RN to MSN Programs in Florida

Find Online Master of Nursing Programs in Florida

There are 30 Master of Science in Nursing Programs in Florida in our online directory, with 24 programs being CCNE accredited, and 2 programs being ACEN accredited. 80% of the Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs are CCNE accredited.

Registered nurses in Florida seeking an online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree may select from programs at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (Florida A&M), Florida Atlantic University, Florida National University, Jacksonville University, Nova Southeastern University, St. Thomas University, the University of Central Florida, and the University of West Florida.

All of the online MSN programs are nationally accredited. Nearly 90% of the programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). One program at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (Florida A&M) is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Both accreditations ensure that the program has been certified as offering an effective and high quality education that reflects current professional standards.

Online MSN Programs in Florida

Florida A & M

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (Florida A & M), based in Tallahassee, offers an Online Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP). The 42 credit degree may be completed online on a full or part-time basis. Students who select full-time enrollment can complete the degree in five semesters.

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Campbellsville University

Master Online MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Website

George Mason University

Master MSN-FNP Website

Norwich University

Master Online Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Practitioner Website

Regis College

Master Online MSN, Multiple Specializations Website

Simmons University

Master Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Website

Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University, based in Boca Raton, offers several online degree options. The Online Master of Science in Nursing Administrative and Financial Leadership requires a minimum of 37-39 credit hours for completion. Coursework may be completed entirely online on a full-time or part-time basis. The program requires a minimum of 180-270 practicum hours.

The Online Master of Science in Nursing, Nurse Educator program is a hybrid program with the majority of coursework available online. Some of the courses require weekly in-person class attendance, and the program also requires completion of practicum experiences. Program graduates are eligible to sit for the National League for Nursing's Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam.

Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University also offers an Online Master of Science in Nursing, Advanced Holistic Nursing is a 33 credit program that offers content in the integration of mind-body practices, manipulative body practices, and energy-based healing modalities. Coursework may be completed entirely online, and the required practicum hours may be completed at the student's place of work with an approved preceptor. Graduates of the program are eligible for certification in Advanced Holistic Nursing. The program does not prepare students for certification as a Nurse Practitioner.

Typical Curriculum for a Master's in Nursing Degree

Typical curriculum for MSN programs vary based on the specialization and track selected. According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, NP programs should provide theoretical and evidence-based clinical knowledge that prepare students for national certification in their anticipated area of population-focused practice. However, entry-level core NP competencies are the same regardless of population-focus and include education in: Management of Patient Health/Illness Status, The Nurse Practitioner-Patient Relationship, The Teaching-Coaching Function, Professional Role, Managing and Negotiating Health Care Delivery Systems, Monitoring and Ensuring the Quality of Health Care Practices, and Culturally-Sensitive Care. This coursework is supplemented with required clinical hours.

Programs in nursing leadership include coursework that explores health care finance, health policy, health care management, organizational leadership, and health care information systems. These programs may prepare students for certification as a Certified Nurse Manager and Leader by the American Organization for Nursing Leadership.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, nurse educators must have a solid clinical background, strong communication skills, and a high level of cultural competence. Typical courses include curriculum development, theoretical foundations and instructional strategies, experiential learning, and strategies for assessment and evaluation. Graduates of Nursing Education MSN programs are prepared to be faculty or clinical instructors in schools of nursing or employment in staff development positions in health care institutions.

Licensure in Florida

Nurses who graduate from MSN programs that prepare Nurse Practitioners are licensed in Florida as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses by the Board of Nursing. APRN licensure requires: current RN licensure, completion of a master’s degree or post-master’s certification for all graduates who completed their education program after 1998; proof of national certification as a Nurse Practitioner, and malpractice insurance.

According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, NPs who practice in Florida have a restricted practice environment. This means that state law and rule restricts at least one element of NP practice and requires physician supervision, delegation, or team-management by another health provider in order for an NP to provide patient care.

MSN and FNP Salaries in Florida

According to data published in May 2018 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a Nurse Practitioner in Florida was $101,100. This is significantly higher than the average RN salary of $66,210.

According to a 2018 report by the Florida Center for Nursing, the majority of NPs in the state are employed by hospitals. The next most common employers included physician’s offices, ambulatory care facilities, and academic settings. The employment outlook for NPs in the state is good, as 39% of the current workforce is nearing retirement age and NPs are expected to be in increased demand as the state’s population ages and requires increased access to care.

All Accredited Schools with MSN Degrees in Florida

Barry University
Miami
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family NP Specialty
  • The MSN program, with the Family NP specialty at Barry University is accredited by the CCNE and meets once per week to fit into any schedule. Students will learn how to manage chronic illnesses and prevent diseases in all age groups.
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Nursing Executive Leadership Specialization
  • The Nursing Executive Leadership MSN program at Barry University prepares nurses with the knowledge in risk management, human resource development, organizational behavior and more. The program can be completed in two-and-a-half years and has flexible schedules for working nurses.
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Nurse Educator Specialization
  • The Nurse Educator specialization at Barry University is for nurses who want careers as teachers of nursing in clinical, classroom, and other educational settings. The program can be completed in two-and-a-half years and has flexible schedules for working nurses.
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Tallahassee
ACEN
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • The Nursing program at FAMU helps develop knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. Areas of specialization include Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.
Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton
CCNE
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • The Nursing program at FAU helps develop knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. Areas of specialization include Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, Advanced Holistic Nursing, and more.
Florida Gulf Coast University
Fort Myers
CCNE
  • M.S.N. in Primary Health Care (PHC) Nurse Practitioner
  • Florida Gulf Coast University’s Primary Health Care (PHC) Nurse Practitioner program teaches advanced-practice nursing knowledge to manage health and illness problems of patients of all ages in rural communities. This program results in Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) or as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).
Florida International University
Miami
CCNE
  • MSN Advanced Family Nurse Practitioner
  • FIU’s Family NP program teaches advanced-practice nursing knowledge to manage health and illness problems of patients of all ages in rural communities. This program also offers a post-master’s certificate in advanced NP.
Florida Southern College
Lakeland
CCNE
  • MSN in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Florida Southern’s Family Nurse Practitioner program teaches advanced-practice nursing knowledge to manage health and illness problems of patients of all ages. This program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • MSN in Nurse Educator (NE)
  • Florida Southern’s Nursing Education program prepares nurses pursuing roles in staff development or nursing education. The program is accredited by the CCNE and is completed on campus.
Florida State University
Tallahassee
CCNE
  • MSN Nurse Educator
  • FSU’s Nursing Education program prepares nurses pursuing roles in staff development or nursing education. The program is accredited by the CCNE and is completed online.
Jacksonville University
Jacksonville
CCNE
  • MSN in Family Nurse Practitioner
  • The Family Nurse Practitioner program at Jacksonville University teaches advanced-practice nursing knowledge to manage patient-centered primary care and health and illness of patients of all ages. This program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • The MSN Program at Jacksonville University offers students the skills they need to function in health care delivery, management and education. The program is accredited and can only be completed online.
  • MSN Leadership in the Healthcare System
  • The MSN Leadership in the Healthcare System program at Jacksonville University graduates nurses who are skilled in fulfilling leadership and executive roles within the health care system. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Educator
  • The Clinical Nurse Educator program at Jacksonville University prepares nurses for teaching positions in schools of nursing, staff development, and patient education. The program is accredited by the CCNE and can be completed online.
Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale
CCNE
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • The MSN Program at Keiser University offers students the skills they need to function in health care delivery, management and education. The program is accredited and is completed on campus.
Nova Southeastern University
Fort Lauderdale
CCNE
  • Nurse Practitioner M.S.N.-Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Concentration
  • NSU Health offers nurses a Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with a Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration program for those who desire a role as clinical systems administrators in the nursing field. The program can be taken online and on campus.
  • M.S.N. Nursing Informatics
  • The NSU Nursing Informatics program is for students ready to lead in the informatics role in health related services. The program is accredited and completed entirely online.
  • M.S.N. Health Systems Leadership
  • The Health System Leadership program at Nova Southeastern graduates nurses who are skilled in fulfilling leadership and executive roles within the health care system. The program is accredited and is entirely online.
South University-Tampa
Tampa
NA
  • RN-MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner
  • South University, Tampa’s Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses to provide primary health care, treatment and care plans to families and individuals of all ages. The program is accredited and completed on campus.
South University-West Palm Beach
Royal Palm Beach
NA
  • MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner
  • South University, West Palm Beach’s Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses to provide primary health care, treatment and care plans to families and individuals of all ages. The program is accredited and completed on campus.
The University of Tampa
Tampa
ACEN
  • MSN Family Nurse Practitioner - School of Nursing
  • The Family Nurse Practitioner program at University of Tampa prepares students to provide a full range of primary care services to individuals and families throughout the life span. The program is accredited by the ACEN.
The University of West Florida
Pensacola
CCNE
  • Nursing, M.S.N. - W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing
  • The MSN Program at the University of West Florida prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. The program is accredited by the CCNE and offers concentrations in Nursing Leadership & Management and Nursing Education.
University of Central Florida
Orlando
CCNE
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) 
  • The MSN program at UCF prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. The program offers specialties in Primary/Acute Care Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, and Nursing Leadership and Management.
University of Miami
Coral Gables
CCNE
  • MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner 
  • The Family Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Miami offers students the skills they need to function in health care delivery, management and education. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • MSN in Nursing Informatics  - School of Nursing
  • University of Miami’s MSN in Nursing Informatics  program is for students ready to lead in the informatics role in health related services. The program is accredited and can be completed online.
University of North Florida
Jacksonville
CCNE
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) post-MSN - Department of Nursing
  • The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program at UNF offers students the skills to diagnoses and manages acute episodic and chronic mental illnesses. Practitioners often follow patients from hospital to outpatient settings. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
University of Phoenix-Florida
Orlando
NA
  • Master of Science in Nursing/Nurse Administration
  • The Nurse Administration program at the University of Phoenix Florida graduates nurses who are skilled in fulfilling leadership and executive roles within the health care system. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • Master of Science in Nursing/Nurse Education
  • The Nurse Education program at the University of Phoenix Florida prepares nurses for teaching positions in schools of nursing, staff development, and patient education. The program is accredited by the CCNE and completed entirely online.
University of South Florida
Tampa
CCNE
  • MSN Nursing Education
  • The Nursing Education program at the University of South Florida prepares nurses for teaching positions in schools of nursing, staff development, and patient education.

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