Nursing, M.S.N.

Degree:Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)
Specializations:Nurse Executive
Nursing Education
Department:School of Nursing
Building 37
College:Usha Kundu, MD College of Health
CIP Code:51.3801
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 39

This innovative and flexible online program prepares the professional nurse for leadership, advanced nursing roles, and doctoral studies. The Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) consists of 39 semester hours (sh) of coursework. Students may select from the two areas of specialization. Nursing Education prepares students for employment in an academic or community/hospital/agency setting, while Nurse Executive prepares students for employment in administrative/management and leadership positions in the health care industry.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Admissions section of the catalog, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the following criteria are used to assess the potential success of each applicant: 

  • An earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from an NLNAC, ACEN, or CCNE accredited nursing program with a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale OR a 3.0 (GPA) on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours of coursework on the BSN.
  • Completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Students who, for academic or disciplinary reasons, are not eligible to register in the college or university last attended will not be admitted for graduate study. 
  • Possess a current unencumbered Registered Nurse license to practice nursing in a state or territory of the United States. 
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) or resume.
  • Approval by the School of Nursing Recruitment, Admissions, Retention, and Progression (RARP) Committee. Admission to this program is competitive and selective. 

If an applicant is unable to meet the above criteria, they may petition the School of Nursing RARP Committee and request a special review.   

Express Admission: Students seeking express admission must possess a current unencumbered Registered Nurse license to practice nursing in a state or territory of the United States by the end of the first semester of enrollment to progress in the program.

Please note that upon admission the M.S.N. student will receive information concerning current UWF School of Nursing requirements for enrollment. These include, but are not limited to: physical examination and immunizations; Level 2 criminal background check; drug screen; VECHS fingerprinting; AHA BCLS certification; proof of professional liability insurance; and proof of personal health insurance.

Progression Requirements

Students in the M.S.N. Education and Executive program tracks are admitted in cohort groups to ensure that courses will be offered in the sequence and semesters needed to complete a Program of Study (POS) in a timely manner. Students may progress on a full-time or part-time basis but all M.S.N. courses must be completed within 6 years from admission. Should a student need to alter their plan of study, contact with the program advisor is necessary to ensure the students' eligibility through educational records and academic standings as well as space availability in the courses.

  • Students are required to earn a "B" in all courses (Minimal 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale).
  • Students may repeat the same nursing course only once, and on a space-available basis before mandatory withdrawal from the nursing major.
  • Students are allowed to repeat two different nursing courses before mandatory withdrawal from the nursing major.

Degree Requirements

Students wishing to earn an M.S.N. must successfully complete by earning a course grade of "B" in both the core courses and the specialty courses.

M.S.N. Core (12 sh)

NGR 6111Foundations of Nursing Science3
NGR 6638Population Health Promotion and Management3
NGR 6803Integration of Evidence in Advanced Nursing Practice3
NGR 6893Health Systems Leadership and Policy Strategies3
Total Hours12

Nurse Executive Specialization

M.S.N Core (12 sh)

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Nurse Executive Specialization (27 sh)

NGR 6793Fiscal Administration for the Health Professional3
NGR 6734 Project Development and Management for Healthcare Professionals3
NGR 6872Information Technology and Data Analysis for Healthcare Professionals3
NGR 6728Nursing Leadership Seminar I3
NGR 6728LNursing Leadership Practicum I3
NGR 6729Nursing Leadership Seminar II3
NGR 6729LNursing Leadership Practicum II3
NGR 6727Nursing Leadership Seminar III3
NGR 6727LNursing Leadership Practicum III3
Total Hours27

Education Specialization

M.S.N Core (12 sh)

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Education Specialization (27 sh)

NGR 6172Advanced Pharmacology3
NGR 6002Advanced Health Assessment3
NGR 6140Advanced Pathophysiology3
NGR 6710Advanced Nursing Practice for the Nurse Educator3
NGR 6710LNurse Educator Advanced Clinical Practicum3
NGR 6715Nursing Education Seminar I3
NGR 6715LNursing Education Practicum I3
NGR 6718Nursing Education Seminar II3
NGR 6718LNursing Education Practicum II3
Total Hours27