MS in nursing: Nurse practitioner

A pathway that prepares skilled NPs for work in clinics, hospitals, schools, correctional facilities, local health departments, corporations and state or federal agencies.

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Degree Information

  • Application Deadline:
    December 15
  • Program Start:
    June - Summer
  • Locations Available:
    OKC, Tulsa
  • Length of Program:
    Full Time - 2 years
    Part Time - 3 years
  • Credit Hours:
    48-50+
  • Degree Awarded:
    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Part-Time Study Available?
    Yes
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About the Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Practitioner Pathway

This pathway is designed to prepare skilled Nurse Practitioners for work in clinics, hospitals, schools, correctional facilities and organizations such as local health departments, corporations and state or federal agencies. Health promotion and disease prevention are integral in the NP’s practice. Graduates of this program are registered nurses with advanced education who is able to assess, make medical and nursing diagnoses, manage health care, prescribe medicines and evaluate care for persons who are ill, injured and/or have chronic diseases.

The NP pathway offers a part-time and full-time options to fit the schedules of working nurses. Many classes are offered via Internet Protocol Video (IPV) conference between various campuses. In addition, all courses are also augmented by Web / Internet based activities, reducing frequency for on-campus course instruction. Much of the learning activities are completed in the students home and transmitted electronically, versus sitting in classrooms.

Post-Masters tracks are available. For additional information, please contact the MSN Student Program Coordinator.

Nurse Practioner Track Options

A Family Nurse Practitioner provides care to persons from newborn through aging, including obstetrics, but not birthing. Students interested in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track must apply and be accepted to the MSN at OUCN, as well as complete a specific application/interview/selection process for entry to the FNP track, due to limited enrollment.

Interviews are conducted in February/March, with notification of selection in April

Terminal Program Objectives

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will be prepared to:

  • Synthesize theories from nursing and supporting sciences to guide practice and role development
  • Deliver a broad array of therapeutic nursing interventions to culturally diverse or at risk individuals and populations in a specialized area of clinical practice
  • Demonstrate expertise in a specialized area of clinical practice and/or initial competence in a specific functional role (Advanced practice nurse, educator, administrator)
  • Collaborate with other health care providers to improve nursing care and other health services
  • Influence health care policy as it relates to current and emerging health care needs in society and promote safe, ethical health care delivery
  • Contribute to nursing knowledge through planning, evaluating or conducting research and promoting research utilization
  • Demonstrate competency in oral and written communication
  • Demonstrate competency in resource and systems management
  • Demonstrate competency in information analysis and management consistent with role preparation

Use of Technology

  • All NP students are required to own a computer with specific capabilities, be computer literate at the time of admission into the graduate program. For specific information on these requirements vist the computer requirements page.
  • All NP students are required to utilize a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) for classes and in the clinical preceptorships.
  • The NP Program continually integrates the newest technologic advances for both education and practice.

As of February 12, 2014, we are placing an indefinite hold on admissions to the Pediatric and the Adult Gerontologic Nurse Practitioner programs to focus our resources on the Family Nurse Practitioner program, which can serve the largest number of students and that provide the broadest benefit to addressing the healthcare needs of Oklahomans. Students currently enrolled in the PNP or AGNP programs will be supported through their remaining coursework. The College will continue to provide the strongest educational programming and resources as they complete their program of study. Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information.

As of February 12, 2014, we are placing an indefinite hold on admissions to the Pediatric and the Adult Gerontologic Nurse Practitioner programs to focus our resources on the Family Nurse Practitioner program, which can serve the largest number of students and that provide the broadest benefit to addressing the healthcare needs of Oklahomans. Students currently enrolled in the PNP or AGNP programs will be supported through their remaining coursework. The College will continue to provide the strongest educational programming and resources as they complete their program of study. Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information.