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2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

College of Nursing

Dean: Judith McFetridge-Durdle

The mission of the College of Nursing is to educate nurse clinicians, leaders, scholars, and advanced practitioners who will transform health care through collaboration in multi-faceted health care settings while enhancing the quality of life for people of all cultures, economic levels, and geographic locations. The college offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with role specialization as a nurse educator or nurse leader. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree prepares nurses for the highest level of clinical practice in the profession of nursing as a family nurse practitioner or health systems leader.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) — Programs of Study

The following program of study is offered:

  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Leader

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) — Program of Study

The following program of study is offered:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner


Nursing Simulation and Skills Lab

This laboratory is a suite that houses equipment and supplies for skill practice in areas such as advanced health assessment. The adult and pediatric human patient simulators provide unique opportunities to refine special skills.

Clinical Facilities

Acute care hospitals, county public health departments, indigent care clinics, private physicians’ offices, health maintenance organizations, walk-in clinics, state-level health agencies, and educational facilities are used for clinical experiences. Students have input into the selection of sites for clinical experiences to meet their specific learning needs and practice interests.


Upon graduation from the MSN program, nurse educators are eligible to teach nursing in collegiate and post-secondary educational institutions, and nurse leaders plan, manage, and evaluate cost-effective and evidenced-based nursing at the microsystem level. Graduates of the DNP program are prepared to provide direct patient care services as family nurse practitioners or as leaders in health care organizations. Graduates are able to provide evidence based models of care delivery, conduct research on the evaluation of outcomes of care, develop programs to promote population health, use technology and information to transform healthcare systems, and collaborate in inter-professional teams to improve patient and population health outcomes across continuums of care. Graduates of the role area of family nurse practitioner may apply for licensure as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in the state of Florida after passing the FNP National Certification.


Financial assistance in the form of assistantships, scholarships, traineeships, and loans is available for qualified students through the College of Nursing or the University financial aid office.

Tuition waivers may be awarded by the graduate committee of the College of Nursing for full-time study if funds are available. Applications for financial support are considered each Fall. A variety of research and teaching assistantship funds is available each year.


Applicants to the graduate program in nursing are expected to meet the general requirements of the University for graduate study. Established admission requirements include:

  1. Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program accredited by the National League Accrediting Commission, Inc. or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education;
  2. Competitive score on the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or the Miller Analogy Test (MAT);
  3. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in upper-division coursework in the baccalaureate nursing program;
  4. Current and unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in Florida for students in the DNP program;
  5. Current and unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse for Nurse Educator and Nurse Leader students in the MSN program;
  6. CPR Certification;
  7. Three letters recommending the applicant for graduate study;
  8. Written statement of professional educational goals; and
  9. Personal health insurance.

Note: The Florida Board of Nursing, as well as other state and private agencies used for clinical practice, requires the disclosure of conviction records for misdemeanors and/or felonies; therefore, this information will be required at the time of application. A level II criminal background check (includes FDLE and FBI) is required and must be on file at the College of Nursing before participation in the first clinical course. The cost of the background check, drug test, immunization tracker and fingerprint is approximately $174.00 (may be more depending on name and address searches). This cost must be paid by the student. All required travel is at the student’s expense as well.

Statement of Professional Conduct

While enrolled in the College of Nursing graduate program, the student is expected to demonstrate conduct and behavior which conforms with the Nurse Practice Act of the State of Florida, the Florida State University Student Conduct Code, Workplace Violence Guidelines, the Academic Honor Code and all other applicable rules and policies of the University. The College of Nursing reserves the right to refuse or discontinue the enrollment of any student whose conduct or behavior is so negative, disruptive, or destructive as to compromise the work of fellow students, the effectiveness of the faculty, and/or the ability to work positively in a collaborative environment consistent with the aforementioned policies and guidelines.

Faculty members continually assess each student’s professional performance. All College of Nursing graduate students are evaluated formally at the end of each semester. Any student who, in the opinion of the faculty, fails to maintain appropriate standards, will be placed on probation or dismissed from the program after receiving written notification.

Academic Performance/Academic Honor Code

College of Nursing graduate students are expected to make satisfactory academic progress consistent with the University’s minimum retention standards for graduate studies. Student and faculty responsibilities for maintaining academic honesty and integrity are outlined in The Florida State University Academic Honor Code and Student Conduct Code. The College of Nursing graduate program reserves the right to refuse or discontinue the enrollment of any student who fails to maintain the academic integrity of the program as described in these codes.

Academic Requirements

No clinical course for which a student receives a grade of unsatisfactory or a “B–” (2.75 quality points) or below may count toward any graduate degree in the College of Nursing.

Students in the graduate program are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average in all nursing coursework each semester. Failure to do so will result in the student’s placement on academic probation. During the semester in which the student is on academic probation she/he is expected to improve the nursing GPA to a 3.0 or greater. The inability to meet this expectation will require that the student be dismissed from the program.


In order to be reinstated into the College of Nursing graduate program after having been dismissed for academic reasons the student is required to do the following:

  1. Submit a written request for consideration of reinstatement to the graduate program director;
  2. Provide written justification for reinstatement to the College of Nursing Admissions Committee; and
  3. Upon reinstatement the student will be expected to successfully complete a prescribed plan of study in her/his first semester while achieving a semester GPA of 3.0 or greater.