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 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. The program can be completed in 6 semesters as a full time student or 8 semesters as a part time student.
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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.
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.
The following application requirements are effective for Spring 2016 applicants and beyond. Fall 2015 applicants, please refer to the 2014-15 catalog.
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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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 Graduate Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional options.
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 met.
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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.