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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) College of Nursing and Health Sciences Florida International University

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The Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) Degree Program at Florida International University

The Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences (NWCNHS) at Florida International University offers Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree programs that meet the highest educational standards in the field and have achieved accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and/or the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, as well as approval from the Florida State Board of Nursing.

Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree programs designed to allow students to become advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs) are completed in 2 years and include online and on campus classes, as well as 630-770 clinical practice hours depending on the specialty. Upon graduation students qualify for national certification examinations in their specializations, either "Adult-Gero," "Child," "Family," or "Psych/Mental Health." Students are also prepared for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) licensures.

Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) programs designed to allow students to become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are completed in approximately 3 years and include online and on campus classes, as well as over 3,000 clinical practice hours within the specialty. Upon graduation students qualify for national certification examination to become licensed as a CRNAs.

Advanced Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Program

Students in the 43-credit M.S.N. in Adult Gerontology degree program learn to diagnose and treat illnesses in adolescents as well as young, middle, and older adults. Specifically, students acquire the expertise needed to prevent disease, promote health, and manage patients with acute and chronic multi-system illnesses within family systems in ambulatory and community settings.

Advanced Child Nurse Practitioner Program

The M.S.N.-child nurse practitioner degree program prepares students to effectively diagnose and treat acute illness and chronic conditions in newborns, children, and young adults. Students gain skills and experience in caring for patients within their families, communities, and environmental settings.

Advanced Family Practitioner Program

The 47-credit M.S.N.-family practitioner degree program trains students to provide primary healthcare to families, individuals of all ages, and pregnant and postpartum women in urban and rural settings. The curriculum focuses on nursing practice in ambulatory and community settings, disease prevention, episodic care, and management of chronic illnesses.

Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner Program

This 43 credit clinical specialty track focuses on advanced nursing practice of individuals, families, and communities (across their lifespans), with psychiatric and/or mental health problems in primary, secondary, and tertiary care settings. Graduates are prepared for the role of the Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in a multiethnic, inter-professional environment. Practice sites include community mental health centers, psychiatric clinics, crisis intervention centers, psychiatric hospital units, correctional health, and private offices of psychiatrists and/or PMHN nurse practitioners.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Program

The Nurse Anesthetist Program is a clinical specialty track within the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree programs at the College of Nursing & Health Sciences. It is a challenging and rewarding academic and clinical undertaking consisting of a 7 semester continuous program of full time graduate study. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to take the National Certification Examination to become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), as well as apply for the Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) credential with specializations as nurse anesthetists from the Florida Board of Nursing.

Akin to a medical residency program, the full-time Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) program is academically, clinically, mentally, and physically challenging. The anesthetist curriculum consists of 71 credits that focus on anesthesia theories, professional practices, and research.

Excellence in Clinical Practice

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences has strong partnerships with a number of highly regarded medical facilities. This diversity of settings coupled with collaboration with and supervision from experienced physicians and advanced practice nurse preceptors ensure that M.S.N. degree program students acquire advanced clinical education.

The Simulation Teaching and Research (STAR) Center

The Simulation Teaching and Research (STAR) Center in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences provides "simulation teaching" and research resources for students in all the healthcare programs within the college.

Its Simulation Center includes 8 patient rooms, a 15-bed critical care unit, and Laerdal SimMan patient simulators that provide students with hands-on experience, such as performing laparoscopies and taking patient vitals. This portion is used extensively by the CRNA program students for simulation of anesthesia being provided in the intra-operative setting.

Its Rehabilitation Center complements the acute-care emphasis by providing realistic clinical settings that facilitate teaching and research regarding other components of patient care, therapies, and treatments.

The STAR Center is currently participating in a landmark study on the use of Simulation in Nursing Education. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) chose CNHS as 1 of only 10 sites which will help to determine the optimal use of, and time spent in, simulation education scenarios by pre-licensure nursing education programs.

Financial Assistance for Graduate Nursing Students

For eligible graduate students, FIU offers assistantships, fellowships, loans, scholarships, or some combination of these resources. FIU Financial Aid Office offers assistance to graduate students who are interested in obtaining this help. More information is available at

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the advanced practice and Ph.D. nursing degree programs are prepared to excel in advanced clinical practice, leadership, research, or education positions in the field of nursing. As a result, they have a competitive advantage in a growing healthcare industry that offers many opportunities for professional advancement.

Experienced Nursing Faculty Members

Nursing faculty members are dedicated teachers, practitioners, and scholars who are experts in their specialty practices and academic areas.

For example, Professor Vicente Gonzalez is also the clinical coordinator for the Nurse Anesthetist program. He has been a practicing CRNA since 1998. He also developed and implemented a teaching module for ultrasound guided regional anesthesia.

Research at FIU Advances Nursing Education and Practice

Research is a vital component of the teaching, learning, and clinical practices at FIU. Students complete research projects that help them strengthen their knowledge about nursing theory and practice.

Faculty members conduct cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research that increases scientific knowledge and improves evidence-based practice in the field.

They often focus on topics concerning the needs of minority and underserved populations, such as HIV prevention and care, depression among older adults, and health problems affecting at-risk women and children.

A current list of the CNHS faculty member funded research projects is found at

Additional Programs in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences

In addition to master's and doctoral degree programs in nursing, CNHS offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Health Services Administration degree programs.

The college also offers Master of Science (M.S.) degree programs in athletic training, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology, as well as a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program.

Florida International University

Established in 1965, Florida International University is a public research institution of higher learning located in Miami, Florida, in the southeastern region of the United States. It provides a vibrant community that facilitates academic, personal, and professional excellence amongst its diverse student population that includes more than 45,000 students.

FIU's location in beautiful Miami -- a mecca of financial, commercial, entertainment, and cultural activity -- enhances students' learning experiences.

Every neighborhood provides an opportunity to learn new things, explore new cultures, and participate in the community.

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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Florida International University

Miami, FL




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