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UT's Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) 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 patient 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 200 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.

For questions regarding UT’s MSN admission process, please contact Maria Quillen at

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Program Description

MSN concentrations:

  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner 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 Primary Care 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 192 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 APRNs in a variety of specialties.

Admission Information

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.

Our MSN program is still accepting applications for Spring 2024, Summer 2024 and Fall 2024.  Interested applicants are still encouraged to apply!

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.

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.


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

All of our nurse practitioner faculty maintain an active clinical practice as nurse practitioners in the Tampa Bay community.

  • Susan Berg: Graduate Nursing Program Director/Associate Professor, Family Nurse Practitioner; Urgent Care
  • Carol Botwinski: Director/Chair Department of Nursing; Neonatal Nurse Practitioner; Nursing Education
  • June Bryant: Assistant Professor; Pediatric Nurse Practitioner; Primary Care
  • MaryAnn D’AlesandroBSN Admissions Director/Associate Professor; Perioperative Nursing, Informatics, Nursing Education
  • Romuald DelacroixAssociate Professor; Family Nurse Practitioner, Gerontology
  • Charrita Ernewein: Assistant Professor, Family Nurse Practitioner; Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
  • Shirley FranksLecturer I; Family Nurse Practitioner;
  • Jauna RoyalPracticum/Preceptor Liaison/Assistant Teaching Professor, Family Nurse Practitioner; Women's Health, Cardiology
  • Julie Umberger: Assistant Professor; Family Nurse Practitioner; Primary Care and Diabetic Management.
  • Robin WhiteBSN Program Director/Associate Professor; Health Promotion and Prevention; Research 


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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, the master’s degree 
program in nursing, the Doctor of Nursing Practice program and the post-graduate APRN certificate programs at The University of Tampa are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Students are prepared for a variety of primary care and clinical management roles as nurse practitioners.

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The curricula of the Department of Nursing are registered with the Florida Board of Nursing.


Six patient examination rooms allow students to practice their health assessment and physical exam skills.

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The six patient exam rooms are modeled after those commonly found in primairy care offices.

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Students are prepared to respond to diverse health care needs.