Family Nurse Practitioner Cognate BSN to DNP Program

Cultivate the knowledge and skills to become a leader in family medicine with a Doctor of Nursing Practice – Family Nurse Practitioner degree.

Students who select the BSN to DNP/FNP cognate will take 70 credit hours post BSN degree. BSN to DNP (FNP) students must complete 1000 total clinical and residency hours prior to awarding this degree and the student practicum and residency courses assure this requirement is met. Students are given a set progression of classes at the beginning of the program that they must follow.  The program is full-time and is very rigorous.  Once a student is accepted into the BSN to DNP/FNP program they cannot switch to the MSN-FNP. 500 level and 600 level classes will be taken at the same time.  The 500 level NP courses are taught on campus on Tuesdays, while 600 level courses are taught online.

Admission Requirements


  • Completed Application
  • Request official transcripts from each postsecondary institution attended, regardless of the year classes were taken, the types of courses taken or the grade earned, including W’s. If the candidate attended a college or university abroad, an official NACES evaluation of that transcript is required. Choose the course-by-course evaluation with the GPA option.
  • A minimum 3.3 undergraduate Nursing GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Graduation from a CCNE, NLN or ACEN accredited BSN program
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Intent (A personal statement describing your reasons for pursuing an advanced degree and detailing your professional goals. The statement should not exceed two pages.
  • Copy of current Florida RN license (Out of state applicants must be eligible for endorsement in Florida. International students must hold a current license from a U.S. state and be eligible for endorsement in Florida)
  • Evidence of completion of an undergraduate course in statistics
  • Minimum GRE score: 290 (The requirement of official GRE score will be waived for all applicants who have a 3.0 GPA in their undergraduate Nursing courses)
  • Minimum of one year of professional nursing experience is required prior to beginning the FNP clinical courses
  • Mandatory interview for all who qualify
  • Background check (background checks are required for all students participating in clinical practice. Information on the background check may need to be released to clinical agencies for permission to participate at the clinical site. If clinical placement is denied by the agency, and an alternate site cannot be obtained, the student will not complete the program)
  • Students whose first language is not English, must also provide an official TOEFL or IELTS exam.
    • Minimum internet-based TOEFL score: 79
    • Minimum paper-based TOEFL score: 550
    • Minimum IELTS band score: 6.5

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