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Master of Science in Nursing Online

Complete Coursework: as few as 24 months Credit Hours: 39 Tuition: $16,575

Prepare to Excel as a Nurse Executive or in Nursing Education


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As the challenges and demands of health care intensify, the demand for a highly educated nursing workforce has never been greater. Earning your Master of Science in Nursing online from UWF prepares you to meet those challenges and expand your career options—even while you continue to work full-time.

Our accelerated, online MSN program gives you a solid foundation in core nursing theory, contemporary issues in nursing, evidence-based practice, and ethics, with specialization courses designed to equip you for roles in nursing education or as a nurse executive.

Choose from these two specializations:

  • MSN - Nurse Executive – Build the skills, knowledge and leadership capabilities you need to move into executive positions such as case management, nursing informatics, quality improvement, risk management and more.
  • MSN - Nursing Education – Dive deeply into content areas and learn instructional strategies and curriculum design skills that prepare you to meet the high demand for educators of tomorrow’s nurses.

Our innovative, affordable, 100% online MSN degree is designed to give you the competencies and credentials you need to pursue leadership positions, advanced practice nursing roles, doctoral studies and opportunities in academia.

In this top-ranked program, you’ll gain:

  • A competitive advantage when seeking high-demand, higher-paying nursing opportunities
  • An understanding of the health care delivery system from a global and multicultural perspective
  • The ability to promote positive health outcomes by driving safe, efficient nursing practices within your organization or classroom
  • Competence in implementing research- and evidence-based practice, advanced health care technologies and informatics

Courses

The coursework for the Master of Science in Nursing online is accelerated and based on 8- or 16-week terms to provide flexibility to students by compressing the average time to completion. This program includes 39 credit hours, with 12 hours of core courses and 27 hours of specialization courses.

To see the full list of Master of Science in Nursing courses, view courses.

Admissions

The admission process is the first step toward earning the degree you've been dreaming of. We've streamlined the admission process to make it easier and less time consuming. Requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing online program include a BSN degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA, along with a résumé and three letters of recommendation.

To learn more about our Master of Science in Nursing online admissions requirements, view admissions.

Tuition

We understand that it can be difficult to juggle work, classes, life and finances. Tuition for the Master of Science in Nursing online program is affordably priced. All fees are included in the total tuition cost displayed. Financial aid may also be available for students who qualify.

To learn more about Master of Science in Nursing online tuition, view tuition.

Calendar

For the convenience of our Master of Science in Nursing online students, six start dates are offered during the academic calendar year. Students should consider application deadline dates, turn in all of their documents, register and pay for tuition for their desired program start date.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the Master of Science in Nursing online, view calendar.

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Courses


For the Master of Science in Nursing online, the curriculum consists of 39 semester credit hours within a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), with 12 hours of core courses and 27 hours of courses in your specialization (Nurse Executive or Nursing Education).

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Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course explores the theoretical foundations of nursing and nursing practice. It examines the nursing influence on legislation and policy development. Students will critically analyze nursing theories and health care policies from historical, multidisciplinary and global perspectives. Permission is required.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on the role of the Advanced Nursing Practice nurse. Integrates nursing and other discipline theories and issues relevant to clinical practice, administration, education and research issues. Includes theoretical analysis, application and synthesis in the development of an individual model of advanced nursing practice for the student. Permission is required.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This initial research, statistics and evidence-based practice (EBP) course builds on undergraduate research and statistics content. It explores complex theories and concepts in nursing research, statistics and evidence-based practice, beginning the preparation of the student for the nursing scholar role. It includes critical appraisal of research evidence, including the interpretation of statistical analyses commonly used in evidence summaries. It includes the evidence-based practice process to prepare the graduate nurse to translate research evidence summaries into evidence-based practice project proposals. It will also prepare the nurse for the role of change agent as they identify practice areas where evidence-based practice integration is needed and facilitate the movement of evidence-based quality initiatives and practice change. Also, it provides the student with core EBP competencies leading to preparation for a capstone project in their last semester.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will explore the philosophical and theoretical foundations of health care ethics. Additionally, this course will present multiple perspectives used in medical/nursing ethics decision-making. The history of and current issues in medical ethics will be explored along with relevant case studies.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This core course in the MSN Leadership and Management program explores basic economics, market drivers and restraints, foundational financial management processes and managerial accounting principles in order to equip the student with business and financial skills for data-driven decisions in nursing and health care. The course culminates with the development of a business case for an identified service or problem resolution.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This core course in the MSN Leadership and Management program provides a foundation of information needed by advance practice nurses related to technology and changes in health care delivery, reimbursement models, administrative application, care delivery application, and research. Quality improvement, patient safety and the analysis of relevant data to the improvement of health care will be explored.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This core course in the MSN Leadership and Management program provides a foundation for project management conducted by nurses as it applies to health care. Development of health project ideas, implementation strategies and skill sets for project management and information technology are specific foci. At the end of this course, students should be able to develop, execute and control a basic project plan that is capable of supporting organizational objectives linked to measures of success for a single project.

Duration: 16 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 6

This initial specialization seminar course builds on the undergraduate content in the development of the advanced leadership role. It explores complex theories and concepts in nursing leadership and management, beginning the preparation of the student for the nursing management role. The course will investigate leadership models, theories and styles; roles and functions of management; and complex organizational systems to include structure, mission, philosophy, goals, objectives, basic financial management, human resources, accrediting agencies, and the political environment. Also, this course provides the student with advanced study in inquiry leading to preparation for a capstone project completed in their last semester.

Duration: 16 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 6

This is the second of Nursing Leadership and Management Seminars with the focus on nursing administrators/leaders making organizational strategic changes within health care. This course will explore (1) nursing as a business, (2) organizational culture and diversity, (3) complexity leadership and management principles, (4) strategic planning, (5) quality and safety in health care, (6) developing/managing projects, (7) tools for capital budgeting and asset management, (8) managerial decision-making skills, (9) case management approaches, (10) targeted markets and (11) outcomes management. Additionally, the impact of external factors on complex health care systems and nursing will be explored.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course follows all MSN core content and Nursing Leadership and Management Seminars. In this course, the student will use knowledge from prior courses to develop an evidence-based project proposal suitable for presentation and/or publication. This project will be implemented during the NGR 6833L course. Permission is required.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This culminating project course follows all MSN core content, Nursing Leadership and Management Seminars, and completion of an approved project proposal. In this course, the student will use knowledge from prior courses to conduct the evidence-based project from NGR 6833 project proposal. Permission is required.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will build upon health assessment skills developed in the professional nurse's basic education program. The theoretical and clinical basis for assessment in advanced nursing practice will be developed. The process whereby the advanced nurse utilizes comprehensive physical, psychological and cultural assessment across the life span to gather specific data relevant to common health problems is demonstrated.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to present an orientation to disease as disordered physiology. It is intended to enable those in advanced nursing practice to understand how and why the symptoms and signs of various conditions appear. In approaching disease as disordered physiology, this course analyzes the mechanism(s) of production of the symptoms and signs of different disease states. In doing so, it recognizes that those in advanced nursing practice need to understand the mechanism(s) underlying the disease and its clinical manifestations so that rational therapies can be devised. Thus, appropriate screening and diagnostic laboratory evaluation methods will also be included.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to expand the advanced practice student's knowledge of pharmacotherapeutics. Broad categories of pharmacological agents are examined. Skills to assess, diagnose and manage a client's common health problems in a safe, high-quality, cost-effective manner are emphasized.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This initial specialization seminar course builds on core course content in the development of the nurse as an educator in both the classroom and clinical settings. It explores complex theories and concepts in nursing education and begins the preparation of the student for the nurse educator role. It will look at the history of nursing education, curriculum design, learning theories, teaching strategies, resources, accreditation of nursing programs. In addition to the didactic component, students will have the opportunity to apply content from this and prior coursework in a precepted situation. Each student will obtain a preceptor who meets specified criteria for the preceptor role to serve as their preceptor for the required 90 practicum hours in this course. Students will also have didactic and 90 practicum hours in the subsequent course, NGR 6715. These courses provide the student with advanced study in inquiry leading to preparation for a capstone project in their last semester. Permission required.

Duration: 16 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 6

This second seminar course explores motivation and technology. The student has the opportunity to develop clinical skills and instructional strategies for a non-traditional course delivery. Looks at nursing case management, in-service education, continuing education in practice. Legal aspects, financial management, and business plans are analyzed.

Duration: 16 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 6

This course follows all MSN core content and Nursing Education seminars. In this course, the student will use knowledge from prior courses to develop an evidence-based project proposal suitable for presentation and/or publication. This project will be implemented during the NGR 6834L course. Permission is required.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course follows all MSN core content, Nursing Education seminars, and the project proposal development course. In this course, the student will use knowledge from prior courses to develop an evidence-based project proposal suitable for presentation and/or publication. This project will be implemented during the NGR 6834L course. Permission is required.

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Admissions


The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Find out the requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing online, what additional materials you should send and where you need to send them.

Master of Science in Nursing Online Requirements

Any individual with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is eligible to apply for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing online program.

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission:

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Graduate Admissions section of the catalog, the College of Health 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.

University Requirements*

  • Submission of graduate application and processing fee
  • Submission of official transcripts

*International students may have additional requirements.

Departmental Requirements

  • An earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from an NLNAC-, ACEN- 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
  • Submission of one of the following graduate admission tests: GRE or MAT**
  • 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 vitae (CV) / résumé
  • Approval by the School of Nursing Graduate Admissions Committee. Admission to this program is competitive and selective.
  • 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
  • Upon admission, students must complete all documents for a background check (contact Nursing Department for details)

**The graduate admission test may be waived for the following:

Applicant must have earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from a NLNAC-, ACEN- 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.

If an applicant is unable to meet the above criteria, they may petition the Nursing School Graduate Admissions Committee and request a special review. Please note that, upon admission, the MSN student will receive information concerning current UWF Nursing School requirements for enrollment. These include, but are not limited to: physical examination and immunizations; Level 2 criminal background check; drug screen; VECHS fingerprinting; AHA BCLS certification; and proof of personal health insurance.

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Tuition


We understand the need for the value of your educational investment to be high, and for the cost to be manageable. The tuition for UWF's online nursing degrees makes them some the most affordable programs in Florida. In addition, nurses employed by one of our partner health care facilities are eligible for an Affiliate Partner Discount off the rate below. Ask your enrollment specialist if you qualify.

Program Per Credit Hour Per Course* Per Program** Per Program with Partner Discount
MSN $425 $1,275 $16,575 $15,464

*Per course tuition based on three-credit hour courses.

**Total tuition and fees only includes tuition and the following fees for the program: non-refundable application fee of $30 and an online fee of $16.50 per credit hour. Other costs may be associated with the program, including textbooks.

Fees

A $30 application fee is required; applications will not be processed without it.

Applicants are admitted to the University only for the semester for which they apply. Students who do not enroll in the semester for which they have been admitted and want to be considered for a different semester must reapply and pay the application processing fee again. Applicants will be considered for admission under the policies in effect at that time. Admission is not automatic. If a student has attended another collegiate institution prior to updating the application, the student must provide an official transcript of all work attempted.

Refund Policy

Individual Class Withdrawal

After the drop/add period, a student may withdraw from a course while remaining in other course(s) through approximately the 10th week of instruction of any fall or spring semester. A grade of "W" will be assigned during this period. Students may process withdrawals online through the Withdrawal app in the Registration folder in MyUWF. Students also have the option of submitting a withdrawal form to the Office of the Registrar (Pensacola main campus or the UWF Emerald Coast at Fort Walton Beach campus).

Students are encouraged to consult with their advisor prior to withdrawing from classes and to contact the Office of Financial Aid and the Cashier's Office for questions regarding fee liability or financial aid awards. Students who withdraw are not enrolled in the class as of the date the withdrawal is processed. Enrollment status (i.e., full-time, part-time) will be adjusted based on the date of withdrawal. Withdrawals count as an attempted course for repeat course surcharges and excess hours. Individual class withdrawals may not be processed after the published deadline. Students who do not officially withdraw will be assigned a standard letter grade reflective of the performance in the course.

Withdraw From All Courses (University Withdrawal)

Currently enrolled students may withdraw through MyUWF. Students withdrawing from all courses prior to the end of the fourth week of a full semester will receive a grade of "WR" (partial refund). A grade of "WR" is not computed in the UWF GPA.

Students withdrawing from all courses after the fourth week through the end of the 10th week of any fall or spring semester will receive a grade of "W" in each course. Students withdrawing after the designated automatic "W" deadline through the last day of instruction will be assigned a grade of "W" or "WF" at the discretion of the course instructor(s). Grades of "WF" are computed in the UWF GPA. Withdrawal from all courses does not prevent registration for future terms. Students are not required to apply for readmission unless they have not enrolled at UWF for three or more consecutive academic semesters (including summers). Students are encouraged to consult with their advisors before withdrawing from classes and to contact the Office of Financial Aid and the Cashier's Office for questions regarding fee liability or financial aid awards. Students who withdraw from all classes are not enrolled as of the date the withdrawal is processed. Enrollment status will be adjusted based on the date.

View additional information regarding refund policies

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Calendar


Master of Science in Nursing Online

Course Start Date UWF Application Deadline* Registration Deadline** Tuition Deadline Drop/Add Period
August 28, 2017 July 28, 2017 August 21, 2017 September 3, 2017 August 28-September 3, 2017
October 16, 2017 September 15, 2017 October 11, 2017 October 22, 2017 October 16-22, 2017

*Application and all documents must be submitted by this date. Registrations after the deadline will be charged a $100 fee.

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