The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
program in the Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track prepares
nurses for advanced primary care practice in the current health care
environment based on a strong scientific foundation for practice; flexibility
and emphasis on evidence-based practice, and leadership.
Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track allows students to sit
for certification examinations when they have completed the list of courses
required. Certification authorizes them to function in the advanced role.
Enrolling in the DNP program is an option after completion of the MSN.
Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track requires a minimum of 42
credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree with 660 clinical practice hours.
The part-time plan of study for the MSN can be completed in 8 semesters and the
full-time plan of study in 5 semesters. |
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with a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than nursing will be required to
take the following courses prior to taking required program courses. Consistent
with graduate nursing program policies, courses must be completed with a grade
of 'B' or better.
- NUR 3805 Dimensions of Professional Practice (3 credit hours)
- NUR 4637L Public Health Nursing (2 credit hours)
- NUR 3165 Nursing Research (3 credit hours)
Required Courses—42 Credit Hours
Core Courses—24 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; 60 clinical
- NGR 5141 Pathophysiological Bases for Advanced Nursing Practice
(3 credit hours)
- NGR 5638 Health Promotion (3 credit hours)
- NGR 5800 Theory for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
- NGR 5884 Legal and Professional Behavior in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit
- NGR 6172 Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit
- NGR 6801 Research Methods (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6813
Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
Specialty Courses: Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner—18 Credit Hours
- NGR 6334 Women's Health for APNs (2 credit hours)
- NGR 6201
Adult I Primary Care (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6240L Adult I Primary Care
Clinical (3 credit hours; 180 clinical hours)
- NGR 6202L Adult II
Clinical for APNs (2 credit hours; 120 clinical hours)
- NGR 6263
Gerontologic Care for APNs (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6263L Gerontologic Care
Clinical for NPs (2 credit hours; 120 clinical hours)
- NGR 6248L Advanced Practice Practicum (3 credit hours; 180 clinical hours)
Progress to Degree
Students are required to maintain a 3.0 grade
point average. Students who receive a grade of below B in any course will be
reviewed by the MSN/DNP Admissions, Progression and Graduation Committee for
continuation in the program. Grades of below B are not acceptable in the
doctoral program in the College of Nursing. Students who do not maintain a 3.0
GPA will be put on probation or dismissed from the program.
- All course work completed with a minimum grade of
- Clinical performance evaluated at a satisfactory level
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 Nursing
Full-time students in all
Master of Science in Nursing Programs pay a $90 equipment fee each semester that
they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $45 each semester.
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 final 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.
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.
In addition to the general UCF graduate application
requirements, applicants to this program must provide:
official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university
- BSN degree from an accredited institution.*
- Undergraduate Statistics course.
- Official, competitive GRE score
taken within the last five years.
- Licensure as a registered nurse in
the State of Florida. (Out of state applicants must be eligible for licensure in
Florida and must achieve RN licensure to begin clinical courses.)
- 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:
Discuss the impact of the graduate nursing education in your desired track on the evolution of your professional role
- Describe the path you would take to ensure success in your graduate nursing education
- Identify one significant
contemporary issue or problem in US health care and explore how members
of the nursing profession can help address that issue or solve that
- 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
- An interview with faculty may also be required..
*For RNs with a
Bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing, please contact the College
of Nursing at firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-823-2744 for
Before submitting your application, it
is recommended that applicants call the College of Nursing Graduate Office
(407-823-2744) to speak with an adviser to discuss your goals for doctoral
study. It is advantageous to discuss the program before writing the required
essay because the essay must address your goals for doctoral-level preparation
for advanced nursing practice.
Admission to the program is
competitive, based on evaluation of the applicant’s abilities, past performance,
recommendations, FDLE/FBI finger printing and certified background checks, 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
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*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website
, 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 UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.