Department of Nursing
October 21, 2016

Lilia A. Fuentes, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Program Director
(956) 665-2384
Department of Nursing
Health Sciences & Human Services East- HSHE 2.201
Phone: (956) 665-3491
Fax: (956) 665-2875

Master of Science in Nursing Program

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program is designed to prepare the graduate to use an expanded skill, theory, research, and knowledge base in advanced nursing practice, in order for the graduate to assume responsibility and accountability for health promotion, assessment, diagnosis, and management of problems within across the lifespan. Our program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The Family Nurse Practitioner program also prides itself on having certification pass rates above the national average every year.

Program, Faculty & Student Accolades…

  • The Health Promotion course partnered with the American Red Cross during the Fall 2012 semester. More than 20 students attended disaster training and received certification as disaster volunteers.
  • The Rural Health Nursing course partnered with UTPA’s Border Health Office (BHO) in order to educate elementary school students about risk factors and complications from diabetes through the BHO’s Student Enrollment and Education Program (SEEP). This effort also launched the diabetes registry by the BHO.
  • Family Nurse Practitioner — II students participated at UTPA’s Student Health Services’ “Get Yourself Tested” this Spring semester. “Get Yourself Tested” is a nationwide campaign to bring awareness about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) to young adults across university campuses. MSN students helped collect and input data as well as provide STD-prevention education to more than 100 clients at Student Health Services during the event.
  • Dr. Betty Bautista, Assistant Professor, was awarded Nurse Practitioner of The Year by the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on January 24, 2013. Dr. Bautista was also featured on Latinas Magazine spotlighting her career as a family nurse practitioner.
  • Dr. Lilia A. Fuentes, Assistant Professor & MSN Program Coordinator, was one of eight nursing faculty from across the nation selected by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to attend its Inaugural Faculty Policy Intensive in Washington, DC this spring.
  • Dr. Melinda Rodriguez, Assistant Professor, and Dr. Viola Garza, Assistant Professor, were both selected to participate in UTPA’s inaugural ADVANCE Leadership Institute during the spring 2013 semester. The institute was initiated as part of a $3.1 million, five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE grant awarded to UTPA to increase the representation and advancement of women in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields across all faculty and leadership ranks at UTPA.

Time to Degree: 2 years (full-time), 3 years (part-time)

Tracks: Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Heath Nursing: Educator Track and within these programs there is a Thesis or Non-Thesis Track.

Total Credit Hours:

  • a. Family Nurse Practitioner:
    • a. 48 hours (Non- Thesis)
    • b. 51 hours (Thesis)
  • b. Adult Health Nursing: Educator Track
    • a. 40 hours (Non-Thesis)
    • b. 43 hours (Thesis)

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