The MSN graduate degree program is designed to build upon the student’s baccalaureate nursing education and professional experience This program prepares professional nurses with a wide range of educational experiences to acquire essential evidence-based knowledge and the necessary skills to provide patient services at an advanced level. A total of thirty-six (36) credit hours are required for graduation. Florida National University awards a Master of Science Degree in Nursing upon completion of the program.

Nursing Master’s Program Core Courses (36 Credits):

  • Nursing Theory
  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Health Care Policy
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Population Health, Epidemiology & Statistical Principles
  • Health Promotion and Role Development in Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Health Care Informatics
  • Nursing Leadership and Management
  • Decision Making
  • MSN Capstone Project

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Graduation Requirements (A Minimum of 36 Credits)

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Admission Requirements: MSN

  1. 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.
  2. If undergraduate GPA is less than 2.5, a GMAT score of 400 and above or a GRE composite score of 150 (or 900) is required.
  3. 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.
  4. 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:
    1. Meeting Florida Board of Nursing English competency examinations’ requirements.
    2. Score of 62 and above on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL in each section with an acceptable level (intermediate or fair and above).
    3. Score of 5.5 on the IELTS, or a 44 on the PTEA.
    4. Completion of ENC 1101, ENC 1102, and SPC 1017.
  5. A completed program application.
  6. 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.
  7. Current resume or curriculum vitae.
  8. Official (sealed) transcript from undergraduate nursing institution.
  9. A written essay of a minimum of 250 words describing the reason for pursuing an advanced degree in nursing.
  10. Entrance Interview (Students will be accepted based on their qualifications, merits, professional experiences, and contributions to the nursing profession).
    1. Computer knowledge of Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required for online classes.

Credit Transferability

The MSN program will accept up to 6 graduate credit hours from another regionally accredited institution and programmatically accredited nursing program. The applicants must submit original transcripts from their previous institutions. The Vice President of Academic Affairs and the Director of the MSN program will render an evaluation of submitted transcripts with the number of credits accepted.