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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)
Faculty Experts
Led by nationally recognized faculty who are experts in their field and actively engaged in innovative research
Faculty Chairs
Our faculty include national fellows, endowed chairs and advanced certified healthcare simulation educators who are actively engaged in innovative research.
No GRE Required.

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Course Requirements

In order to earn your Executive Doctorate of Nursing Practice, you’ll need to complete up to 42 credit hours of graduate course work. While completing your DNP in Nursing at UCF, you’ll take required courses, electives, and complete a DNP project. This program also requires 1000 post-baccalaureate clinical hours.

DNP Project

The DNP Project is the product of the culminating or comprehensive experience of an independent project that demonstrates application of advanced clinical and evidence-based practice.

DNP Professional Practice Immersion

This program’s DNP clinical requirements are 1000 hours post-baccalaureate. Immersion hours depend upon record review of hours completed at the master’s level.

Courses You’ll Take Include

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.

Leadership and Economics in Advanced Practice Nursing

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.

Skills You’ll Gain

  • 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.
Explore the full course list within the program brochure.

Career Opportunities

This program will help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to excel in your field. The skills gained from this program, combined with your professional experience, will enable you to grow within your field.


Annual Job Openings


Job Growth in the Nursing Practice field between 2020 and 2030

Source: Emsi Burning Glass –

Job Titles

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

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Why UCF Online?

UCF is one of the top supplier of graduates to the nursing occupation. Our graduates work at top medical and education centers, including the University of Central Florida, Jack & Jill Children’s Center Inc, Orlando Health, Inc., and Association of Nursing Professional Development, Inc. With over 25 years of experience in online teaching and learning, UCF Online offers students an innovative approach to education. Our degrees are accessible, convenient, and designed with working professionals in mind so you can receive a quality education on your terms.

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Online Support for Success

You’ve made the decision to continue your education and we’re here to help. From the moment you express interest in a UCF Online program, you’re assigned an enrollment coach to help you navigate everything from completing an application to understanding tuition and the financial aid resources available to you. Once you’re admitted, you’ll be transitioned to a personal success coach who will support you with maintaining school-life balance from the first day of classes through graduation. You’ve committed to furthering your education and we’re committed to guiding you along the way.

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Accreditation Notice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at UCF is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.