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 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.
NOTE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Please contact the College of Nursing at email@example.com or 407-823-2744 prior to applying to this online program.
International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit www.intl.ucf.edu. If you have any questions, please consult the International Services Center at 407-823-2337.
Please note: This program may be completed online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees. See
http://ucf.edu/online for more information.
International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit www.international.ucf.edu. If you have questions, please consult International Affairs and Global Strategies at 407-823-2337.
UCF is not authorized to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. Refer to State Restrictions for current information.
|The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
curriculum requires a minimum of 43 credit hours beyond the master’s degree,
including 31 credit hours of core courses, 3 credit hours of electives, and 9
credit hours of a DNP Project. The total clinical hours (including those hours
accrued in MSN degree) will be 1000. The total clinical hours noted in this
curriculum are based on an MSN total of 500 hours. Actual hours may vary
depending on a review of MSN program hours accrued on entry into the program.
The core courses have been carefully constructed to incorporate the AACN
competencies for DNP graduates. Details about this program are located in the
Nursing DNP Handbook. |
Applicants not holding an appropriate MSN
degree as described in the application section may enter the post-MSN
certificates through one of the two tracks: Adult/Gerontology Nurse
Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner.
|Total Credit Hours Required:|
Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master's Degree|
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
- 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
prevention and population health for improving the nation’s health
- Advanced nursing practice
Required Courses—31-33 Credit
The core DNP courses serve to enhance the skill and science base
of the graduate and strengthen the focus on evidence-based practice. 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 6874 Nursing
Environment Management (3 credit hours)
- NGR 7892 Healthcare Systems
and Policy (3 credit hours)
- NGR 7673 Epidemiological Principles for
APN (3 credit hours)
- NGR 7065 Advanced Clinical Management for APN (3
- NGR 7855C Evidenced-Based Practice Development for
DNP (3 credit hours, 60 clinical hours)
- NGR 7748L Advanced Clinical
Practice Selective for APN (1-3 credit hours; 60-180 clinical hours)
- NGR 7827 Concepts, Measurement, and Data Management (3 credit hours)
- NGR 7793 Leadership and Economics in APN (3 credit hours)
7820 Innovative Technologies in Healthcare (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6722
Financial Management and Resource Development (3 credit hours)
7779C Program Development and Management for DNP (3 credit hours; 120 clinical
Elective—3 Credit Hours
- Elective (3 credit
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 hours)
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:
research into practice and evaluate outcomes
- Quality improvement
(care processes, continuity of care, patient outcomes)
- Implement and
evaluate evidence-based practice guidelines
- Analyze policy: develop,
implement, evaluate, or revise policy
- Design and use databases to
retrieve information for decision making, planning, evaluation
financial analyses to compare care models and potential cost savings,
- Design and evaluate new models of care
- Design and
evaluate health promotion and disease prevention programs
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
performance evaluated at a satisfactory level
- A satisfactory public
presentation of the DNP Project
students in the Nursing Practice DNP program pay a $90 equipment fee each
semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $45 each
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
- MSN degree in an APN specialty role or a post-MSN certificate
(NP, CNS, CRNA, CNM) from an accredited institution.
competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) licensure in the State of Florida required.
(Out of state applicants must be eligible for licensure in Florida and must
achieve ARNP licensure to begin clinical courses.)
- Certification as an
APN or ability to obtain it in the first semester of enrollment is
- A personal interview may be required with two members of the
College of Nursing Doctoral Committee.
- 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.
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.
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.
the program is competitive, based on evaluations of the applicant's abilities,
past performance, recommendations, FDLE/FBI finger printing and certified
background checks, and the match of UCF programs with the applicant's 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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International Transfer Applicants
*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.