New Master's Degree Tracks and Certificates to Address Shortages of Nurses, Nursing Faculty

Jul 30, 2020

by FSC Staff

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Florida Southern College is offering two new Master of Science in Nursing degree tracks and two new certificates, designed to help meet the nation’s growing healthcare needs in the areas of nursing administrative leadership and nursing education.

FSC will introduce the Nursing Administrative Leadership MSN track and post-baccalaureate certificate in fall 2020; the Nurse Educator MSN track and a Nurse Educator post-master’s certificate program are scheduled to launch in January 2021.

The Nursing Administrative Leadership track and certificate will be delivered in a hybrid mode, with students coming to campus once at the start of each semester, then completing all other coursework online.

“This track was revised in conjunction with our major health system partners to provide nurse managers with administrative and leadership skills for the current healthcare delivery landscape,” said Dr. Linda S. Comer, dean and professor in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Florida Southern.

FSC’s post-baccalaureate certificate in nursing administrative leadership will allow students to obtain crucial skills without committing to a degree program. Completed courses will be transferrable to the Nursing Administrative Leadership MSN degree program should the student later decide to enroll.

The fully online Nurse Educator MSN track will enable baccalaureate-prepared nurses to teach in academic or health system settings; a Nurse Educator post-master’s certificate will allow an individual with a nursing master’s degree in another specialty to acquire the skills needed for a position in nursing education.

“A national shortage of nursing faculty is limiting the ability of nursing schools to enroll students just as we need more registered nurses,” Dr. Comer said. “The Florida Center for Nursing in 2019 found a need for an additional 361 nursing faculty, due to a 12.3% faculty vacancy rate in the state. The newly designed nurse educator MSN programs will provide nurses the education needed to step into some of these critical faculty positions.”