Nursing and Health Care Simulation This is a Track

College : Nursing Degree :MSN
Department : Nursing Option : Nonthesis
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The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program builds upon the student's baccalaureate nursing education and professional experience.


The MSN Nursing and Health Care Simulation Track requires a minimum of 31 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, including 24 credit hours of required courses and 6 credit hours of electives.
Total Credit Hours Required:
31 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Prerequisite Courses—9 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 (3 credit hours)
  • NUR 3165 Nursing Research (3 credit hours)

Required Courses—24 Credit Hours

Core Courses—19 Credit Hours

  • NGR 5141 Pathophysiological Bases for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5190 Core clinical Concepts for Nurse Educators (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)
  • NGR 6945L Clinical Specialty Practicum (1 credit hour)

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—3 Credit Hours

Select at least one course. 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.

Independent Learning

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 (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.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • BSN degree from an accredited institution by program start date.*
  • Undergraduate Statistics course.
  • Florida license required for all students who will be taking clinical and practice courses in Florida health care agencies and institutions by the program start date. For those students at a distance, a license is required in the state or country in which they practice by the program start.
  • Address the following 3 items in a written essay. Total word count for all (not each) answers should be 500 words or less, double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, and 1 inch margins:
    • Discuss the impact of the graduate nursing education in your desired track on the evolution of your professional role
    • Describe the path you would take to ensure success in your graduate nursing education
    • Identify one significant contemporary issue of problem in US healthcare and explore how members of the nursing profession can help address that issues or solve that problem    
  • Curriculum Vitae: CV should reflect prior education, recent clinical accomplishments, any recent scholarly work (publications and presentations), awards, additional certifications, and activities with professional organizations. For recent graduates, this can include accomplishments as a student
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.
  • An interview with faculty may also be required.

*For Students with an RN license and a Bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing, please contact the College of Nursing Graduate Office at  or 407-823-2744 for additional options. 

Before submitting your application, it is recommended that applicants call the College of Nursing Graduate Office at 407-823-2744 to schedule an appointment with a MSN adviser to discuss your goals for masters study. It is advantageous to discuss the program before writing the required essay because the essay must address your goals for master-level preparation for advanced nursing practice. 

Admission to the program is competitive, based on evaluations of the applicant's abilities, past performance, recommendations, FDLE/FBI finger printing and certified background checks, and the match of UCF programs with the applicant's career goals. The College of Nursing accepts most qualified students. Since enrollment is limited, not all students who apply may be accepted, even if minimum requirements are met.

Effective August 2017, the College of Nursing will be implementing a database, LEAP*RN (ProjectConcert) to manage information regarding student course work and plans of study, clinical placements, and all evaluation data. This database will assist us in maintaining standards required for CCNE accreditation, facilitate student progression, and enhance clinical tracking. All students will be responsible for an annual subscription of $77.40 payable directly to ProjectConcert. Holds will be placed on registration and enrollment if the subscription cost is not paid. Further information will be disseminated early in the summer.

Application Deadlines

Nursing and Health Care Simulation *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Mar 15Oct 15


International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1


International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Sep 1


*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.