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Program at a Glance

Online Doctorate
College of Nursing
Credit Hours
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Step into nursing leadership to improve healthcare delivery.

Nursing executives oversee a wide variety of administrative and care responsibilities, and healthcare facilities rely on their leadership every day. Earning your Doctorate in Nursing Practice will prepare you for the highest level of your field.

Through UCF Online’s DNP nurse executive program, you will engage in a flexible doctorate program that emphasizes evidence-based practices, encourages innovation and enhances your leadership skills. Coursework in topics such as nursing management, data management and program development may be complemented by a clinical residency program, professional practice immersion, or an independent project.

Through a unique mix of experiential learning and leadership projects, delivered in a team environment, your DNP in executive leadership allows you to interact with prominent experts in healthcare. You’ll graduate prepared to step into a nursing leadership role, capable of navigating complex clinical situations, developing evidence-based practice models, analyzing data to improve health, and much more. Applications are accepted twice a year. To step into the next level of your leadership, get started today.

Note — UCF is currently accepting applications for this program from individuals who reside in Florida, as well as other member states of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) nurse-licensure compact. Visit the NCSBN website to view the full list of states included.

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Fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
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Led by nationally recognized faculty who are experts in their field and actively engaged in innovative research
No GRE Required.

Application Deadlines

May 1
September 1

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Course Overview


Engage in the application of innovative technologies in healthcare to research, teaching and practice as well as the legal, ethical and cultural issues related to technology transfer.

Explore the application of evidence-based management processes to support decision making in the health care environment.

Engage in the advanced analysis of change management, leadership theories/strategies, finance and resource management and the health care systems and economic structures in Advanced Practice Nursing.

Be ready to challenge your way of thinking. Be ready to challenge your norms. Be ready to learn and explore. It is a great adventure. 

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Skills You'll Learn

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

Career Projections


Annual Job


Job Growth
2019 - 2029

Source: Lightcast™ . 2024

Career Opportunities

  • Registered Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Medical Directors
  • Nurse Case Managers
  • Clinical Nurses