ADN to MSN Programs in Florida

There is a number of universities in Florida with Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs designed specifically for students who have an associate's degree in nursing (ADN) and a valid registered nurse license.

South University

South University of Florida offers a unique MSN degree program with a Family Nurse Practitioner concentration that allows students with an associates degree in nursing to earn a bachelor's degree (BSN) and a master's degree (MSN) simultaneously. Because the course emphasizes both clinical and leadership skills, students can go on to become family practice advanced nurse practitioners (APNP - FNP), take up nursing leadership positions, move into nursing education fields, or continue on to an advanced degree and continue their research in nursing medicine.

Jacksonville University

Jacksonville University offers three specializations in their online ADN to MSN degrees: Clinical Nurse Educator Specialization, Leadership in Healthcare Systems Specialization, and Informatics Specialization. Graduates of their full-time or part-time programs receive both a BSN and MSN simultaneously by taking courses in evidence-based nursing, nursing leadership and healthcare policy, nursing assessment, nursing leadership, technology for improved healthcare, and nursing theory and research.

University of Central Florida

At the University of Central Florida students can choose between three tracks for their online MSN degree: Nursing Leadership and Management, Nurse Educator, and Nursing and Healthcare Simulation. Students who have an ADN but not BSN in nursing can still apply to the program, they must complete a few prerequisite courses before taking MSN classes. Graduates can find work as chief nursing executives, nurse educators, nurse managers, nurse simulation experts, health care administrators and director of nursing.

Nova SouthEastern University

If you have an RN license (through an ADN degree) and a bachelor's degree in a field outside of nursing, you are eligible for Nova SouthEastern's three MSN tracks: Executive Nurse Leadership, Nursing Education, or Nurse Informatics. Students can choose to add on a graduate certificate to become an advanced practice nursing practitioner (APRN) in adult gerontology acute practitioner (AG - APRN), family nursing (FNP), or psychiatric mental health (PMHP) by completing additional coursework and a practicums in real-world clinical settings.

University of Tampa

While the University of Tampa's MSN degrees in Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) programs are designed for graduates of a BSN degree, there is a pre-MSN admission exception for ADN graduates with a valid RN license. Their programs are designed to prepare students for the APRN certification but are part-time and flexible enough to complete while working full-time nursing jobs.

University of South Florida

If you are seeking a university with a variety of specialization tracks, the University of Southern Florida may be the right spot for you with tracks in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nursing, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nursing, Family Health Nursing, Nursing Education Occupational Health/Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nursing, and Pediatric Health Nursing. USF is also flexible, allowing students with an RN license and bachelor's degree in a field outside of nursing to complete prerequisite courses and continue on to the MSN program without a BSN degree.

University Programs & Specializations Offered *Average Tuition Per Year (2018-2019)
South University Master of Science in Nursing
*Family Nurse Practitioner
$16,620
Jacksonville University Master of Science in Nursing
*Clinical Nurse Educator,
*Leadership in Healthcare Systems,
*Nursing Informatics
$14,274
University of Central Florida Master of Science in Nursing
*Nursing and Leadership Management,
*Nurse Educator,
*Nursing and Healthcare Simulation
In-state: $6,196
Out-of-state:$25,759
Nova Southeastern University Master of Science in Nursing
*Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner,
*Family Nurse Practitioner,
*Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
$19,131
University of TampaMaster of Science in Nursing
*Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
*Family Nurse Practitioner
$11,142
University of Southern FloridaMaster of Science in Nursing
*Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nursing,
*Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nursing,
*Family Health Nursing,
*Nursing Education,
*Occupational Health/Adult Gerontology Primary Care,
*Concurrent MPH/MS Degree Occupational Health,
*Pediatric Health Nursing
In-state: $8,350
Out-of-state: $19,048

Source: *NCES

Getting Into an RN to MSN Program in Florida

Most Master of Science Nursing programs require applicants to hold a bachelor's degree in nursing. However, the programs discussed in this article provide opportunities for nurses with a valid RN license who became nurses through an associates degree in nursing program, to apply. Applicants must have a valid unencumbered registered nurse license, college transcripts (often with a GPA over 3.0), and letters of recommendation from supervisors and professors. Many programs also require students to submit a personal essay explaining their career goals and why they would be a good fit for these competitive programs.

Universities in the state of Florida have lots to offer ambitious registered nurses who want to earn a Master of Nursing Science degree. Even if you do not hold a BSN degree, registered nurses with a ADN degree can qualify for a variety of competitive MSN programs.

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