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UCF - Graduate Program Handbooks 2016-2017

Last Updated 2016-05-24

Nursing MSN



Together, the Graduate Student Handbook and your graduate program handbook should serve as your main guide throughout your graduate career. The Graduate Student Handbook includes university information, policies, requirements and guidance for all graduate students. Your program handbook describes the details about graduate study and requirements in your specific program. While both of these handbooks are wonderful resources, know that you are always welcome to talk with faculty and staff in your program and in the Graduate College.

The central activities and missions of a university rest upon the fundamental assumption that all members of the university community conduct themselves in accordance with a strict adherence to academic and scholarly integrity. As a graduate student and member of the university community, you are expected to display the highest standards of academic and personal integrity.

Here are some resources to help you better understand your responsibilities:

Introduction

Students admitted to the ARNP certificate programs take courses with those enrolled in the MSN level coursework and meet the same outcome criteria for initial preparation as a FNP, AGPCNP, AGACNP or CNS A/G. All certificate students must abide by the same policies and progression requirements as degree seeking students. For the MSN degree, students must complete a minimum of 30-46 credit hours of graduate-level course work, depending on the track. A research based scholarly work and public presentation of research based scholarly work are required to graduate with an MSN degree.

  • Leadership and Management (NLM)—36 Credit Hours
  • Nurse Educator (NEd)—38 Credit Hours 
  • Nursing and Healthcare Simulation - 30 Credit Hours
  • Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)—42 Credit Hours
  • Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) - 46 Credit Hours
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)—46 Credit Hours
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist Adult/Gerontology (CNS A/G)—45 Credit Hours

Requirements for RNs with Non-Nursing Baccalaureate Degrees

Students who possess an RN License, but have a Bachelor’s Degree in a non-nursing field, can apply for direct entry into any graduate level nursing program. They must complete the following 8 credit hours of pre-requisites with a grade of 'B' or better before they can enroll in any graduate coursework:

  • NUR 3805 Dimensions of Professional Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NUR 3165 Nursing Research (3 credit hours)
  • NUR 4637 Public Health Nursing (2 credit hours)

Graduation Requirements for the MSN

  • All course work listed for the MSN degree completed (30-46 credits) with a minimum grade of "B"
  • Clinical performance evaluated at a satisfactory level
  • A satisfactory public presentation of the EBP Project

Requirements for MSN prepared student seeking Post MSN Certificate preparation in an NP Specialty

Those that possess an MSN Degree and wish to prepare in an NP specialty should apply to the Post MSN Certificate program in the specialty (Family or Adult/Gerontology Primary Care or Adult/Gerontology Acute Care) of their choice.  A gap analysis is conducted and only those courses not yet completed are required. Students who have already completed pre-requisite course work may be required to complete a competency assessment prior to beginning specialty courses. An individualized plan of study is developed and upon completion, the student is awarded a Post MSN Certificate which allows for sitting for certification in the specialty. The certificate programs admit only in the spring and require the following pre-requisites:

  • NGR 5003 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (2 credit hours) 
  • NGR 5003L Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Lab (1 credit hour)
  • NGR 5141 Pathophysiological Bases for APN ( 3 credit hours) 
  • NGR 5638 Health Promotion (3 credit hours) 
  • NGR 6172 Pharmacology ( 3credit hours)

The pre-requisites may be taken in a nondegree status prior to enrollment in the certificate on a space available basis.

Students admitted to the ARNP certificate programs take courses with those enrolled in the MSN level coursework and meet the same outcome criteria for initial preparation as a FNP, AGPCNP, AGACNP or CNS A/G. All certificate students must abide by the same policies and progression requirements as degree seeking students. 

Degree Plan of Study

A plan of study must be completed and kept in each student's file. Students will be sent an initial plan of study with their admission packet.  The initial plan of study is entered into the graduate program database, which is used to plan course schedules.  Any changes to the plan of study must be submitted to the Graduate Office for approval.  Plans of study are used to plan for resources, therefore students who change their plans of study are not guaranteed seats in future courses and will be allowed to enroll on a space available basis. 

If students cannot follow the plan of study, students must contact the Graduate Office to revise their plan of study. This must be done prior to registration.  Students who enroll in a course not in their plan of study will be required to drop the course.

PLEASE NOTE: Changes in plans of study may result in student delay in program completion because of course scheduling and availability of clinical sites.  Any change in students’ progression must be discussed with the advisor and the Graduate Nursing Office. Changes which require alterations in clinical course planning will only be approved on a space available basis. Plan of study revisions must be approved by the Graduate Nursing Office. 

Progression

All academic progression as well as admission and graduation decisions are made by the MSN Admission, Progression and Graduation Committee (APG) of the College of Nursing and recommended to the Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs. Failure to maintain progress in coursework as reflected on the plan of study for any reason including, but not limited to course withdrawal, will be required to petition the APG Committee to remain in the program. Students who deviate from their plan of study will be required to fulfill requirements of the current catalog year.

A grade point average of 3.0 is required for continued study in the MSN and certificate programs. Grades of below B or U are not acceptable. Students that receive a grade of lower than B or U in any course are subject to dismissal from the program. Students will be given the right to petition to remain in the program, and a final decision on dismissal will be made by majority vote of the MSN Admission, Progression, and Graduation Committee (APG). If the student is allowed to continue in the program, any course(s) that have a grade of below B must be repeated with an earned grade of "B" or better. A student who earns a grade of "D" or below will be automatically disqualified from further College of Nursing graduate studies.  In addition, if a student's graduate status GPA falls below 2.0, they are automatically dismissed from the program.  Please refer to the Graduate Catalog for further information regarding the graduate status GPA.  The College of Nursing uses the plus/minus grading scale as follows:

A: 96-100
A-: 92-95
B+: 87-91
B: 83-86
C+: 79-82
C:  75-78
D: 70-74
F: 69 or below 

Procedure for Proctoring of Major Examinations in Graduate Courses

  • All major examinations in graduate courses in the UCF College of Nursing will be proctored.
  • Faculty will announce at the start of the semester
    • If there are major examinations in the course
    • If there will be proctored testing available at the CON or on campus
    • Dates and times for proctored exams
      • The test will be available during a fixed time period during the scheduled class time for sections of classes that are web-mediated classes.
      • The test will be available for no longer than 12 hours for sections of classes that are fully web-based. 
       
     
  • ProctorU, an online test proctoring service, will be used for major course examinations if a CON or on-campus testing option is not used. ProctorU examinations are limited to no more than three per course.
  • Students are responsible for setting up an account with ProctorU, scheduling the examination, having required technology and paying any associated costs (instructions will be provided within webcourses). The current cost per examination is $25.
  • Current courses that use ProctorU testing are: NGR 5141, NGR 5003, NGR 6172, NGR 6201, NGR 6263, NGR 6305, NGR 6334, NGR 6210, NGR 6211, NGR 6175, NGR 6212.

Independent Study

Students who wish to do an independent study must meet with the instructor and complete the College of Nursing Graduate Program form:  Course Request for Independent Study.  This must be submitted to the College of Nursing Graduate Office to create the independent study in the schedule.  As soon as the course is in the schedule, students will be sent registration information. Students may have no more than 6 hours of independent study in a master’s plan of study.

Preceptor Planning

Guidelines

Nursing is a practice discipline.  To learn the skills of a teacher, nurse practitioner, or nurse leader and manager the student must practice with an experienced clinician.  This is achieved by preceptored clinical assignments.  Preceptored clinical assignments offer a unique opportunity for students to observe and practice in the specialized role that is the focus on their master’s program track at UCF.

All students must participate in preceptor planning by the middle of the semester prior to each clinical course. Student documents must be current in order to participate in any clinical practice learning experience that involves patients.  The following items are required upon admission into the program in order to participate in any clinical:

  • Completed LiveScan Fingerprints
  • Completed Drug Test
  • Completed Background Check 
  • Copy of current BLCS certification card (course C for healthcare providers)
  • College of Nursing Health Form
  • Proof of HIPAA Training
  • Current Florida RN License
  • Proof of health insurance

All of the items above require an account with Castle Branch which carries a fee of $160.

Nurse Educator and Nurse Leadership and Management Tracks

Nurse Educator students will complete a preceptor planning form and submit to the Graduate Clinical Coordinator by mid-semester of the term before the anticipated practicum or other placement.  Leadership and Management students must submit all planning forms to the Clinical Contracts Coordinator by April 15 for the fall semester and October 15 for the spring semester.

Nurse Practitioner Tracks

Student documents must be current in order to participate in any clinical practice learning experience that involves patients (e.g. RN license, health clearance, etc). Students who do not have the FBI/FDLE and the CertifiedBackground.com clearance may not be able to complete the program and graduate. Students must submit the required health form to the Graduate Program Assistant no later than the end of their first semester of study or prior to beginning Health Assessment. Drug screening is required for all sites. Cost of these may be the responsibility of the student. Some sites require formal orientation to the site and/or their electronic medical record system.

A clinical placement orientation session is included the new student orientation and repeated at the start of the students’ first clinical course. Students who do not attend these sessions remain responsible for obtaining the content reviewed there.

When required, all NP students must submit the required preceptor planning information to the Graduate Clinical Coordinator, no later than mid term of the semester prior to each semester in which they will be in a clinical practice course. The exact deadline date will be announced in the first weeks of the semester. Students who fail to meet this deadline will not be allowed to register for clinical in the following semester and will need to contact the Graduate Nursing Office to revise their plan of study.

Clinical placements for MSN students must be in the greater Central Florida area. This includes Orange, Seminole, Volusia, Lake, Brevard, Osceola, Flagler, Northern Indian River County, and Marion counties. Placements in other locations are at the discretion of the faculty and are dependent on availability of faculty members to make site visits.

Nurse Practitioner students in the Family Nurse Practitioner or Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program cannot make rounds, go to surgery or procedures, or care for a hospitalized client for clinical hours. If a student wishes to make rounds or go to surgery, such arrangements must be made on an individual basis with the physician or NP with whom the student is working. Such activities are considered personal arrangements and are not associated with UCF. Thus NP students cannot do physicals, histories, document, write scripts or engage any other activities they would usually be able to do if seeing the patient as part of a UCF clinical course. Students doing such observations are not covered under CON liability insurance and the hours will not count towards required faculty supervised clinical hour requirements for any course.

NP students must do one half of total clinical hours up to and including Practicum (NGR 6248) with a NP or CNM preceptor. For FNP track students this is 360 hours. For Adult/Gerontology Primary Care NP students this is 330 hours. For Adult/Gerontology Acute Care NP students this is 330.

Preceptors for the remaining 360 or 330 hours may be a NP, CNM, MD or DO. A physician assistant (PA) cannot be the preceptor of record. Students in primary care programs must complete all rotations at primary care sites except in the final clinical practicum. FNP students can complete up to 50%  and AGPCNP students can complete up to 100% of their required practicum clinical hours in the ED, urgent care, retail health care, or in a specialty area (e.g. nephrology, dermatology) in an office setting.

All clinical courses, with the exception of the final clinical practicum, are to occur at a single clinical site with a single preceptor. Limited exceptions are made for work with preceptors who work at multiple locations for the same practice or to work with two preceptors at the same practice site. The final clinical practicum, can occur in up to two sites.

Throughout each clinical course, NP students will be required to complete:

  1. Clinical Activities Log – This will be completed using the Typhon Clinical Tracking System. This system allows the student to document all hours completed at each clinical practice with each preceptor. Documentation of data from all client interactions during each NP student’s clinical practice learning experience are also recorded. 
  2. Student Preceptor/Site Evaluation – Each student will submit an evaluation of the preceptor and the site in which the student completed their clinical learning experience. 
  3. Midterm Preceptor Evaluation of Student - Each student will submit an evaluation by their preceptor of record after completing ½ of the required clinical hours for a clinical course. If the student has more than one preceptor, a midterm evaluation must be obtained and submitted from each preceptor. 
  4. Final Preceptor Evaluation of Student - Each student will submit a final evaluation by their preceptor of record after completing the required clinical hours for a clinical course. If the student has more than one preceptor, a final evaluation must be obtained and submitted from each preceptor. 

All paper work must be submitted at the end of the course for a grade to be awarded. The above will be submitted to the appropriate location on the Typhon Clinical Tracking System site.

Drug Screening Policy

All incoming students in the University of Central Florida, College of Nursing shall undergo a 14 panel drug screening prior to the start of nursing clinical experiences done through Certified Background. 

Evidence of substance abuse will result in disciplinary action up to and including administrative withdrawal from courses and dismissal from the program.  Information about drug screenings process will be conveyed to students upon admission.  The College of Nursing will have access to the results of the drug screenings and these results may be shared with the clinical sites at which the student is placed.

Expected Behaviors

Students are expected to exhibit behaviors consistent with safe practice under the direction of the faculty member and/or preceptor.  The student must have a satisfactory performance in each clinical behavior by the last clinical day or the student will receive an unsatisfactory grade in the course.  All documentation must be accurate, reflecting care rendered.

Students must notify their instructor and the clinical agency if they will be absent or late.  Failure to do this may result in an unsatisfactory grade in a clinical course.

Disciplinary action, including clinical failure and possible dismissal from the program, will be taken for students whose behavior is unacceptable.  Examples of unacceptable behaviors include, but are not limited to the following actions: 

  1. Provide nursing care in an unsafe or harmful manner.  For example:
    • To perform a procedure without competence, or without the guidance of a qualified person.
    • To willfully or intentionally do physical and/or mental harm to a client.
    • To exhibit careless or negligent behavior in connection with care of a client.
    • To refuse to assume the assigned and necessary care of a client, and to fail to inform the instructor with immediacy so that an alternative measure for that care can be found.
  2. Disrespect the privacy of a client (breach of confidentiality).  For example:
    • To use the full name or position of a client in written assignments, and/or patient data of any sort, e.g. computer-generated forms retrieved from the clinical area.  (All identifying information must be obliterated from documents).
    • To discuss confidential information in inappropriate areas including social networking or other online sites.
    • To discuss confidential information about a patient with third parties who do not have a clear need to know.
    • To remove any record or report (or copy) from the area where it is kept, except in the performance of student nurse assignments.
    • To violate HIPAA and/or FERPA guidelines (as appropriate to setting).
  3. Falsify patient records or fabricate patient experiences.
  4. Fail to report omission of, or error in, assessments, treatments or medications.
  5. Use, possess, sell, or distribute illicit drugs; to illegally use, sell, possess, or distribute any drugs or alcohol; or to use prescribed, over the counter, or illicit substances in such a manner as to impair one’s judgment or performance as a nursing student.

Social Networks

Professional conduct extends to all forms of social networks, including Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, texting, emailing, photographing, videotaping and any other means of communication. Students must follow HIPAA guidelines when dealing with information about clients and patients. Students must also follow privacy laws when exposed to information about other students, faculty, staff, and others during their time at the College of Nursing. Students and others may not save or broadcast any information without written release by the individuals involved and the agencies identified. Permission prior to recording or taping must be obtained. Failure to follow these rules, may result in administrative action, including dismissal from the College of Nursing. Disrespectful behavior by students towards other students, faculty, staff, patients, clients, agencies, etc. will not be tolerated.

Curriculum

Depending on the track, students must complete a minimum of 36-46 credit hours of graduate-level course work. Details about this program are located in the Nursing MSN Handbook.

  • Nursing Leadership and Management—36 Credit Hours
  • Nurse Educator—38 Credit Hours
  • Family Nurse Practitioner—-46 Credit Hours
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner—42 Credit Hours

An independent scholarly work is a requirement for the Master of Science in Nursing degree. The scholarly work consists of an evidence-based nursing project. The scholarly project that is required in NGR 6813 Evidence Based Nursing Practice (completed in the final semester of study) is an evidence-based scholarly clinical paper. The evidence-based project should reflect the latest evidence for the student's MSN track. This is a formal paper that must adhere to published guidelines in the syllabus and must be presented in a public forum. 

Unsatisfactory Grade in MSN Courses

All MSN coursework must be completed with a B or higher to progress in the program.  Students that receive a grade below B are subject to dismissal All grades below B must be reviewed by the Master's Admissions, Progression and Graduation (APG) Committee for continuation in the MSN program.

College of Nursing Master’s Program Handbook

All master’s students are required to read the College of Nursing Master’s Program Handbook regarding policies for each program and for academic progression. Information about each program particularly clinical placements and forms for appeals to the Master’s APG Committee are located in the Nursing MSN Handbook.

Equipment Fee

Full-time students in the Master of Science in Nursing programs pay a $90 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $45 each semester.

RN to MSN Program

See also the Undergraduate Catalog: Nursing - RN to BSN Program (BSN).

The RN to MSN program is for RNs who do not yet hold a baccalaureate degree in Nursing (BSN) or any other discipline. Students will meet both the BSN and MSN objectives after separate applications to both degree programs are accepted and the programs are successfully completed. The program is designed to allow undergraduate students who have met undergraduate general education requirements and have demonstrated above-average performance in prior undergraduate course work (minimum of 3.0 grade point average) to take up to 9 credit hours of graduate coursework during the last terms of the undergraduate program and prior to official admission to the graduate program.  PLEASE NOTE: Two applications are required.  One application is required for the BSN through Undergraduate Admissions and another application for the MSN through the College of Graduate Studies is made towards the end of the BSN program. 

This program is available for two MSN tracks: Nursing Leadership and Management Track and Nurse Educator Track. Up to 9 credit hours of graduate course work taken while in the BSN program can be applied to the Nursing Leadership and Management Track and Nurse Educator Track in the MSN program.

Courses Taken Toward BSN

As part of the undergraduate curriculum leading to the BSN and in preparation for the MSN:

  • NUR 3805 Dimensions of Professional Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NUR 3165 Nursing Research (3 credit hours)
  • NUR 3634 Community Health Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NUR 4637 Public Health Nursing (2 credit hours)
  • NUR 4604L Practicum in Community and Public Health Nursing for RNs (4 credit hours)
  • NUR 4837 Health Care Issues, Policy, and Economics (3 credit hours)

Students in the Leadership and Management Track take:

  • NUR 4827 Leadership and Management Principles (3 credit hours)

Students in Nurse Educator Track take:

  • NUR 3065 and 3065L Health Assessment (3 credit hours)

Courses Shared BSN/MSN

An individualized plan of study is developed for each student admitted to the RN to BSN option by an undergraduate adviser to include graduate coursework. Students intending to pursue the MSN in the Nursing Leadership and Management track must take the following courses:

  • NGR 5720 Organizational Dynamics (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5871 Health Care Informatics (3 credit hours) (for undergraduate elective)
  • NGR 5800 Theory for APN (3 credit hours) or NGR/HSA graduate elective in area of concentration (e.g., nursing, health services administration for nursing elective) OR NGR 6722 Financial Management and Resource Development (Summer only).

Students intending to pursue the MSN in the Nurse Educator track must take the following courses:

  • NGR 5003 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (2 credit hours)
  • NGR 5003L Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Lab (1 credit hour)
  • NGR 5141 Pathophysiological Bases for Advanced Nursing Practice (for undergraduate nursing elective and prerequisite for NGR 5003 and NGR 5003L) (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5800 Theory for APN (3 credit hours)

The baccalaureate degree will be awarded when program requirements for the BSN are met and students have completed a minimum of 120 hours of credit. Grades below B will not be accepted for the MSN degree requirements.

Courses Taken Toward MSN

Students will follow the degree requirements of the selected MSN track upon application through the College of Graduate Studies and formal acceptance into the program. Students must apply online to the UCF College of Graduate Studies for admission to the MSN program. The MSN will be awarded on completion of the total program of study. Students who do not meet ongoing program requirements or decide not to continue in the program may withdraw from the RN to MSN plan and complete course work for the BSN degree.  The MSN tracks require students to complete a different number of hours depending upon the track:

  • Nursing Leadership and Management—36 Credit Hours
  • Nurse Educator—38 Credit Hours

Non-Nursing Baccalaureate Program

In addition to the MSN for students holding a baccalaureate nursing degree, the College of Nursing also offers admission to its master's degree programs in nursing to Registered Nurses who have bachelor's degrees in fields other than nursing. These students will need to take 8 credits of undergraduate upper division course work that is prerequisite for graduate study in nursing.  An undergraduate statistics course will also be required if not completed in the bachelor's degree. Please contact gradnurse@ucf.edu for more information on how to apply.

The undergraduate courses required prior to graduate course work are:

  • NUR 3165 Nursing Research (3 credit hours)
  • NUR 3805 Dimensions of Professional Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NUR 4637 Public Health Nursing (3 credit hours)

Track Curriculum: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

The MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track requires a minimum of 46 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree with 660 clinical practice hours. The program prepares nurses at the entry-level for advanced practice for the current healthcare system based on a strong scientific foundation for practice; offers flexibility and emphasis on evidence-based practice, leadership and organizational analysis; and provides analytic, critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills to examine practice innovations.

Required Courses—42 Credit Hours

Core Courses—24 Credit Hours

  • NGR 5003 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (2 credit hours)
  • NGR 5003L Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Lab (1 credit hour; 60 clinical hours)
  • NGR 5141 Pathophysiological Bases for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5638 Health Promotion (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5800 Theory for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5884 Legal and Professional Behavior in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6172 Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6801 Research Methods (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6813 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)

Specialty Courses: Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner—22 Credit Hours

  • NGR 6210 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6230L Diagnostics and Skills for the Critically Ill (1 credit, 60 clinical hours)
  • NGR 6211 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6211L Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II Clinical (3 credit hours, 180 clinical hours)
  • NGR 6175 Critical Care Pharmacology (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6212 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner III (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6212L Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner III Clinical (3 credit hours, 180 clinical hours)
  • NGR 6215L Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum (3 credit hours, 180 clinical hours)

Progress to Degree

Students are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Students who receive a grade of below "B" in any course will be reviewed by the MSN/DNP Admissions, Progression and Graduation Committee for continuation in the program. Grades of below "B" are not acceptable in the doctoral program in the College of Nursing. Students who do not maintain a 3.0 GPA will be put on probation or dismissed from the program.

Graduation Requirements

  • All course work completed with a minimum grade of "B"
  • Clinical performance evaluated at a satisfactory level

College of Nursing Master’s Program Handbook

All master’s students are required to read the College of Nursing Master’s Program Handbook regarding policies for each program and for academic progression. Information about each program, particularly clinical placements and forms for appeals to the Master’s APG Committee, are located in the Nursing MSN Handbook.   

Equipment Fee

Full-time students in all Master of Science in Nursing Programs pay a $90 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $45 each semester.


Track Curriculum: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

The MSN Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track requires a minimum of 42 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree with 660 clinical practice hours. The part-time plan of study for the MSN can be completed in 8 semesters and the full-time plan of study in 5 semesters.

Prerequisite Courses—8 Credit Hours

Students with a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than nursing will be required to take the following courses prior to taking required program courses. Consistent with graduate nursing program policies, courses must be completed with a grade of 'B' or better.

  • NUR 3805 Dimensions of Professional Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NUR 4637L Public Health Nursing (2 credit hours)
  • NUR 3165 Nursing Research (3 credit hours)

Required Courses—42 Credit Hours

Core Courses—24 Credit Hours

  • NGR 5003 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (2 credit hours)
  • NGR 5003L Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Lab (1 credit hour; 60 clinical hours)
  • NGR 5141 Pathophysiological Bases for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5638 Health Promotion (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5800 Theory for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5884 Legal and Professional Behavior in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6172 Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6801 Research Methods (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6813 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)

Specialty Courses: Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner—18 Credit Hours

  • NGR 6334 Women's Health for APNs (2 credit hours)
  • NGR 6201 Adult I Primary Care (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6240L Adult I Primary Care Clinical (3 credit hours; 180 clinical hours)
  • NGR 6202L Adult II Clinical for APNs (2 credit hours; 120 clinical hours)
  • NGR 6263 Gerontologic Care for APNs (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6263L Gerontologic Care Clinical for NPs (2 credit hours; 120 clinical hours)
  • NGR 6248L Advanced Practice Practicum (3 credit hours; 180 clinical hours)

Progress to Degree

Students are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Students who receive a grade of below B in any course will be reviewed by the MSN/DNP Admissions, Progression and Graduation Committee for continuation in the program. Grades of below B are not acceptable in the doctoral program in the College of Nursing. Students who do not maintain a 3.0 GPA will be put on probation or dismissed from the program.

Graduation Requirements

  • All course work completed with a minimum grade of "B"
  • Clinical performance evaluated at a satisfactory level

College of Nursing Master’s Program Handbook

All master’s students are required to read the College of Nursing Master’s Program Handbook regarding policies for each program and for academic progression. Information about each program, particularly clinical placements and forms for appeals to the Master’s APG Committee, are located in the Nursing MSN Handbook  

Equipment Fee

Full-time students in all Master of Science in Nursing Programs pay a $90 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $45 each semester.


Track Curriculum: Family Nurse Practitioner

The MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Track requires a minimum of 46 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree with 720 hours of clinical practicum. The part-time plan of study for the MSN can be completed in 6 semesters and the full-time plan of study in 4 semesters.

Prerequisite Courses—8 Credit Hours

Students with a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than nursing will be required to take the following courses prior to taking required program courses. Consistent with graduate nursing program policies, courses must be completed with a grade of 'B' or better.

  • NUR 3805 Dimensions of Professional Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NUR 4637 Public Health Nursing (2 credit hours)
  • NUR 3165 Nursing Research (3 credit hours)

Required Courses for the MSN—46 Credit Hours

Core Courses—24 Credit Hours

  • NGR 5003 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (2 credit hours)
  • NGR 5003L Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Lab (1 credit hour; 60 clinical hours)
  • NGR 5141 Pathophysiological Bases for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5638 Health Promotion (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5800 Theory for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5884 Legal and Professional Behavior in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6172 Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6801 Research Methods (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6813 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)

Specialty Courses: Family Nurse Practitioner—22 Credit Hours

  • NGR 6334 Women's Health for APNs (2 credit hours)
  • NGR 6201 Adult I Primary Care (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6240L Adult I Primary Care Clinical (3 credit hours; 180 clinical hours)
  • NGR 6263 Gerontologic Care for APNs (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6263L Gerontologic Care Clinical for NPs (2 credit hours; 120 clinical hours)
  • NGR 6305 Pediatric Primary Care (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6305L Pediatric Primary Care Clinical (2 credit hours; 120 clinical hours)
  • NGR 6342L Women’s Health for Advanced Practice Nurses Clinical (1 credit hour; 60 clinical hours)
  • NGR 6248L Advanced Practice Practicum (3 credit hours; 180 clinical hours) 

Progress to Degree

Students are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Students who receive a grade of below B in any course will be reviewed by the MSN/DNP Admissions, Profession and Graduation Committee for continuation in the program. Grades of below B are not acceptable in the doctoral program in the College of Nursing. Students who do not maintain a 3.0 GPA will be put on probation or dismissed from the program.

Graduation Requirements

  • All course work completed with a minimum grade of "B"
  • Clinical performance evaluated at a satisfactory level

College of Nursing Master’s Program Handbook

All students completing the master's along the way are required to read the College of Nursing Master’s Program Handbook regarding policies for each program and for academic progression. Information about each program, particularly clinical placements and forms for appeals to the Master’s APG Committee are located in the Nursing MSN Handbook

Equipment Fee

Full-time students in all Master of Science in Nursing Programs pay a $90 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $45 each semester.


Track Curriculum: Leadership and Management

The Leadership and Management track of the MSN is designed to equip nurses with the managerial and leadership skills necessary to become administrative leaders in the health care industry. The program requires 36 credit hours of coursework.

Prerequisite Courses—8 Credit Hours

Students with a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than nursing will be required to take the following courses prior to taking required program courses. Consistent with graduate nursing program policies, courses must be completed with a grade of 'B' or better.

  • NUR 3805 Dimensions of Professional Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NUR 4637 Public Health Nursing (2 credit hours)
  • NUR 3165 Nursing Research (3 credit hours)

Required Courses—36 Credit Hours

  • NGR 5800 Theory for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5884 Legal and Professional Behavior in Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5720 Organizational Dynamics (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5871 Health Care Informatics (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6722 Financial Management and Resource Development (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6723 Nursing Leadership and Management I (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6723L Nursing Leadership Role Specialization Practicum I (3 credit hours; 135 clincal hours)
  • NGR 6801 Research Methodology for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6813 Evidenced Based Practice (Research Scholarly Work) (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6874 Nursing Environment Management (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6772L Nursing and Leadership Management Internship (3 credit hours, 180 clinical hours)
  • Graduate Elective (3 credit hours)

College of Nursing Master’s Program Handbook

All master’s students are required to read the College of Nursing Master’s Program Handbook regarding policies for each program and for academic progression. Information about each program particularly clinical placements and forms for appeals to the Master’s APG Committee are located in the Nursing MSN Handbook.  

Equipment Fee

Full-time students in all Master of Science in Nursing programs pay a $90 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $45 each semester.


Track Curriculum: Nurse Educator

The Nurse Educator Track in the Nursing MSN program requires 21 credit hours of nursing courses and 17 credit hours of education courses for a total of 38 credit hours of graduate course work.

An independent scholarly work is a requirement for the Master of Science in Nursing degree. The scholarly work consists of an evidence-based nursing project. The scholarly project that is required in NGR 6813 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (completed in the last or next to last semester of study) is an evidence-based scholarly clinical paper. The evidence-based project should reflect the latest evidence for the student's MSN track. This is a formal paper that must adhere to published guidelines in the syllabus and must be presented in a public forum.

Prerequisite Courses—8 Credit Hours

Students with a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than nursing will be required to take the following courses prior to taking required program courses. Consistent with graduate nursing program policies, courses must be completed with a grade of "B" or better.

  • NUR 3805 Dimensions of Professional Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NUR 4637 Public Health Nursing (2 credit hours)
  • NUR 3165 Nursing Research (3 credit hours)

Required Nursing Courses—18 Credit Hours

  • NGR 5638 Health Promotion (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5141 Pathophysiological Bases for ANP (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5800 Theory for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5884 Legal and Professional Behaviors in ANP (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6801 Research Methods (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6813 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (Scholarly Project) (3 credit hours)

Required Education Courses—17 Credit Hours

  • NGR 6713 Curriculum Development in Nursing Education (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6715 Application of Instructional Technology for Nursing Education (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6791 Teaching Strategies for Nurse Educators (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6718 Evaluation in Nursing Education (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6942C Internship/Residency in Nursing Education (1,3 credit hours, 180 clinical hours)
  • NGR 6945L Clinical Specialty Practicum (Family, Adult or Community) for Nurse Education (1 credit hour, 60 clinical hours)
  • NGR 5190 Core Clinical Concepts for Nurse Educators (3 credit hours)

College of Nursing Master’s Program Handbook

All master’s students are required to read the College of Nursing Master’s Program Handbook regarding policies for each program and for academic progression. Information about each program, particularly clinical placements and forms for appeals to the Master’s APG Committee, are located in the Nursing MSN Handbook.

Equipment Fee

Full-time students in all Master of Science in Nursing programs pay a $90 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. part-time students pay $45 each semester.


Track Curriculum: Nursing and Health Care Simulation

The MSN Nursing and Health Care Simulation Track requires a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, including 24 credit hours of required courses and 6 credit hours of electives.

Required Courses—24 Credit Hours

Core Courses—15 Credit Hours

  • NGR 5141 Pathophysiological Bases for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5800 Theory for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5884 Legal and Professional Behavior in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6801 Research Methods (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6813 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (Scholarly Project) (3 credit hours)

Required Simulation Courses—9 Credit Hours

  • NGR 6717 Introduction to Healthcare Simulation (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6794 Organizational Leadership and Operations in Healthcare Simulation (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6978 Healthcare Simulation Capstone Project (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses—6 Credit Hours

Select at least two courses. Courses may be taken in other colleges with permission of adviser and faculty presenting the course.

  • NGR 5003 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (2 credit hours)
  • NGR 5003L Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Lab (1 credit hour, on-campus lab time required)
  • NGR 5720 Organizational Dynamics (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6722 Financial Management and Resource Development (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6713 Curriculum Development in Nursing Education (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6715 Application of Instructional Technology for Nursing Education (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6718 Evaluation in Nursing Education (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6791 Teaching Strategies for Nurse Educators (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6147 Perspectives on Modeling and Simulation (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6148 Human Systems Integration for Modeling and Simulation (3 credit hours)
  • CAP 6671 Intelligent Systems: Robots, Agents, and Humans (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6771L Healthcare Simulation Practicum (1-3 credit hours)

College of Nursing Master’s Program Handbook

All master’s students are required to read the College of Nursing Master’s Program Handbook regarding policies for each program and for academic progression. Information about each program, particularly clinical placements and forms for appeals to the Master’s APG Committee, are located in the Nursing MSN Handbook.

Equipment Fee

Full-time students in all Master of Science in Nursing programs pay a $90 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. part-time students pay $45 each semester.


Timeline for Completion

  1. Advisor 
    An Academic Advisor is appointed at the beginning of the first semester of study. Meet with your Advisor on a regular basis. 
  2. Program of Study
    Review program of study and review with advisor each semester. Review plans for clinical placements, scholarly project and other MSN requirements.
  3. Clinical/Practicum  
    Submit clinical and preceptor planning materials to the CON graduate office Clinical Placement Coordinator before posted deadlines.
  4. Intent to Graduate  
    Submit one semester prior to graduation.  
  5. Scholarly project  
    Must be completed with a grade of “B” or better in course and on formal scholarly paper.
  6. Scholarly presentation  
    A satisfactory public presentation of scholarly project must be made.
  7. Time Limit  
    Seven years from date of matriculation.

Course Schedule

For a complete list of sample plans of study, please refer to http://www.nursing.ucf.edu/admissions/graduate-programs/msn/index.

Project
Evidence-Based Practice

Project Requirement for All MSN Students

An independent scholarly project is a requirement for the Master of Science in Nursing degree.  The scholarly project is an evidence-based nursing project which is completed in NGR 6813.  The scholarly project that is required in NGR 6813 (completed in the last 1 to 2 semesters of the program) is an evidence-based nursing scholarly paper.  The evidence-based project should reflect the latest evidence for a problem related to the student’s MSN track.  This is a formal paper that must adhere to published guidelines in the syllabus and must be presented in a public forum at the university.  Students will not be permitted to do the public presentation until they have submitted an acceptable paper with a grade of “B” or better.   Students are strongly advised to meet with their advisors to discuss their topics for their evidence based project early in the program.  Students’ work in NGR 5800 and NGR 6801 should be focused on a topic for their scholarly projects.

Graduate Research

Note:  MSN students are not required to do a Thesis. Students do have opportunities for participating in research if they choose.

UCF has three fundamental responsibilities with regard to graduate student research. They are to (1) support an academic environment that stimulates the spirit of inquiry, (2) develop the intellectual property stemming from research, and (3) disseminate the intellectual property to the general public. Students are responsible for being informed of rules, regulations and policies pertaining to research. Below are some general policies and resources.

Research Policies and Ethics Information: UCF's Office of Research & Commercialization ensures the UCF community complies with local, state and federal regulations that relate to research. For polices including required Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval when conducting research involving human subjects (e.g. surveys), animal research, conflict of interest and general responsible conduct of research, please see their website: www.research.ucf.edu/ > Compliance.

UCF’s Patent and Invention Policy: In most cases, UCF owns the intellectual property developed using university resources. The graduate student as inventor will according to this policy share in the proceeds of the invention. Please see the current UCF Graduate Catalog for details: www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu/ >Policies>General Graduate Policies.

College of Nursing Research

Please visit http://www.nursing.ucf.edu/research/index to obtain a highlight of the College of Nursing research.  Faculty research interests re available at the following link which is updated frequently.
http://www.nursing.ucf.edu/research/research-areas/index.

Financial Support

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Financial assistance for graduate students is limited.Scholarship information is posted monthly outside the UCF Student Financial Assistance Office and on the College of Nursing website.

finaid.ucf.edu/types/

www.nursing.ucf.edu/Scholarship/index.asp

Scholarships and research grants are available from many professional organizations such as the Florida Nurses Foundation, Florida League for Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, and specialty organizations.Notices will be sent via the listserv of available scholarships, traineeships, fellowships, and assistantships.

Search for funding outside of UCF.Use the free search services available through the Internet or refer to funding.graduate.ucf.edu/funding_resources/.

You may also contact: gradfellowship@ucf.edu.

University Fellowships

Most university fellowships are reserved for incoming degree-seeking graduate students who plan to enroll full time. For a listing of merit-based fellowships that are offered through the UCF College of Graduate Studies, as well as a listing of various general graduate funding opportunities, see the Student Funding for Graduate School section on the College of Graduate Studies student website at funding.graduate.ucf.edu/fellowships/.

Graduate Assistantship Positions

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available: graduate assistant (GA), graduate teaching assistant (GTA) or graduate research assistant (GRA) positions may be available each Fall and Spring for full-time doctoral and masters students (enrolled in at least 9 credits each semester). GA’s are assigned to assist faculty and staff with course and College related activities, GTA’s may be assigned to teach a course, or assist a faculty member with teaching in a course with large enrollment. GTA’s who are assigned as instructors of record must have completed 18 credits of master’s level nursing coursework. GRAs will be assigned to faculty members who are engaged in funded research or who are preparing a viable research proposal for funding. GAs are paid a stipend and receive partial tuition reimbursement, plus advanced nurse traineeship funds if available. These positions are for fall and spring semesters, and require a separate application that may be obtained from the CON graduate office. Additional information is available at: www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu/content/Financial/index.cfm#Graduate%20Assistantships

Mandatory training requirements must be met for a student to be hired in the position of Graduate Teaching Associate, Assistant or Grader. The training, offered by UCF’s Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, covers course design, learning theories, ethics, and other topics relevant to preparing GTAs for their responsibilities. See www.students.graduate.ucf.edu/GTA_Training_Requirements/for training requirements and registration instructions.

Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant Responsibilities

Graduate Teaching /Research Assistants (GTAs/GRAs) have an important role in the College of Nursing. This position description was developed to help professors and GTAs/GRAs to better understand their roles and responsibilities. The following are some activities that GTAs/GRAs may be expected to carry out in working with assigned professors. Not all GTAs/GRAs are expected to perform the entire list of activities – this is a guide. Please note realistic time expectations. No GA/GTA/GRA is to be assigned to do any personal or non-UCF related activity.

GTA Responsibilities

  1. Assist professor with course management
    • Assist professor update syllabi and course reference materials
    • Assist professors with lecture presentations
    • Proctor and collect exams and deliver/retrieve exams to/from Test Center
    • Grade course assignments according to established criteria set by the professor
    • Communicate with students as required by the professor 
  1. Assist in online course instruction (GTA may require instruction for this)
    • Assist professor update syllabi and course reference materials
    • Search Web for pertinent URLs related to the course
    • Grade online course requirements according to established criteria set by the professor
    • Communicate with students as required by the professor
    • Set up on-campus lab experiences according to plan provided by professor
    • Review/Supervise students’ skills during lab sessions
    • Work with students individually if requested by professor and if time permits
    • Evaluate students during basic skills testing
    • Assist the professor in grading projects associated with on-campus lab
    • Assist the professor with open lab activities
    • Assist the professor in sessions for dosage calculation practice and review 

GRA/Research and Scholarly Work Activities

1.   Update references for the professor’s research and other scholarly projects

    • Conduct literature searches as directed by the professor
    • Obtain journal articles and references from the library
    • Develop PowerPoint presentations and other materials for the professor

2.Assist the professor with research activities

    • Assist with research intervention activities
    • Assist with data collection
    • Conduct data entry, cleaning, and management
    • Conduct statistical analyses as requested by the professor
    • Help manage correspondence associated with research and scholarly activities

Graduate Assistants: General Information

  • All GTA’s must have completed the UCF Graduate Studies GTA Workshop offered by the UCF Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.
  • Assignments cover 10-20 hours/week. GTA/GRAs are expected to be on campus for a majority of the hours each week. Some assignments require all hours to be completed on-campus. For web courses, time on campus is negotiable with professor(s).
  • GA/GTAs/GRAs may be assigned to work with more than one professor for the semester.
  • GTA’s are assigned to professors based on course needs and numbers of students.
  • GRAs are assigned to professors based on research agenda and potential for funding.
  • GTA/GRA appointments occur on a semester basis by the Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs in consultation with CON Dean and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs.
  • GTAs/GRAs must report on a weekly basis to their assigned professor and must schedule mutually agreed upon times that they are available for the entire semester. Any changes in the agreed upon times must be approved by the professors.
  • GTAs/GRAs report directly to the professor(s) to whom they are assigned for the semester.
  • GTAs/GRAs must manage their time well, particularly if they are working with more than one professor. Should assignments take longer than the allotted or expected time, GTAs/GRAs must communicate the information immediately to the assigned professor so that proper adjustments in assignments can be made.
  • If the GTA/GRA is overwhelmed, please discuss work with the professor and if not resolved, please meet with the Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs.
  • No GA/GTA/GRA is to be assigned to do any personal or non-UCF related activity.
  • GTAs/GRAs must be evaluated mid-semester and end of each semester by the assigned professor(s). The evaluation must be submitted to the graduate program office. GTAs/GRAs with multiple instructor assignments must be evaluated by each professor.
  • Professors who do not complete the evaluations in a timely manner may not be assigned a GTA/GRA in the following semester.
  • GTA/GRA schedules are to be submitted to the graduate program administrative assistant by the GA/GTA/GRA before the end of the second week of the semester.
  • GTAs/GRAs who are not responsible, whose work is below expectation, and/or who are not punctual or have not completed their required hours of work may be terminated during the semester – thus losing their assistantship for the semester – or they will not receive any additional assistantships.
  • GAs are assigned specified duties by the Associate Dean of Graduate Affairs or Undergraduate Affairs.

Traineeship

Each year the CON submits a grant to the Department of Health and Human Services for Advanced Nursing Education Traineeship. Full-time or part-time graduate students are eligible for a stipend award. In order to be considered for a traineeship, students must complete a traineeship application. The CON usually receives notification in early May of funding support. Students who receive traineeships are required to keep the College informed of their employment for a minimum of 3 years after graduation. Applications for traineeship award are available from the CON Graduate Office.  Traineeship funding availability is contingent upon federal legislative approval.

Graduate Student Associations

Sigma Theta Tau (STT)

www.nursingsociety.org

UCF Chapter STT: Theta Epsilon

www.nursing.ucf.edu/stt/

This organization is the honor society for nursing. The local chapter is very active with local chapter meetings having programs related to nursing research issues. Annually a Nursing Research Day is planned each spring. Twice each year (October and February), in the months prior to graduation students are notified of their eligibility to join (GPA of 3.5 is needed). The application process is explained in the notification email which is sent to the students’ knight’s mail address. STT also sponsors scholarships which are advertised on the website.

Graduate Student Association (GSA)

This is UCF's graduate organization committed to enrich graduate students' personal, educational and professional experience. To learn more or get involved, please visit www.gsa.ucf.edu. For individual department or graduate program organizations, please see program advisor.

Professional Development

University Funding for Student Presentations

Funds may be available for Graduate Studies and from Student Government Association, to support student travel to present posters and/or presentations. The Graduate Travel Award provides funding for master's, specialist, and doctoral students to deliver a research paper or comparable creative activity at a professional meeting. Students must be the primary author and presenter. Students who receive travel awards from SGA may also be eligible for Graduate Studies awards. For information about the criteria for this award, please see the Graduate Travel Award Application. The Student Government Association also funds individual and group travel requests. See "Accounting" at www.sga.ucf.edu for more information.

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL)

FCTL promotes excellence in all levels of teaching at the University of Central Florida. To that end, they offer several programs for the professional development of Graduate Teaching Assistants at UCF.

  • GTA Training(mandatory for employment as a GTA)
    This training provides information and resources for students who will be instructors in a two-day workshop. The seminars cover a variety of topics, including course development, learning theories, lecturing, and academic freedom. Those interested in additional training can also attend an optional training session that normally follows the mandatory training.
  • Preparing Tomorrow's Faculty Program
    This certificate program (12-weeks) consists of group and individualized instruction by Faculty Center staff and experienced UCF professors. Textbooks and materials are provided.

For more informationwww.fctl.ucf.edu > Events > GTA Programs or call 407/823-3544.

Pathways to Success Workshops

Coordinated by the College of Graduate Studies, the Pathways to Success program offers free development opportunities for graduate students including workshops in Academic Integrity, Graduate Grantsmanship, Graduate Teaching, Personal Development, Professional Development, and Research. For more information and how to register, please visit www.students.graduate.ucf.edu/pathways/.

Graduate Research Forum

The Research Forum will feature poster displays representing UCF’s diverse colleges and disciplines.

The Research Forum is an opportunity for students to showcase their research and creative projects and to receive valuable feedback from faculty judges. Awards for best poster presentation in each category will be given and all participants will receive recognition.

The College of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Student Association invite all UCF students, community, and employers to attend the Graduate Research Forum. For more information www.graduate.ucf.edu/ResearchForum or researchweek@ucf.edu

Graduate Excellence Awards

Each year, the College of Graduate Studies offers graduate students who strive for academic and professional excellence the opportunity to be recognized for their work. The award categories include the following:

Award for Excellence by a Graduate Teaching Assistant – This award is for students who provide teaching support and assistance under the direction of a lead teacher. This award focuses on the extent and quality of the assistance provided by the student to the lead instructor and the students in the class. (Not intended for students who are instructor of record)

Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching – This award is for students who serve as instructors of record and have independent classroom responsibilities. The focus of this award is on the quality of the student’s teaching and the academic contributions of those activities.

Award for the Outstanding Master’s Thesis – It recognizes graduate students for excellence in the master's thesis. The focus of this award is on the quality and contribution of the student's thesis research. Excellence of the master's thesis may be demonstrated by evidence such as, but not limited to: publications in refereed journals, awards and recognitions from professional organizations, and praise from faculty members and other colleagues in the field. The university award will be forwarded to a national-level competition sponsored by the Council of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) when the thesis discipline corresponds to the annual submission request.

For the nomination process and eligibility criteria, see www.graduate.ucf.edu/GradAwards.

Other

For grant-proposal writing resources: uwc.ucf.edu/gradwriting.php.

Florida Nurses Associations: www.floridanurse.org

Student Nurses Association: www.nursing.ucf.edu/academics/index.asp

National Association of Hispanic Nurses: www.thehispanicnurses.org/

National Black Nurses Association: www.nbna.org

The American Assembly for Men in Nursing: www.aamn.org

Philippine Nurses Association of Central Florida (PNACF): www.pinoytownhall.us/directory/place/philippine-nurses-association-of-central-florida-pnacf/

Job Search

UCF’s Career Services department offers a wide range of programs and services designed to assist graduate students. These services include evaluation and exploration of career goals, preparation for the job search and job search resources. To learn more, visit their website at www.career.ucf.edu

Florida Board of Nursing

www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/nursing/

UCF after College Jobs

www.aftercollege.com/career-networks/university-of-central-florida/school-of-nursing/

health + medical + jobs

www.health-medical-jobs.com/

Nursing Shortage

www.nursing.ucf.edu/academics/index.asp

www.aacn.nche.edu/Media/shortageresources.htm

Forms

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