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Master of Science in Nursing
Nurses are the often the unsung heroes of the medical community. Help shape the nurses of the future as an MSN nurse with the skills you learn at FNU. Upon graduation you’ll serve as a leader and mentor as you continue to help ensure positive patient outcomes.
Build upon your existing evidence-based knowledge and skills as a nurse. A total of 36 credit hours is required to complete the Master of Science in Nursing program in one of three concentration areas: nurse educator, nurse leadership and management, or family nurse practitioner.
Nursing Research & Evidence Based
Health Care Policy
Health Promotion and Role Development in Advanced Nursing Practice
Population Health, Epidemiology, & Statistical Principles
Health Care Informatics
Nurse Educator (18 Credits)
Nursing Curriculum Development
Teaching and Learning Strategies (clinical / classroom)
Introduction to Educational Concepts
Assessment and Evaluation Strategies
Nurse Educator Practicum (Capstone Project)
Leadership & Management (18 Credits)
Nursing Leadership and Management
Nursing Decision-Making in Complex Health Systems
Financial Management and Resource Development
Nurse Leadership and Management Practicum (Capstone Project)
Nurse Practitioner (27 Credits)
Advanced Health Assessment
Advanced Primary Care of Family I
NGR 6610 L
Advanced Primary Care of Family Practicum I
Advanced Primary Care of Family II
NGR 6616 L
Advanced Primary Care of Family Practicum II
Integration Advanced Primary Care of Family
NGR 6619 L
Advanced Family Practicum III
Students are required to obtain a grade of B in all classes, a satisfactory “S” grade in lab and practicum.
C is a failing grade. Note that students in the RN-MSN track who are taking BSN courses will follow the BSN grading criteria. However, a minimum GPA of 3.0 must be maintained to progress to the MSN courses.
Students will be allowed to repeat a course only once. Two failing grades will result in termination from the program. Students who fail the lecture or clinical component of a practicum course must repeat both lecture and clinical, which will count as one failed course.
A bachelor’s degree in nursing from an NLN or CCNE accredited institution with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Students who graduated from a non-programmatically accredited institution and meet all other admission requirements will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Admission is not guaranteed. Foreign transcripts must be evaluated and accompanied by equivalencies from an accredited Credential Evaluation Agency.
If undergraduate GPA is less than 2.5, a minimum GMAT score of 400 or a GRE composite score of 150 (or 900) required.
A current unrestricted license as a professional registered nurse in the United States. Out of state applicants must be eligible for endorsement by the Florida Board of Nursing.
Applicants with a foreign degree who lack academic experience in an English language environment must demonstrate English proficiency, which can be established through one of the following:
Meeting Florida Board of Nursing English competency examinations’ requirements.
A score of 62 or above on the Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) in each section with an acceptable level (intermediate or fair and above).
Score of 5.5 on the IELTS or a 44 on the PTEA.
Completion of a-six credit English Graduate Preparatory Course (ENG 1120 & ENG 1130) offered in one semester.
Completion of ENC 1101, ENC 1102 and SPC 1017.
A completed program application.
Two letters of recommendations from professional references who can attest to the candidate’s potential for advanced practice studies and leadership. One letter must be from a supervisor or a faculty.
A current resume or curriculum vitae.
An official (sealed) transcript from undergraduate nursing institution.
A written essay of a minimum of 250 words depicting reason for pursuing an advanced degree in nursing.
An entrance interview (Students will be accepted based on their qualifications, merits, professional experiences, and contributions to the nursing profession).
Computer knowledge of Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint is required for online classes.
The MSN program will accept MSN credits from another regionally accredited institution. The applicants must submit original transcripts from the previous institutions. The Vice-President of Academic Affairs and the Director of Nursing will render evaluation of submitted transcripts with the number of credits accepted.
FNU reserves the right to choose the credentialing institutions it recognizes.
Credits earned from a Bachelor Degree in a related field or from a Foreign Medical Doctor Degree will be transferred as a block to the RN-MSN track.
No additional credits will be transferred beyond the block transfer.
The master’s degree program in nursing at Florida National University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
Foreign online students who hold international nursing licenses can be enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Nurse Leadership and Management and the Nurse Educator concentrations. Note that foreign students who graduate from an online nursing program and hold an international nursing license are unable to work in the USA, unless they sit for the NCLEX in the state of their choice. In order to sit for the NCLEX exam, students will be required to present a translation and equivalency of their academic credentials in English from an authorized evaluation agency and or any other requirements requested by the Board of Nursing.