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Program at a Glance

Program
Master
College(s)
College of Nursing
Department(s)
Nursing
$369.65 per credit hour
$1,194.05 per credit hour

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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 [email protected] 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.

Program Objectives

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.

You may pursue this UCF College of Nursing online program as long as you will be physically located in a Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) state for the duration of your education.

UCF College of Nursing faculty are authorized to teach in NLC states. Due to nursing education restrictions imposed by non-NLC states, UCF is unable to offer courses, clinicals, or other educational services regardless of modality within non-NLC states. Should you be physically located within a non-NLC state for more than a vacation or brief visit, regardless of your legal state of residence or the type of license you have, you will be unable to apply or continue your nursing degree program at the UCF College of Nursing. This includes, but is not limited to, students accepting traveling nurse positions in a non-Nurse Licensure Compact state.

UCF is not authorized to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. Refer to State Restrictions for current information.

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.

This degree has 6 tracks: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track, Family Nurse Practitioner Track, Leadership and Management Track, Nurse Educator Track, and Nursing and Health Care Simulation Track. Please scroll to the bottom of this page for further details on these Tracks.

Career Opportunities

UCF prepares you for life beyond the classroom. Here, you’ll experience a wide range of opportunity, like learning diverse skills from world-renowned faculty to networking with top employers across Central Florida to gaining first-hand experience in internships nearby. Achieve your degree and more as a Knight.
  • Advanced Nursing Professor
  • CCU Nurse
  • CNS
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Clinical Nursing Instructor
  • Clinical Nursing Professor
  • Community Health Nurse
  • Coronary Care Unit Nurse
  • Emergency Room RN
  • Endoscopy Registered Nurse
  • Hospice Registered Nurse
  • Obstetrical Nurse
  • PACU Nurse
  • Pediatric Registered Nurse
  • Post-Anesthesia Care Unit Nurse
  • Psychiatric Nurse
  • RN
  • Registered Nurse
  • Registered Nursing Professor
  • Triage Registered Nurse
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