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Master of Science in
Nursing (MSN)
Family Nurse Practitioner

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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.


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Learn more about the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs as well as the Post-Baccalaureate and Post-Master's certificate options at Florida Southern.

Apply today to start next term
Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Due to the effects of COVID-19 on the healthcare community, we will be accepting applications until the cohort is full.

CCNE Accredited

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

Top Reasons to choose Nursing (MSN)
Family Nurse Practitioner at florida southern college

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.

Employment Outlook

Job growth by 2029 (one of the fastest in the nation)
4th largest
Florida is the 4th largest employer of Nurse Practitioners in the nation.
Median Nurse Practitioner salary in 2019.

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Program Details

On Campus

Family Nurse Practitioner students typically meet on campus one day per week for in-person classroom instruction. The curriculum is designed to be completed in six semesters. Actual time to degree completion may vary for individual students.

  • Official transcripts of all academic work
  • BSN from a regionally-accredited institution and a CCNE, CNEA, or ACEN accredited nursing program
  • Professional Essay (Maximum of two single spaced pages).
    1. Why are you interested in pursuing a graduate degree as a family nurse practitioner, adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, nurse educator, or nursing administrative leadership?
    2. Highlight your professional experiences in nursing and the relevance to your success in your specific graduate program (i.e., family nurse practitioner, adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, nurse educator, or nursing administrative leadership).
    3. Discuss your academic strengths and weaknesses. How will these enhance or challenge your success as a graduate student?
  • Current Résumé
  • Three professional references are required. The applicant should submit professional references from the following:
    1. Current or previous nursing supervisor.
    2. Nursing program faculty member, nursing program advisor, nursing program director, or clinical preceptor.
    3. MSN or DNP prepared nurse who holds the degree and credentials you plan to pursue (i.e., primary care nurse practitioner, nurse educator, or nursing administrative leadership).
  • 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 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****

** Academic Evaluation Services, Inc., Josef Silny, SpanTran, 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 descriptions are available in the academic catalog.

Academic Catalog

Family Nurse Practitioner

Core Curriculum - 22 Hours
Course Number Course Description
NUR 5120 Leadership, Role Development and Advocacy for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 Hours)
NUR 5150 Advanced Pharmacology (3 Hours)
NUR 5200 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 Hours)
NUR 5220 Advanced Health Assessment (4 Hours)
NUR 5250 Evidence Translation and Quality Improvement for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 Hours)
NUR 5400 Health Promotion and Clinical Prevention for Advanced Nursing Practice (2 Hours)
NUR 5450 Informatics and Health Care Technologies (2 Hours)
NUR 6430 Care of the Older Adult (2 Hours)
Family Nurse Practitioner Track - 25 Hours
Course Number Course Description
NUR 6110 Advanced Practice Nurse I (6 Hours)
NUR 6160 Advanced Practice Nurse II (6 Hours)
NUR 6500 Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice (1 Hour)
NUR 6640 Primary Health Care of Women (1 Hour)
NUR 6645 Pediatric: Family Health (5 Hours)
NUR 6655 Advanced Practice Nurse III (6 Hours)

Total Credits - 47 Hours

Clinical Practice Hour Requirement: At least 660 hours.

Florida Southern College reserves the right to revise fee schedules.


Base Required Fees Cost
Tuition Per Credit Hour $610
Technology fee per semester is based on credit hours enrolled $25 to $100

Additional Costs

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

*Tuition will be billed prior to the beginning of each semester based on credit hours. Tuition must be paid by the first day of class.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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 will prepare nurses for careers in primary care.

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

Students have the opportunity to choose their own preceptors and are given access to our database of clinical sites at the start of their program. If assistance is needed, we have a fulltime clinical coordinator in the School of Nursing who can work with students to help identify preceptors to meet their clinical hour requirement. Since we have relationships with clinical sites across the state of Florida, it is possible for nursing students to complete their clinical hours close to their home.

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

Florida Southern allows up to two (2) graduate-level courses to transfer. 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.

Program Contact

Kimberly Smith

Admission Counselor and Advisor

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