Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

MSN

—Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing is a dynamic way for nursing professionals to gain upward mobility in the health care environment.

Florida Southern’s MSN program focuses on three vital areas within contemporary health care:

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

Become a specialist in the growth of organized and coordinated health care services. This curriculum track prepares you to take the certification exam for Clinical Specialist in Medical-Surgical Nursing through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (ANP)

Gain the ability to practice autonomously, diagnose and treat patients, and direct primary or acute care.  This curriculum track prepares you for the certification examination as an Adult Health Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Nurse Educator (NE)

Combine your passion for teaching with top-notch clinical experience. This curriculum track prepares you for the Certified Nurse Educator examination offered through the National League of Nursing.

MSN students in each of these three curriculum tracks receive personalized attention from faculty who are accessible, full-time, and impressively credentialed. Courses and coursework are conveniently arranged around the working professional.

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Curriculum Overview

ADULT GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER

A. Core Curriculum 24 hours
NUR 5120 Advanced Practice Nurse Role
NUR 5150 Advanced Pharmacology
NUR 5200 Advanced Pathophysiology
NUR 5220 Advanced Health Assessment
NUR 5250 Nursing Theory and Research
NUR 5350 Health Care Policy & Politics
MAT 5010 Applied Statistical Analysis
NUR 6430 Care of the Older Adult
B. Nurse Practitioner Track 18 hours
NUR 6110 Advanced Practice Nurse I
NUR 6160 Advanced Practice Nurse II
NUR 6210 Advanced Practice Nurse III
Total 42 hours

ADULT GERONTOLOGY CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST

A. Core Curriculum 24 hours
NUR 5120 Advanced Practice Nurse Role
NUR 5150 Advanced Pharmacology
NUR 5200 Advanced Pathophysiology
NUR 5220 Advanced Health Assessment
NUR 5250 Nursing Theory and Research
NUR 5350 Health Care Policy & Politics
MAT 5010 Applied Statistical Analysis
NUR 6430 Care of the Older Adult
B. Clinical Nurse Specialist Track 18 hours
NUR 6110 Advanced Practice Nurse I
NUR 6160 Advanced Practice Nurse II
NUR 6210 Advanced Practice Nurse III
Total 42 hours

NURSE EDUCATOR

A. Core Curriculum 21 hours
NUR 5120 Advanced Practice Nurse Role
NUR 5150 Advanced Pharmacology
NUR 5200 Advanced Pathophysiology
NUR 5220 Advanced Health Assessment
NUR 5250 Nursing Theory and Research
NUR 5350 Health Care Policy & Politics
MAT 5010 Applied Statistical Analysis
B. Nurse Educator Track 16 hours
NUR 6060 Curriculum Design & Program Development
NUR 6120 Nurse Educator in the Clinical Setting
NUR 6310 Nurse Educator in the Academic Setting
Total 37 hours
 

MSN Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the requirements below and submit the following materials:

  1. A completed online graduate application form;
  2. A résumé or CV of educational and work experience;
  3. A personal statement of your expectations of a graduate program (your personal and professional goals);
  4. Three professional recommendations (FSC recommendation forms may be used);
  5. Evidence of graduation from a state-approved and regionally accredited Bachelor's Degree Nursing program with an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4-point scale as verified by an official transcript.
  6. Copy of current, active licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of Florida.
  7. Prerequisite courses at the undergraduate level are required: NUR 3106 Basics of Health Assessment, NUR 4110 Evidence Based Health Care, and MAT 2022 Elementary Statistics. A “C” or better grade in these prerequisite courses is required.
  8. Each MSN student is required to complete a criminal background screening including finger printing prior to starting the first clinical. NOTE: any student with a prior arrest or conviction history may be denied entry into the program due to our agency contract agreements or may be denied licensure. Students who apply to the MSN program with a prior criminal history must be further screened by the Graduate Program Director and approved by the Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences prior to acceptance. Failure to disclose prior criminal history on application or report any subsequent criminal arrest after enrollment at Florida Southern College to the Dean School of Nursing and Health Sciences may disqualify the student from the MSN program.
  9. Each nursing student is required to complete a ten-panel drug screen. Any student may be requested to repeat the urine drug screen as required by any clinical site or as part of a drug testing program. NOTE: Students who have a positive drug test may be denied acceptance into the MSN program or be disenrolled from the MSN program.
ESTIMATED NURSING FEES
Immunizations   $315.00
FDLE Background Check and
10-panel urine drug screen
  $145.00
Immunization Tracker   $35.00
Uniforms   $42.00
Student Liability Insurance   $15.00
 

Course Descriptions

NUR 5120 ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE ROLE
Three hours. Prerequisite: Admission to nursing graduate program. Roles of the advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) are examined with a focus on scope of practice, regulatory issues, professional standards of care, and effective communication. Topics include evidence based practice, professional advocacy, ethical decision making, cultural competence, teaching-coaching and scholarly writing.

NUR 5150 ADVANCED PHARMACOLOGY
Three hours. Prerequisite: NUR 5120. In this course the student analyzes the principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics of drugs commonly used in the management of acute and chronic illnesses in adults. Emphasis is on therapeutic decision-making in drug selection and monitoring therapeutic response for culturally diverse patients. Patient education, legal, ethical, and socio-economic issues are addressed. Practice and regulatory elements of APRN prescribing is included.

NUR 5200 ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Three hours. Prerequisite: NUR 5120. This course prepares the student to understand the underlying mechanisms of changes in physiology by a systematic examination of disease. The advance practice nursing student will compare and contrast differential diagnosis within physiological systems of sub-cellular and cellular origin, biochemical, and anatomical changes across the life span.

NUR 5220 ADVANCED PRACTICE HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Three hours. Prerequisite: NUR 5120. Pre/corequisite: NUR 5200. The student is provided a strong foundation in the health assessment skills requisite for APRN practice. The focus of the course is on the diagnostic reasoning process as it relates to building a clinical database regarding individual patients. History taking, physical examination skills, laboratory, and diagnostic modalities are included in the course content.

NUR 5250 NURSING THEORY & RESEARCH
Three hours. Prerequisite: NUR 5120. Pre/corequisite: MAT 5100. Research processes, including quantitative and qualitative research designs, are reviewed. Students examine researchable problems in nursing practice, explore ethical and legal issues related to nursing research and learn to apply a theoretical model in designing a research study.

NUR 5350 HEALTH CARE POLICY
Three hours. Prerequisite: NUR 5120. This course exposes students to health care policy, health care finance and the organization of health care delivery systems. Emphasis is placed on the role of the advanced practice nurse in the policy making process and the impact of health policy, finance and organization on advanced nursing practice, consumers’ health and health care options.

NUR 6430 CARE OF THE OLDER ADULT
Three hours. Prerequisite: NUR 5150, NUR 5200,  NUR 5220. This course is designed to examine selected clinical issues, health problems and health promotion strategies in older adults, contrast normal and abnormal aging, and explore older adult care systems. The course focuses on comprehensive geriatric assessment, diagnoses of common geriatric syndromes and application of evidence-based practice to promote wellness, maximize function, and enhance self-care. Mental health concerns, culturally appropriate approaches and ethical issues will be examined.

NUR 6060 CURRICULUM DESIGN AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
Four hours: Pre/co-requisite: NUR 5120. The focus in this course is on preparing the advanced practice nurse for a role in higher education or peer education. Required elements of course and curricula design and program outcome assessment are presented, along with roles of faculty and administrators in these processes. Classroom teaching technologies are introduced.

NUR 6110 ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE I
Six hours. Prerequisite: NUR 5120, NUR 5150, NUR 5200, NUR 5220. In this practical experience, the student functions in the role of advanced practice nurse in settings focused on the care of the acutely ill client. Content focus is on attaining competencies in the domains of advanced nursing practice addressing clients, nurses and organizations. This course includes 168 hours of clinical experience and a seminar.

NUR 6120 NURSE EDUCATOR IN CLINICAL SETTING
Six hours. Prerequisite: NUR 5120, NUR 5150, NUR 5200, NUR 5220, NUR 6060. In this practical experience, the student functions in the role of advanced practice nurse educator in a clinical setting. Content focus is on attaining competencies as a nurse educator. This course includes 175 hours of clinical experience and a seminar.

NUR 6160 ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE II
Six hours. Prerequisite: NUR 5120, NUR 5150, NUR 5200, NUR 5220. In this practical experience, the student functions in the role of advanced practice nurse in settings focused on care of the client with chronic illness. Management of the healthcare needs of selected populations are addressed incorporating the principles of prioritization, community collaboration and outcomes measurement. Principles of cost-effective patient outcomes and evidence-based practice are stressed. This course includes 168 hours of clinical experience and a seminar.

NUR 6210 ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE III
Six hours. Prerequisite: NUR 6110, NUR 6160. The advanced practice nurse student will develop expertise in a specialty role defined by a client population or practice setting. The focus of this capstone clinical experience is adult health nursing practice. This course includes 168 hours of clinical experience and a seminar.

NUR 6250 RESEARCH HOURS
One to four hours (variable). Prerequisite: NUR 5250 and consent of the instructor. Independent research hours provide the student the opportunity to be mentored in the pursuit of an individual scholarly project. Prior to registering, the student must establish a learning contract with a nursing faculty member. In lieu of a letter grade, the student is awarded a grade of Pass/Fail for research credit hours.

NUR 6310 NURSE EDUCATOR IN ACADEMIC SETTING
Six hours. Prerequisite: NUR 5120, NUR 5150, NUR 5200, NUR 5220, NUR 6060. In this practical experience, the student will engage in classroom and clinical teaching in an academic setting. This course includes 175 hours of clinical experience and a seminar.