MSN Competencies

MSN- Family Nurse Practitioner

Scientific Foundation
  • Can critically analyze existing data and evidence for improving advanced nursing practice and patient care.
  • Can integrate knowledge from the humanities and sciences in providing primary care to clients across the lifespan.
  • Can use and translate current research and other forms of knowledge to improve patient care.
  • Can create interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration with multiple stakeholders (clients, communities) in providing primary care.
  • Can communicate clearly and effectively both in oral and written formats.
Quality Competencies
  • Can evaluate how organizational structures, care processes, financing, marketing and policy decisions impact the quality of care provided to clients across the lifespan.
  • Understands the importance of life-long learning as a health care provider in primary care.
Practice Inquiry
  • Trained for graduate-level investigative skills to conduct clinical investigations in the practice settings to improve patient outcomes.
Technological and Information Literacy
  • Can integrate appropriate technologies such as use of appropriate applications in the management of acute and chronic conditions across the lifespan.
  • Trained in the use of electronic medical records and the proper use of ICD-10 and CPT coding in making appropriate insurance claims.
Policy Competencies
  • Advocates for ethical policies that promote access, quality and affordability of care.
Health Care Delivery
  • Collaborates with interdisciplinary team in the planning for transitions across the continuum of care.
  • Apply ethical principles in finding sound solutions pertaining to complex issues in patient care.
Independent Practice
  • Functions as an independent family nurse practitioner within the scope of practice designated by the Texas Board of Nursing.
  • Provides a full spectrum of health care services including health promotion, disease prevention, health protection, anticipatory guidance, counseling, disease management, palliative and end-of-life care.


MSN- Nursing Administration

Communication and Relationship Building
  • Develop oral and written presentation skills for a diverse audience on matters pertaining to nursing, health care, and organizational issues.
  • Can apply learned principles on conflict management and resolution at the healthcare workplace.
Knowledge of the healthcare environment
  • Understands that written organization clinical policies and processes and procedures are reviewed and updated in accordance with evidence-based practice.
  • Understands the importance of ensuring compliance with regulatory agencies such as Joint Commission, CMS and state's board of nursing.
  • Can critically analyze organizational issues after review of evidence.
Business Skills
  • Can articulate business models of health care organizations and fundamental concepts of economics.
  • Can educate patient care team members on financial implications of patient care decisions.
  • Can manage financial resources by developing business plans.