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Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree

The University of Florida’s BSN to DNP program was one of Florida’s first and offers the largest numbers of clinical specialties! Students with BSNs may go straight into the DNP program. We also offer the Postmaster’s DNP program for those who have previously earned a master’s degree in nursing.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is a practice-focused doctorate designed to prepare expert nurses in specialized advanced practice. The DNP is an advanced educational credential for those who desire advanced practice knowledge but do not need or want a research focus.

The focus of DNP program is on innovative and evidence-based practice. The DNP prepares advanced practice nurses with the knowledge, skills and abilities needed in today’s and tomorrow’s complex health care environment, and to provide advanced practice nurses with educational backgrounds comparable to health care practitioners in other fields.

  • The UF Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program will be implementing some changes in 2015 to respond to changing societal health care needs and to ensure an excellent education experience for all students.
  • We will be working to revise our DNP curriculum and reducing the number of curricular hours to align our program with accreditation standards and student needs.
  • We will end the temporary stop out option that had allowed students to suspend their DNP study and receive a master’s degree with the incoming cohort of students (Fall 2015). Currently enrolled students will still have the option to stop out.
  • These changes will be implemented across five tracks in fall of 2015: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care; Pediatric Primary Care; Pediatric Acute Care; Family; Psychiatric-Mental Health.
  • Questions about changes to the DNP program can be directed to: (352) 273-6331 or
  • Please check our website for future updates.

For information on the national DNP program, visit the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

The DNP program at the University of Florida College of Nursing is accredited by the
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.