Build leadership skills with advanced nursing knowledge.
The University of West Florida’s online nursing programs will expand your knowledge of nursing and help you pursue career advancement. Our accredited online nursing programs allow you to continue working while you study, which is a convenient option for those seeking leadership positions. In addition to your program’s educational content, you will work hands-on through a practicum or community experience. Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, your courses will emphasize evidence-based nursing practice, high-quality care, communication and leadership in multiple healthcare systems.
Choose the RN to BSN program if you are a registered nurse seeking a position as a public health nurse, staff nurse or clinical nurse manager. Those who have completed an RN program can take the accelerated BSN to MSN track. UWF’s nursing master’s degrees offer options for a family nurse practitioner, nurse executive or nursing education focus. You could become a nurse practitioner with general knowledge of family, pediatric and gerontological medicine. The nurse executive master’s program could lead to a position as a nurse administrator, nurse case manager or healthcare administrator. With a master’s in nursing education, you could work as a nurse educator, nurse instructor or clinical educator.
Online Nursing Degrees
Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN
- Gain the skills needed to care for primary care patients of all ages
- Prepare for the ANCC or AANP national certification exam
Nurse Executive, MSN
- Learn the skills necessary for an executive role in case management, nursing informatics and more
- Explore how to implement research- and evidence-based practices
Nursing Education, MSN
- Discover instructional strategies and curriculum design to meet the needs of tomorrow’s nurses
- Prepare for doctoral studies or a career in an academic or hospital setting
RN to BSN
- Gain more skills for career advancement in nursing and increased earning potential
- Transition from the role of an RN to a BSN generalist providing professional care
RN to MSN
- Implement research- and evidence-based nursing approaches
- Demonstrate advanced professional knowledge of nursing practice
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Through 2028, overall employment in healthcare and related fields is expected to increase by 14 percent. This is much faster than the average for all occupations and will add about 1.9 million new jobs. Growth will occur because of an increase in the demand for healthcare services, including an increased emphasis on preventive care and demand for gerontological care as the population ages. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing attributes a nationwide nursing shortage to factors including a shortage of nursing faculty, an aging nursing population, changing population demographics and insufficient staffing. UWF’s accredited online nursing programs will lead to a rewarding nursing career in many positions.
*Nursing career outlook information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
Nurse practitioners coordinate patient care and may provide primary and specialty healthcare.Median annual salary: $113,930
Nurse educators collaborate with hospital administrators to manage continuing education for its nursing staff.Median annual salary: $73,619
Nurse Case Managers
Generally employed at a hospital or nursing home, a nurse case manager collaborates with patients and their providers to decide on the type of required care.Median annual salary: $70,153
Healthcare administrators manage the medical and health services of an entire facility, department or medical practice.Median annual salary: $98,350
Why You Should Pursue an Online Nursing Degree
CCNE accreditation ensures an innovative, quality nursing education.
Prepare for jobs in nursing leadership and management.
Develop hands-on nursing skills in your practicum.
Accreditation & Accolades
The University of West Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Questions about the accreditation of The University of West Florida may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling 404.679.4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).
UWF Online is approved by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. The voluntary agreement among member states and U.S. territories establishes comparable national standards for interstate offerings of postsecondary distance-education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in other states.
Frequently Asked Questions
To begin a certificate program, interested students need to fill out either a graduate or undergraduate non-degree seeking application. Once accepted as a non-degree seeking student, students should speak to an advisor about course availability and scheduling. Then, complete the online Graduate or Undergraduate Certificate Declaration Form on MyUWF. Current UWF students who would like to pursue a certificate should speak to their advisor.
To begin a degree program, you first need to submit an application for undergraduate or graduate admission (plus a $30 application fee) and be accepted for admission to the University of West Florida. Some programs require a minimum GPA in all previous coursework. Depending on the program, you might also:
- Submit a copy of your RN license
- Submit official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions previously attended
- Submit GRE, GMAT or MAT scores
- Submit a letter of intent describing your work experience and reasons for pursuing the degree, including how the degree relates to your career goals
- Submit a sample research paper
- Submit a resume
- Submit letter(s) of recommendation
- Complete the residency application form for tuition purposes
- Complete a departmental application form
Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Most certificate programs can be completed in two semesters depending on requirements. Undergraduate degree programs typically take 4 years, although transfer credits can reduce the time to completion. The length of graduate degree programs is anywhere from 12–24 months depending on program requirements and transfer credits.
Yes. Faculty at the University of West Florida are experienced professionals who deliver an online education with the same rigor and benefits of an on-campus program. You will work with course management systems that enhance learning material with multimedia. You will also have the chance to interact one-on-one with classmates and instructors. Depending on the program and course, you will learn in real-time through live lectures and class sessions. Other requirements can be completed on your schedule.
The University of West Florida offers many ways to reduce the cost of your online education. In addition to affordable tuition rates, UWF offers various financial aid options for our online students, including loans, scholarships and grants. Members of the U.S. military, plus their families, are eligible for many military discounts, including free tuition through the Yellow Ribbon Program and tuition waivers. Active-duty military members receive an out-of-state tuition waiver. Residents of Alabama are eligible for Alabama Differential Tuition, a reduced out-of-state tuition rate. You could also enroll in a payment plan or secure a short-term loan.
You can expect a rigorous, quality online education in any UWF programs. If you are struggling in an online class, please reach out to your instructor to receive advice and guidance. You will find that our faculty are earnestly invested in your success.