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Graduate Nursing Department Programs

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Overview of MSN Programs

The Master of Science in Nursing program prepares Registered Nurses for advanced clinical practice or for administrative roles in healthcare systems. Four core courses provide a foundation for principles that frame the knowledge base for the Advanced Practice Nurse and nurse administrator. The curriculum is consistent with the framework for graduate nursing education outlined in the Essentials in Masters of Nursing (1996). Courses are delivered through online technology. Clinical courses can be completed in communities when appropriate settings are available.

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences is currently admitting students to two specialty areas of study: Family Nurse Practitioner and Leadership in Nursing Systems. Program requirements can be completed through multiple options. Individuals who have earned a BSN degree but no graduate degree in nursing can enroll in the traditional MSN program. RNs who have earned an AD in Nursing and a BS degree in another discipline can enroll in the RN-Bridge program. RNs with an earned AD degree and no additional education can complete the MSN program through the RN-MSN option. Any RN who has earned a graduate degree in nursing can complete specialty practice requirements through the post-masters certification process as non-degree seeking students.

Individuals can complete in-depth study in two minors with sufficient student interest : education, or research. Please consult the Graduate Nursing Department Chair or Graduate Academic Advisor for details about the availability of minor courses before enrolling.

Overview of HCAD Programs

The Health Care Administration (HCAD) programs consist of a collection of courses offered to support graduate degrees in nursing, public administration and business administration. A certificate in Health Care Administration can also be completed by students who have earned a graduate degree in another field and wish to complete a short course of study in health care administration.

Students who chose to complete the HCAD concentration for the Master of Public Administration (MPA) or Master of Business Administration (MBA) must be admitted to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the respective colleges. Information about the MPA is available through the College of Liberal Arts Masters of Public Administration. Information about the MBA is available from the College of Business.

Students interested in the Certificate of Health Care Administration must be admitted to Texas A&M University Corpus Christi as non-degree seeking students. Applications are available through the Office of Graduate Studies How to Apply web page.

Office of Gradute Studies and Research

Students admitted to the MSN program must also comply with the rules and regulations of the TAMUCC Office of Graduate Studies. These rules are explained in the Graduate Catalog.