The University of Houston-Victorias MSN family nurse practitioner track was approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, leading the way for the classes to start in the fall.
The new graduate-level family nurse practitioner program will help address the shortage of healthcare providers in the state, Kathryn Tart, RN, EdD, founding dean of the universitys school of nursing, said in a news release.
“Our communities, especially the rural and medically underserved areas, are in desperate need of advanced practice nurses,” Tart said in the release. “The new program will fulfill a need for more primary care providers who not only diagnose patients but also educate them on the importance of healthy lifestyles.”
The school of nursing recently was awarded an $800,000 grant from the Houston Endowment for the MSN FNP track. The grant was contingent on the program getting approval from the state coordinating board. The grant will support students in the new program.
The schools FNP degree is designed to prepare students to practice as nurse practitioners and educators in nursing programs, to translate research into practice and to assume leadership roles in APN practices. Nursing students also can take nursing administration and education tracks within the schools MSN program. •