RN to MSN Programs in Florida

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University of West Florida

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Florida A&M University

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University of West Florida

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University of West Florida

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University of West Florida

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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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Fairleigh Dickinson University

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George Mason University

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Seton Hall University

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University of West Florida

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Seton Hall University

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Benedictine University

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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.

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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.

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