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The Entry into Practice (Direct Entry) Master of Science in Nursing (DEMSN) is a full-time, five-semester nursing program ideal for students with a non-nursing bachelor's degree who wish to pursue a nursing degree and become a registered nurse. UWF DEMSN offers a 1:20 faculty-student ratio in the classroom and 1:8 faculty-student ratio in clinical courses, which means you’ll be part of a small group working closely with faculty who have a wealth of experience and knowledge in nursing.

Why Study Nursing at UWF?

At the core of our curriculum is evidence-based nursing care with an emphasis on care coordination to a diverse patient population along the wellness/illness continuum across all care settings. You’ll be ready to enter the nursing profession as a master's credentialed registered nurse prepared to meet the demands of an evolving healthcare system and advance into a leadership role. Upon graduation, you can expect to be well-prepared to pass the National Council Licensure Examination - RN (NCLEX-RN) before launching an exciting career in healthcare.

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What You Will Learn

The curriculum provides foundational nursing knowledge and practice expertise enhanced with master’s coursework in areas such as leadership, evidence-based practice and population health and promotion. You’ll have many opportunities to combine classroom knowledge with experiential learning, perfecting your skills and building self-confidence before the launch of your career. Over 600 clinical hours will expose you to clinical specialties such as labor and delivery, surgical, pediatrics, population/public health and mental health.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing/master's degree in nursing at UWF is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

UWF programs offered at the Pensacola campus or UWF Emerald Coast may require online courses. Please discuss the program requirements and planning with your academic advisor.