to prepare skilled nurses for service to patients and communities with sensitivity to diverse cultures, ethical evidence-based practice, and the necessary leadership skills required. Faculty continue the life-long learning process ascribed to by Texas A&M through their own service, research, and scholarly activities. In addition, faculty seek to create a flexible and self-directed learning environment that is intellectually stimulating.

Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) are prepared to assess, diagnose, and treat acute and chronic diseases for patients across the lifespan. As well, they are focused on health care education, prevention, and overall wellness. Program outcomes may include analysis and integration of knowledge and research into practice, apply leadership and collaborative skills with other health professionals, promote the safety and efficacy of health care, and operate in caring, ethical, sensitive ways. TAMUCC places a strong focus on multicultural service and sensitivity.

Following completion of one of the FNP programs, graduates will be eligible to take the Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The FNP programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). TAMUCC is located in Corpus Christi, Texas.

What to Expect from the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Online Family Nurse Practitioner Programs

Admission Requirements: The following requirements apply to the varying degrees and entry points:

  • BSN-MSN Entry: Be a licensed RN with a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree.
  • RN Bridge Entry: Be a licensed RN with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree.
  • RN-MSN Entry: Be a licensed RN with an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN).
  • Post-Master’s Certificate: Hold a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree plus unencumbered RN licensure.

Application materials include an application and fee, resume, an essay/personal statement, three references, official transcripts, and proof of English language proficiency if required. Once admitted to TAMUCC, students must complete and submit a background check and drug screen, meet immunization requirements, and purchase professional liability insurance.

State Restrictions: TAMUCC accepts students from all states except Maryland into the FNP programs. Despite this fact, it is still the student’s responsibility to verify enrollment and certification eligibility with their State Board of Nursing as well as the College of Nursing and Health Sciences through Texas A&M University.

Study Plan: Students are admitted to the MSN program in the Fall only. The MSN with BSN entry can be completed in two and one-half to three years and is designed to be part-time to allow nurses to work full-time. The RN Bridge program adds one year of full-time coursework to the program. The RN-MSN program adds at least one year of full-time coursework depending on prior education, however, more likely an additional two years are required.

Post-Master’s FNP Certificate students begin in the Summer and can complete the program in about two years depending on completed courses prior to beginning the program. All coursework is online and clinicals are completed local to the student.

MSN – FNP Curriculum: The TAMUCC MSN program comprises 49 credits plus clinical hours. Core graduate nursing courses comprise 12 credits and include Science in Nursing; Health Policy snd Cultural Diversity; Research Methods in Advanced Nursing Practice; and Introduction to Advanced Practice Role Development.

Role specialization courses include Advanced Pharmacological Concepts; Wellness and Health Promotion; Finance for the Nurse Practitioner; Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiological Applications; Advanced Health Assessment and Differential Diagnosis; Management of Acute and Chronic Illness I-II; and Integrated Clinical Practice: FNP.

RN Bridge Program: The RN-Bridge program can be completed by RNs with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree. The bridge program comprises 67 credits in total with the addition of the following 18 undergraduate credits to the MSN-FNP program: Health Assessment; Nurse as Research Consumer; Community; and Leadership. These credits add one year of full-time coursework before beginning the graduate nursing courses.

RN-MSN Program: The RN-MSN program can be completed by RNs with an associate’s degree in nursing. These students will not earn a BSN but will complete the following undergraduate courses before beginning the MSN program: Health Assessment; Nurse as Caregiver; Nurse as Research Consumer; Community; and Leadership. These credits add one year of full-time coursework before beginning the graduate nursing courses. In addition, RN-MSN students must meet the requirements of the A&M-Corpus Christi University Core Curriculum transfer policy and complete an additional 58 credits if they have not already done so. These courses cover English, history, government, biology, mathematics, psychology, and electives.

Post-Master’s FNP Certificate Curriculum: The FNP Post-Master’s Certificate comprises 37 credits plus clinical hours. Certificate students are exempt from the core graduate nursing courses once it is verified that the course requirements have been met previously. After verification, certificate students take the role specialization courses listed for the MSN-FNP program.

Online Experience: TAMUCC utilizes Blackboard as its online Learning Management System (LMS). Blackboard allows for the display of course content, faculty/peer interaction, and multimedia resources. The Blackboard LMS can be used to view syllabi, grades, and course content, submit grades, participate in discussion boards, blogs, email, and other interactive content, as well as accessing audio/visual materials. An online student orientation is required to begin using the Blackboard system through TAMUCC. Online students have access to student services including academic advising, academic support programs, technical support, an online bookstore and library, and career counseling.

On-Site Requirements: There are no on-site requirements for the online FNP programs. Students complete clinicals locally at approved locations and all other coursework is online. Students may visit campus any time as well as participate in graduation ceremonies on campus.

Paying for Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Online FNP Programs

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi charges $200.53 per credit plus fees for graduate tuition for Texas residents and $634.86 for out-of-state residents. In addition, differential tuition of $173.74 is added to the first credit each term.

Undergraduate resident tuition for the undergraduate courses required for the RN Bridge and RN-MSN programs is $175.69 plus fees plus $179.56 differential tuition for the first credit each term. Non-resident undergraduate tuition is $597.61 per credit plus fees, plus $173.74 differential tuition for the first credit each term.

Prospective students should contact the TAMUCC College of Nursing and Health Sciences for full and updated tuition information as costs may change from year to year.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi offers federal Stafford loans and Graduate PLUS Loans according to the FAFSA. Other valuable options for funding a graduate degree include employer tuition reimbursement programs, tuition discounts, and outside scholarships and grants. Students can inquire with the TAMUCC Office of Student Financial Assistance (OFSA).

Please Note: The tuition listed below in the tables is an average of undergraduate and graduate tuition where applicable for residents and non-residents, not including differential tuition for the first credit each term.

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi

APRN Programs

MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (RN Bridge for RNs with non-nursing bachelor's)
Post-Master's Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner
RN-MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (For RNs with ADN)

Campus Address

6300 Ocean Dr.
Corpus Christi, Texas 78412

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi – MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

49

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

None

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

MD, UT

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

49

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$200.53

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$9,825.97

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$634.86

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$31,108.14

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi – MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (RN Bridge for RNs with non-nursing bachelor's)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

67

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

Bachelor's (Non-Nursing) – Non-Nursing Bachelor's Degree

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

None

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

MD

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

67

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$193.86

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$12,988.62

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$307.20

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$20,582.40

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi – Post-Master's Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

Post-Master Certificate – Post-Graduate (Post-MSN) Nursing Certificate

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

37

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

None

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

MD

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

37

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$200.53

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$7,419.61

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$634.86

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$23,489.82

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi – RN-MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (For RNs with ADN)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

128

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

ADN – Associate Degree in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

None

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

MD

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

128

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$185.19

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$23,704.32

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$445.60

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$57,036.80

Tuition is calculated based on credits, at the published tuition rate. Rates may change, so please check here for the latest tuition information. For programs with variable tuition rates, we use the rates for part-time students. “Resident” and “non-resident” refer to the student’s school-recognized state residency status. Tuition number represents the cost of tuition for the entire program, not per semester or year. Estimated total tuition does not include additional fees.

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