Registered nurses in Florida who are eager to advance to some of the most rewarding and lucrative careers in the field are opting to go back to school to complete a Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. The state's many RN to MSN programs allow nurses with either an Associate's or Bachelor's degree the opportunity to earn a graduate-level nursing degree via online or classroom learning. These advanced degrees can lead to higher paychecks, more responsibility, and better patient outcomes.

RN to MSN Admissions Requirements in Florida

While each school's RN to MSN program may have slightly different requirements, applicants in Florida can expect to find entrance requirements similar to the following:

  • BSN or ADN from a locally accredited institution (degree level requirement may vary by program)
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher on undergraduate coursework
  • Current unencumbered Florida RN license
  • Must complete a background check, immunization verification, and drug screening

RN to MSN Courses

Students admitted into an RN to MSN program can expect to take a mix of advanced core nursing courses, along with specialized courses if a concentration is chosen. Popular MSN concentrations include Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Leader, Nurse Educator, and more. There is also typically a certain amount of supervised clinical hours required.

As part of their MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner track, Florida Atlantic University's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing offers the following courses:

  • Advanced Nursing Practice Grounded in Caring
  • Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice Roles
  • Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice
  • Leadership, Policy & Finance in Advanced Nursing Practice

Online RN to MSN Programs in Florida

Online RN to MSN programs are gaining traction with busy working RNs who want to complete their graduate degrees on their own time. These programs are offered through accredited institutions and provide the same academically rigorous education as their in-person counterparts. In many cases, students can arrange to complete their clinical requirements locally.

Featured Online School

Jacksonville University offers a fully online, CCNE-accredited RN to MSN program where students can choose from 3 specializations: Clinical Nurse Educator, Leadership in Healthcare Systems, or Informatics Specialization. With part-time and full-time options available, and convenient 8-week sessions with 6 start times per year, Jacksonville University's program works for a wide variety of students.

Admissions and Program Length

Program length for most RN to MSN programs can vary due to many factors. A program that caters to BSN-educated RNs might be shorter than one designed for ADN-educated nurses, and online learners may choose to spread their coursework out over a longer period of time so that they can continue working. Generally speaking, full-time students can expect their MSN degree to take roughly 2-3 years to complete on average. Many programs, especially those offered online, have multiple start times per year, making it easy for students to enter when it's convenient for them.

Tuition and Cost of Attendance

The cost of an RN to MSN program typically consists of tuition, mandatory fees, and course materials. These costs can vary widely from school to school and program to program. To provide an example, tuition for the MSN program at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale is approximately $665 per semester credit hour. This does not include additional fees, such as lab fees or textbooks.

RN to MSN Career Pathways in Florida

MSN-educated RNs are eligible for a wide variety of high-profile nursing careers, including:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute or Primary Care
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Nurse Educator

RN to MSN Salary Comparison

Aside from the advanced nursing careers that are available to MSN-educated nurses, higher salaries are also the norm. For example, an MSN-educated nurse in Florida earns a median annual salary of $86,155, while a general registered nurse in the state can expect to earn a median annual salary of $54,028. Many nurses find that this jump in salary offsets the expense of earning their advanced degree over time.

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RN to MSN Listings

The opportunity to move from RN to MSN degree in Florida is offered throughout the state at more than 5 colleges, and offered in a variety of different methods. If you are looking to continue your education while still working, there are online programs that can be tailored to suit your needs, however many programs require a BSN in nursing before entrance into the MSN program. Advancing your education can also help move your career in a direction of management, specialized departments, mental health, or other nursing specialties.

ProgramWebsite
Barry University
Campus
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
11300 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami Shores, FL 33161-6695
(305) 899-3840
Florida International University
Campus
Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences
11200 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33199
(305) 348-0470
Jacksonville University
Online
Keigwin School of Nursing
2800 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32211
(904) 256-7282
University of Central Florida
Online
College of Nursing
12201 Research Parkway, Suite 300
Orlando, FL 32826
(407) 823-5496
University of South Florida
Campus
College of Nursing
12901 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, MDC Box 22
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 974-9207