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Master of Science in Nursing-Nurse Executive Online

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

Increase Your Opportunities for Advancement with an MSN - Nurse Executive Degree


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To increase your nursing leadership skills, nurses should cultivate nursing practice techniques such as leadership abilities, up-to-date nursing knowledge, and an understanding of complex organizational systems. The Master of Science in Nursing-Nurse Executive program at UWF is affordable, flexible, can be completed in as few as 24 months. It offers strong nursing leadership coursework, and a foundation for project management as it applies to healthcare. All this advances your nurse executive leader skills.

In fact, there is a strong need in the marketplace for executive nursing talents. When you earn your MSN-Nurse Executive degree at UWF, you create more opportunities for yourself.

What you’ll gain from this nurse executive program:

  • Preparation for leadership roles such as risk management, quality improvement, case management, department or unit director, or Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)
  • Real-life knowledge and experience from seasoned nurse leaders who were recently in practice
  • Knowledge to apply financial concepts, principles, and theories in the health care industry
  • Business and financial skills for assessing the fiscal status of health care systems and data driven decisions
  • Methods for making sense of both small and big data through analysis, categorization and management

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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-Nurse Executive $425 $1,275 $16,575 $15,464

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

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.

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Calendar

Master of Science in Nursing-Nurse Executive Online

Course Start Date UWF Application Deadline* Registration Deadline** Tuition Deadline Drop/Add Period
February 26, 2018 January 22, 2018 February 25, 2018 March 4, 2018 February 26-March 4, 2018
May 14, 2018 April 13, 2018 May 13, 2018 May 20, 2018 May 14-20, 2018
June 25, 2018 May 18, 2018 June 24, 2018 July 5, 2018 June 25-July 1, 2018
August 27, 2018 July 27, 2018 August 26, 2018 September 2, 2018 August 27-September 2, 2018
October 22, 2018 September 14, 2018 October 21, 2018 October 28, 2018 October 22-28, 2018

*Application and all documents must be submitted by this date.

**Registrations after the deadline will be charged a $100 fee.

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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-Nurse Executive online, what additional materials you should send and where you need to send them.

Master of Science in Nursing-Nurse Executive 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-Nurse Executive 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
  • Official transcripts must be sent from a college or university directly to the Graduate School and bear an official seal and signature. Students who received their undergraduate or graduate degree from UWF do not need to provide UWF transcripts.

    The University of West Florida
    Graduate Admissions
    11000 University Pkwy., Bldg 11
    Pensacola, FL 32514-5750

    The UWF Graduate School is unable to accept electronic, secure transcripts directly from other institutions unless it is a Florida institution that uses the FASTER transcript system. When requesting transcripts from your current or previous institution, please be sure to specify that you need a hard-copy transcript sent to UWF.

*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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Courses

For the Master of Science in Nursing-Nurse Executive online, the curriculum consists of 39 credit hours. There are 14 hours of core courses and 25 hours of specialization courses. This program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Courses may not be repeated for credit.

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course includes the synthesis of concepts, principles and theories of nursing and related disciplines as applied to the role of the nurse in advanced practice.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to involve the learner in recognizing diverse influences of varying global populations and issues surrounding access to health care. It will distinguish between health, wellness, illness, disease and disability while examining relevant ethical issues and health disparities in current practice regulations. The content will compare levels of prevention (primary, secondary and tertiary) for health consumers across the lifespan. The student will analyze the Healthy People 2020 Initiative to determine its status and impact on the health status of vulnerable populations.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course explores complex concepts and theories including rapid critical appraisal of evidence in preparation for translation to nursing practice. The course includes the evidence-based practice process and steps in evidence-based quality improvement project implementation. The course prepares the nurse to function as a catalyst for change.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course assists the learner to synthesize organizational theory and leadership to influence health policy within the context of current complex healthcare systems. The learner will analyze policy from a socio-economic, ideological, political, historical, and technological perspective while integrating clinical management processes and utilization of community resources. Content will focus on the organizational structure of health care systems, health care financing and economic implications and the role of the provider in policy making.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Prerequisite: (NGR 6727*/L* AND NGR 6729/L) OR (NGR 6715/L AND NGR 6718*/L*) OR (NGR 6202/L AND NGR 6343*/L*)
This culminating course focuses on project evaluation and dissemination. The project is evaluated through the assessment of the project processes, actions, measurable outcomes and impact on the healthcare organization/system. Dissemination of the project occurs with identifying audiences at the local, state, national and/or international level.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The focus of this course is on the application of financial concepts, principles, and theories in the health care industry. Foundational financial management processes equip the student with business and financial skills for assessing the fiscal status of health care systems and data driven decisions. The course culminates with the development of a business case for an identified service or problem resolution.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The focus of this course in on the use of information systems/technology to evaluate programs of care, outcomes of care, financial decision making, and patient safety and care systems to influence quality improvement. The course introduces methods for making sense of both small and big data through analysis, categorization and management.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a foundation for project management as it applies to healthcare. Development of health project ideas, implementation strategies and skill sets for project management and sustainment are specific foci. At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to develop, execute and manage a basic project plan that is capable of supporting organizational objectives linked to measures of success for a single project.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Prerequisite: NGR 6111 AND NGR 6638 AND NGR 6803 AND NGR 6893
Co-requisite: NGR 6728L
This initial specialization seminar course explores complex theories and concepts in nursing leadership and management, beginning the preparation of the learner for the nurse executive role. The course will investigate leadership models, theories, and styles as well as roles and functions of management. Complex organizational systems are explored to include structure, mission, philosophy, goals, objectives, basic financial management, human resources, accrediting processes, and the political environment.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Prerequisite: NGR 6111 AND NGR 6638 AND NGR 6734 AND NGR 6793 AND NGR 6803 AND NGR 6872 AND NGR 6893
Co-requisite: NUR 6728
The Nurse Executive Role Practicum course provides the student with 90 hours leadership role practicum to become proficient in applying concepts, principles and theories from previous courses to the role and functions of the nurse leader/executive. The student is guided by a designated leader/executive preceptor and faculty partner.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: NGR 6728/L
Co-requisite: NGR 6729L
This is the second of the Nurse Executive Seminars with the focus on nursing administrators/leaders making strategic organizational decisions within the healthcare system. The course explores healthcare as a business, the organizational culture and strategic planning. Quality outcomes, both healthcare and financial as well as the development and management of projects are explored. The impact of external regulatory factors on a complex healthcare system(s)are assessed.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: NGR 6111 AND NGR 6638 AND NGR 6728/L AND NGR 6734 AND NGR 6803 AND NGR 6872 AND NGR 6893
Co-requisite: NGR 6729
The Nurse Executive Practicum II provides the student with 135 hours of a focused role immersion practicum concentrating on strategic planning, budgeting processes, policy development, identification and/or resolution of a healthcare organization problem or challenge.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: NGR 6727 AND NGR 6729L
Co-requisite: NGR 6727L
In this course the student synthesizes and applies concepts, models and principles of evidence-based practice to improve processes and outcomes in the healthcare system. Organizational dynamics and resistance to change are appraised in the processes of project development and implementation. The student formulates strategies to serve as a catalyst for change.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: NGR 6727 AND NGR 6729/L
This course focuses on the proposal development process and is centered on principles of evidence-based nursing practice utilizing an evidence based model for evaluating available evidence for its applicability to practice. Leadership behaviors which promote change and implementation of evidence-based practice are a primary focus.

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