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Master's Programs

Attention 2018 Applicants

Although a NursingCAS application is required to be considered for admission, the NursingCAS application system will be down for upgrading between August 19, 2017 and August 22, 2017. During this time, you may apply directly to NSU at apply.nova.edu and we will process your application.

NSU’s College of Nursing serves you, the working nurse, as you seek greater knowledge and expertise through a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree.

Your pathway to the M.S.N. depends on your current degree and your specific interest. Only eight semesters or less is required.

Lack a B.S.N. degree? Gain both the B.S.N. and the M.S.N. in the College of Nursing dual degree program. In this concentration, you first enter and graduate from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, and then you advance seamlessly in the Master of Science in Nursing program. With this option, you save both time and money by completing both degrees efficiently.

For a clinical M.S.N. program, choose the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (A.P.R.N.) specialty as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or as a Gerontology-Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (GAACNP)

All M.S.N. programs prepare you to pursue a doctorate at NSU's College of Nursing. Because each program has unique elements and requirements, we encourage you to explore the web pages dedicated to your program in interest.

The choice is yours. Choosing NSU means that you believe in investing in high quality education for a lifetime of results.

Nursing Education:

The M.S.N. education track prepares nurses for career paths in staff development, vocational-technical or community college education. This degree serves as a foundation for doctoral study for those interested in teaching in B.S.N. or higher programs. 15 semester hours of core foundational nursing courses are taken online with students in all M.S.N. tracks. An additional 21 semester hours of nursing education courses are required for this track including 3 semester hours of a nursing education practicum* that provides a mentored educational experience. These courses are taught online by nursing department faculty members with advanced preparation and extensive experience in higher education. Thus, a total of 36 semester hours are required to complete the M.S.N. education track.

Health System Leadership:

The M.S.N. Health Systems Leadership track is for a working registered nurse and that holds a bachelor's degree in any field. This track prepares nurses for career paths in health care leadership. All students in M.S.N. tracks take 15 semester hours of core foundational nursing courses online. An additional 21 semester hours of health systems leadership courses are required for this track including 3 semester hours of a health systems leadership practicum* that provides a mentored leadership experience. Thus, a total of 36 semester hours are required to complete the M.S.N. health systems leadership nursing track.

Nursing Informatics:

The MSN nursing informatics track prepares nurses for a career in nursing informatics which focuses on the data analysis as it relates to complex health care systems. Nursing informatics is a specialty that integrates nursing science, computer science, and information science to manage and communicate data, information, knowledge, and wisdom in nursing practice. Students in the MSN tracks take 15 semester hours of core foundational nursing courses online. An additional 21 semester hours of nursing informatics courses are required for this track including 3 semester hours of a nursing informatics practicum* that provides a mentored experience. Thus, a total of 36 semester hours are required to complete the M.S.N nursing informatics track.

*Practicum may occur in a setting local to the student as long as the setting and preceptor meet the learning outcomes of the course.

Thank you for your interest in our Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. Here you will find information on admission to our MSN tracks - MSN Nursing Education, Health Systems Leadership and Nursing Informatics. Additional program pages provide further information, so please explore the rest of the website.

Prospective Master of Science in Nursing students are selected for admission based on the candidate's application content, academic record, curriculum of completed required courses, and professional nursing licensure.

Admission to the M.S.N. program requires the following:

  1. Bachelor of Science Degree and/or RN to MSN Degree
    • For those with a major in Nursing (BSN) a B.S.N. GPA of 3.0 is required
    • For those with a BS in a field other than nursing an overall GPA of 3.0 is required and satisfactory completion of NSG 5000B, Transition to Advance Nursing Practice, prior to beginning the MSN program. NSG 5000B course is only offered in the fall term.
  2. A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and the nursing degree must be accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (formerly National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, (NLNAC) or by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation.
  3. Current active professional nursing (R.N.) licensure. Licensure must remain current in the jurisdiction of the practicum throughout the program.
  4. Pay $50 NSU application fee. 
  5. Completion of a college-level statistics course (from a mathematics department) with a C or better.

The NSU College of Nursing participates in the centralized applications service called NursingCAS. NursingCAS is used for document verification, but does not take part in the student selection. You can obtain the NursingCAS application

The deadline to complete and submit the NursingCAS and the NSU applications for Fall admission will be August 1st and for Winter admission the deadline is December 1st. The Office of Admissions works on a rolling basis. Applications are accepted year-round. 

  1. Sending supporting documents to NursingCAS. All official college transcripts from undergraduate, graduate, and professional institutions attended must be sent to NursingCAS directly from the institutions attended.

    Send all transcripts to:

    NursingCAS
    P.O. Box 9201 
    Watertown, Massachusetts, 02471

    Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization such as one of the services listed below.

    World Education Services
    Bowling Green Station
    P.O. Box 5087
    New York, New York 10274-5087
    www.wes.org

    Josef Silny and Associates
    2nd Avenue
    (305) 273-1616
    (305) 273-1338 fax
    www.silny.com

    Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
    P.O. Box 514070
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203-3470
    (414) 289-3400
    www.ece.org

    It is the applicant's responsibility to have this coursework evaluated. An official course-by-course evaluation with a cumulative grade point average must be sent directly from the evaluation service.

  2. Once the NursingCAS application is completed, an applicant needs to complete a NSU application, which is available online.
  3. If, at any time, you wish to withdraw your application from consideration, please do so in writing. Direct this correspondence to:

    Nova Southeastern University
    College of Health Care Sciences
    College of Nursing Office of Admissions
    3200 South University Drive
    Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida 33328-2018

Students entering the program without a B.S.N. (Bridge)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE COURSE CREDITS
*NSG 5000B Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice 6

*For those with a B.S. in a field other than nursing, an overall GPA of 3.0 is required and satisfactory completion of NSG 5000B, Transition to Advance Nursing Practice, prior to beginning the M.S.N. program. NSG 5000B course is only offered in the fall term.

Students entering the program with a B.S.N.

SEMESTER COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDITS
I NSG 5000 Advanced Nurse Roles 3
I NSG 5101 Theory and Research 3
II NSG 5111 Evidence and Practice 3
II NSG 5270 Information & Management Data Analysis 3
III NSG 5130 Health Care Policy 3
III NSG 5300 Nursing Curriculum Development 3
IV NSG 5345 Advanced Foundations for Clinical Decision Making 6
V NSG 5370 Foundations for Clinical Decision Making 3
V NSG 5380 Educational Concepts I: Principles of Instruction and Evaluation 3
VI NSG 5390 Educational Concepts II: Synthesis and Application 3
VI NSG 5360 Nurse Educator Practicum 3
TOTAL CREDITS 36

Students entering the program without a B.S.N. (Bridge)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE COURSE CREDITS
*NSG 5000B Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice 6

*For those with a B.S. in a field other than nursing, an overall GPA of 3.0 is required and satisfactory completion of NSG 5000B, Transition to Advance Nursing Practice, prior to beginning the M.S.N. program. NSG 5000B course is only offered in the fall term.

Students entering the program with a B.S.N.

SEMESTER COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDITS
I NSG 5000 Advanced Nurse Roles 3
I NSG 5101 Theory and Research 3
II NSG 5111 Evidence and Practice 3
II NSG 5270 Information & Management Data Analysis 3
III NSG 5130 Health Care Policy 3
III NSG 5230 Nursing Decision Making in Complex Health Systems 3
IV NSG 5240 Nursing Governance and Resource Management in Complex Health Systems 3
IV NSG 5250 Fiscal management in Complex Health Systems 3
V NSG 5460 Quality Initiatives: Transforming Care 3
V NSG 5340 Nursing Leadership Roles in Complex Health Systems 3
VI NSG 5471 Business and Economics of Health Care 3
VI NSG 5490 Health Systems Leadership Nursing Practicum 3
TOTAL CREDITS 36

Students entering the program without a B.S.N. (Bridge)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE COURSE CREDITS
*NSG 5000B Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice 6

*For those with a B.S. in a field other than nursing, an overall GPA of 3.0 is required and satisfactory completion of NSG 5000B, Transition to Advance Nursing Practice, prior to beginning the M.S.N. program. NSG 5000B course is only offered in the fall term.

Students entering the program with a B.S.N.

SEMESTER COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDITS
I NSG 5000 Advanced Nurse Roles 3
I NSG 5101 Theory and Research 3
II NSG 5111 Evidence and Practice 3
II NSG 5270 Information & Management Data Analysis 3
III NSG 5130 Health Care Policy 3
III MI 5130 Database Systems in Health Care 3
IV MI 5204 Clinical Decision Support Systems 3
IV MI 5180 Human-Computer interaction in Health Care Settings 3
V MI 5121 Infromation Systems Project Management in Health Care 3
V MI 5400 Consumer health Infromatics 3
VI NSG 5600 Nursing Informatics Practicum 3
VI NSG 5610 Advanced Practice in Nursing Informatics 3
TOTAL CREDITS 36

For the MSN course descriptions please see the HPD Catalog.

Course descriptions for courses offered outside the College of Nursing can be found in the catalog of the school offering the course.

TUITION

Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year (subject to change by the board of trustees without notice) is $675.00 per semester credit hour.

There are a number of Florida and hospital grants available for the Nursing student. Additionally, student loan interest for nursing students is lower than for students seeking other degrees. The Financial Aid Office is eager to assist you to explore all possible financial aid options.

FEES

Annual Rates (3 Semesters Fall/Winter/Summer)
Semester Credit Hour: $675.00
One Time NSU Application Fee: $50.00
One Time Acceptance Fee: $200.00
HPD General Access Fee: $145.00
NSU Student Service Fee: $1350.00
Extra Fees: See Below
  • One Time Application Fee - $50: This fee is non-refundable and is required with each application.
  • One Time Acceptance Fee - $200: This fee is required to reserve the accepted applicant's place in the entering first-year class. This advance payment will be deducted from the tuition payment due on registration day, but is not refundable in the event of a withdrawal. It is payable within two weeks of an applicant's acceptance.
  • Health Professions Division General Access Fee - $145: may be required each year.
  • NSU Student Services Fee - $1350 - Student Services Fee is required annually. The fee is pro-rated for part-time students. (Split between 3 Semesters Fall/Winter/Summer)
  • Extra Fees - Students will incur additional cost such as; Books, FNSA dues, uniforms, lab coat and Graduation Costs.
  • Background Checks: The College pays for the first background check per student any additional background check will be funded by the student.
  • All tuition charges and fees are subject to change by the board of trustees without notice.

The first semester's tuition and fees, less than the $200 previously paid (Acceptance Fee), are due on or before registration day. Tuition for each subsequent semester is due on or before the appropriate registration day. Students will not be admitted until their financial obligations have been met. The financial ability of applicants to complete their education at the college is important because of the limited number of positions available in each class. Applicants should have specific plans for financing 60 Semester Hours of professional education. This should include tuition, living expenses, books, equipment, and miscellaneous expenses.

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