Nursing and Healthcare Simulation

Master of Science in Nursing

Prospective students must be licensed Registered Nurses to apply for this program. Nurses with a non-nursing bachelor's are eligible with prerequisites. 

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Non-nurses may pursue a graduate certificate in Healthcare Simulation

Track Description

This track is designed to prepare graduates for developing and leading nursing and healthcare simulation programs in academic and practice settings. Based on baccalaureate education, students will learn the range of experiences for learning in the simulated environment, will develop skills for leading simulation programs and will have the opportunity to develop a self-designed project. Simulation techniques are expanding in the area of initial education, team training and quality improvement in the healthcare arena.

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


Mindi Anderson,
p: 407-823-2744
f: 407-823-5675

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