The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
program in the Family Nurse Practitioner Track prepares nurses for advanced
primary care practice in the current healthcare environment based on a strong
scientific foundation for practice, flexibility, and emphasis on evidence-based
practice and leadership.
|The MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Track requires a minimum of 46 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree with 720 hours of clinical practicum. The part-time plan of study for the MSN can be completed in 6 semesters and the full-time plan of study in 4 semesters.|
|Total Credit Hours Required:|
Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree|
Prerequisite Courses—8 Credit Hours
Students 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 4637 Public Health Nursing (2 credit hours)
- NUR 3165 Nursing Research (3 credit hours)
Required Courses for the MSN—46 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 hours)
- 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 hours)
- NGR 6172 Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6801 Research Methods (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6813 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
Specialty Courses: Family Nurse Practitioner—22 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 6263 Gerontologic Care for APNs (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6263L Gerontologic Care Clinical for NPs (2 credit hours; 120 clinical hours)
- NGR 6305 Pediatric Primary Care (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6305L Pediatric Primary Care Clinical (2 credit hours; 120 clinical hours)
- NGR 6342L Women’s Health for Advanced Practice Nurses Clinical (1 credit hour; 60 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, Profession 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 "B"
- Clinical performance evaluated at a satisfactory level
College of Nursing Master’s Program Handbook
All students completing the master's along the way 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 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.
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 student.
- An interview with faculty may also be
RNs with a Bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing, please contact
the College of Nursing Graduate Office at email@example.com 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. Students are admitted to the program in the fall
for the program of study; however, spring admissions are possible for a revised
plan of study.
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
|Family Nurse Practitioner||
||Jan 15||Feb 15|
||Jan 15||Jan 15|
International Transfer Applicants
||Jan 15||Jan 15|
*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.