The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program builds upon the student's baccalaureate nursing education and professional experience. The MSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The Nursing and Health Care Simulation Track is delivered online with some required campus activities. It prepares simulation-based educators for positions in colleges and universities, as well as in practice settings.
|The MSN Nursing and Health Care Simulation Track requires a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, including 24 credit hours of required courses and 6 credit hours of electives.|
|Total Credit Hours Required:|
Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree|
Required Courses—24 Credit Hours
Core Courses—15 Credit Hours
- NGR 5141 Pathophysiological Bases for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
- NGR 5800 Theory for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
- NGR 5884 Legal and Professional Behavior in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6801 Research Methods (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6813 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (Scholarly Project) (3 credit hours)
Required Simulation Courses—9 Credit Hours
- NGR 6717 Introduction to Healthcare Simulation (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6794 Organizational Leadership and Operations in Healthcare Simulation (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6978 Healthcare Simulation Capstone Project (3 credit hours)
Elective Courses—6 Credit Hours
Select at least two courses. Courses may be taken in other colleges with permission of adviser and faculty presenting the course.
- NGR 5003 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (2 credit hours)
- NGR 5003L Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Lab (1 credit hour, on-campus lab time required)
- NGR 5720 Organizational Dynamics (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6722 Financial Management and Resource Development (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6713 Curriculum Development in Nursing Education (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6715 Application of Instructional Technology for Nursing Education (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6718 Evaluation in Nursing Education (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6791 Teaching Strategies for Nurse Educators (3 credit hours)
- IDS 6147 Perspectives on Modeling and Simulation (3 credit hours)
- IDS 6148 Human Systems Integration for Modeling and Simulation (3 credit hours)
- CAP 6671 Intelligent Systems: Robots, Agents, and Humans (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6771L Healthcare Simulation Practicum (1-3 credit hours)
College of Nursing Master’s Program Handbook
All master’s students are required to read the College of Nursing Master’s Program Handbook regarding policies for each program and for academic progression. Information about each program, particularly clinical placements and forms for appeals to the Master’s APG Committee, are located in the Nursing MSN Handbook.
Full-time students in all Master of Science in Nursing programs pay a $90 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. part-time students pay $45 each semester.
Independent LearningAn independent scholarly work is a requirement for the Master of Science in Nursing degree. The scholarly work consists of an evidence-based nursing project. The scholarly project that is required in NGR 6813 (completed in the final semester of study) is an evidence-based scholarly clinical paper. The evidence-based project should reflect the latest evidence for the student's MSN track. This is a formal paper that must adhere to published guidelines in the syllabus and must be presented in a public forum.
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
- BSN degree from an accredited institution.*
- Undergraduate Statistics course.
- Licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Florida. (Out of state applicants must be eligible for licensure in Florida and must achieve RN licensure to begin clinical courses.)
- Address the following 3 items in a written essay. Total word count for all (not each) answers should be 500 words or less, double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, and 1 inch margins:
- Discuss the impact of the graduate nursing education in your desired track on the evolution of your professional role
- Describe the path you would take to ensure success in your graduate nursing education
- Identify one significant contemporary issue of problem in US healthcare and explore how members of the nursing profession can help address that issues 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
- Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.
- An interview with faculty may also be required.
*For Students with an RN license and a Bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing, please contact the College of Nursing Graduate Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-823-2744 for additional options.
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 a MSN adviser to discuss your goals for masters study. It is advantageous to discuss the program before writing the required essay because the essay must address your goals for master-level preparation for advanced nursing practice.
Admission to the program is competitive, based on evaluations of the applicant's abilities, past performance, recommendations, FDLE/FBI finger printing and certified background checks, and the match of UCF programs with the applicant's career goals. The College of Nursing accepts most qualified students. Since enrollment is limited, not all students who apply may be accepted, even if minimum requirements are met.
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*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website
, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information
section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.