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Provide innovative, impactful care within the evolving field of nursing.

The healthcare field needs dynamic nursing leaders who are willing and ready to confront the challenges of an ever-changing landscape. With your doctorate degree from UCF Online, you’ll establish yourself as a leader at the highest level of nursing practice.

UCF Online’s post-master’s DNP program will prepare practicing nurses from various specialties to step into an influential clinical leadership role. Through the Advanced Practice track of this program, you’ll position yourself as an active changemaker in the healthcare industry.

Through this program, you’ll engage in scholarly research and inquiry within your existing practice environment, ultimately contributing to the design and implementation of new models of care. In addition, coursework in leadership, clinical management, innovative technologies, healthcare systems and advanced clinical practice will provide you with the skills you need to confidently contribute to and build upon existing research and practice.

As a graduate of this in-depth online nursing doctoral program, you’ll be prepared to design clinical healthcare systems, develop innovative practice models, and construct, implement and evaluate comprehensive care models that have a lasting, positive impact on the field. Start your journey today to earn your doctorate in nursing practice from UCF Online.

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 Doctorate of Nursing Practice – Advanced 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

Explore an in-depth analysis of the use of informatics, quality management, risk reduction and patient safety concepts and tools to promote improved patient outcomes for nursing care.

Examine the underpinnings of healthcare policy; healthcare policy formation and change agency; influences on healthcare systems; related analysis and research.

Epidemiology Principles in Advanced Practice Nursing

Apply advanced application of epidemiological concepts in community and public health practice, including disease surveillance, prevalence, prevention and statistical management of patient aggregate data.

Skills You’ll Gain

  • Assume leadership roles in the development of clinical practice models, health policy and standards of care.
  • 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.
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 science 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.