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Master of Science in Nursing

Take your nursing career to the next level.

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

The demand for nurses with advanced education is on the rise. Florida Southern College’s Master of Science in Nursing is a quick route to upward mobility and greater earning power. It will not only prepare you for a variety of advanced practice roles but also enable you to command a generous salary.

Upcoming Term Start Dates

8/20/2024

Choose one of these Tracks in Nursing

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner student is prepared to provide and direct care to patients in primary care settings within the adult age spectrum, including late adolescence. This curriculum track prepares you for the certification examination as an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program.
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Nursing Administrative Leadership

The Nursing Administrative Leadership track is designed to provide current and aspiring nurse managers and clinical nurse leaders with the skills and knowledge necessary to guide daily operations in a variety of healthcare settings.

*Because this track is delivered fully online and due to SEVIS guidelines, we are not able to accept international students into this program.

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Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

The Family Nurse Practitioner student is prepared to provide and direct care to families including adults and children in primary care settings. This curriculum track prepares you for the certification examination as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program.
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Nurse Educator (NE)

Combine your passion for teaching with top-notch clinical experience. This track prepares you to teach in an academic or healthcare setting by giving you expertise in teaching strategies and learning principles.

*Because this track is delivered fully online and due to SEVIS guidelines, we are not able to accept international students into this program.

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CCNE Accredited

The master’s degree program in nursing at Florida Southern College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org)

Top Reasons

Supportive Environment

The MSN program provides a supportive learning environment with the goal of producing responsible and productive citizens who promote and advance the communities they serve.

Caring Faculty

The MSN program faculty develop caring relationships within a positive and enriching environment that cares for the whole person.

Personal Touch

Through shared values and communal expectations, the MSN faculty and support staff actively engage with student’s growth as they pursue their academic goals.

Meet Our Mocs

Ernie Parani, APRN
Kara Pinero, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Laurel Lawerence, APRN
Samantha Rios
Satoria Reid-Rowe, APRN, Family Practice
Colleen Wallace, MSN, NP-C
Kari Simpson
Mary Cornejo
Jeanne  B. Jenkins, Ph.D., MSN, MBA, RN

Featured Faculty

Jeanne Jenkins

My teaching philosophy is based on the belief that learning should be student-centered. I encourage students to grow as individuals and to connect their learning and critical thinking skills to the world around them. I strive to be an active participant in the growth and well-being of individuals within my circle of influence while demonstrating integrity, respect, passion, empathy, caring and patience.

Program Details

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcripts of all academic work
  • BSN from a regionally-accredited institution and a CCNE, CNEA, or ACEN accredited nursing program
  • Record and submit three short videos (no more than 2 minutes each) answering the following prompts:
    1. Where do you see yourself in five years as a nurse practitioner, nurse leader, or nurse educator?
    2. Why is now the right time for you to begin a graduate nursing program?
    3. Graduate school will put significant demands on your time, energy, and financial resources. What do you see as your most significant challenges for meeting the didactic and clinical requirements for the program?
  • Current Résumé
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • Required prerequisite courses completed with a “C” or better: health assessment, nursing research or evidence-based practice, and statistics or biostatistics course.
  • Proof of current active licensure as a registered nurse in the state of Florida.
  • Personal interview may be required for eligible candidates
  • Completion of a criminal background check, proof of immunization, and ten-panel drug screen (if admitted)

Additional International Requirements

  • Official Translated Transcripts With Course By Course Evaluation**
  • Bank Letter Verifying Funds of Sponsor***
  • Sponsor's Guarantee Form
  • Valid Passport
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS Score****

** SpanTran (discount available), Academic Evaluation Services, Inc., Josef Silny, or World Education Services or another similar approved transcript evaluation agency.

*** A bank letter is a written statement on bank letterhead and signed by a bank official.

**** Must have completed an English language training program or at least one year at an English speaking institution to waive the TOEFL/IELTS testing requirement.

Course Delivery

On-Campus

Courses in nursing are offered one day per week on campus in the morning, afternoon, or evening.

Curriculum

Nursing Administrative Leadership

Core Curriculum - 8 Hours
Course NumberCourse Description
NUR 5120Leadership, Role Development, and Advocacy for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 Hours)
NUR 5250Evidence Translation and Quality Improvement for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 Hours)
NUR 5450Informatics and Health Care Technologies
Nursing Administrative Leadership Track - 24 Hours
Course NumberCourse Description
NUR 5550Complex Healthcare Systems Operations Management (3 Hours)
NUR 5575Human Capital Management (3 Hours)
NUR 5600Applied Healthcare Economics and Financial Management (3 Hours)
NUR 5625Legal and Regulatory Compliance in Healthcare (3 Hours)
NUR 5650Advanced Leadership Skills for Nurse Administrators (3 Hours)
NUR 5675Strategic and Operational Planning in Healthcare (3 Hours)
NUR 6960Graduate Internship in Nursing: Nursing Administrative Leadership (3 Hours)
NUR 6961Graduate Internship in Nursing: Nursing Administrative Leadership (3 Hours)

Total Credits - 32 Hours

Clinical Practice Hour Requirement: At least 240 hours.


Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Core Curriculum - 23 Hours
Course NumberCourse Description
NUR 5120Leadership, Role Development and Advocacy for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 Hours)
NUR 5150Advanced Pharmacology (3 Hours)
NUR 5200Advanced Pathophysiology (3 Hours)
NUR 5220Advanced Health Assessment (4 Hours)
NUR 5250Evidence Translation and Quality Improvement for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 Hours)
NUR 5400Health Promotion and Clinical Prevention for Advanced Nursing Practice (2 Hours)
NUR 5450Informatics and Health Care Technologies
NUR 6430Care of the Older Adult (2 Hours)
NUR 6500Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice (Comprehensive Exam Review/Preparation) (1 Hour)
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track - 18 Hours
Course NumberCourse Description
NUR 6110Advanced Practice Nurse 1 (6 Hours)
NUR 6160Advanced Practice Nurse 2 (6 Hours)
NUR 6210Advanced Practice Nurse 3 (6 Hours)

Total Credits - 41 Hours

Clinical Practice Hour Requirement: At least 540 hours.

Family Nurse Practitioner

Core Curriculum - 23 Hours
Course NumberCourse Description
NUR 5120Leadership, Role Development and Advocacy for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 Hours)
NUR 5150Advanced Pharmacology (3 Hours)
NUR 5200Advanced Pathophysiology (3 Hours)
NUR 5220Advanced Health Assessment (4 Hours)
NUR 5250Evidence Translation and Quality Improvement for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 Hours)
NUR 5400Health Promotion and Clinical Prevention for Advanced Nursing Practice (2 Hours)
NUR 5450Informatics and Health Care Technologies
NUR 6430Care of the Older Adult (2 Hours)
NUR 6500Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice (Comprehensive Exam Review/Preparation) (1 Hour)
Family Nurse Practitioner Track - 24 Hours
Course NumberCourse Description
NUR 6110Advanced Practice Nurse 1 (6 Hours)
NUR 6160Advanced Practice Nurse 2 (6 Hours)
NUR 6640Primary Health Care of Women (1 Hour)
NUR 6645Pediatric: Family Health (5 Hours)
NUR 6210Advanced Practice Nurse 3 (6 Hours)

Total Credits - 47 Hours

Clinical Practice Hour Requirement: At least 660 hours.

Nurse Educator

Core Curriculum - 15 Hours
Course NumberCourse Description
NUR 5120Leadership, Role Development and Advocacy for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 Hours)
NUR 5175Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Educators (3 Hours)
NUR 5200Advanced Pathophysiology (3 Hours)
NUR 5225Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Educators (3 Hours)
NUR 5250Evidence Translation and Quality Improvement for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 Hours)
Nurse Educator Track - 17 Hours
Course NumberCourse Description
NUR 6120Nurse Educator in the Clinical Setting (3 Hours)
NUR 6125Teaching in Nursing Education (3 Hours)
NUR 6225Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education (3 Hours)
NUR 6260Curriculum Design and Program Development (3 Hours)
NUR 6325Advanced Clinical Concepts for the Nurse Educator (2 Hours)
NUR 6625Practicum in Nursing Education (3 Hours)

Total Credits - 32 Hours

Clinical Practice Hour Requirement: Minimum 240 Hours

Program Costs

2024-2025

Base Required FeesCost
Tuition Per Credit Hour$650
Technology fee per semester is based on credit hours enrolled$25 to $100

$250 Non-Refundable Enrollment Deposit (Upon acceptance and applied toward your first semester tuition balance)

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I have a Bachelor degree in another field besides nursing. Am I eligible to apply for the MSN program at Florida Southern?

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing is one of the requirements for admission to our MSN program. Students who are interested in nursing as a new career may wish to consider an accelerated “second bachelor’s degree” BSN program. Alternatively, they could complete an Associate of Science degree in Nursing (ASN) and then go on to enroll in an RN-BSN program. This would give them the foundation needed to prepare for an MSN program.

Do you require the GRE for admission?

No, we do not require the GRE for consideration for admission to our nursing programs.

For which types of careers will this program prepare me?

Our nurse practitioner programs prepare students for careers in primary care. Our Nursing Administrative Leadership and Nurse Educator programs prepare students for a variety of positions in both primary and acute care healthcare settings.

May I choose my own preceptors? Is there assistance if necessary?

You will have the opportunity to choose your own preceptors and will be given access to our database of clinical sites at the start of your program. If assistance is needed, we have a full-time clinical coordinator in the School of Nursing who can work with you to help identify preceptors to meet your clinical hour requirement. Since we have relationships with clinical sites across the state of Florida, it is possible for you to complete your clinical hours close to where you live.

I previously started an MSN program at a different school. Can I transfer my courses?

Florida Southern allows you to transfer up to two (2) graduate-level courses. If you have taken more than two courses elsewhere, our MSN program director will determine which courses would be best to transfer to Florida Southern and which would be most beneficial to repeat at FSC.

Online

MSN and Post-Master's Nursing Virtual Information Session

Adult & Grad Admissions

MSN and Post-Master's Nursing Virtual Information Session

Adult and Graduate

Jul 9 5:30 PM

Join us online to learn more about our MSN tracks as well as Post-Master's certificate opportunities.  Hear from your program director and admission counselor to get your questions answered and get ready for your next steps in advancing your education and career!

Location: Online

Online

MSN and Post-Master's Nursing Virtual Information Session

Adult & Grad Admissions

MSN and Post-Master's Nursing Virtual Information Session

Adult and Graduate

Aug 8 5:30 PM

Join us online to learn more about our MSN tracks as well as Post-Master's certificate opportunities.  Hear from your program director and admission counselor to get your questions answered and get ready for your next steps in advancing your education and career!

Location: Online

Program Contact

Jeanne  B. Jenkins Jeanne B. Jenkins, Ph.D., MSN, MBA, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing and MSN Program Director

Blanton Nursing - 123

 863.616.6479

Abbey Bonet Abbey Bonet, MSHE

Assistant Director of Adult and Graduate Admission

 863.680.3090

 863.777.4434