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  1. Is the FIU Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences (NWCNHS) graduate (MSN) program accredited?
  2. How do I obtain a graduate studies application from Florida International University?
  3. What are the admission requirements for the program?
  4. What are the steps in applying to the program?
  5. I am an applicant who is transferring graduate credits from another program. How many credits can I transfer to this program?
  6. What prerequisite courses are required for the program?
  7. What is the application deadline?
  8. Do I need letters of recommendation to apply to the program?
  9. Does the program provide advisement to prospective candidates?
  10. I have questions about a specific clinical specialty area. Can I talk to a faculty member in a specialty area?
  11. What are the costs of the program?
  12. Does the program have graduate assistantships or financial aid available?
  13. Do I have to take the GRE?
  14. What happens if I don’t meet the admission requirements for the MSN program?
  15. How do I develop my plan of study?
  16. How long is the program?
  17. Do I have to take a certain number of credits each semester?
  18. Can I take a semester off?
  19. How many clinical contact hours are required for the program?
  20. Does the program require a thesis?
  21. I am interested in becoming a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Nursing’s Honor Society. How do I do that?


  1. Is the FIU Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences (NWCNHS) graduate (MSN) program accredited?

    Yes. Nursing programs of the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120, (202) 887-8476, the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (222 S. Prospect Ave., Suite 304, Park Ridge, IL 60068, 847-692-7050), and approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing, (4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN CO2, Tallahassee, FL 32399, 850-245-4125).

  2. How do I obtain a graduate studies application from Florida International University?

    You can apply online. Click on the following link: FIU Graduate Online Application. NOTE: Please complete and submit the FIU application BEFORE requesting transcripts. You can check the status of your application from the FIU Graduate Online Application site as well.

  3. What are the admission requirements for the program?

    Click on the following link: MSN Admission Information

  4. What are the steps in applying to the program?

    Click on the following link: MSN Application Process

  5. I am an applicant who is transferring graduate credits from another program. How many credits can I transfer to this program?

    You can transfer up to six credits as long as those credits are consistent with University requirements the curriculum requirements of the graduate program.

  6. What prerequisite courses are required for the program?

    You must have successfully completed an introductory course in statistics (3 credits) and health assessment (3 credits) at the undergraduate level.

  7. What is the application deadline?

    March 1 of the same year you are applying for fall semester.

  8. Do I need letters of recommendation to apply to the program?

    Yes. Admission to the MSN program requires three references from persons in an educational, administrative, or collegial capacity who you have worked closely with for the past five years. For further details, click on the following link: MSN Admission Information

  9. Does the program provide advisement to prospective candidates?

    Yes, you may attend an MSN Information Session (held monthly) to learn more about the program, the requirements for admission, and the application process. Following the session you may also wish to make an individual appointment with an advisor. To register for an information session or make an appointment with an advisor, call (305) 348-7703 or email aleveill@fiu.edu. Please bring unofficial copies of all transcripts to the info session and/or advising appointment.

  10. I have questions about a specific clinical specialty area. Can I talk to a faculty member in a specialty area?

    Yes. Call (305) 348-7748 to make an appointment. Although the faculty member can give you general information about the admission process, you must make an appointment with an advisor in Student Services for advisement related to your application.

  11. What are the costs of the program?

    See the Tuition Costs section on this website, and also visit FIU Tuition and Fees page. In addition, graduate nursing students pay additional fees to support clinical instructional costs, a pre-certification review program, and laboratory/ technology supplies and costs.

  12. Does the program have graduate assistantships or financial aid available?

    Financial assistance is available to graduate students through fellowships, assistantships, scholarships, and loans. For general and current information on financial assistance, students should first access the FIU Financial Aid Office website: FIU Financial Aid. For scholarships available through the University, click on the following link: FIU Scholarships. For nursing scholarships available through the NWCNHS, see our Scholarships page

  13. Do I have to take the GRE?

    No. If your option is to take the GRE and you require information to take the exam, you may call the Educational Testing Service at (609) 771-7670 or write them at:

    GRE, Educational Testing Service
    P.O. Box 6000
    Princeton, NJ 08541-6000
    http://www,gre.org

    Computer-based testing (CBT) is now available at test centers worldwide. Appointments are scheduled on a first-come basis. To register, call 1-800-GRE-CALL.

  14. What happens if I don’t meet the admission requirements for the MSN program?

    The MSN Nurse Practitioner program is a limited enrollment program and admission is highly competitive. If you are not admitted to the program and wish to have more information about your individual application, please contact Student Services at 305-348-7703 for an appointment with an admission advisor, or the Director of Admissions and Student Services for Nursing.

  15. How do I develop my plan of study?

    See Program of Study

  16. Do I have to take a certain number of credits each semester?

    Yes (see Program of Study)

  17. How long is the program?

    2 years (6 semesters) cohort program

  18. Can I take a semester off?

    No.

  19. How many clinical contact hours are required for the program?

    It depends on the clinical track. You must have a minimum number of contact hours for the Board of Nursing to certify you as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP). Discuss the number of required contact hours with the faculty member in charge of the clinical track.

  20. Does the program require a thesis?

    No. You have three options to develop your knowledge and provide you with an experience related to the research process. You can do a thesis, a master’s paper, or a research practicum. You should make an appointment with a faculty member in your clinical specialty track to discuss which option is right for you.

  21. I am interested in becoming a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Nursing’s Honor Society. How do I do that?

    Graduate students (master’s and doctoral) can become a member of Sigma Theta Tau International when they meet the following requirements:

    • Have completed ¼ of the nursing curriculum 
    • Have at least a GPA of 3.5 (based on a 4.0 grading scale) 
    • Meet the expectation of academic integrity

NOTE: Florida International University and Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences' policies, procedures, requirements and regulations are continually subject to review in order to serve the needs of the University/College's publics and to respond to the mandates of the Florida Department of Education, Board of Governors, the Legislature, and other regulatory and accrediting agencies. Changes in programs, policies, procedures, requirements, and regulations may be made without advance notice.