BSN to DNP
UF was one of the first universities in the state to begin offering the BSN to DNP (postbaccalaureate) program and the first program to be approved by the Board of Governors.
. The College of Nursing’s advanced practice clinical specialties are now offered at the DNP level. However, students who may not be able to complete the DNP degree may stop out and receive a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. See below for more details.
The BSN to DNP program will be 93 credits and last 2 1/2 years for full-time study and 4 1/2 to 5 years for part-time study. Note: Core courses in the BSN-DNP and MSN (with the exception of Psych/Mental Health) programs are delivered primarily through a web-based format. There are a few courses taught in the classroom or lab in Gainesville or Jacksonville. Due to limited resources, courses are not taught in both web-based and in-class during the same semester. Increasingly, courses are being offered in the web-based format.
The BSN to DNP program are offered in the following specialties:
- Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
- Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
- Nurse Midwifery
- Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
- Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
- Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
This doctoral program includes course work previously in the master’s degree program as well as additional classroom and clinical courses in leadership and role development, advanced statistics, epidemiology, outcomes research and evaluation, and advanced clinical practice.
Please be advised, progression in advanced practice nursing tracks requires supervised and precepted experience in specialized clinical settings. Students admitted to APN tracks are advised that they may be required to travel to clinical sites for these experiences, and that if they are unable to their progress in the curriculum will be delayed.
Master of Science in Nursing Only Option
During the national transition from the MSN to the DNP for Advanced Practice Nursing, an option will be available for an MSN stop out for those students enrolled in the BSN-DNP whose circumstances prevent completion of the DNP Curriculum until a later date.
Students can elect to complete only the courses required to earn the MSN degree rather than complete the total DNP curriculum. This will require 5 semesters for full-time study or 8 semesters for part-time study. All DNP students are encouraged to continue in the program and earn the DNP, but if some students elect to exit after earning the MSN, they can return as a postmaster’s student to complete the DNP at a later time.
The date to exit with the Master of Science in Nursing for Advanced Practice Nursing is now 2020. More information about this extension