2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 19, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Nursing MSN, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track

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College: Nursing Degree: MSN
Department: Nursing

Track Description

This track will not be accepting applications or enrolling new students effective Fall 2018.

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 healthcare environment based on a strong scientific foundation for practice; flexibility and emphasis on evidence-based practice, and leadership.

The MSN 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.

Program Objectives

The program prepares students to:

  • Analyze social, economic, ethical, cultural, legal, and political issues influencing nursing practice and health care in a global context.
  • Develop and implement leadership, management, and teaching strategies for the improvement of health and health care quality and safety. 
  • Develop practice models of evidence-based nursing practice incorporating nursing research.
  • Influence health and public policy in collaboration with other disciplines to improve systems of care and health of communities.
  • Participate in research and disseminate research findings through presentation and publication. 
  • Synthesize advanced knowledge from the sciences, humanities, and theory to support the advanced nursing practice.
  • Plan, evaluate and implement the delivery of health care using critical thinking skill in an advanced nursing role.

The College of Nursing also offers admission to its master degree programs in nursing to Registered Nurses who have bachelor degrees in fields other than nursing. These students will need to take 8 credits of undergraduate upper division course work as the prerequisite for graduate study in nursing. Please contact gradnurse@ucf.edu for more information.

The College also offers an RN to MSN plan of study that provides an accelerated program for RNs who do not hold a baccalaureate degree but have met general education requirements. Students admitted under this plan of study will complete requirements for both the BSN and MSN programs. See RN to MSN program below for more information. A separate application to the graduate program will be required upon completion of the BSN degree. Admission to the MSN program is competitive and not guaranteed.

For information on how this program may prepare you for professional licensure, please contact Dr. Josie Weiss, Director, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) Programs 


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.  

Total Credit Hours Required: 42 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Prerequisite Courses: 9 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 4637L - Public Health Nursing 3 Credit Hours
  • NUR 3165 - Nursing Research 3 Credit Hours

Required Courses: 42 Credit 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.

Graduation Requirements

  • 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 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.

Equipment Fee

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 Learning

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 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.

Application Requirements

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:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • BSN degree from an accredited institution by program start date.*
  • Undergraduate Statistics course.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
  • Licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Florida by program start date. (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 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 at gradnurse@ucf.edu or 407-823-2744 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.

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.

Effective August 2017, the College of Nursing will be implementing a database, LEAP*RN (ProjectConcert) to manage information regarding student course work and plans of study, clinical placements, and all evaluation data. This database will assist us in maintaining standards required for CCNE accreditation, facilitate student progression, and enhance clinical tracking. All students will be responsible for an annual subscription of $77.40 payable directly to ProjectConcert. Holds will be placed on registration and enrollment if the subscription cost is not paid. Further information will be disseminated early in the summer


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.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Christopher PhD
Associate Professor
Telephone: 407-823-2517
UTWR 453

Graduate Admissions

Jennifer Yuhas
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230  
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL  32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241

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