The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares nurses at the highest level of practice for the current health care environment based on a strong scientific foundation for practice; flexibility and emphasis on evidence-based practice, leadership, and organizational analysis; and analysis of the DNP Project.
The program offers five tracks:Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Practice DNP, Executive, and Family Nurse Practitioner.
CURRICULUMThe Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) curriculum requirements vary according to the track chosen by the student. Please see the information for each track. Additional details about this program are located in the Nursing DNP Handbook.
Students will take course work corresponding to the eight
essential competencies delineated by the American Association of Colleges of
Nursing (AACN). The competencies address the following:
- Scientific underpinning for practice
- Organizational and
systems leadership for quality improvement and systems thinking
- Clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice
- Information systems/technology and patient care technology for the
improvement and transformation of health care
- Health care policy for
advocacy in health care
- Inter-professional collaboration for improving
patient and population health outcomes
- Clinical prevention and
population health for improving the nation’s health
- Advanced nursing
DNP Project—9 Credit Hours
The DNP Project is the product of
the culminating or comprehensive experience of an independent project that
demonstrates application of advanced clinical and evidence-based practice. The
DNP Project is guided and evaluated by an academic committee and is derived from
the practice immersion experience (residency). It will serve as a foundation for
future scholarly practice.
- NGR 7911C Doctoral Project 1 (3 credit
hours; 60 clinical hours)
- NGR 7912C Doctoral Project 2 (3 credit
hours; 120 clinical hours)
- NGR 7913 Doctoral Project 3 (3 credit
The DNP Project is related to advanced nursing practice and
benefits a group, population or community rather than an individual patient. It
addresses identified needs and builds on an evidence base. DNP projects may
include but are not limited to:
- Translate research into practice and
- Quality improvement (care processes, continuity of
care, patient outcomes)
- Implement and evaluate evidence-based practice
- Analyze policy: develop, implement, evaluate, or revise
- Design and use databases to retrieve information for decision
making, planning, evaluation
- Conduct financial analyses to compare
care models and potential cost savings, etc.
- Design and evaluate new
models of care
- Design and evaluate health promotion and disease
- Assess integration of technology in care
The theme that links these forms of scholarly experiences is the use of
evidence to improve either practice or patient outcomes. Additional examples of
DNP projects can be found on the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner
Faculty (NONPF) website under Practice Doctorate Resource
Progress to Degree
Students are required to
maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Grades below B are not acceptable in the
doctoral program in the College of Nursing. Students who receive a grade of
below B in any course are subject to dismissal from the DNP program and will be
reviewed by the DNP Admissions, Progression and Graduation Committee for
continuation in the program. Students who do not maintain a 3.0 GPA will be put
on probation or dismissed from the program.
- All course work completed with a minimum grade of “B”
- A satisfactory DNP Project
- Clinical performance evaluated at a
- A satisfactory public presentation of the DNP
Full-time students in the Nursing
Practice DNP program pay a $90 equipment fee each semester that they are
enrolled. Part-time students pay $45 each semester.
Independent LearningA DNP Project will be completed by all students in the DNP program. A scholarly project, derived from clinical practice, will be developed in depth with faculty supervision.
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
Applicants must choose a track in this program. Track(s) may have different requirements.
Applicants holding an MSN degree in an APN specialty role or a post-MSN certificate (NP, CNS, CRNA, CNM) from an accredited institution should apply to the Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Post Master's Track. Applicants not holding an appropriate MSN degree may enter the DNP program through one of the two tracks: Adult/ Gerontology Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website
, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information
section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.