The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in the Family Nurse Practitioner 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 Family Nurse Practitioner 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.
The objectives of the DNP program are to prepare graduates to:
- Critically analyze complex clinical situations and practice systems.
- Assume leadership roles in the development of clinical practice models, health policy and standards of care.
- Demonstrate advanced diagnostic reasoning skills and clinical judgment through scholarship and nursing practice.
- Analyze the social, economic, political, epidemiological and other scientific data to improve individual, aggregate and population health.
- Demonstrate information fluency and advanced communication skills to lead quality improvement initiatives to improve patient care and health care systems.
- Design, implement, and evaluate comprehensive care to clients within an area of advanced practice specialization.
|The DNP Family
Nurse Practitioner Track allows students to acquire a MSN along the way to the
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and therefore requires a minimum of 86 credit
hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. These include 46 credit hours of
master’s level courses following which students take an additional 40 credit
hours of doctoral level courses including 9 credit hours of a DNP Project. A
total of 1,080 clinical hours required to earn the DNP. Details about this
program are located in the Family
Nurse DNP Handbook.|
|Total Credit Hours Required:|
Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree|
Prerequisite Courses—8 Credit Hours
Students with a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than nursing will be
required to take the following courses prior to taking required program
courses. Consistent with graduate nursing program policies, courses must be
completed with a grade of "B" or better.
- NUR 3805 Dimensions of
Professional Practice (3 credit hours)
- NUR 4637L Public Health Nursing
(2 credit hours)
- NUR 3165 Nursing Research (3 credit hours)
Required Courses for the MSN—46 Credit Hours
Core Courses—24 Credit
- NGR 5003 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
(2 credit hours)
- NGR 5003L Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic
Reasoning Lab (1 clinical credit hour, 60 clinical hours)
- NGR 5141 Pathophysiological Bases for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
- NGR 5638 Health Promotion (3 credit hours)
- NGR 5800 Theory for
Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
- NGR 5884 Legal and
Professional Behavior in Advanced Nursing Practice (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: Family
Nurse Practitioner—22 Credit Hours
- NGR 6201 Adult I Primary Care
(3 credit hours)
- NGR 6240L Adult I Clinical for APNs (3 credit hours,
180 clinical hours)
- NGR 6263 Gerontologic Care for APNs (3 credit
- NGR 6263L Gerontologic Care Clinical for NPs (2 credit hours,
120 clinical hours)
- NGR 6305 Pediatric Primary Care (3 credit
- NGR 6305L Pediatric Primary Care Clinical (2 credit hours, 120
- NGR 6334 Women's Health for APNs (2 credit hours)
- NGR 6342L Women’s Health for APNs Clinical (1 credit hour, 60 clinical
- NGR 6248L Advanced Practice Practicum (3 credit hours, 180
Required Courses for the DNP—40 Credit
The core 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
- NGR 6722 Financial Management and Resource
Development (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6874 Nursing Environment Management
(3 credit hours)
- NGR 7065 Advanced Clinical Management for Advanced
Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
- NGR 7673 Epidemiology Principles in
Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
- NGR 7748L Advanced
Clinical Practice Selective for APN (1 credit hours, 60 clinical hours)
- NGR 7779C Program Development and Management (3 credit hours, 120 clinical
- NGR 7793 Leadership and Economics in Advanced Practice Nursing
(3 credit hours)
- NGR 7820 Innovative Technologies in Healthcare (3
- NGR 7827 Concepts, Measurement, and Data Management (3
- 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 DNP Project 1 (3 credit hours, 60
- NGR 7912C DNP Project 2 (3 credit hours, 120 clinical
- NGR 7913 DNP Project 3 (3 credit hours)
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.
- All course work completed with a minimum grade of "B"
satisfactory DNP Project
- Clinical performance evaluated at a
- A satisfactory public presentation of the DNP
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.
In addition to the general UCF graduate application
requirements, applicants to this program must provide:
official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university
- 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:
- Discuss the impact of the graduate nursing
education in your desired track on the evolution of your professional role.
- Describe the path you would take to ensure
success in your graduate nursing education
- Identify one significant
contemporary issue or problem in U.S. health care and explore how members
of the nursing profession can help address that issue or solve that
- 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
*For Students with a RN and a Bachelor’s degree in a
discipline other than nursing, please contact the College of Nursing Graduate
Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for
Before submitting your application, it
is recommended that applicants call the College of Nursing Graduate Office at
407-823-2744 to schedule an appointment 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.
to the program is competitive, based on evaluation of the applicant’s abilities,
past performance, recommendations, FDLE/FBI finger printing and certified
background checks, and the match of UCF’s master's programs with career goals.
The College of Nursing accepts the most qualified students. Since enrollment is
limited, not all students who apply may be accepted, even if minimum
requirements are met.
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*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
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.