Master of Science in Nursing



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 Become a Nurse Practitioner

Program Description

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs build upon the student’s baccalaureate nursing education and professional experience. Students with a non-nursing bachelor's can be admitted with prerequisites.

The goal of the Master of Science in Nursing program is to prepare nurse educators and nursing leaders and managers to assume leadership positions in a variety of health care settings.

Policies and guidelines are located in the Nursing MSN Handbook. Students with a non-nursing bachelor's have extra admission criteria.

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Program Objectives

  • Analyze social, economic, ethical, cultural, legal, and political issues influencing nursing practice and health care in a global context.
  • Develop and implement leadership, management, and teaching strategies for the improvement of health and health care quality and safety.
  • Develop practice models of evidence-based nursing practice incorporating nursing research.
  • Influence health and public policy in collaboration with other disciplines to improve systems of care and health of communities.
  • Participate in research and disseminate research findings through presentation and publication.
  • Synthesize advanced knowledge from the sciences, humanities, and nursing theories to support advanced nursing practice.
  • Plan, evaluate and implement the delivery of health care using critical thinking skills in an advanced nursing role.

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UCF is listed among the best nursing schools for earning a MSN and DNP, and is also listed as a best online graduate nursing program, according to U.S. News & World Report.



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Please note: Online programs may not meet immigration requirements for students holding an F1 or J1 Visa to maintain status. If you have questions, please contact the International Services Center at or call 407-823-2337.