The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs build upon the student’s baccalaureate nursing education and professional experience. The Master of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The Nurse Educator track is delivered online with some required campus activities. It prepares nurse educators for teaching positions in colleges and universities, as well as practice settings.
International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit www.intl.ucf.edu
. If you have any questions, please consult the International Services Center at 407-823-2337.
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An independent scholarly work is a requirement for the Master of Science in Nursing degree. The scholarly work consists of an evidence-based nursing project. The scholarly project that is required in NGR 6813 (completed in the last or next to last semester of study) is an evidence-based scholarly clinical paper. The evidence-based project should reflect the latest evidence for the student's MSN track. This is a formal paper that must adhere to published guidelines in the syllabus and must be presented in a public forum.
Required Nursing Courses—18 Credit Hours
- NGR 5003 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (2 credit hours)
- NGR 5003L Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Lab (1 credit hour)
- NGR 5141 Pathophysiological Bases for ANP (3 credit hours)
- NGR 5800 Theory for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
- NGR 5884 Legal and Professional Behaviors in ANP(3 credit hours)
- NGR 6801 Research Methods (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6813 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (Scholarly Project) (3 credit hours)
Required Education Courses—17 Credit Hours
- NGR 6713 Curriculum Development in Nursing Education (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6715 Application of Instructional Technology for Nursing Education (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6791 Teaching Strategies for Nurse Educators (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6718 Evaluation in Nursing Education (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6942C Internship/Residency in Nursing Education (4 credit hours, 300 credit hours)
- NGR 6945L Clinical Specialty Practicum (Family, Adult or Community) for Nurse Education (1 credit hour, 60 clinical hours)
Advanced Nurse Specialty Restricted Elective—3 Credit Hours
Choose one of the following courses:
- NGR 6249 Management of Common Health Problems of the Adult Patient (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6351 Nursing Care of Children and Childbearing Women (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6627 Management of Common Health Problems of Communities (3 credit hours)
College of Nursing Master’s Program Handbook
All master’s students are required to read the College of Nursing Master’s Program Handbook regarding policies for each program and for academic progression. Information about each program particularly clinical placements and forms for appeals to the Master’s APG Committee are located in the handbook.
Students in all Master of Science in Nursing Programs pay a $90 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled.
INDEPENDENT LEARNINGAn independent scholarly work is a requirement for the Master of Science in Nursing degree. The scholarly work consists of an evidence-based nursing project. The scholarly project that is required in NGR 6813 (completed in the last or next to last semester of study) is an evidence-based scholarly clinical paper. The evidence-based project should reflect the latest evidence for the students MSN track. This is a formal paper that must adhere to published guidelines in the syllabus and must be presented in a public forum.
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
The following application information is provided for applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree. For application requirements for the RN to MSN option, without an undergraduate degree, please refer to the “RN to MSN Program.” Applicants with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree are required to take upper-division nursing courses that are prerequisites for graduate study in nursing.
Students are admitted to the programs in fall and spring semesters. To study full-time, applicants to the nurse educator track should apply for fall admission. However, additional electives will be needed in some semesters. Part-time plans of study are available for both fall and spring admission cycles.
In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
- BSN degree from an accredited institution.*
- Undergraduate Statistics course.
- Florida license required for all students who will be taking clinical and practice courses in Florida health care agencies and institutions. For those students at a distance, a license is required in the state or country in which they practice.
- Address the following 3 items in a written essay. Total word count for all (not each) answers should be 500 words or less, double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, and 1 inch margins:
- Describe how your professional experiences have prepared you for future education in the role which is the focus of your desired track.
- Describe your plans to alter your work, professional and/ or personal obligations in order to have the time needed for graduate course and clinical practice work.
- Identify one significant contemporary issue/ problem in the US Health care system and explore how members of the nursing profession can help address that issue or solve that problem.
- Curriculum Vitae which reflects prior education, recent clinical accomplishments, any recent scholarly work (publications and presentations), awards, additional certifications and activities with professional organizations. For recent graduates this can include accomplishments as a student.
- Two professional recommendations describing your ability to be successful in an MSN program. Include at least one clinical reference preferably from an Advanced Practice Nurse/Supervisor and one academic reference preferably from a nursing faculty member from a graduate program evaluating potential for graduate study.
- Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.
*For Students with a Bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing, please contact the advisement office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-823-2744 for additional options.
Admission to the program is competitive, based on evaluation of the applicant’s abilities, past performance, recommendations, VECHS/FDLE/FBI finger printing, certified background check, drug testing and the match of UCF’s master's programs with career goals. The College of Nursing accepts the most qualified students. Since enrollment is limited, not all students who apply may be accepted, even if minimum requirements are met.
Students may take classes as a nursing nondegree-seeking, postbaccalaureate student on a space-available basis. Students must designate on their application that they are applying to the College of Nursing in order to facilitate processing of files. Successful completion of postbaccalaureate courses does not guarantee admission to the graduate program. Students may only take nonclinical courses. Prior to applying as a nondegree student, please contact the main nursing advising office for deadlines and nondegree options at email@example.com.
Please note: Due to restrictive state regulations, UCF is not permitted to provide online courses or instruction to students in the following states. If you reside in one of these states, you may not be permitted to enroll in or be admitted to a UCF online program. Please contact your state’s higher education regulation authorities or the UCF Graduate Program (see contact information above) for more details.
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Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see Funding for Graduate School
, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information
section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see Fellowships, which includes descriptions of UCF fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.