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Graduate Nursing Program

The Master of Science in Nursing degree offers graduate-level study with adult/gerontology and family nurse practitioner concentrations.

 Master of Science in Nursing concentrations:  
  • Adult/gerontology nurse practitioner (AGNP) 
  • Family nurse practitioner (FNP)       

UT's MSN program prepares advanced practice nurses for roles such as primary care providers and clinical leaders. The program emphasizes the importance of holistic assessment, cultural congruency and consumer inclusion and collaboration in health care. UT's Department of Nursing is committed to helping meet the nation's growing demand for advanced practice nurses.

The department maintains formal affiliations to more than 120 Tampa Bay area health care facilities, providing students with expanded and broad clinical exposure. In addition, experienced preceptors assist students in fine-tuning essential skills for clinical practice. Preceptors are actively engaged in community practice settings and provide real-world lessons and advice about the scope of practice available to graduates. Opportunities in a variety of health care settings position graduates to enhance access to excellent health care for all.

Program Description

The adult/gerontology and family nurse practitioner concentrations prepare the advanced practice nurse to serve as a primary care provider.
  • Designed as a part-time program to accommodate students working in health care.
  • Satisfactory completion of the MSN curriculum requires a minimum of 42 (adult/gerontology nurse practitioner) or 49 (family nurse practitioner) credit hours of graduate work. 
  • Three to four clinical practicums required depending on concentration. Each practicum is a minimum of 224 practice hours in a variety of primary care and specialty health care facilities. 
  • Courses are taught by expert faculty, with a majority holding national certification as ARNPs in a variety of specialties.

Full Admission:

  • Designed for students who have a BSN and Florida RN license.  

Pre-MSN Admission:

  • Designed for students who have an RN license but have a bachelor’s degree in an area other than nursing. Four undergraduate nursing prerequisites are taken before starting the graduate-level curriculum.

Post-Master’s Certificate Program in FNP or AGNP

Designed for students who have completed an MSN in another concentration.

Admission to the MSN program is competitive. Students must have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 credit hours of previously completed coursework.

Please see MSN Admissions for more information about admission criteria. Applicants will be given specific guidance and a timeline for completing all criteria in order to be officially admitted to full degree-seeking status. A complete listing of  degree requirements can be viewed in UT's online catalog. 

Employment opportunities post-graduation
  • 100 percent of UT graduates have employment as nurse practitioners within six months post-graduation.

Certification

In order to obtain an ARNP license in Florida to practice as a nurse practitioner, students must successfully pass a national board certification. The UT pass rate for FNP/AGNP boards for first-time takers is 96 percent.

Outstanding Faculty

UT's highly respected nursing faculty have achieved national reputations for academic and clinical success — a contributing factor to the MSN program’s success. 

 

Contact Information

Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies
University of Tampa
401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Box F
Tampa, Florida 33606-1490

Phone: (813) 258-7409
Fax: (813) 259-5403
Email: grad@ut.edu