Gulf Coast University Florida

Degree Type

Master of Science in Nursing.

Program Length

28 months, full time

Credit Hours

81 semester hours

Starting Month


Application Deadline

June 1.

Program Requirements

A BSN from a nationally accredited nursing program or BS degree in a related field of science. Note that 99% of accepted students have a BSN. A non-BSN student is the exception to the rule.

A current and unrestricted registration as a registered nurse with eligibility for Florida RN licensure.

One year current experience as an acute care registered nurse. Acceptable critical care experience includes: All ICU units, NICU and PICU as long as the unit is high acuity, not a step down unit. Experiences that are accepted on a very rare occasion: ER, OB, or PACU, however ICU experience is preferred. Much will depend on the specific unit and hospital. A PACU where fresh post operative heart patients are kept for the night will be considered differently from the PACU in an outpatient surgical center. Average number of years of acute care experience for accepted students is 3.2.

Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Combined score of 1000 on verbal and quantitative sections or equivalent score using revised GRE. Analytical score must also be reported.

The following certifications are not required for application, but must be maintained while in the program: BLS (Basic Life Support), ACLS(Advanced Cardiac Life Support), PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support).

Course Prerequisites, must earn a C or better: 1 Statistics course, Health assessment course, 2 chemistry courses, one with a laboratory component. Advanced chemistry classes are preferred over intro classes. If your science classes are more than 10 years old, you may want to re-take them.


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