MSN Nurse Leader


The MSN Nurse Leader program is designed to prepare nurses in various clinical settings to assume leadership roles within their chosen organization. The degree program has an innate focus on combining the complexities of nursing leadership, human, financial and material resource management, and the holistic preparation of the nurse at the MSN level.

Through this program, we have sought to combine state of the art theoretical principles, immersion in evidence-based practice, and clinical experiences designed to facilitate the development of well-prepared nurse leaders. Graduates will be prepared to fulfill a variety of leadership roles including nurse manager, quality and outcome specialist, advanced direct care clinician/specialist, care manager and project manager.

The program is being offered as a convenient on-line format in order to facilitate the educational needs of nurses who are either working in leadership positions, or who seek to transition into higher-level clinical leadership roles in the near future.

The course of study is 32 semester hours and 315 clinical hours. All courses are offered online. Students have both theory and clinical practical coursework. You will be required to complete clinical clearance paperwork, which includes a criminal background check, fingerprinting, and proof of immunization. It will be your responsibility to get your preceptor for this class.

Applications for the MSN Nurse Leader program will be accepted throughout the year and must be received by April 1st for consideration and review for August admission.

Nurse Leaders may be eligible for financial support from CON after completing 6 hours in the program, if funding is available.

How to apply (deadline April 1)

In order to apply for admission to the Graduate Program in Nursing, you must complete the three steps listed below:

1: Apply to the College of Nursing

Click here to complete the online application to the College of Nursing.


2. Apply to Florida State University

A non-refundable US$30.00 processing fee, payable to The Florida State University, must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. Applications will not be processed without the application fee. An official transcript from each college and university attended and official GRE scores must also be submitted to the Office of Admissions.


3. Fax or mail required documents to the College of Nursing

  • A. Official Transcripts
  • B. Copy of GRE or MAT scores
  • C. Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • D. Copy of current RN License


If mailing your documents please use the following address: 

Florida State University
College of Nursing Graduate Program 
Attn: Carlos Urrutia 
98 Varsity Way 
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4310 


If faxing your documents, FAX to: 850.645.7249 (FAX) 

If emailing your scanned documents send them to:


Additional Information

MSN Nurse Leader Program of Study (pdf 54.07 kB)

College of Nursing Graduate Student Handbook

College of Nursing Student Policies

AACN Guide to Graduate Nursing Programs




For More Detailed Information:

Dr. Susan Porterfield


For advising please contact the FSU College of Nursing Office of Student Services.

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