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Master's Programs

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.

  1. 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.
  2. With a B.S.N. degree, go directly to your preferred M.S.N. program in:
    • 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 online 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 online nursing 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 online 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.
  3. For a clinical M.S.N. program, choose the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) specialty as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

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.


Tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year (subject to change by the board of trustees without notice) is $660.00 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.


Annual Rates (3 Semesters Fall/Winter/Summer)
Semester Credit Hour: $660.00
One Time Application Fee: $50.00
One Time Acceptance Fee: $200.00
HPD General Access Fee: $145.00
NSU Student Service Fee: $1050.00
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 - $1050 (Effective July 1, 2012) 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.

Course Requirements

Core Required Courses

Course Number Course Title Credits
NSG 5000 Advanced Nurse Role 3
NSG 5101 Theory and Research 3
NSG 5111 Evidence and Practice 3
NSG 5130 Health Care Policy 3
NSG 5270 Information Management and Data Analysis 3

Total Core Course Credits: 15

Additional required courses by track - In addition to the core M.S.N. courses the following courses are required to complete the desired nursing track:

M.S.N. Education: 21 Semester Hours

Course Number Course Title Credits
NSG 5345 Foundations for Clinical Decision Making 6
NSG 5300 Nursing Curriculum Development 3
NSG 5370 Introduction to Educational Concepts 3
NSG 5380 Educational Concepts 1: Principles of Evaluation 3
NSG 5390 Educational Concepts 2: Technology 3
NSG 5360 Nurse Educator Practicum 3

Total M.S.N. Education Credits: 21

M.S.N. Health Systems Leadership: 21 semester hours

Course Number Course Title Credits
NSG 5230 Nursing Decision-Making in Complex Health Systems 3
NSG 5240 Nursing Governance and Resource Management 3
NSG 5250 Fiscal Management in Complex Health Systems 3
NSG 5460 Quality Initiatives: Transforming Care 3
NSG 5340 Nursing Leadership Roles in Complex Health Systems 3
NSG 5470 Business and Economics of Health Care 3
NSG 5490 Health Systems Leadership Nursing Practicum 3

Total M.S.N. Health Systems Leadership Credits: 21

M.S.N. Nursing Informatics: 21 semester hours

Course Number Course Title Credits
MI 5130 Database Systems in Health Care 3
MI 5204 Clinical Decision Support Systems 3
MI 5180 Human-Computer Interaction in Health Care Settings 3
MI 5121 Information Systems Leadership Project Management in Health Care 3
MI 6410 Consumer Health Informatics 3
NSG 5600 Nursing Informatics 4
NSG 5610 Advance Practice in Nursing Informatics 2

Total M.S.N. Nursing Informatics Credits: 21

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.

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 education, health systems leadership and family nurse practitioner. 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, professional nursing licensure, and evaluation forms.

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

  1. Bachelor of Science 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 4900, Transition to Advance Nursing Practice, prior to beginning the MSN program. NSG 4900 course is only offered in 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. Application with two evaluation (reference) forms and application fee. 
  5. Completion of a college-level statistics course (from a mathematics department) with a C or better.

*Beginning August 14, 2015 the Non Clinical Masters in Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program will be participating in the centralized application service NursingCAS.

The NursingCAS application information may be obtained

The deadline to complete and submit the NursingCAS application will be August 1 for the Fall admission. The NSU Application for the Fall admission must be completed no later than August 1.

The deadline to complete and submit the NursingCAS application will be December 1 for the Winter admission. The NSU Application for the Winter admission must be completed no later than December 1.

2. 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:

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

Josef Silny and Associates
2nd Avenue
(305) 273-1616
(305) 273-1338 fax

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

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.

  • Two evaluations/references must be completed by individuals other than relatives (suggested sources are professors, academic advisers, clinical or nonclinical supervisors or community associates) and sent directly to NursingCAS.

3. Once the NursingCAS application is completed, an applicant needs to complete a NSU application, which is available online. 

4. 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