Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist This is a Track

College : Nursing Degree :DNP
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This program has been temporarily suspended effective Fall 2014.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in the Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Track 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 DNP Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Track allows students to earn an MSN along the way to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). This MSN allows students in the DNP program to sit for certification examinations when they have completed the list of courses required. Certification authorizes them to function in the advanced role while they complete the DNP curriculum.


Total Credit Hours Required:
86 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

The DNP Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist track allows students to acquire a MSN along the way upon completion of 45 credit hours of master's level courses, including 600 hours of clinical practice. This is followed by an additional 41 credit hours of doctoral-level courses, including 9 credit hours of the DNP Project and at least 420 clinical hours. All totaled, 1,020 practicum hours including those leading to the MSN are required to earn the DNP.

Required Courses for MSN—45 Credit Hours

Core Courses—21 Credit Hours

  • NGR 5003 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (2 credit hours)
  • NGR 5003L Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Lab (1 credit hour; 60 clinical hours)
  • NGR 5141 Pathophysiological Bases for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5800 Theory for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5884 Legal and Professional Behavior in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6172 Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6801 Research Methods (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6813 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)

Specialty Courses: Adult/ Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist—24 Credit Hours

  • NGR 5720 Organizational Dynamics (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6265 Adult/Gerontology CNS I (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6265L Adult/Gerontology CNS I Clinical (3 credit hours; 180 clinical hours)
  • NGR 6266 Adult/Gerontology CNS II (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6266L Adult/Gerontology CNS II Clinical (3 credit hours; 180 clinical hours)
  • NGR 6267 Adult/Gerontology CNS III (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6267L Adult/Gerontology CNS III Clinical (3 credit hours; 180 clinical hours)
  • NGR 6874 Nursing Environment Management (3 credit hours)

Required Courses for the DNP—41 Credit Hours

The DNP courses serve to enhance the skill and science base of the graduate and strengthen the focus on research utilization. Safety and efficiency in health care systems is addressed and organizational and policy implications are emphasized within the context of care delivery. An emphasis is placed on evidence-based practice, state-of-the-art interventions and information fluency.

  • NGR 6722 Financial Management and Resource Development (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7065 Advanced Clinical Management for APN (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7673 Epidemiology Principles in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7748 Advanced Clinical Practice Selective for Advanced Practice Nursing (2 credit hours; 120 clinical hours)
  • NGR 7779C Program Development and Management for DNP (3 credit hours; 60 clinical hours)
  • NGR 7793 Leadership and Economics in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7820 Innovative Technologies in Healthcare (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7827 Concepts, Measurement, and Data Management (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7855C Evidence-Based Practice Development for DNP (3 credit hours; 60 clinical hours)
  • NGR 7892 Healthcare Systems and Policy (3 credit hours)
  • 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 hours)
  • Elective (3 credit hours)

Progress to Degree

Students are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Students who receive a grade of below B in any course will be reviewed by the DNP Admissions, Progression and Graduation Committee for continuation in the program. Grades of below B are not acceptable in the doctoral program in the College of Nursing. Students who do not maintain a 3.0 GPA will be put on probation or dismissed from the program.

Graduation Requirements

  • All course work completed with a minimum grade of "B"
  • A satisfactory DNP Project
  • Clinical performance evaluated at a satisfactory level
  • A satisfactory public presentation of the DNP Project
  • A professional portfolio 

Independent Learning

A 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.

Application Requirements

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.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • BSN degree from an accredited institution.*
  • Undergraduate Statistics course.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
  • Licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Florida. (Out of state applicants must be eligible for licensure in Florida and must achieve RN licensure to begin clinical courses.)
  • Address the following 3 items in a written essay. Total word count for all (not each) answers should be 500 words or less, double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, and 1 inch margins:
    • Describe how your professional experiences have prepared you for future education in the role which is the focus of your desired track. 
    • Describe your plans to alter your work, professional and/ or personal obligations in order to have the time needed for graduate course and clinical practice work.
    • Identify one significant contemporary issue/ problem in the US Health care system and explore how members of the nursing profession can help address that issue or solve that problem.
  • Curriculum Vitae which reflects prior education, recent clinical accomplishments, any recent scholarly work (publications and presentations), awards, additional certifications, and activities with professional organizations. For recent graduates this can include accomplishments as a student.
  • An interview with faculty may also be required.
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

*For students with a Bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing, but possess a Florida RN License, please contact the College of Nursing at or 407-823-2744 for additional options.

Before submitting your application, it is recommended that applicants call the College of Nursing Graduate Office (407-823-2744) to speak with a DNP adviser to discuss your goals for doctoral study. It is advantageous to discuss the program before writing the required essay because the essay must address your goals for doctoral-level preparation for advanced nursing practice. Students are admitted to the program in the fall for the program of study; however, spring admissions are possible for a revised plan of study.

Admission to the program is competitive, based on evaluations of the applicant's abilities, past performance, recommendations and match of UCF programs with the applicant's career goals. The College of Nursing accepts most qualified students.

Students may take classes as a nursing nondegree-seeking, postbaccalaureate student on a space-available basis. Students must designate on their application that they are applying to the College of Nursing in order to facilitate processing of files.  Successful completion of postbaccalaureate courses does not guarantee admission to the graduate program. Students may only take nonclinical courses. Prior to applying as a nondegree student, please contact the main nursing advising office for deadlines and nondegree options at


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.