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 final 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.
Unsatisfactory Grade in MSN Courses
All MSN coursework must be completed with a B or higher to progress in the program. Students that receive a grade below B are subject to dismissal All grades below B must be reviewed by the Master's Admissions, Progression and Graduation (APG) Committee for continuation in the MSN program.
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 the Master of Science in Nursing Program pay a $90 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled.
Accelerated RN to MSN Program
See also the Undergraduate Catalog.
The RN to MSN plan is a program for RNs who do not hold a baccalaureate degree in Nursing (BSN). This program is designed for students who have met undergraduate general education requirements, have demonstrated above-average performance in prior undergraduate course work (minimum of 3.0 grade point average). Students will meet both BSN and MSN objectives. However, a separate application is required for the BSN and MSN careers.
This program is available for all MSN tracks in the graduate program: Nursing Leadership and Management,Clinical Nurse Leader, and Nurse Educator. Up to 9 credit hours of graduate course work taken while in the BSN program can be applied to the Clinical Nurse Leader, Nursing Leadership and Management, and Nurse Educator tracks in the MSN program.
Courses Taken Toward BSN
- NUR 3805 Dimensions of Professional Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
- NUR 3165 Nursing Research (3 credit hours)
- NUR 3634 Community Health Nursing (3 credit hours)
- NUR 4637 Public Health Nursing (2 credit hours)
- NUR 4604L Practicum in Community abd Public Health Nursing for RNs (4 credit hours)
- NUR 4837 Health Care Issues, Policy, and Economics (3 credit hours)
Students in the Leadership and Management Tracks take:
- NUR 4827 Leadership and Management Principles (3 credit hours)
Students in Nurse Educator and Clinical Nurse Leader Tracks take:
- NUR 3065 and 3065 L Health Assessment (3 credit hours)
Validated credit for previous nursing courses—26 Credit Hours
Courses Shared BSN/MSN
An individualized plan of study is developed for each student admitted to the RN to MSN option. Students pursuing the MSN in the Nursing Leadership and Management track must take the following courses:
- NGR 5720 Organizational Dynamics (3 credit hours)
- NGR 5871 Health Care Informatics (3 credit hours) (for undergraduate elective)
- NGR 5800 Theory for APN (3 credit hours) or NGR/HSA graduate elective in area of concentration (e.g., nursing, health services administration for nursing elective) OR NGR 6722 Financial Management and Resource Development (Summer only).
Students pursuing the MSN in the Nurse Educator track must take the following courses:
- 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 Advanced Nursing Practice (for undergraduate nursing elective and prerequisite for NGR 5003 and 5003L) (3 credit hours)
- NGR 5800 Theory for APN (3 credit hours)
Courses Taken Toward MSN
Students will follow the degree requirements of the selected MSN track. The baccalaureate degree will be awarded when program requirements for the BSN are met and students have completed a minimum of 120 hours of credit. Grades below B will not be accepted for the MSN degree requirements. Students must apply online to the UCF College of Graduate Studies for admission to the MSN program. The MSN will be awarded on completion of the total program of study. Students who do not meet ongoing program requirements or decide not to continue in the program may withdraw from the RN to MSN plan and complete course work for the BSN degree. The MSN tracks require students to complete a different number of hours depending upon the track:
- Nursing Leadership and Management—36 Credit Hours
- Nurse Educator—38 Credit Hours