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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

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track 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 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track 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.

Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) National Board Certification Examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner-Adult Gerontology (ACNP-AG) National Board Certification Examination offered by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. For more information on how this program may prepare you in that regard, please visit https://apq.ucf.edu/files/Licensure-Disclosure-Adult-Gerontology-Acute-Care-DNP-June2020.pdf.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the DNP program are to prepare graduates to:

  • Critically analyze complex clinical situations and practice systems and disseminate findings.
  • 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.

Application Deadlines

Fall
February 1
Fall
January 15

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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.
  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Cardiology Nurse Practitioner
  • Certified Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Nursing Instructor
  • Coronary Care Unit Nurse
  • Emergency Medicine Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Medical Records Administrator
  • NP
  • Neurosurgical Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing Service Director
  • Obstetrics-Gynecology Nurse Practitioner
  • Occupational Therapy Director
  • Oncology Registered Nurse
  • Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Anesthesia Care Unit Nurse
  • Registered Nurse
  • Respiratory Therapy Director
  • Speech and Hearing Therapy Director
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