Nurse Educator

Master of Science in Nursing

Track Description

This track prepares nurses to teach in nursing and healthcare professions programs, healthcare agencies, or in the community. In addition to core and clinical courses, students must complete an internship in their home community under a master’s prepared educator and a faculty mentor. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the examination to become a Certified Nurse Educator©.

For additional specialization and marketability, students can opt to also earn a graduate certificate in Healthcare Simulation by taking three additional courses in this innovative field.

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Application Requirements

UCF General Education Requirements 

UCF requires all prospective student to fulfill the general UCF graduate admissions requirements. Visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog.

Nursing Program Requirements

  • Transcript: an official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended
  • BSN degree: must be from a regionally accredited institution and the nursing program must be accredited either by CCNE or ACEN (Registered Nurses with a Non-Nursing Bachelor's can apply but must take prerequisites).
  • Undergraduate Statistics Course
  • RN License: must be a licensed registered nurse in the State of Florida (Out of state applicants must be licensed in the state or country in which they practice.)
  • Written Essay: address the following three items in a written essay (See essay requirements below):
    1. Discuss the impact of the graduate nursing education in your desired track on the evolution of your professional role.
    2. Describe the path you would take to ensure success in your graduate nursing education.
    3. Identify one significant contemporary issue or problem in US healthcare and explore how members of the nursing profession can help address that issue or solve that problem.
  • Curriculum Vitae: CV should reflect prior education, recent clinical accomplishments, any recent scholarly work (publications and presentations), awards, additional certifications, and activities with professional organizations. For recent graduates, this can include accomplishments as a student.
  • Interview: an interview with faculty may also be required

Written Essay Requirements

  • 500 words or less for entire essaynot each question
  • double spaced
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • 1-inch margins 

Before submitting your application, it is recommended that applicants call the College of Nursing Graduate Office at 407-823-2744 to schedule an appointment with an advisor to discuss your goals for graduate study.

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Program Director


Michele Upvall,
p: 407-823-2744
f: 407-823-5675


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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.