Graduation Requirements (A Minimum of 55 Credits)

The RN/MSN program is offered to foreign-educated doctors who hold a nursing license and nurses who earned a Baccalaureate degree in a related field. This curriculum is designed to build upon students’ nursing education and professional experiences. This program will allow these professional nurses with previous medical and strong educational backgrounds to acquire evidence-based knowledge and the necessary skills to provide direct patient services at an advanced level. A total of fifty-five (55) credit hours are required for graduation. FNU awards a Master of Science Degree in Nursing upon completion of the program.

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Program Requirements (55 Credits)

Courses (55 Credits)
Credit Hours
  • NUR 3065C
    Physical Assessment in Health Care
  • NUR 3125
  • NUR 3165
    Applied Nursing Research
  • NUR 3826
    Ethical and Legal Aspects of Nursing Practice
  • NUR 4516
    Crisis Intervention
  • NUR 4636
    Community Health
  • NGR 5035
    Advanced health Assessment
  • NGR 5101
    Nursing Theory
  • NGR 5141
    Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NGR 5674
    Population Health, Epidemiology, & Statistical Principles
  • NGR 5700
    Decision Making
  • NGR 5891
    Health Care Policy
  • NGR 6110
    Nursing Leadership & Management
  • NGR 6172
    Advanced Pharmacology
  • NGR 6636
    Health Promotion and Role Development in Advanced Nursing Practice
  • NGR 6812
    Nursing Research & Evidence Based
  • NGR 6871
    Health Care Informatics
  • NGR 6970
    MSN Capstone Project

Academic Requirements:

  1. Students are required to obtain a grade of B in all classes, a satisfactory “S” grade in lab, and practicum.
  2. 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, at least a GPA of 3.0 must be maintained to progress to the MSN courses.
  3. Students will be allowed to repeat a course only once. Two failing grades will result in termination from the program. However, 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.

Admission Requirements: Master of Science in Nursing Program (RN-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, GMAT score of 400 and above or a GRE composite score of 150 (or 900) 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:
  • Meeting Florida Board of Nursing English competency examinations’ requirements.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  1. A completed program application.
  2. 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.
  3. Current resume or curriculum vitae.
  4. Official (sealed) transcript from undergraduate nursing institution.
  5. A written essay of a minimum of 250 words depicting reason for pursuing an advanced degree in nursing.
  6. 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.
  • Students applying to the RN-MSN Program must also meet the following requirements:
  1. Current Unrestricted RN license
  2. Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from an accredited institution or a Foreign Medical Degree with transcript equivalencies from an accredited Credential Evaluation Agency.

Credit Transferability

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 evaluate submitted transcripts and determine the number of credits accepted. Students can transfer a maximum of 6 credits into a graduate program.

  • 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.

RN-MSN track is a bridge. Therefore, no BSN degree will be conferred upon completion.


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.

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.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Integrate nursing theory, research, and advanced knowledge into practice settings to contribute to the development of the nursing discipline as a science and to function efficiently in the roles of Nurse Educator, Leader, and Practitioner. [MSN Essentials I, IV, VII, VIII, IX]
  2. Appraise healthcare ethical issues as they affect individuals, communities, society and provide leadership in collaboration with other disciplines to improve clinical outcomes. [Essentials VI, VII, IX]
  3. Advocate for quality and cost effective care through comprehensive management and negotiation with various health care delivery systems. [ Essentials II, III, V,]
  4. Use critical thinking to provide holistic nursing care across the lifespan in a variety of complex health care settings utilizing evidence-based practice knowledge to promote health, prevent disease, and maintain well-being for individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations. [Essentials, V, VII, VIII, IX]
  5. Apply concepts and skills of leadership, management, quality improvement, and patient safety in the delivery of high quality care while engaging in the promotion of health, prevention of disease, and maintenance of high function across the health-illness continuum. [Essentials II, IV, VII, VIII, IX]
  6. Incorporate the values of human diversity and dignity in their practice to deliver culturally and spiritually sensitive care to the community. [Essentials III, V, VIII, IX]