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Brooks College of Health Graduate Admission & Degree Requirements
School of Nursing
Department of Public Health
Department of Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences
Department of Nutrition
The purpose of the MSN program
is to prepare primary care nurse practitioners to become skilled in meeting health care needs of individuals and families across the life span. 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.
Applicants to the M.S.N. Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program must meet general University requirements for admission to graduate studies. In order to be considered for the Nurse Practitioner track, the interested applicant must meet these additional requirements:
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The purpose of the M.S.N. Clinical Nurse Specialist (C.N.S.)
track is to prepare nurses to develop a concentrated area of clinical knowledge and to teach in nursing and health profession programs, health care institutions and agencies, and in the community. The program combines courses from the School of Nursing with some from the College of Education and Human Services to provide a solid foundation in teaching and learning.
Applicants to the M.S.N. Clinical Nurse Specialist program must meet general University requirements for admission to graduate studies. In order to be considered for the Clinical Nurse Specialist track, the interested applicant must meet these additional requirements:
Clinical references and interview may be requested of the applicant
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Nurse Anesthetist is a clinical specialty track within the School of Nursing. The nurse anesthetist curriculum is an extremely rigorous academic and clinical undertaking. It consists of a seven semester continuous program of full-time graduate study. Graduates are eligible to take the National Certification Examination to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (C.R.N.A.) as well as to obtain the Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (in nurse anesthesia) credential from the Florida Board of Nursing.
This is a limited and competitive admissions program, and it is expected that the number of applicants will exceed the available positions. Application materials will be reviewed by the admissions committee, and those selected for interview will be invited. Applicants to the M.S.N. Nurse Anesthetist program must meet general University requirements for admission to graduate studies. In order to be considered for the M.S.N. Nurse Anesthetist program, the interested applicant must meet these additional requirements:
Note: R.N.s who have a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than nursing may also be eligible for admission through the M.S.N. bridge option. For these students the bridge courses are integrated into the Nurse Anesthetist Program Curriculum, thus not lengthening the program of study. As an alternative, bridge courses may be taken prior to admission to the program and prior to beginning Nurse Anesthetist courses.
The purpose of the R.N.-M.S.N. track
is to allow carefully selected registered nurses who do not possess a B.S.N. to fast-track into the M.S.N. program in order to become primary care nurse practitioners. As in the B.S.N.-M.S.N. track, graduates will be skilled in meeting health care needs of individuals and families across the life span. 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.
Applicants to the M.S.N. R.N.-M.S.N. Accelerated Track must meet general University requirements for admission to graduate studies and all admission requirements for the R.N.-B.S.N. track. In order to be considered for the R.N.-M.S.N. track, the interested applicant must meet these additional requirements:
Complete and submit supplemental application via fax or email (Do not submit supplemental application to the School of Nursing by mail or in person).
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This program is for individuals who currently have a master’s degree in nursing and who want to obtain a certificate that will allow them to take the national certification examinations as a family nurse practitioner in order to practice in that capacity.
Clinical references and interview may be required
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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) is a post-professional degree that prepares nurses at the highest level of practice. The 48-credit program includes a clinical residency as well as a nursing doctoral project. The purpose of the program is to enhance the preparation of advanced practice nurses by giving them the cutting-edge skills and education necessary to engage in an evidence-based practice while conducting research related to their practice. The program has specific admission requirements above and beyond the ones currently required by the university.
The program has admission requirements above and beyond the ones currently required by the University. Admission requirements for the DNP program include:
A portfolio to include seven items:
UNF's Health Administration Program is designed to prepare students for careers in management and leadership in health services organizations. This 54-credit-hour program includes a combination of class room instruction and practical, real world experience; providing students with knowledge and skills essential for entry-level management roles or for advancement in established health care careers.
All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. No specific undergraduate major is required. However, applicants must have met prerequisite course requirements. Prerequisite coursework includes: Principles of Financial Accounting and Statistics. Additionally, students are expected to be proficient in word processing and spreadsheet applications. Each applicant must submit the following:
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The MPH Program is appropriate for those who wish to pursue careers in developing, planning, managing, or evaluating health promotion and disease prevention programs, or in conducting public health related research. The UNF MPH Program prepares students with a broad understanding of the core areas of public health combined with a focus on competencies specific to the health promotion and education concentration area. The MPH degree requires the successful completion of 45 credits, including a capstone course, internship experience and comprehensive examination. MPH graduates will be able to integrate and apply their knowledge to address public health problems, and will possess skills and competencies necessary for public health practice in a wide range of public and private institutions. Graduates are typically employed in governmental or non-profit health agencies, health care facilities, work site wellness programs or school settings.
The UNF MPH Program is nationally accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Graduates are eligible to become Certified in Public Health (CPH) by passing the CPH exam offered by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE). This certification is only available to graduates of CEPH accredited programs. Graduates are also eligible to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) by passing the exam offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC).
MPH Program admissions are handled by the UNF Graduate School (http://www.unf.edu/admissions/applynow/). The UNF MPH Program only considers applications for new students for the fall term of each year. The following information must be submitted to the UNF Graduate School by the published deadline.
Minimum admissions requirements for the M.P.H. Program are listed below. Each student shall:
NOTE: 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.
Master of Science in Health (Specialization in Geriatric Management)
The Geriatric Management program is designed to meet the educational needs of individuals desiring to work in the area of aging services management. Additionally, the program focuses on preparation of students wishing to pursue careers as nursing home administrators. The program curriculum has been designed to meet the educational and internship requirements of the Florida Board of Nursing Home Administrators for eligibility for admission to the Nursing Home Administrator Licensure Examination.
All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. No specific undergraduate major is required. One prerequisite course is required: Principles of Financial Accounting. Each applicant must submit the following:
The Master of Mental Health degree program is designed to provide comprehensive training for the preparation of professional clinical counselors in a variety of mental health settings. Curricular experiences encompass opportunities to explore the life-span, social, and cultural foundations of behavior; practice psychotherapeutic and diagnostic skills; and complete extensive field experiences in order to apply knowledge and skills in professional settings. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates have received the necessary course work to apply for licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (L.M.H.C.) in the state of Florida.
All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. No specific undergraduate major is required. Each applicant must submit the following:
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Masters of Science in Health: Exercise Science and Chronic Disease
The MSH in ESCD is a graduate that degree integrates advanced training in exercise science and epidemiology. The field of Exercise Epidemiology examines the relationship(s) between physical activity, sedentary behavior and fitness level with chronic diseases ubiquitous in today’s society. Students pursuing the MSH in ESCD are required to take seven exercise science and epidemiology core courses for a total of 24 credit hours. The remaining credits will be satisfied with nine to 10 credits of elective course work and either a six credit internship/project or thesis. Students must declare a thesis or non-thesis option upon acceptance into the program. The MSH in ESCD requires the completion of 38 or 39 graduate credit hours dependent upon the student’s elective focus and can be completed in two years.
UNF admits 12-15 students into the program each fall semester. To be considered for admission, students must apply to the program by July 1st (postmark) of the year for which they wish to be admitted. Prior to enrolling in MSH courses, students must have the following credentials:
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The Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) is a fully accredited, post-baccalaureate entry-level degree that prepares the graduate to practice physical therapy. The 102-hour program is designed to give students in-depth knowledge of basic and clinical sciences relevant to physical therapy. Full-time internships in the second and third years (totaling 34 weeks) allow students to apply this knowledge as they engage in reflective practice through sound clinical decision making under the direction of expert clinicians. Graduates are eligible to take the physical therapy licensure examination following successful completion of the program.
Students applying to the physical therapy program must have earned a baccalaureate degree prior to admission. While the student can select an undergraduate major of personal interest, specific course prerequisites are required of all students. Information regarding the physical therapy program and deadlines for admission are available from the Department of Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences.
Applicants should follow each of the steps below:
Complete the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) application and application fee at www.ptcas.org. Submit any observation hours and recommendation forms, as well as GRE scores and all official transcripts (separate from the ones submitted to the Graduate School) directly to PTCAS. Allow 4-6 weeks for processing.
Note: The receipt of materials submitted to the UNF Graduate School may be confirmed online in the myWings student portal or with the Graduate School at (904) 620-1360. Materials submitted to PTCAS may be confirmed online at www.ptcas.org. Do not submit any materials directly to the Physical Therapy program unless specifically directed to do so.
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Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics
This degree is designed for those students who wish to emphasize the application of advanced nutrition knowledge in clinical or community based health programs.Fifteen students are admitted each fall to this 4-semester, full-time program. Students must complete both the Master’s Degree and Internship experience in order to receive a verification statement and sit for the National Registration Examination. There are three options to this 43- semester hour program: Thesis option, Non-Thesis option, or Clinical Practicum (Internship) option. The Dietetic Internship at the University of North Florida has been granted Accreditation by:The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Association (formerly known as the American Dietetic Association): 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, Phone: 312-899-0040 ext. 5400.
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