DNP Program Description

  • The DNP is an advanced educational credential for those who desire advanced practice knowledge but do not need or want a research focus.
  • Available for post-baccalaureate and postmaster’s students who want to earn their DNP.
  • Curriculum spans eight semesters with a semester course load not exceeding 9 -10 credits.
  •  The culminating work of the DNP curriculum is a comprehensive, practice-based project.
    • Final project helps graduates build their clinical scholarship and expertise.
    • Students’ projects are often published and presented at conferences. Examples of DNP projects.

The BSN to DNP program is between 75 and 78 credits depending on the specialty track. Our curriculum focuses on the national DNP essentials and provides a clear path for development of the DNP project. Core courses in the BSN to DNP programs are delivered online. There are a few courses that require some onsite attendance in Gainesville.

The MSN to DNP program is available online. Minimal campus attendance is required.The MSN to DNP program is available for those who already possess a master’s degree in nursing and an active Florida ARNP license. This program is designed for those seeking a clinically based terminal degree. The MSN to DNP program is 35 credits and may be completed in five semesters.

Program Objectives

 The purposes of the curriculum:

  1. Prepare the student to acquire advanced competencies in increasingly complex practice and emerging leadership roles.
  2. Provide the student with a significant and comprehensive knowledge base that supports scientific skepticism and the incorporation of new knowledge in advanced nursing practice.
  3. Provide the student with enhanced knowledge for the acquisition of leadership skills used to improve nursing practice and patient outcomes.

Upon completion of the doctoral program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Evaluate scientific bases from extant and emerging areas of knowledge for advanced nursing practice.
  2. Evaluate decision support systems to solve clinical problems for individuals, aggregates and systems.
  3. Develop advanced leadership and collaborative skills to mobilize interdisciplinary teams to solve highly complex clinical problems.
  4. Develop expertise to formulate health policy and provide leadership in establishing clinical excellence and creating new models of cost-effective health care delivery.
  5. Critically assess, plan, intervene and evaluate the health experiences of individuals, aggregates and systems to provide safe, evidence-based care.
  6. Synthesize knowledge of cultural diversity and global perspectives in delivering health care and in critiquing nursing systems.