Advance Your Nursing Career

Advance your nursing career to the next level. Our Master of Science in Nursing degree program provides the opportunity to deepen your knowledge within a particular specialty area or build a foundation for doctoral-level coursework. You have flexibility with online courses and intensive and clinical days. Take the step toward elevating your career today at A&M-Commerce.

Nursing students evaluating a patient.


The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, “overall employment of nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives and nurse practitioners is projected to grow 45 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations, primarily because of an increased emphasis on preventive care and demand for healthcare services from an aging population.”

The majority of our graduates work in various health settings and provide nursing care for individuals, families and communities. Others pursue further graduate studies with the goal of a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree or a Ph.D. to teach in higher education or conduct research.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

Healthcare diagnosing or treatment practitioners (National Median)
Nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives and nurse practitioners (DFW Metro Area)

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2022

See Yourself Succeed with a Degree In Nursing

Health provider examining a patient.

Focused Clinical Experience

Acquire traditional, hands-on practice in a variety of clinical settings.

Nurse listening to patient breathing.

Authentic Experiences

Use your expertise in patient-care and communication technologies to deliver and coordinate high quality health care.

Nurse checking over a test patient.

Outstanding Faculty

Work side-by-side with our highly-skilled faculty.

Nurse laughing with a young patient laying down in a hospital bed.
Nurse examining the mouth of a young patient.

Respond to a Growing Need

Advance your skills by becoming a nurse practitioner and meet the growing need in healthcare.

Logo for the nursing education CCNE accreditation.

Nationally Accredited Program

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at A&M-Commerce is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

A&M-Commerce Department of Nursing courtesy of Herald-Banner.
Left to right: Dr. Monica Tenhunen, Hannah Dixon, Dr. Denise Neill and Camila Brown of the Texas A&M University-Commerce Nursing Department. Photo courtesy of Herald-Banner.

What You Will Learn

Learn more about advanced techniques and theories to care for, and in some cases cure individuals. You'll also refine your research skills specific to the nursing profession through evidence-based practice, research utilization and knowledge transformation processes so you can continue to improve after graduating.

Courses to Prepare You for Your Career

  • Foundation courses including advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology and health assessment.
  • Develop advanced critical thinking skills through a focus on creative and intellectual processes
  • Deepen your knowledge and experience to promote quality of life from birth to death
  • Learn to respond to the changing needs of society while practicing within the established ethical, legal and competency standards of practice frameworks

Faculty Spotlight

Crystal Brakefield, MSN, RN

Denise Neill, PhD, RN, CNE

Nursing is an integral part of who I am. Nurses are intelligent, independent practitioners who funct…

Jeanette Vaughan, DNP, RN, CCRN, CNL

Nurses in classroom with gloves and practicing setting IVs

Course Delivery and Resources

Courses for the MSN Nurse Practitioner program are completely online with intensive and clinical days in various healthcare settings.

Please check the schedule of classes for locations and times. Locations and times are subject to change.

Graduate Program Cost


Tuition and fees for graduate students taking nine credit hours are $3,669 for Texas residents and $7,341 for non-residents.

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Your Path to Becoming a Lion

  • The application deadline for fall admission is August 1.
  • Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution and a nationally accredited nursing program with a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 and minimum 3.0 GPA for the last 60 hours.
  • Applicants must also hold an unencumbered, unrestricted license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the state of Texas or a compact state.
  • This program is not currently open to International Students.

Submit Application

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”
  • Select “Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN” as your “Major.”

Domestic Application Fee 395064

  • Pay the $50 application fee.
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Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Graduate Coordinator DeRene Sutton 395159

Your Graduate Coordinator

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Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to your graduate coordinator.

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

All international transcripts must be evaluated and the evaluation submitted to the Graduate School.

We accept evaluations sent directly from the following Agencies.

  • If a normal evaluation is submitted, official original transcripts with all marksheets will still need to be submitted.
  • If a WES ICAP or equivalent is submitted, we will not need the official transcripts to be submitted separately.

To be considered for admission you must have the following:

  • an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution with at least 2.75 overall GPA or 3.0 GPA on the last 60 hours,
  • a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a nationally-accredited nursing program and
  • a current license to practice as a Registered Nurse

If your institution is unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact your graduate coordinator for more information.

Request three individuals to complete the recommendation form attesting to the applicant’s readiness and academic performance.

Please email completed forms to your graduate coordinator.

If you are unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

Submit a letter detailing your reasons for pursuing the master’s degree in nursing, including your professional goals.

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

You do not need to submit GRE scores if you have a minimum 3.00 GPA on the last 60 hours of nursing courses.

If you do not meet the GPA exemption criteria, request that your GRE® scores be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce (6188) when you register for the test. If you have already taken the GRE®, you can order additional score reports.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

  • Apply for scholarships and graduate assistantships once you are admitted.
  • Apply for financial aid by submitting a FAFSA and sending it to school code 003565.
  • Contact your financial aid advisor with any questions.

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist will contact you to complete registration.

  • View your degree plan in DegreeWorks.
  • To register for classes, go to myLeo > Student Resources > Registration Menu.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

Graduate Enrollment Specialist Lydia Carrascosa 395115

Your Graduate Enrollment Specialist

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We are here to help!

Contact Us

  • Nursing Health Science Building, 310
  • 2210 Highway 24
  • Commerce, TX 75429
  • P.O. Box 3011
  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011

Frequently Asked Questions

Are classes offered online?

It is a hybrid format where some classes are on campus (web-enhanced) and others are online.

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What qualifications are necessary to apply?

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a nationally accredited program
  • Basic undergraduate statistics course
  • Unencumbered, unrestricted license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the state of Texas
  • Official GRE scores or undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 hours of coursework
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Are there part-time options?

We recognize that adult learners may have work and family responsibilities that make it infeasible to pursue full time study. We have a part-time track with completion of the program in 36 months.

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Is there a thesis?

  • There is no thesis.
  • There is a scholarly practice intervention project at the end of the curriculum.
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How long will it take to complete the program?

  • 21 months with full-time study
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How many semester credit hours does it take for completion of the program?

46 credit hours are required to complete the program.

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What is the clinic hours requirement?

Clinical credit is given at a 1:3 ratio. One semester credit hour of clinical is the equivalent of 3 hours spent in the clinical setting each week per spring or fall semester.

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Is there a GPA requirement?

If GPA in the last 60 hours of coursework is not a 3.0 or higher, you must take GRE to be considered for acceptance into the program.

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What is the application deadline?

  • Application must be initiated by May 15 for fall admission with all application materials submitted by June 1.
  • Application must be initiated by November 1 for spring admission with all application materials submitted by November 30.
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What materials do I need to submit?

  • For details about the materials that you need to submit, refer to the Admission section above.
  • You can also refer to the MSN Student Guide.
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