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Program at a Glance

Program
Doctorate
College(s)
College of Nursing
Department(s)
Nursing
$369.65 per credit hour
$1,194.05 per credit hour

Learn more about program tuition and fees.

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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 gradnurse@ucf.edu 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 http://global.ucf.edu/. 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 https://apq.ucf.edu/licensure-programs/.

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.
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  • 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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