Graduate Program Student Handbook
2. Degree Requirements

2.1 Graduate Programs in Nursing


            - Master of Science in Nursing, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner 

 

            - Master of Science in Nursing, Clinical Nurse Specialist 

 

            - Master of Science in Nursing, Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) 

 

            - Master of Science in Nursing, RN-MSN Bridge 

 

            - Doctor of Nursing Practice (please see separate handbook) 

 

The School of Nursing at the Brooks College of Health offers five (5) tracks for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), a post-MSN certificate for Family Nurse Practitioner, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).  The MSN program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Florida Board of Nursing.



2.2 MSN Program Objectives


The faculty of the School of Nursing has defined nine graduate program objectives based on the purpose, philosophy, and conceptual framework as well as the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Master’s Education. Upon successful completion of the Master of Science in Nursing degree, the graduate will: 

  • Synthesize theory and research to develop a conceptual framework for advanced nursing practice. 
  • Demonstrate competency in the advanced nursing practice role in delivering comprehensive care to clients as they adapt in health and illness.  
  • Incorporate theory and research findings into advanced clinical practice. 
  • Collaborate and consult with clients, family members, and professional colleagues. 
  • Assume responsibility and accountability for independent nursing practice and improvement of  health care.  
  • Analyze nursing practice, health policy, and economic, legal, social, and ethical issues as they impact on health care.  
  • Contribute to professional leadership in nursing through education, research, and    collaborative practice. 
  • Demonstrate a commitment for continued personal growth through self-directed learning. 
  • Implement the research process by conducting a research project or thesis. 


2.3 Master of Science in Nursing, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program Description


The purpose of this Master of Science in Nursing program is to prepare primary care nurse practitioners to become skilled in meeting healthcare needs of individuals and families across the life span. Primary care nurse practitioners concern their practice with the treatment of common, uncomplicated problems and the prevention of disease and disability. Program graduates will be eligible to take the Family Nurse Practitioner certification examinations. Graduates will also be eligible for licensure as Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners by the Florida Board of Nursing.

** Those who already hold MSN degrees should go to the FNP Certificate webpage if interested in becoming a Nurse Practitioner as that is the only application option available for such potential candidates.

The School of Nursing offers a Full-Time (2-year) and a Part-Time (3-year) track, as listed below.

Degree Requirements

Grades of “B” or better are required in all graduate courses. 

 

- Core Requirements: 37hrs 

   

- Exit Requirement: 6hrs (Nursing Project or Thesis) 

 

Degree Evaluation 

Major: Nursing 

Degree: Master of Science in Nursing 

Concentration: PC Nurse Practitioner 

Core Requirements (37 hrs) 
  • NGR 5003C Health Assessment/Diagnostics 3 
  • NGR 5172 Pharmacotherapeutics 3 
  • NGR 5141 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 
  • NGR 5601C Advanced Nursing Practice I 3 
  • NGR 6602C Advanced Nursing Practice II 3 
  • NGR 5810 Research Methods for EBP 3 
  • NGR 5110 Theory Framework for Practice 3 
  • HAS 6114 Health Organization/Delivery 3 
  • NGR 6603C Advanced Nursing Practice III 6 
  • NGR 6740 Advanced Nursing Practice Role 3 
  • NGR 6941C Primary Care Practicum 4 
Exit Requirements (6 hrs) 

SELECT THESIS OR NURSING PROJECT OPTION

 

A. Thesis Option

  • NGR 6971 Nursing Thesis 6

OR

 

B. Nursing Project Option (6 hrs)

  • NGR 6970 Nursing Project 3-6
  • HSC, HSA, or NGR Elective 3 (if project completed in 3 credits hours)

Sample Timeline for Full Time Students

Year 1 

 

 

1st Semester (Fall) 

2nd Semester (Spring) 

3rd Semester (Summer) 

- NGR 5003C Hlth Assmt/Diag 3 

 

- NGR 5172 3 Pharm 3

 

- NGR 5141 Adv Path 3

- NGR 5601C Adv Nurs PracI 3 

 

- NGR 5810 Res Meth EBP 3 

 

- NGR 5110 Theory 3 

- NGR 6602C Adv Nurs PracII 

 

- Project Option: NGR6970 Nurs Proj 3 

 

- Thesis Option: NGR6971 Nurs Thesis 3 

Semester Total: 9 credit hours 

Semester Total: 9 credit hours 

Semester Total: 6 credit hours 

 

Year 2 

 

4th Semester (Fall) 

5th Semester (Spring) 

- HSA 6114 Hlth Org/Dlvry 3 

 

- NGR 6603C Adv Nurs PracIII 6 

- NGR 6941C Pri Care Pract 4 

 

- NGR 6740 Adv Nurs Role 3 

 

- Project Option: NGR6970 Nurs Proj 3 or Elective 3 

 

- Thesis Option: NGR6971 Nurs Thesis 3 

Semester Total: 9 credit hours 

Semester Total: 10 credit hours 

 



2.4 Master of Science in Nursing, Clinical Nurse Specialist Program Description


The purpose of the MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist track is to prepare nurses to develop a concentrated area of knowledge and to teach in nursing and health profession programs, in healthcare institutions and agencies, and in the community. The program combines courses from the School of Nursing and from the College of Education and Human Services to provide a solid foundation in teaching and learning. Specialty areas that we currently offer include Adult Health/Acute Care, Women’s Health, Psych, and Community. Candidates are encouraged to contact the program director (email below provided) prior to application to confirm that the specialty sought is still available.

The School of Nursing offers a Full-Time (2-year) and a Part-Time (3-year) track, as listed below.

Degree Requirements

Grades of “B” or better are required in all graduate courses.
 

Degree Evaluation 

Major: Nursing 

Degree: Master of Science in Nursing 

Concentration: Clinical Nurse Spec-FT 

Core Requirements
  • NGR5141 3 Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NGR5172 3 Pharmacotherapeutics
  • NGR5003C 3 Health Assessment/Diagnostics
  • NGR5810 3 Research Methods for EBP
  • NGR5110 3 Theory Framework for Practice
  • NGR5780C 3 Clinical Nurse Specialist I
  • NGR6637C 3 Clinical Nurse Specialist II 
  • EDA6302 - Lifelong Learning and Professional Development
  • EDG6626 - Curriculum and Instruction Adult Learning
  • NGR6740 3 Advanced Nursing Practice Role 
  • NGR6940C 4 Clinical Nurse Spec Practicum 
Exit Requirements (6 hrs) 

SELECT THESIS OR NURSING PROJECT OPTION

 

A. Thesis Option

  • NGR 6971 Nursing Thesis 6

OR

 

B. Nursing Project Option (6 hrs)

  • NGR 6970 Nursing Project 3-6
  • HSC, HSA, or NGR Elective 3 (if project completed in 3 credits hours)

Sample Timeline for Full Time Students

Year 1    
1st Semester (Fall) 2nd Semester (Spring) 3rd Semester (Summer)
- NGR5141 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 
   
- NGR5172 Pharmacotherapeutics 3 
   
- NGR5003C Health Assessment/Diagnostics 3 
- NGR5810 Research Methods for EBP 3 
   
- NGR5110 Theory Framework for Practice 3 
   
- NGR5780C Clinical Nurse Specialist I 3 

- NGR6637C Clinical Nurse Specialist II 3 

  

- EDA 6302 Lifelong Learning and Prof Dev 3
 

Choose:
 

- Project Option: NGR 6970 Nurs Proj 3
 

- Thesis Option: NGR 6971 Nurs Thesis 3 

 
Semester Total: 9 credit hours Semester Total: 9 credit hours

Semester Total: 9 credit hours

 

 

Year 2  
4th Semester (Fall) 5th Semester (Spring)
- NUR6711C Clinical Nurse Specialist III 3
 
 
- EDG6626 Cur/Instr Adult Learning 3
 
Choose:
- Project Option: 5000 or 6000 elective
 
- Thesis Option: NGR 6971 Nurs Thesis 3
- NGR6740 Advanced Nursing Practice Role 3 
   
- NGR6940C Clinical Nurse Spec Practicum 4 
  
Choose:
- Project Option: NGR 6970 Nurs Proj 3
 
- Thesis Option: NGR 6971 Nurs Thesis 3
Semester Total: 9 credit hours Semester Total: 10 credit hours

 



2.5 Master of Science in Nursing, Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)


This track is for those individuals with a BSN who wish to study Anesthesia Nursing.  The nurse anesthetist track is an extremely rigorous academic and clinical undertaking.  It consists of a seven (7) semester continuous program of full-time graduate study.  The program is approved by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs, and graduates are eligible to take the National Certification examination to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) as well as to obtain the ARNP (in nurse anesthesia) credential from the Florida Board of Nursing.

Degree Requirements

Grades of “B” or better are required in all graduate courses.
 

Degree Evaluation 

Major: Nursing 

Degree: Master of Science in Nursing 

Concentration: Nurse Anesthetist  

Core Requirements (91 hrs)
  • NGR5172 3 Pharmacotherapeutics 
  • NGR5141 3 Advanced Pathophysiology 
  • NGR6421 2 Prin of Anesth Nursing I 
  • NGR6422 3 Prin of Anesth Nursing II 
  • NGR6423 2 Prin of Anesth Nursing III 
  • NGR6424 2 Prin of Anesth Nursing IV 
  • NGR6400 2 Chem and Phy Anes Nsg-I 
  • NGR6401 1 Chem and Phy Anes Nsg-II 
  • NGR5003C 3 Health Assessment/Diagnostics 
  • NGR6460 1 Pharm Anes Nsg I 
  • NGR6461 2 Pharm Anes Nsg II 
  • NGR6492 1 Prof Asp of Anesthesiology Nur 
  • NGR6431L 1 Anesth Nursing Practicum I 
  • NGR6432L 3 Anesth Nursing Practicum II 
  • NGR6433L 6 Anesth Nursing Practicum III 
  • NGR6434L 8 Anesth Nursing Practicum IV 
  • NGR6435L 8 Anesth Nursing Practicum V 
  • NGR6436L 8 Anesth Nursing Practicum VI 
  • NGR6437L 8 Anesth Nurs Practicum VII 
  • NGR6404 3 Adv Biosc Anes Nsg I 
  • NGR6405 3 Adv Biosc Anesth Nursing II 
  • NGR5110 3 Theory Framework for Practice 
  • NGR6493 1 Technology in Anesth Nursing 
  • NGR6490 2 Regional Anesthesia 
  • NGR5810 3 Research Methods for EBP 
  • NGR6491 3 Adv Anes Nsg Sem 
  • PHC6412 3 Culture And Health 
  • NGR6494 3 Adv Mod Pain Mgt 
Exit Requirements (12 hrs) 

NURSING PROJECT

  • NGR 6970 Nursing Project 1-3

Sample Timeline for Full Time Students

Year 1    
1st Semester (Fall) 2nd Semester (Spring) 3rd Semester (Summer)
- NGR5172 3 Pharmacotherapeutics 
   
- NGR5141 3 Advanced Pathophysiology 
   
- NGR6421 2 Prin of Anesth Nursing I 
   
- NGR6400 2 Chem and Phy Anes Nsg-I 
   
- NGR5003C 3 Health Assessment/Diagnostics 
   
- NGR6460 1 Pharm Anes Nsg I 
   
- NGR6492 1 Prof Asp of Anesthesiology Nur 
   
- NGR6431L 1 Anesth Nursing Practicum I 
- NGR6404 3 Adv Biosc Anes Nsg I 
   
- NGR6422 3 Prin of Anesth Nursing II 
   
- NGR6461 2 Pharm Anes Nsg II 
 
- NGR6401 1 Chem and Phy Anes Nsg-II 
   
- NGR5110 3 Theory Framework for Practice 
   
- NGR6493 1 Technology in Anesth Nursing 
   
- NGR6432L 3 Anesth Nursing Practicum II 
- NGR6490 2 Regional Anesthesia 
   
- NGR5810 3 Research Methods for EBP 
   
- NGR6423 2 Prin of Anesth Nursing III 
   
- NGR6433L 6 Anesth Nursing Practicum III 
Semester Total: 16 credit hours Semester Total: 16 credit hours

Semester Total: 13 credit hours

 

Year 2    
4th Semester (Fall) 5th Semester (Spring) 6th Semester (Summer)
- NGR6405 3 Adv Biosc Anesth Nursing II 
   
- NGR6970 1 -3 Nursing Project 
   
- NGR6434L 8 Anesth Nursing Practicum IV 
   
- NGR6494 3 Adv Mod Pain Mgt 
- NGR6424 2 Prin of Anesth Nursing IV 
   
- NGR6970 1 -3 Nursing Project 
   
- NGR6435L 8 Anesth Nursing Practicum V 
- PHC6412 3 Culture And Health 
   
- NGR6436L 8 Anesth Nursing Practicum VI 
   
- NGR6970 1 -3 Nursing Project 
Semester Total: 15 credit hours Semester Total: 11 credit hours Semester Total: 12 credit hours

 

Year 3
7th Semester (Fall)
- NGR6491 3 Adv Anes Nsg Sem 
   
- NGR6437L 8 Anesth Nurs Practicum VII 
   
- NGR6970 1 -3 Nursing Project 
Semester Total: 12 credit hours

 



2.6 Master of Science in Nursing, RN-MSN Bridge


The purpose of the RN-MSN track is to allow carefully selected Registered Nurses who do not possess a BSN to fast-track into the MSN program in order to become primary care nurse practitioners. The nurse practitioners will be skilled in meeting the healthcare needs of individuals and families across the life span. Students have the unique opportunity to work with underserved populations in our community oriented curriculum. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Family Nurse Practitioner certification examinations and to apply for licensure as Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners by the Florida Board of Nursing.

Degree Requirements

Grades of “B” or better are required in all graduate courses.
 

Degree Evaluation 

Major: Nursing 

Degree: Master of Science in Nursing 

Concentration: RN-MSN Bridge 

Core Requirements (57 hrs)
  • NUR3065L 3 Health Assessment 
  • NUR3619 3 -4 Family/Community Assessment 
  • NUR3166 1 Nursing Science I 
  • NUR3167 2 Nursing Science II 
  • NUR3082C 4 Transition Concepts/Practice 
  • NUR4826 2 Applied Nursing Ethics 
  • NGR5141 3 Advanced Pathophysiology 
  • NUR4636C 5 Comm Partnerships/Nur Practice 
  • NGR5110 3 Theory Framework for Practice 
  • NGR5003C 3 Health Assessment/Diagnostics 
  • NGR5172 3 Pharmacotherapeutics 
  • HSA6114 3 Health Organization/Delivery 
  • NGR5601C 3 Advanced Nursing Practice I 
  • NGR6602C 3 Advanced Nursing Practice II 
  • NGR6603C 6 Advanced Nursing Practice III 
  • NGR5810 3 Research Methods for EBP 
  • NGR6740 3 Advanced Nursing Practice Role 
  • NGR6941C 4 Primary Care Practicum 
    Electives (3 hrs)
    •  ELECTIVE Graduate Level Elective 
    Validation Credit (30 hrs)

    Thirty hours of Validation Credits are awarded in the student's third semester of enrollment. These 30 hours are awarded based upon validation of previous nursing knowledge through satisfactory completion of NCLEX examination within two years of enrollment. Other methods for awarding of 30 hours of validation credits are available. 

    Exit Requirements (12 hrs) 

    NURSING PROJECT

    • NGR 6970 Nursing Project 1-3

    Sample Timeline for Full Time Students

    Year 1    
    1st Semester (Summer) 2nd Semester (Fall) 3rd Semester (Spring)
    - NUR3065L 3 Health Assessment 
       
    - NUR3619 3 -4 Family/Community Assessment 
       
    - NUR3166 1 Nursing Science I 
    - NUR3082C 4 Transition Concepts/Practice 
       
    - NUR3167 2 Nursing Science II 
       
    - NUR4826 2 Applied Nursing Ethics 
       
    - NGR5141 3 Advanced Pathophysiology 
    - NUR4636C 5 Comm Partnerships/Nur Practice 
     
    - NGR5110 3 Theory Framework for Practice 
    Semester Total: 8 credit hours Semester Total: 11 credit hours

    Semester Total: 8 credit hours

     

    Year 2    
    4th Semester (Summer) 5th Semester (Fall) 6th Semester (Spring)
    - Elective (5000 or 6000)
    - NGR5003C 3 Health Assessment/Diagnostics 
       
    - NGR5172 3 Pharmacotherapeutics 
       
    - HSA6114 3 Health Organization/Delivery 
    - NGR5601C 3 Advanced Nursing Practice I 
       
    - NGR5810 3 Research Methods for EBP 
       
    - NGR6740 3 Advanced Nursing Practice Role 
    Semester Total: 3 credit hours Semester Total: 9 credit hours Semester Total: 9 credit hours

     

    Year 3    
    7th Semester (Summer) 8th Semester (Fall) 9th Semester (Spring)
    - NGR6602C 3 Advanced Nursing Practice II 
       
    - NGR6970 1 -3 Nursing Project 
    - NGR6603C 6 Advanced Nursing Practice III 
       
    - NGR6970 1 -3 Nursing Project (if needed)
     
    - NGR6941C 4 Primary Care Practicum 
       
    - NGR6970 1 -3 Nursing Project (if needed)
     
    Semester Total: 6 credit hours Semester Total: 7 credit hours Semester Total: 5 credit hours

     



    2.7 NP Certificate Completion Requirements


    To be eligible to receive the NP certificate, students must: 

    • Satisfactorily complete all courses required by the program and approved by the University. 
    • Satisfactorily complete all clinical requirements. 
    • Complete all course work within four years of being admitted into the program. 
    • Earn at least 28 graduate credit hours. 
    • Attain a 3.0 GPA average in all work counting toward the NP Certificate.  
    • Earn no more than 2 grades of C throughout the program. 
    • Be in good standing; not subject to any sanction by the University community or the School of Nursing. 


    2.8 Requirements for a Graduate Degree in Nursing


    To be eligible to receive the graduate degree, students must: 

    • Satisfactorily complete all courses required by the program and approved by the University. 
    • Satisfactorily complete all clinical requirements. 
    • Complete all course work within four years of being admitted into the program. 
    • Attain a 3.0 GPA average in all work counting toward the MSN degree. 
    • Earn no more than 2 grades of C throughout the program. 
    • Be in good standing; not subject to any sanction by the University community or School of Nursing. 
    • Meet graduation requirements applicable to all University students; such as residency hours and final requirements. 


    2.9 Thesis and Project Requirements


    Information regarding MSN thesis and project may be found on the MSN Program Home Page on Blackboard.

    2.10 Course Listings/Descriptions


    Click here for the current graduate catalog's course listings and descriptions