Executive This is a Track

College : Nursing Degree :DNP
Department : Nursing Option : N/A
Program Websites : http://www.nursing.ucf.edu/admissions/graduate-programs/dnp/index

TRACK DESCRIPTION

The Executive Track in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is a dynamic and engaging academic curriculum that prepares the nurse executive for the multiple dimensions of administrative responsibilities within varied healthcare environments. The Executive DNP track extends and enhances the knowledge, skill and performance of healthcare system leaders in a wide variety of clinical and administrative environments.

CURRICULUM

The Executive Track in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares nurses at the highest level of practice for the current healthcare environment based on a strong scientific foundation for practice; offers flexibility and emphasis on evidence-based practice, leadership, and organizational analysis, and provides analytic skills to examine practice innovations involving completion of the residency project requirement. Details about this program are located in the Executive DNP Handbook.
 
Total Credit Hours Required:
42 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master's Degree

Required Courses—27 Credit Hours

  • NGR 6874 Nursing Environment Management (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7673 Epidemiology Principles in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7793 Leadership and Economics in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7827 Concepts, Measurement, and Data Management (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7820 Innovative Technologies in Healthcare (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7892 Healthcare Systems and Policy (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7855C Evidence-Based Practice Development (3 credit hours; 60 practice hours)
  • NGR 7779C Program Development and Management (3 credit hours; 120 practice hours)
  • NGR 7778L Advanced Leadership Selective (3 credit hours, 190 practice hours)

Elective—3 Credit Hours

  • Graduate Elective (3 credit hours, chosen from an approved list)

DNP Executive Residency—3 Credit Hours

The DNP Residency provides an in-depth clinical experience for students. This advanced practicum provides the opportunity to link policy making with clinical systems, translate research into practice and serve as change agents for health care. The clinical residency experience is facilitated by an advanced practice expert clinician/teacher.

  • NGR 7976L DNP Executive Residency (3 credit hours, 180 practice hours). Can be repeated.

DNP Professional Practice Immersion

DNP clinical requirements are 1000 hours post-baccalaureate. Immersion hours depend upon record review of hours completed at the master's level.

  • NGR 7942L DNP Professional Practice Immersion (1-3 credit hours, 60-180 practice hours). Can be repeated. 

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 practice hours)
  • NGR 7912C Doctoral Project 2 (3 credit hours, 120 practice hours). Can be repeated.
  • NGR 7913 Doctoral Project 3 (3 credit hours). Can be repeated.

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.

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.

PATH 1:  Traditional MSN in Nursing Leadership and Management

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program that hold a MSN degree in Nursing Leadership and Management must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • MSN degree in Nursing Leadership and Management from an accredited institution.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
  • Florida licensure required for all students who will be taking clinical and practice coursework in Florida health care agencies and institutions. For those students at a distance, a license is required in the state or country in which they will practice.
  • 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 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.

PATH 2: MS or MSN in field other than Nursing Leadership and Management

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program that hold a MS or MSN degree in a field other than Nursing Leadership and Management must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Master's Degree from an accredited institution.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
  • Florida licensure required for all students who will be taking clinical and practice coursework in Florida health care agencies and institutions. For those students at a distance, a license is required in the state or country in which they practice.
  • 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 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.

Portfolio Review for course equivalency and currency.

A Portfolio review is required for course equivalency and currency for students who did not graduate from UCF.  UCF graduates will require a Portfolio review for course currency.

MSN applicants will require portfolio review for NLM master’s level equivalents, which will also include verification of practice/laboratory hours completed in coursework. Missing coursework may be taken as a co-requisite upon admission.

  • NGR 5720 Organizational Dynamics or NGR 6723 Nursing Leadership and Management
  • NGR 6722 Financial Management and Resource Development

Non-nursing master’s degree graduates will require review for completion of basic NLM requirements as noted above, as well as general nursing core requirements and verification of practice/laboratory hours completed in coursework including:

  • NGR 6801 Research Methodology for APN

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.

Admission 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.

Application Deadlines

Executive *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants

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Sep 15

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International Applicants

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Jul 1

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International Transfer Applicants

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Sep 1

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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.

FINANCIALS

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

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. 


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