Florida DNP Programs

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Florida DNP Program

Florida is among more than five states with the most Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs in the country. Currently, there are 11 DNP programs in Florida, and this number is expected to grow in the following years as the AACN is pushing to change the necessary degree level for advanced practice. As advanced practice moves from the MSN to DNP in 2015, more colleges and universities are likely to move toward offering this degree.

Though there are many DNP programs in Florida, they all have a similar mission. These programs aim to promote the highest possible level of clinical practice. The intended outcome is to prepare nurses to be leaders in healthcare through practice, administration, and policy, and to further the expertise of advanced practice.

Admission Requirements

Admissions requirements also vary between Florida colleges and universities, with some being stricter than others. Despite variations, there are also many similarities. The following are common requirements:

  • BSN or MSN from CCNE or NLN accredited program
  • Official transcripts
  • Proof of national certification
  • Minimum 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Graduate or undergraduate-level research course or project (depending on entry-point)
  • Current RN license
  • Successful completion of a statistics course in the past 5 years
  • Essay/scholarly writing
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal interview
  • GRE or MAT required for some programs
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Florida licensure or eligibility for licensure

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

Florida DNP programs vary in terms of length and curriculum. Some have only one entry-point for post-master's applicants, and others offer entry to those with a BSN or MSN. Barry University and NOVA Southeastern University, for example, offer the DNP only to those who have already earned a master's degree. NOVA's DNP curriculum consists of 36 with 1000 required post-BSN clinical hours. Barry University is another example of this, offering a two-year, 38 credit post-MSN program with a capstone project. This program also requires students to complete a total of 1000 graduate supervised clinical hours before earning the degree.

Other colleges and universities, such as Florida State University and the University of Miami, offer the DNP to post-bachelor's and post-master's applicants. The former has a 90 credit BSN-DNP curriculum and allows post-MSN students to transfer up to 42 credits towards the DNP. The University of Miami offers a 38 credit, one year program for post-MSN students, as well as a BSN-DNP Nurse Anesthesia track.


Tuition also differs depending on the program. Not all Florida DNP programs list tuition information clearly, and it is subject to change. University of Miami lists tuition at $13,300 per full-time semester for the one year program option that is completed in two semesters. NOVA states that the current cost of tuition is $750 per credit hour.

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Other Schools with DNP Programs in Florida

Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
University of Miami
5030 Brunson Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146
University of Florida
201 Criser Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611
University of Florida - Jacksonville
653 W 8th St # 1
Jacksonville, FL 32209
University of North Florida
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224
Barry University
11415 NE 2 Avenue
Miami, FL 33161
Florida International University
11200 S.W. 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199
University of Central Florida
4000 Central Florida Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32816
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33620

Florida Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs (FL)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a post-graduate level practice nursing degree. A DNP focuses on the clinical aspects of nursing as opposed to working on medical research or teaching.

Due to the fact that most Florida DNP degree seekers are working professionals, there are a number of flexible educational options available including RN-DNP (BSN-DNP) bridge programs and specialized programs for certified advanced practice nurses.

Florida DNP Degree Prerequisites

In Florida, nurses seeking DNP certification must already hold both BSN and MSN degrees. Being the final and most advanced degree offered to professionals in the nursing field, there is strict educational criteria. Since the DNP is a relatively new status in the profession, there has not been much national standardization of academic criteria. Therefore, it is essential for you to check with your Florida educational institution of choice to find out what specific prerequisites they require for program admission. You can also check with the ­Florida Board of Nursing to find out more about how Florida recognizes DNPs.

Although every school has differing entrance requirements, here is an example of one Florida schools current DNP program prerequisites.

Online DNP Programs for Florida Nurses

Online education is also known as distance learning. As this level of certification becomes increasingly popular in Florida, more and more Florida higher learning institutions are offering their DNP programs online. This will make it far more convenient for current RNs to take the next step without having to sacrifice time on the clock or professional responsibilities.

Benefits of DNP Certification

There are benefits in Florida to holding this advanced degree. Having a strong focus on advanced practice, leadership, and actual application of clinical research, DNPs are often depended on to fill the gap between doctors and nurses.

Also, Florida nurses holding this certification are quickly becoming favored for parity with other health professionals when and where a doctorate status is required. This includes being called upon for involvement in advanced diagnosis, legal consultation, and highly specialized clinical research. With their focus on actual clinical application, DNP nurses are typically viewed as the most experienced.

As a nurse, earning a DNP degree will also foster enhanced leadership skills and the knowledge to deliver superior healthcare service to patients, which will in turn advance you professionally.

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