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 Leadership and Management track of the MSN is designed to equip nurses with the managerial and leadership skills necessary to become administrative leaders in the health care industry. The program requires 36 credit hours of coursework.|
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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—36 Credit Hours
- NGR 5800 Theory for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
- NGR 5884 Legal and Professional Behavior in Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
- NGR 5720 Organizational Dynamics (3 credit hours)
- NGR 5871 Health Care Informatics (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6722 Financial Management and Resource Development (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6723 Nursing Leadership and Management I (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6723L Nursing Leadership Role Specialization Practicum I (3 credit hours; 135 clincal hours)
- NGR 6801 Research Methodology for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6813 Evidenced Based Practice (Research Scholarly Work) (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6874 Nursing Environment Management (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6772L Nursing and Leadership Management Internship (3 credit hours, 180 clinical hours)
- Graduate Elective (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 Nursing MSN Handbook.
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.
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.
Students are admitted to the programs in fall and
spring semesters. To study full-time, applicants to the leadership/management
track should apply for fall admission. Part-time plans of study are available
for both fall and spring admission cycles. Applicants with a non-nursing
bachelor’s degree are required to take upper-division nursing courses that are
prerequisites for graduate study in nursing.
In addition to the general
UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each
- BSN degree from an accredited
- Undergraduate Statistics course.
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
- 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.
- 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 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
Admission to the program is competitive,
based on evaluation of the applicant’s abilities, past performance,
recommendations, FDLE/FBI finger printing and 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
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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.