Graduate University Policies
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 M.S.N Clinical Nurse Specialist- Adult Gerontology (C.N.S) and Clinical Nurse Specialist- Women's and Children Health (C.N.S) 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 offers courses that provide for a solid foundation in teaching and learning. Specialty concentrations that we currently offer for this degree include Adult Gerontology, as well as Women's and Children's Health. The School of Nursing offers full- and part-time enrollment options for these CNS tracks.
Applicants to the CNS track must meet general University requirements for admission to graduate studies. In order to be considered for the CNS track, the interested applicant must meet these additional requirements:
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. Last admitted cohort is Fall 2014.
Applicants to the MSN program must meet general University requirements for admission to graduate studies. In order to be considered for the Nurse Anesthetist track, the interested applicant must meet these additional requirements:
Applicants who have met the minimum admission requirements may be invited for an interview. Applicants will not be admitted without an interview. *RNs who have a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than nursing may also be eligible for admission through the MSN 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. (Copied from webpage).
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 nine 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. First cohort will be admitted Spring 2015.
Applicants to the BSN-DNP CRNA track must meet general University requirements for admission to graduate studies. In order to be considered for the Nurse Anesthetist track, the interested applicant must meet these additional requirements:
Applicants who have met the minimum admission requirements may be invited for an interview. Applicants will not be admitted without an interview.
*RNs who have a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than nursing may also be eligible for admission through the MSN 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. (copied from webpage)
The purpose of the BSN-DNP Family Nurse program is to prepare family care nurse practitioners to become skilled in meeting healthcare needs of individuals and families across the life span. Family 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 post-MSN DNP and/or FNP Certificate webpages if interested in becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner. The School of Nursing offers full- and part-time enrollment in this track. Please note that tbe Program of Study presented below is for the Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner track, which no longer offers admission. This will appear until June 2014. For the upcoming BSN-DNP FNP curriculum, which will admit for Fall 2014.
Applicants to the BSN-DNP FNP track
must meet general University requirements for admission to graduate studies. In
order to be considered for the Family Nurse Practitioner track, the interested
applicant must meet these additional requirements:
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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 post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the
University of North Florida is designed as a program for those who already
possess, at a minimum, a Master of Science in Nursing and specialty
certification. This program is offered in online and on-campus formats.
The program will require specific admission requirements above and beyond the
ones currently required by the University. Admission requirements for the
Post-MSN DNP track include:
Masters degree in Nursing from a regionally
accredited institution and program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE
National certification in one of the following APRN roles: CNE, CNM, CNS, CRNA,
or NP (copy of certificate required);
Minimum graduate GPA of 3.30;
Current licensure as a Registered Nurse or advanced practice registered nurse
in the candidate's state of practice (copy of actual licensure is required);
Current resume or curriculum vitae; and
Two (2) letters of reference, one professional and one academic, which address
clinical skills and academic ability.
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The Post Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Certificiate 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. In addition, individuals who are nationally certified as ANP, PNP, GNP, CNM, and WHNP may apply for this certificate program. Past education and current advanced practice experience will be considered when determining program requirements. Admission to this program is offered on a space-available basis. (copied from webpage)
Admission Requirements Applicants to the FNP Certificate program must meet general University requirements for admission to graduate studies. In order to be considered for the track, the interested applicant must meet these additional requirements:
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UNF's Health Administration Program, accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management (CAME), 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. To accommodate students' schedule, all the courses are offered in the evenings from 6:00-8:45pm. Graduates are typically employed in hospitals, doctors' offices, nursing care facilities, home health care services, outpatient care centers, and insurance companies.
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:
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of at least 1000 or a minimum verbal score of 146 and a minimum quantitative score of 148 on the new GRE point scale; or a minimum 20 verbal and 22 Quantitative score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and a desired minimum total GMAT score of 500 (GRE / GMAT scores may be waived for applicants holding a professional doctoral degree (e.g., M.D., J.D., D.D.S) from a U.S. accredited school or for applicants with more than ten years of increasingly responsible positions in the healthcare industry).
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The MPH Program is the most widely recognized professional credential for leadership positions in public health. This degree 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. 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:
Applicants not meeting the GRE or 3.0 minimum requirement may contact the Master of Public Health Program Director (Dr. Moore, email@example.com) for additional admission criteria options.
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 mission of the University of North Florida's Aging Services Management Program is to prepare graduates for entry and mid-level administrative and management positions in organizations providing health and social services to the aging population. This program combines classroom theory, scholarly research, and community-based activity to establish a foundation for lifelong learning while contributing to the well-being of Northeast Florida's senior population.
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 (ACG2021). Each applicant must submit the following:
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling 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 (LMHC) 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:
**An interview is also required. On-site interviews are preferred; however, telephone interviews may be conducted for applicants living outside of the greater Jacksonville area.
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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 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 39 graduate credit hours dependent upon the student’s elective focus and can be completed in two years.
UNF admits 15-20 students into the program each fall semester. To be considered for admission, students must apply to the program by June 1st (postmark) of the year for which they wish to be admitted. Prior to enrolling in MSH courses, students must fulfill the following:
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.
Students apply online through the www.unf.edu website, as well as with PTCAS at www.ptcas.org. Please consult the official program webpages through www.unf.edu/brooks/movement_science for additional details about applying. If you have any questions about applying, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/Dietetic Internship
The Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/Dietetic Internship 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 Dietetic 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.
Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/Thesis and Non-Thesis Options The Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/Thesis or Non-Thesis options are for Registered Dietitians who wish to pursue graduate training with an emphasis in clinical or community dietetics. The coursework for all these programs is delivered using an accelerated distance learning format. These M.S./Nutrition thesis or non-thesis options allow students to pursue an independent research project as a culminating experience in their master’s program or 12 pre-approved credits through a series of project, field experience, and independent study courses, respectively.
To view admission and degree requirements for the MS thesis and non-thesis programs click here
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