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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 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.

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.

For the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), total graduate credit must equal or exceed 72 credit hours. Students take 27 credit hours of core courses, 9 credit hours of electives, and 6 credit hours of a DNP Project. The total clinical hours (including those hours accrued in the MSN degree) will be 1000. The core courses have been carefully constructed to incorporate the AACN competencies for DNP graduates. Details about this program are located in the Nursing DNP Handbook.

Total Credit Hours Required: 72 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Students will take course work that incorporates The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice [American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), 2006]. The Essentials address the following:

  1. Scientific underpinning for practice
  2. Organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement and systems thinking
  3. Clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice
  4. Information systems/technology and patient care technology for the improvement and transformation of health care
  5. Health care policy for advocacy in health care
  6. Inter-professional collaboration for improving patient and population health outcomes
  7. Clinical prevention and population health for improving the nation's health
  8. Advanced nursing practice

Please note: Nursing (DNP) - Advanced Practice may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.

You may pursue this UCF College of Nursing online program as long as you will be physically located in a Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) state for the duration of your education.

UCF College of Nursing faculty is authorized to teach in NLC states. Due to nursing education restrictions imposed by non-NLC states, UCF is unable to offer courses, clinicals, or other educational services regardless of modality within non-NLC states. Should you be physically located within a non-NLC state for more than a vacation or brief visit, regardless of your legal state of residence or the type of license you have, you will be unable to apply or continue your nursing degree program at the UCF College of Nursing. This includes, but is not limited to, students accepting traveling nurse positions in a non-Nurse Licensure Compact state.

Application Deadlines

Fall
May 1
Spring
September 1
Spring
July 1
Fall
January 15

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