MSN in Clinical Nurse Specialist

Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator
Dr. Michele Bednarzyk
Director Clinical Nurse Specialist program
(904) 620-2684
Building 39A, Room 3098
Application InformationApplications for the Master of Science in Nursing programs are accepted for fall term only. 
Application DeadlinesFall Term . . . . . . . . April 1

Applications are accepted for fall term only.
Admission Requirements

 University requirements:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.

 Additional program requirements: 

  1. Official transcripts from all attended institutions
  2. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a regionally accredited institution with a nursing curriculum based on AACN's Essentials of Baccalaureate Education
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 from undergraduate nursing major 
  3. GRE test scores within the last five (5) years (Institutional Code: 5490)
    • Prior to July 1, 2011:     combined 1000 on verbal and quantitative portions, and a minimum 3 out of 6 on the essay portion 
    • After July 1, 2011:         153 verbal, 144 quantitative, and a minimum of 3.5 out of 6 on the essay portion
    • Applicants may submit an MAT score of 410 in lieu of a GRE   
  4. A 2-page resume (vita) that includes the following information:
    • Proof of two (2) years experience as a registered nurse in a clinical setting
  5. Personal statement (not to exceed 3 pages)
    • Type-written in 12 pt font with 1" margins
    • Indicates academic and professional goals 
  6. Copy of RN licensure    
    • Out-of-state applicants will need to obtain Florida licensure as an RN upon admission to the program
  7. Two letters of reference

    • One professional reference addressing clinical skills

    • One academic reference addressing acadmic skills

* An interview may be requested of the applicant at the discretion of the program.



Students should be aware that admission into any graduate program is granted on a competitive basis. Students meeting minimum requirements may be denied admission based on such factors as program capacity or academic discretion. Likewise, students may be considered for admission as an exception if stated admissions criteria are not met.



For more information on how to apply click here.

Additional requirements for International applicants can be found here.

Program OverviewClinical Nurse Specialist
This track is for those individuals with a BSN who wish to develop a concentrated area of knowledge and teach in nursing and health profession programs, in healthcare institutions and agencies, and in the community.
Concentrations Offered
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist- Full time/ Part Time
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist - Adult Gerontology
Special Notes about the Program

Applicants must have successfully completed the following undergraduate courses with a "B" or better:

  • Health Assessment course
  • Statistics course
  • Research course
AccreditationCCNE- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
FLDOH- Florida Department of Health

Curriculum & RequirementsClinical Nurse Specialist - Full Time
Clinical Nurse Specialist - Part Time
Total Program
Credit Hours
Differs by concentration
Average Length
of the Program
Two to three years
Community ConnectionsUNF's MSN provides for the region highly well prepared nurses.
Career PossibilitiesView Career Services Information