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 College of Nursing also offers admission to its master’s degree programs in nursing to Registered Nurses who have completed an AS in Nursing or diploma nursing program and have bachelor’s degrees in fields other than nursing. These students will need to take 9 credits of undergraduate upper-division course work as the prerequisite for graduate study in nursing. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The goal of the Master of Science in Nursing program is to prepare advanced practice nurses, nurse educators, and nursing leaders and managers to assume leadership positions in a variety of healthcare settings. Graduates of these programs are eligible to sit for national certification examinations in their respective specialties.
The programs prepare 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 advanced nursing practice.
- Plan, evaluate, and implement the delivery of health care using critical thinking skills in an advanced nursing role.
Please Note: The Nursing MSN may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.
International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit http://global.ucf.edu/. If you have questions, please consult UCF Global at 407-823-2337.
UCF is not authorized to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. Refer to State Restrictions for current information.
This program has potential ties to state-regulated professional licensure or certification in the field. For more information on how this program may prepare you in that regard, please visit https://apq.ucf.edu/licensure-programs/.
Depending on the track, students must complete a minimum of 31-36 credit hours of graduate-level coursework. Details about this program are located in the Nursing MSN Handbook.
- Nursing Leadership and Management—36 Credit Hours
- Nurse Educator—35 Credit Hours
- Family Nurse and Health Care Simulation—31 Credit Hours
Total Credit Hours Required: 31-36 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree
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 - Evidence Based Nursing Practice (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.
Unsatisfactory Grade in MSN Courses
All MSN coursework must be completed with a B or higher to progress in the program. Students that receive a grade below B are subject to dismissal All grades below B must be reviewed by the Master’s Admissions, Progression and Graduation (APG) Committee for continuation in the MSN program.
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 the Master of Science in Nursing programs pay a $90 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $45 each semester.
Non-Nursing Baccalaureate Program
In addition to the MSN for students holding a baccalaureate nursing degree, the College of Nursing also offers admission to its master’s degree programs in nursing to Registered Nurses who have completed an AS in Nursing or diploma nursing program and have bachelor’s degrees in fields other than nursing. These students will need to take 9 credits of undergraduate upper division course work that is prerequisite for graduate study in nursing. An undergraduate statistics course will also be required if not completed in the bachelor’s degree. Please contact email@example.com for more information on how to apply.
The undergraduate courses required prior to graduate course work are:
- NUR 3165 - Nursing Research 3 Credit Hours
- NUR 3805 - Dimensions of Professional Nursing Practice 3 Credit Hours
- NUR 4637 - Public Health Nursing 3 Credit Hours
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 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 must choose a track to apply for the MSN program. All tracks contain the same base admission requirements listed below, however, please review the Catalog entry for your track of interest and additional application requirements.
The following application information is provided for applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree. (For applicants without a bachelor’s degree interested in the RN to MSN Program please contact the College of Nursing Undergraduate Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for an advising appointment). 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.
- Florida 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 practice.
- 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 your future career plans and how the program to which you are applying will help you achieve your career goals.
- Describe the changes you would make in your personal and professional life to ensure success in your graduate nursing education.
- Identify one significant contemporary issue/ problem in U.S. health care and explore how members of the nursing profession can help address that issue or solve that problem.
- Curriculum Vitae should reflect prior education, recent clinical/practice accomplishments, any recent scholarly work (publications, presentations, grants, research participation), awards, scholarships, additional professional certifications, volunteer activities, and membership/leadership/activities with professional organizations and community service organizations. For recent graduates, this can include accomplishments as a student.
- Requires 3 recommendations.
- 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.
Before submitting your application, it is recommended that applicants call the College of Nursing Graduate Office at 407-823-2744 to schedule an appointment with an MSN adviser to discuss your goals for graduate study. It is advantageous to discuss the program before writing the required essay because the essay must address your goals for Masters-level preparation for advanced nursing practice.
*Licensed RNs who have completed an AS in Nursing or diploma nursing program and Bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing, please contact the College of Nursing Graduate Office at email@example.com for additional options.
Upon admission to the program students will be required to complete FDLE/FBI fingerprinting and certified background checks, and health screening. A student must be able to meet clinical partner background requirement to continue in the program.
The College of Nursing uses a student information management system, LEAP*RN (Project Concert). This database houses information regarding plans of study, clinical placements, clinical hours, logs, and evaluation data to assist in maintaining standards required for CCNE accreditation, facilitate student progression, and enhance clinical tracking. Students will need to access LEAP*RN for clinical course requirements, course evaluations, and portfolios. Upon graduation, students will continue to have no-cost access to their information. All students will be responsible for a one-time subscription of $150 per degree program payable at https://secure.projectconcert.com/ucf and due prior to registering for first semester courses. If students register for courses prior to paying the subscription, a “hold” service indicator will be placed to prevent future enrollment and other progression functions.
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.