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The Graduate Nursing Programs at FIU


The career starting point for most nurse professionals often begins at a patient’s bedside. But for many, the desire to move beyond the bedside to other settings of influence such as community clinics, corporate boardrooms, research facilities and government offices requires a commitment to advanced levels of nursing education, practice and analysis.

The Graduate Nursing department at the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences (NWCNHS) offers many advanced-level education programs designed to elevate the competencies of nursing professionals as they go on to become leaders in nursing practice and management, advocates and writers of health care policy, and valued researchers seeking to improve the health and well-being of entire populations. Our accredited programs include:

  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degrees and Post-Master’s Nursing certificates
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Facts At a Glance

About the MSN Programs

  • No GRE required for admission
  • Only MSN program in the area currently offering the Child Health Advanced Nursing Clinical Track
  • Convenient online and classroom courses

About the DNP Program

  • The DNP program at FIU began in January 2012 with a cohort of 12 students
  • The DNP is a 42-credit Post-Master’s program for advanced practice nurses; Nurse Practitioners (e.g., ANP, GNP, PNP, FNP, etc), Certified Nurse Specialist (CNS), Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), or Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).
  • The majority of the course work can be completed online
  • Applications for admission are due in October each year
  • The program is based on the AACN DNP essentials
  • The program requires 540 clinical hours
  • The program requires the completion of a DNP capstone project
  • A BSN-to-DNP program option is in the planning to begin Fall 2013 so stay tuned

About the PhD in Nursing Programs

  • 93% of our students are from diverse cultural/ethnic backgrounds, and 20% are international students
  • All PhD students’ research focus is on health disparities
  • More than 90% of our students are on scholarships, fellowships, or grants
  • Over half of our students are engaged in research and scholarly activities
  • More than 20% of our students have traveled in other countries to learn about global health systems and/or providing care for vulnerable populations.

Pi Alpha Chapter 383 – Sigma Theta Tau International

An honor to join. A benefit to belong.

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Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Pi Alpha Chapter is a professional organization that offers membership to nursing professionals. Through academic achievements and/or your personal commitment to nursing excellence members are selected and invited to join. As a student in the first semester of his/her senior year in nursing and holding an academic excellence rank of top third of his/her nursing class, a student is eligible and invited.

Because of this success and dedication to nursing during the nursing curriculum, the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International Pl Alpha chapter for the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences invites nursing students to become a member of one of the largest and most prestigious nursing organizations in the world!

STTI honor society membership is more than an academic destination; it’s a rewarding connection with nurses at the local, regional, and international levels who share your need to make a difference in the health of the world’s people lasting into your professional career as a nurse and a leader in your profession. The honor society will help you help others, whether through professional development or career resources, community involvement at the local level or beyond. Membership is seen, among nursing leaders, as an important highlight in the nursing career.