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Program at a Glance

College of Nursing
$369.65 per credit hour
$1,194.05 per credit hour

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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 program offers five tracks: Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Practice DNP, and Nurse Executive DNP.

Program Objectives

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.
  • Develop practice models that support diagnostic reasoning skills and clinical judgment through the use of the evidence-based 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 healthcare systems.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate comprehensive care models for populations and/or systems and disseminate findings.

Note for International Students: Please contact the College of Nursing at 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 If you have questions, please consult UCF Global at 407-823-2337.

This program has potential ties to professional licensure or certification in the field. For more information on how this program may prepare students in that regard, please visit

Career Opportunities

UCF prepares you for life beyond the classroom. Here, you’ll experience a wide range of opportunity, like learning diverse skills from world-renowned faculty to networking with top employers across Central Florida to gaining first-hand experience in internships nearby. Achieve your degree and more as a Knight.
  • Adult Nurse Practitioner
  • Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner
  • Dermatology Nurse Practitioner
  • Emergency Medicine Nurse Practitioner
  • Emergency Room RN
  • Endoscopy Registered Nurse
  • Family Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Hospital Director
  • Internal Medicine Nurse Practitioner
  • Obstetrical Nurse
  • Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric Nurse
  • RN
  • Registered Nurse
  • Respiratory Therapy Director
  • Speech and Hearing Therapy Director
  • Triage Registered Nurse
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