Earl and Nancy Hutto Master of Science in Nursing, M.S.N.
The M.S.N. is an innovative and flexible program that prepares the professional nurse for leadership, advanced nursing roles, and doctoral studies (including a cooperative doctorate with The University of Florida). Students pursuing an M.S.N. may select from one of three areas of specialization; Nursing Education, Nurse Executive or Family Nurse Practitioner. The Nurse Executive and Nursing Education tracks, are comprised of 39 semester hours of coursework, and the Family Nurse Practitioner track consists of 45 semester hours of coursework. The Nurse Executive track prepares students for employment in an administrative/management position in the health care industry. The Nursing Education track prepares students for employment in an academic or community/hospital/agency setting. While the Family Nurse Practitioner track prepares students for certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner, and employment in a variety of health care delivery areas, including physicians’ offices and clinics.
Nurse Executive: Nurse Executive 2019 Plan of Study
Nursing Education: Nursing Education 2019 Plan of Study
Family Nurse Practitioner: FNP 2019 Plan of Study
*Spring 2020 Family Nurse Applications Closed
NEW Applications are now being accepted for the Summer 2020 Family Nurse Practitioner program. Deadline is January 20, 2020.
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In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Graduate Admissions section of the catalog, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the criteria listed below are used to assess the potential success of each applicant.
• Submission of Graduate Application and Processing Fee
• Submission of official transcripts
*International students may have additional requirements.
• An earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from an ACEN or CCNE accredited nursing program with a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale OR a 3.0 (GPA) on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours of coursework on the BSN.
• Submission of one of the following graduate admission tests: GRE or MAT*
* Review your eligibility for an admission test score waiver.
• Completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of "C" or better
• Possess a current unencumbered Registered Nurse license to practice nursing in a state or territory of the United States
• Submission of current curriculum vita (CV) / resume
FNP Only requirement) Submit career goals statement that includes a narrative writing of your future career plans (where you hope to see yourself professionally in the next 5-10 years) and should be an example of your writing skills. References are not necessary. Submission should be typed and between 150-200 words
• Approval by the School of Nursing Graduate Admissions Committee
• Students who, for academic or disciplinary reasons, are not eligible to register in the college or university last attended will not be admitted for graduate study.
• Express Admission Students are required to become licensed as a registered nurse to practice in a state or territory of the United States by the end of the first semester of enrollment to progress in the program.
*Conditions apply. Please speak to your enrollment specialist today.
**Application and all documents must be submitted by this date.
**Registrations after the deadline will be charged a $100 fee.
***Tuition/fees not paid by the deadline will be charged a $100 fee. Students with an outstanding balance after the Add/Drop period will be purged from their course and will be assessed a $200 fee if reinstated.
The University of West Florida MSN website and handbook are currently under construction. Please refer to the UWF Graduate Catalog and UWF Academic Calendar during this process. Faculty will post a notice in the course news when construction is complete. We appreciate your patience as we continue to improve the quality of our department/programs.
- Application Information
- MSN Academic Learning Plan - 2018
- MSN Curriculum Map
- UWF Catalog Description
- Notice to Online Students
- MSN Handbook
- MSN Outcomes
The baccalaureate degree in nursing/master's degree in nursing at UWF is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
"The MSN program offered through UWF is exceptional. The program has provided me an opportunity to advance my career as a nurse administrator in an online and flexible format. The curriculum is professionally aligned and competency based, and the learning and teaching process is collaborative and dynamic. In addition to learning new knowledge and skills, I am able to effectively build on my past experiences, both personally and professionally. The faculty are experts in their field. Their personal and professional commitment to my success was evident from the beginning, and has been ongoing throughout the program. I am currently completing my practicum requirements in Canada, and it is through their support and dedication that I am able to embrace this opportunity. By facilitating this learning experience, and through my active engagement, I feel that I will have a competitive edge in nursing leadership, and ultimately affect greater change." — Karen R. Cains Prestarri, MSN Student, Leadership & Management Track
"One of the key strengths in our graduate program has been the deliberate effort and energy that has been expended to strengthen and enhance this program to be able to develop a future graduate nursing workforce that will be able to address the demands and realities of the ever changing complex and sophisticated health care environment. Great care is being taken by Dr. Angela Blackburn and the other faculty to ensure the graduates of this program will be able to ensure safety and quality in diverse settings to improve patient outcomes for individuals, populations and organizations by incorporating recommendations from authorities such as Institute of Medicine, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, National League of Nursing and American Organization of Nurse Executives." — Tina Majors DNP, ARNP, ANP-BC, CDE, Assistant Professor
Frequently Asked Questions
For more information on the Earl and Nancy Hutto Master of Science in Nursing, M.S.N. please review the FAQ's section.
Do I need to complete a different application?
No, any individual with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is eligible to apply for admission to the program through Graduate Admissions.
Applying for admission does not guarantee acceptance.
Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission:
- First meet the University graduate admission requirements described in the Graduate Admission section of the catalog.
- There is a graduate application and process fee of $30.00.
- Course information can be found at here.
- Applicants must have earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an ACEN/NLNAC or CCNE accredited nursing program with a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale OR a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours of coursework on the BSN.
- *International students may have additional requirements.
- Space for the program is limited and will be selective and competitive.
Do I have to be a registered nurse to enter the specialty?
Yes, you must be a licensed registered nurse with a BSN from a nationally accredited program (CCNE or ACEN) to enter the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty.
Does my undergraduate degree have to be in nursing to be admitted to the FNP program?
Yes, you must have a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.
Do I need to have been employed as a nurse to be admitted to the FNP program?
No, but it might strengthen your application in such a competitive market. Nursing experience maybe helpful for you to be successful in some of the course and clinical content.
How do I Apply?
There are two levels of graduate admission requirements: university-level and departmental-level. Please review both sets of admissions requirements before submitting an application.
Each applicant shall be required to meet minimum University requirements:
- An earned bachelor's degree from an institution that is fully accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, or a comparable degree from an international institution with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4-point scale or a 3.0 (GPA) on a 4-point scale on the last 60 hours of coursework in the baccalaureate degree.
- Be in good standing at all previous institutions of higher learning. Students who, for academic or disciplinary reasons, are not eligible to register in the college or university last attended will not be admitted for graduate study.
- A score on a nationally standardized graduate admissions test, such as the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), or an equivalent that is acceptable for the program to which the student is applying. Test scores must be no more than five years old.
- Approval by the department offering the degree to which the applicant is applying.
Departments may establish standards that exceed these University requirements or require additional application materials. Departments may accept an earned graduate degree from a U.S. institution that is fully accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, or a comparable degree from an international institution, in lieu of the bachelor's degree and required standardized admission test.
- An earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from an ACEN or CCNE accredited nursing program with a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale OR a 3.0 (GPA) on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours of coursework on the BSN.
- Submission of one of the following graduate admission tests: GRE or MAT*
* Review your eligibility for an admission test score waiver.
- Completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of "C" or better
- Possess a current unencumbered Registered Nurse license to practice nursing in a state or territory of the United States
- Submission of current curriculum vita (CV) / resume
- Approval by the School of Nursing Graduate Admissions Committee
- Students who, for academic or disciplinary reasons, are not eligible to register in the college or university last attended will not be admitted for graduate study.
- Express Admission Students are required to become licensed as a registered nurse to practice in a state or territory of the United States by the end of the first semester of enrollment to progress in the program.
Approval by the School of Nursing Graduate Admissions Committee
Students who, for academic or disciplinary reasons, are not eligible to register will not be admitted for graduate study Express Admission. Express Admission is not guaranteed for the FNP program. Only upon acceptance into the program will Express Admission awards be given. Upon admission, students must complete all documents for a background check.
Is the UWF FNP program front loaded or integrated?
UWF’s FNP program follows an integrated model.
Integrated programs typically arrange their curricula so students participate in didactic and clinical education at the same time. Front loaded programs are setup where students complete all didactic coursesand then begin their clinical experience.
Can I observe the role of the FNP before I apply to the program?
Yes. We highly recommend all applicants to become familiar with the role of the Family Nurse Practitioner through "shadowing." Spending time with a FNP is one of the best ways to determine if the advanced practice nursing role will meet your professional goals. We encourage you to network in your community and ask practicing FNPs if you can shadow them for a day.
How many students get accepted into the FNP specialty each year?
We encourage you to apply to the specialty that meets your career interest rather than focus on the number of spaces available. We strongly recommended that you complete your application by the deadline provided on the UWF School of Nursing webpage. The number of students offered admission can vary each year based on many factors. Typically, we admit about 25-50 students into this specialty each year.
Is there a waiting list for the program?
The FNP concentration does not maintain a waiting list of prospective applicants. Applicants not selected for the program may reapply the following year.
Does UWF offer learning opportunities in simulation?
Yes, we use simulation to enhance the learning experience. MSN nursing students complete a portion of their clinical hours in the NSSL Simulation Center located in the School of Nursing on the UWF campus. Students will experience specialty classes, health assessment, skills practice and assessments, simulated patient encounters, and documentation assessments.
Can a student apply more than once if not admitted the first time?
Absolutely! A qualified student can enroll in the beginning core courses and reapply to the program during the open application period. Successful academic progress in the core courses can improve your chances for admission in the next class but does not guarantee admission.
Students wishing to earn a M.S.N. must successfully complete both the core courses and the specialty courses. No more than 49% of the program requirements for the M.S.N. degree may be taken in traditional business subjects.
M.S.N. Core (14 sh)
|NGR 6111||Foundations of Nursing Science||3|
|NGR 6638||Population Health Promotion and Management||3|
|NGR 6803||Integration of Evidence in Advanced Nursing Practice||3|
|NGR 6893||Health Systems Leadership and Policy Strategies||3|
|NGR 6835||Project Evaluation and Dissemination||2|
Does the school of nursing accept transfer credit?
Matriculated students can transfer up to nine semester credits of equivalent graduate level coursework from another accredited university to be applied toward the MSN. To request transfer credit, students must complete the Transfer of Credit Request Form.
Equivalent courses must be approved prior to transfer credit. Equivalent courses must be less than six years old from the time of graduation to meet the time-to-degree requirement. All coursework (including transfer credits) must be completed within six years from the date the UWF degree is awarded. Only courses in which a student has obtained a grade of "B" or better, and which have not been applied to another degree, will be accepted.
Following acceptance into the program, you need to provide the School of Nursing with copies of course syllabi, including a course description as well as other documentation so that they can be compared with the course offered by UWF.
Can I work full-time and go to school full-time?
Yes! This program is designed so the students may continue to work either part of full time jobs while getting their degree. However, the curriculum is very demanding. The time commitment involved is a very individualized issue. Here is an example of how to calculate your weekly workload based on credit hour.
- Adult Health I Seminar 3 credits
- Adult Health I Practicum 3 credits (180 practicum hours)
Plan for 3 hrs. of prep time for each hour of class credit (3 x 3 = 9 hrs).
- 12 hours in the clinical setting each week (180 hrs. practicum/15 weeks/term) + 3 hrs of prep time
- 9+12+3 = 24 hours/week minimum prep time for the above two courses.
*Remember that if you are taking additional courses, you will need to factor those into your prep time as well. If you are a slow reader, you may want to figure in more study time to get an accurate count. Take your individual work/school/family obligations into consideration.
Faculty strongly advise each student to consider the amount of time needed to complete the academic requirements and the amount of time he/she is working. Students who plan to attend the FNP program full-time and work full-time may need to use flex-time or accrued compensatory time to continue to work full-time. Some students may also be able to work on weekends. Keep in mind that FNP preceptors typically practice Monday-Friday. Practicum hours will have to take place at a time that is convenient to the preceptor.
Can I take this program as a part-time student?
Unfortunately not, this program requires you to follow a prescribed plan of study. Please talk with your advisor before scheduling courses. Full-time enrollment for a graduate student is 6 credit hours or more per semester. For the purpose of government loans, graduate students need to be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours.
Will there be any portion of the Program that is taken on-campus?
Yes, there will be an intensive on-campus orientation prior to the clinical courses during the second year. Students will be given more information about this requirement as they progress in the program.
The FNP intensive is a four day on campus experience that includes orientation to specialty classes, health assessment, skills practice and assessments, simulated patient encounters, and documentation assessments. Students admitted to the program will receive email notification of the specific dates and times for the intensive. Generally, the intensive will take place the week before fall classes begin but this can vary. UWF School of Nursing reserves the right through its established procedures to change this schedule as course requirements dictate and simulation lab schedules allow.
What housing options are available for participants in the FNP on-campus intensive?
Our Admissions Coordinator has a listing of hotels nearby the UWF campus and students usually “buddy up” to share low cost hotel rooms. Some students stay with local classmates.
For more information contact:
What are the clinical requirements of the program?
There are 630 clinical hours required.
Will UWF School of Nursing facilitate practicum site placements?
Due to State Board of Nursing or State Higher Education requirements, practicum placements may not be available in every location. We make every reasonable effort to accommodate a student’s placement requests. Please refer to UWF State Authorization Status. Students who do not live in Florida should review the State Authorization Compliance to confirm their state is on the approved state authorization reciprocity agreements.
Students requesting a new affiliation will need to follow the Affiliation Agreement Processing Guide .
Students may also contact the affiliation agreement coordinator at:
Is travel required as part of my clinical placements?
Yes, travel is often a requirement of the specialty, as we strive to give the student a vast array of clinical experiences to enrich the student experience.
Will the FNP program prepare me to be a licensed practicing FNP?
Graduation from this MSN FNP specialty does not mean you are an official licensed practitioner. However, the program does give you the necessary tools and skills toward becoming a licensed FNP and prepares you to take the national certification exam. The national certification exam is offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Passage of the exam is the final step that allows you to obtain a license as an advanced practice nurse.
What is the UWF student pass rate on the FNP certification exams?
The FNP program is a new specialty to our MSN degree and as such, we do not currently have exam pass rate data. However, we do provide opportunities for students to sit for national examination review course to prep for the exam. We will post examination rates as they become available.
What are the costs associated with the FNP program?
Actual costs may vary.
This is not intended to represent an all-inclusive list:
- Textbooks $2,000
- Personal Computer Access
- Internet Access
- Clinical Supplies (lab coat, stethoscope, nerve stimulator)
- Malpractice Insurance (per academic year)
- Certification Preparation/Review
- National Certification Examination required after graduation and depending on certifying body and membership. American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) $395 or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) $315
- Licensure with the Board of Nursing. See State Board of Nursing Website for details.
- BLS Recertification Courses $35+ depending on place of recertification
- Typhon: The cost is $80.00 for the duration of the program with access to files for three years after graduation
- Personal Health Insurance
- CastleBranch (immunizations and background check)
- Suturing workshop (FNP intensive)
- Total Estimated Other Expenses: approx. $400.00
What types of financial aid are available?
Financial aid is available for graduate students. Awards include aid from Federal Stafford loans and potential employers.
Begin the process early by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
What is the accreditation status?
The baccalaureate degree in nursing/master's degree in nursing at UWF is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
UWF is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC). Click here, for more information on the university's accreditation.
What is the process for currently enrolled MSN students (leadership/educations) needing a Track Change Request (FNP)?
Students are able to request a track change into the FNP program. A student must submit a separate application through the Graduate admissions office.
How Do I Register?
If accepted, first contact your advisor to establish a degree plan, and decide when courses are being offered. You can click here to check that you have met all the minimum requirements for the program.
How many semester hours are associated with the FNP program?
There are 45 credit hours associated with the program. Click here to see a sample plan of study for the program.
Can I transfer from another MSN program track to the FNP program track?
A student cannot transer from MSN track into the FNP program. The student must submit a separate application through Graduate Admissions.
Will credit earned in the leadership or education track be applied to the FNP track if selected for the FNP program?
Transcripts will be reviewed and the courses required for the FNP, that are equivalent, will be included toward the degree. Course numbers and course descriptions must be comparable and the student must have earned a score of "B" or better in the course to be considered. A review does not guarantee that credit will be applied, an additional demonstration of competencies may be required. This decision may vary depending on the students catalog year and plan of study.
Will I be able to use the 3P’s taken before Fall 2017 to the FNP track if I am admitted to the program?
The 3 P’s will be reviewed based on the content at the time they were taken. Upon specific identification of key areas needed for practice, a directed study may be necessary to cover content that is needed for practice.
When will I be notified of my status in the program?
All students will be notified of their admission status within 2 weeks of the closing interview dates.
If you have been accepted a letter will be sent to you via email that will outline the process. You will then need to make an appointment with your advisor.
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