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The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program at the University of Miami prepares students to take the FNP specialty certification examination. Certified FNP’s provide a range of healthcare services to individuals and families in a variety of clinical settings. Such services include health maintenance, disease prevention, assessment, and healthcare management.


The FNP program offers an excellent educational foundation in advanced practice nursing as well as substantial clinical experience.  Classes are taught by the University of Miami’s prestigious faculty who are active in clinical practice.  Their level of clinical expertise translates into an education that is scientific, evidence-based, and patient-centered.  Graduates of the program are prepared to make independent and collaborative decisions, formulate sound clinical judgments, and become leaders in their profession.

The FNP program is fully-accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Graduates of this program are eligible to take a national certification examination in the FNP specialty area offered by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

 

Program Basics and Deadlines

  • Entry Term: Fall 2019 (August)
    • Length of Program: 3 semesters (full-time)
    • Application Opens: September 1, 2018
    • Deadline: April 1, 2019
  • Entry Term: Spring 2020 (January)
    • Length of Program: 5 semesters (part-time)
    • Application Opens: April 1, 2019
    • Deadline: August 1, 2019

 

Application Portal

Applications for this program must be submitted through NursingCAS at http://www.nursingcas.org/.  Simply create an account, search for this program for your intended semester of entry, and complete the required steps to apply online. 

The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies only reviews completed applications.  Be sure to monitor the status of your application by checking the “View My Notifications” and “Check Status” sections of NursingCAS and following up or responding appropriately to ensure all admission materials are submitted by the application deadline.

Questions about the NursingCAS application portal should be directed to NursingCAS.

 

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from a regionally-accredited institution (Note: Applicants who will not possess a BSN degree prior to the application deadline are recommended to apply for the next cohort)
    • Degree in nursing from a NLN or CCNE accredited program is preferred. 
    • Registered nurses with a Bachelor’s degree in other relevant science fields may be considered.
    • Official transcripts for each institution attended must be mailed from the issuing institution’s Registrar directly to NursingCAS. NursingCAS cannot process transcripts that are stamped “Issued to Student.”  To expedite the process be sure to include the Transcript Request Form from the “Colleges Attended” section in “Academic History.”
    • Applicants are required to list all institutions attended in the “Colleges Attended” section under “Academic History” even if no degree was awarded.
    • Applicants with international transcripts should refer to the “Additional Requirements for International Transcripts” section below. International degrees must be equivalent to those in the U.S.
    • ASN degrees earned at institutions that are not regionally-accredited may not be accepted, even if an RN-to-BSN is earned at a regionally-accredited institution.
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Introductory statistics course
  • Three letters of recommendation 
    • At least one reference from an academic source. 
    • Complete the “References” section to request electronic recommendations. 
  • Statement of purpose
    • Discuss the reasons for applying to the MSN FNP program at the University of Miami and how it fits into personal, educational, and professional goals.
    • Upload in the “Documents” tab under “Personal Statement.”
  • Current CV/resume
    • The CV/resume should include work and volunteer activities, licensures and other certifications, awards, professional organizations, and academic experiences.
    • Upload in the “Documents” tab under “CV/Resume.”
  • Current, unrestricted RN license to practice nursing in the state of Florida or the state/territory of current practice (Note: Applicants who will not possess a RN license in any state prior to the application deadline are recommended to apply for the next cohort)
    • Upload in the “Documents” tab under “License.”
    • Students who are admitted must obtain a Florida RN license prior to orientation.
  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers certification
    • Only BLS certifications from the American Heart Association are accepted.
    • Upload in the “Documents” tab under “Certification.”

 

Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students (SDS)

The purpose of the Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) is to promote diversity among the health professions and, more specifically, the nursing workforce by providing recipients with a $30,000 tuition scholarship at the University of Miami.  Applicants to the full-time MSN Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner or MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program are eligible for the SDS as long as they meet the following requirements:

  • they earn a BSN degree prior to matriculation
  • they agree to maintain full-time enrollment throughout their academic program
  • they are from a disadvantaged background and/or have financial need
  • they are a “U.S. citizen or non-citizen national, or foreign national with permanent residence in the United States … Individuals on temporary student visas are not eligible under this funding opportunity”

Students who meet these criteria are encouraged to review the SDS scholarship announcement, download and complete the SDS application, and upload in the “Documents” tab under “Other.”  Also, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) when they submit their NursingCAS application to be considered for the SDS.

 

Admission Process: Rolling Admission

Applications are processed and reviewed on a continual basis.  Admission personnel start processing applications as soon as they are received and they release decisions as they are made by the admission committee.  Please note this process takes time.  While applications are processed on a rolling basis, we cannot guarantee an immediate admission decision; however, we guarantee that all applicants will receive an admission decision and that all applicants who apply by the specified deadline will be considered for a spot in our program.

 

Interviews

Interviews may be scheduled at the discretion of the faculty.  Interviews may be in person or via telephone or webcam.  Applicants are responsible to cover all associated travel expenses.

 

Additional Requirements for Non-U.S. Citizens and Non-U.S. Residents

Applicants must upload a copy of their passport in the “Documents” tab under “Other.”

Please note that the part-time nature of our part-time MSN/part-time MSN-to-DNP/Post-Master’s Certificate program may not meet the federal government’s Visa guidelines.  International applicants who must maintain full-time enrollment status to meet their Visa requirements are recommended to apply to our full-time MSN/full-time MSN-to-DNP program instead.

 

Additional Requirements for International Transcripts

Applicants (international and domestic) who have attended a college or university outside of the United States must request a course-by-course degree evaluation, complete with degree equivalency and GPA calculation information, by submitting all international transcripts and diplomas (if applicable) to one of the following approved evaluation services:

Complete evaluations must be sent by the evaluation company directly to NursingCAS.  Copies of all official transcripts and diplomas must be included by the evaluation company when the evaluation is sent to NurisngCAS.

Applicants who use JS&A or WES can request their completed evaluations be sent electronically to NursingCAS to post to their application.  Students who choose to send their complete evaluation to NursingCAS by mail must request it be sent directly by the evaluation company to NursingCAS, P.O. Box 9201, Watertown, MA 02471.

Note: Any foreign documents received by the School of Nursing and Health Studies become the property of the University of Miami and will not be returned to the applicant or sent to a third party, including third party evaluation services.

 

Additional Requirements for Applicants for whom English is not the Native Language

Applicants whose native language is not English must submit passing Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores directly to the following address: University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, Office of Student Services, P.O. Box 248153, Coral Gables, FL 33124-3850.

Note: Students whose native language is not English but who attended and earned a degree from a regionally-accredited higher education institution in the United States are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.

 

Additional Application and Admission Guidelines

Applicants are only permitted to apply to 1 program at the SONHS per application cycle (i.e., the same semester).

Applicants who are admitted to the program will be required to submit a $1,500 non-refundable deposit within two weeks of admission as outlined in the admission letter.  The deposit will be applied to tuition in students’ first semester of study.

Admission is contingent upon completion of all requirements outlined in the Certificate of Admission.  This includes a mandatory online pre-immersion course, valid immunizations, a negative drug test, and clearance of an FBI background check, among others.  Clinical rotations are a component of the nursing program and require that students have a background report without any infractions.  If a student’s background report contains any infractions, regardless of how they were resolved or adjudicated, his/her offer of admission will be rescinded.

Applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  Faculty of the SONHS reserve the right to waive any requirement or request additional information at any time.