Midwestern State University (MSU Texas), a public institution, was established in 1922.
The Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing (BSN) pre-licensure program is for students who want to become RNs but do not hold any other degree or RN license. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX exam, which is the exam that leads to licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN).
Education at the undergraduate level is focused on general education courses, followed by nursing courses later in the program.
The HESI A2 assessment is needed before admission to the school of nursing.
Minimum HESI Scores
- 80% on Math
- 80% on composite English Language (Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, and Grammar)
The HESI A2 may be taken at MSU or at another testing site.
RN Transition (formerly RN-BSN and RN-MSN)
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is essential for nurses who want to advance in their field and stay on the top of their education. The program was previously named the, RN-BSN or RN-MSN, but now is called the RN Transition Program. To be a part of the program, nurses must hold an unrestricted license in their state.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
At Midwestern State University, there are a variety of tracks from which to choose:
- Nurse Educator
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Admission requirements for Transition students (not all inclusive)
- Take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
- Meet with the Graduate Programs Coordinator to request enrollment in graduate-level pathophysiology and research courses
- Choose an MSN path to continue with course studies
Midwestern State University Wilson School of Nursing faculty members are educated at the doctoral level and many are Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) who are experts in their fields, assuring the student that they will receive the highest quality education.
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
The Family Nurse Practitioner program at Wilson School of Nursing offers a post-masters certificate for nurses who wish to continue as a nurse practitioner and focus on the health needs across the age spectrum. This program meets the requirements for advanced practice nursing established by the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible for national certification examinations.
Curriculum (not all inclusive)
- 48 credit hours
- 18 hours of nursing core
- 24 hours of clinical
- 6 hours of thesis or evidence based project courses
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program will prepare students for a range of career opportunities in the mental health areas of outpatient and inpatient facilities as well as private practice settings. Graduates are prepared to use assessment skills, pharmacological treatments, and therapy for a wide spectrum of mentally ill patients, from children to adolescents to adults and older adults. Upon graduation, students can become certified by taking the post-graduate certificate exam.
MSN Curriculum (not al linclusive)
- 46 hours
- 15 hours of nursing core
- 22 hours of clinical
- 9 hours of evidence based project courses
The Nurse Educator program at MSU Texas is welcoming to nurses who want to help develop the education for incoming students. This program is specifically designed for the busy nurse professional looking for online course work that combines a clinical learning experience that can be accomplished in the nurse's own community.
Accreditation and Approval
The Wilson School of Nursing's BSN and MSN programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Midwestern State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
The Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas approved the Nursing programs.
Rankings and Awards
US News & World Report (2019)
- #94 (tie) in Regional Universities West
- #36 (tie) in Top Public Schools
- #176 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Master's
- Most Conservative Colleges in America #54 of 725
- Best College Dorms in America #209 of 1,370
- Most Diverse Colleges in America #270 of 1,592
- Top Public Universities in America #319 of 672
- Best College Campuses in America #567 of 1,408
- Best Value Colleges in America #697 of 1,590
- Best Colleges in America #819 of 1,647
- Colleges with the Best Student Life in America #874 of 1,542
- Most Conservative Colleges in Texas #6 of 47
- Most Diverse Colleges in Texas #11 of 81
- Best College Dorms in Texas #14 of 66
- Top Public Universities in Texas #21 of 35
- Best Value Colleges in Texas #25 of 77
- Best College Campuses in Texas #38 of 68Best Colleges in Texas #40 of 81Colleges with the Best Student Life in Texas #43 of 70
College Factual (2018-2019)
- #11 Best Colleges for the Money in Texas
- #96 Best Colleges for the Money (top 20% of college values across the country)
CollegeConsensus.com listed MSU Texas in the Top 10 Most Afforadable Colleges and Universities (2018).
Midwestern State University was awarded the "Top 10 Public Schools with the Cheapest Out-of-State Tuition".