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MSN - Master of Science in Nursing

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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.

Apply today to start next term on Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Students are advised to submit applications as early as possible to assure optimal admission consideration.

CCNE Accredited

The master’s degree program in nursing at Florida Southern College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Advance Your Role in Nursing

Learn what you need to know to grow in the nursing profession.

Personalized Attention

You’ll get the individual attention critical to advance your career in nursing.

Students May Choose One Of These Tracks in Nursing

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)

Gain the ability to practice autonomously and diagnose and treat patients in primary care settings.  This curriculum track prepares you for the certification examination as an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program.

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.

Nursing Administrative Leadership

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

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.

*This MSN program is being revised and is not admitting new students currently.

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Program Information

Course descriptions are available in the academic catalog.

Academic Catalog
A. Core Curriculum - 23 hours
Course Number Course Description
NUR 5120 Leadership, Role Development, and Advocacy for Advanced Nursing Practice
NUR 5150 Advanced Pharmacology
NUR 5200 Advanced Pathophysiology
NUR 5220 Advanced Health Assessment
NUR 5250 Evidence Translation and Quality Improvement for Advanced Nursing Practice
NUR 5400 Health Promotion and Clinical Prevention for Advanced Nursing Practice
NUR 5450 Informatics and Patient Care Technologies
NUR 6430 Care of the Older Adult
NUR 6500 Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice (Comprehensive Exam Review/Preparation)

MSN students have the ability to choose their own preceptors. Students are encouraged to seek a variety of preceptors.

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

B. Nurse Practitioner Track - 18 Hours
Course Number Course Description
NUR 6110 Advanced Practice Nurse I
NUR 6160 Advanced Practice Nurse II
NUR 6210 Advanced Practice Nurse III
Total - 41 Hours

Clinical Practice Hour Requirement: At least 540 hours.

Family Nurse Practitioner

B. Family Nurse Practitioner Track - 25 Hours
Course Number Course Description
NUR 6110 Advanced Practice Nurse I
NUR 6160 Advanced Practice Nurse II
NUR 6640 Primary Health Care of Women
NUR 6645 Pediatric: Family Health
NUR 6655 Advanced Practice Nurse III: FNP Role
Total - 47 Hours

Clinical Practice Hour Requirement: At least 660 hours.

Florida Southern College reserves the right to revise fee schedules.

Base Required Fees

Base Required FeesCost
Tuition Per Credit Hour$600
Technology fee per semester is based on credit hours enrolled$30 to $120

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

Additional Required Fees

Additional Required FeeCost
Castle Branch All-Inclusive Package (FL44)$210
Required Malpractice Insurance and Lab Supplies per semester$35

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcripts of all academic work
  • BSN from a regionally-accredited institution and a CCNE, CNEA, or ACEN accredited nursing program
  • Professional Statement (no more than two pages, single spaced in length). Statement should highlight relevant work history and immediate and long term professional goals as an advanced-practice nurse. Statement should also demonstrate an understanding of the scope of an advanced-practice nurse and be specific to the MSN track selected.
  • Current Résumé
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: It is preferred that the applicant submit a variety of references (one from a master's prepared nurse, one from a college-level faculty member who has had them in class or was a program advisor, and one from a current or recent supervisor/employer). However, if attaining any of these specific types of references proves to be a hardship, the committee will consider three strong nursing-related references.
  • 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.
  • Completion of a criminal background check, proof of immunization, and ten-panel drug screen (if admitted)
  • Personal interview required for eligible candidates

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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***

* World Education Services, Josef Silny and Associates, Academic Evaluation Services, Inc., or similar approved 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.

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Program Contact

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Kimberly Smith

Admission Counselor and Advisor
phone 863.680.3090
send text to 863.777.4434