The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares the advanced practice nurse to care for patients with medically complex stable and unstable acute, critical and chronic illnesses across care settings ranging from hospitals to subacute, ambulatory care, clinic and home care environments at the DNP level, incorporating DNP essentials in practice with a culminating DNP project.
|The DNP Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track allows students to earn an MSN along the way to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and requires a minimum of 86 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. The curriculum includes 46 credit hours of master's level courses and an additional 40 credit hours of doctoral level courses, including 9 credit hours of a DNP Project. A total of 1,020 practicum hours, including those leading to the MSN, are required to earn the DNP. The program prepares nurses at the entry level for advanced practice for the current healthcare system based on a strong scientific foundation for practice; offers flexibility and emphasis on evidence-based practice, leadership and organizational analysis; and provides analytic, critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills to examine practice innovations involving completion of the residency project during the clinical residency courses.|
|Total Credit Hours Required:|
Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree|
Required Courses for the MSN—46 Credit Hours
Courses—24 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)
- NGR 5141
Pathophysiological Bases for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
- NGR 5638 Health Promotion (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 for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6813 Evidence Based Practice (3 credit hours)
Courses: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner—22 Credit Hours
- NGR 6210 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I (3 credit
- NGR 6230L Diagnostics and Skills for the Critically Ill (1
credit, 60 clinical hours)
- NGR 6211 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse
Practitioner II (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6211L Adult-Gerontology Acute Care
Nurse Practitioner II Clinical (3 credit hours, 180 clinical hours)
- NGR 6175 Critical Care Pharmacology (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6212
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner III (3 credit hours)
- NGR 6212L Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner III Clinical (3
credit hours, 180 clinical hours)
- NGR 6215L Adult-Gerontology Acute
Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum (3 credit hours, 180 clinical hours)
Required Courses for the DNP—40 Credit Hours
- NGR 6722
Financial Management and Resource Development (3 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, Measure 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)
- NGR 7779C Program development and
Management (3 credit hours, 60 clinical hours)
- NGR 7065 Advanced
Clinical Management (3 credit hours)
- NGR 7748L Advanced Practice
Clinical Selective (1 credit hour, 60 clinical hours)
- NGR 7912 DNP
Project I (3 credit hours, taken over two semesters)
- NGR 7912C DNP Project II (3 credit hours, 120 clinical hours)
- NGR 7913C Doctoral
Project III (3 credit hours, 120 clinical hours)
Students are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average.
Students who receive a grade 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:
- 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:
- 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 of problem in US healthcare and explore how members of the nursing profession can help address that issues or solve that problem
- Curriculum Vitae: CV should reflect 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.
*For Students with an RN license and a Bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing, please contact the College of Nursing Graduate Office at email@example.com or 407-823-2744 for additional options.
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 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 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.