Program outcomes for the DNP Program are:

  • Lead interdisciplinary health care initiatives at the organizational and systems level to improve health outcomes for individuals and populations.
  • Integrate principles of ethics and cultural diversity into clinical decision making for individuals and populations experiencing complex health issues. 
  • Influence public policy designed to ensure the safety and quality of healthcare for individuals and populations.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of technology and information systems designed to improve the quality of care for individuals and populations.
  • Critically evaluate the philosophical and scientific underpinnings of advanced practice nursing.
  • Translate relevant research findings from nursing and related disciplines to advanced clinical nursing practice to improve health outcomes for individuals and populations.
  • Demonstrate the highest level of advanced practice clinical nursing to promote health and manage direct care of individuals experiencing acute and chronic health issues
  • Disseminate advanced practice nursing knowledge derived from clinical scholarship.  

DNP students are required to complete the following coursework:

 Code Course  Credits
NUR 600 Organizational Theory, Health Care Managment
& Finance
NUR 610 Information Systems and Technology of
Advanced Practice
NUR 620 Advanced Diagnostic Reasoning and Treament II  3
NUR 630 Epidemiology and Biostatistics  3
NUR 640 Clinical Manifestations of Disease Process and
Emerging Therapies
NUR 650 Theory Application in Advanced Practice Nursing  3
NUR 660 Ethics in Clinical Practice  3
NUR 670 Leadership and Health Policy  3
NUR 680 Nursing Theory and Research III  3
NUR 710 Clinical Practice Project I  3
NUR 711 Clinical Residency I  1-4 (varies)
NUR 720 Clinical Practice Project II  3
NUR 721 Clinical Residency II  1-4 (varies)
NUR 730 Clinical Practice Project III  3
NUR 731 Clinical Residency III  1-4 (varies)
If needed:
 NUR 740  Continuous Enrollment Clinical Practice Project  3
 NUR 741  Continuous Enrollment Clinical Residency Project  1-4 (varies)
  Total: 39-42


Admission is open to qualified men and women of any race, color, religion, and national or ethnic origin. Graduate admission is processed through the School of Nursing. Admission to the graduate nursing program is limited.  The admission process is competitive based on the following criteria:

  • A $50.00 nonrefundable application fee.
  • A completed application.
  • Copy of current drivers license.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities.
  • MSN degree from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or National League of Nurses Accreditation Commission accredited program.
  • Licensed or eligible for Florida licensure as an ARNP, or CNS
  • National certification in specialty area that verifies a minimum of 500 hours of supervised clinical practice in specialty area
  • Three letters of reference - two clinical and one professional/academic
  • Unencumbered Background Check
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • MSN GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Proctored essay
  • Interview with faculty in the applicant's area of specialization


Admission to the DNP degree program is selective and limited to those students who demonstrate a potential for successfully completing the program. The decision is based upon evaluation of the applicant’s undergraduate and graduate coursework, clinical and work experience, recommendations, and personal interview.

Background checks are required on all students that participate in clinical practice. A clear background check must be provided to the School of Nursing before students may enroll in their first clinical course. Information on the background check may need to be release to agencies for permission to participate at the clinical site. If clinical placement is denied by the agency, and an alternative site cannot be obtained, the student will not complete the program

Students must successfully complete all course work no later than five (5) years after the completion of the first post graduate-level course.

DNP candidates must maintain an academic grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (B) during their enrollment in the program. In order to graduate, students must have at least a 3.0 (B) GPA.

DNP students will be placed on academic probation if their cumulative GPA drops below 3.0 (B). Those who do not achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) within two semesters of being placed on academic probation will be dismissed from the program. A student who receives one ‘C+’ will be placed on academic probation but may progress with coursework. A subsequent grade of a ‘C+’ or lower will dismiss them from the program regardless of GPA.  A course in which students receive a grade of ‘C’ must be successfully repeated before they can continue in higher level coursework. A student who receives an ‘F’ will be dismissed from the program. Students dismissed from the DNP program may appeal the action to the School of Nursing Admissions Committee.


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