Doctoral Programs

Doctor of Nursing Practice 

Become the Future!

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is the highest practice degree any nurse can achieve. Our DNP program prepares nurses with the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise to assure the best quality of care and provide positive patient outcomes.

Making the decision to seek your DNP may be difficult, but where to get it is easy. Join us at the USF College of Nursing.

In Fall 2013 the College of Nursing implemented a revised DNP Program curriculum and revised admission guidelines to provide two entry level options: (1) post-Baccalaureate (BS-DNP) and (2) post-Master's (MS-DNP).

Transform Healthcare Become the Future

The DNP prepares you for:

Using technology and information systems

Why USF?

USF ranks among Forbes America's Best Colleges 2011

Why USF Nursing?

USF has the 1st DNP Program approved in Florida


"The USF DNP program offers an unprecedented opportunity to train with nationally-recognized clinical faculty, pursue advanced specialty training in high-demand signature clinical residencies including dermatology and preventive cardiology and to experience state-of-the-art, interprofessional training through advanced and high fidelity simulation experiences. A DNP degree from USF will allow you to expand your clinical expertise and professional goals to excel as a practice leader!"

Melanie J. Michael, DNP, MS, FNP-C, CPHQMelanie J. Michael, DNP, MS, FNP-C, CPHQ
DNP Program Director

Purpose and Objectives

The purpose of this program leading to the degree of Doctorate of Nursing Practice is to prepare the graduate for advanced independent clinical practice. Nursing practice, as defined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) (2004), refers to any nursing intervention that influences health care outcomes for individuals or populations. Objectives for the program are based upon recommendations for essential curriculum elements as identified by the AACN.

Upon completion of the program the graduate will be able to:

  • Promote evidence-based practice based on synthesis of the most current research relevant to advanced nursing practice.
  • Ensure excellence in written and oral communication emphasizing opportunities for publishing and presenting in areas of expertise locally and nationally.
  • Prepare leaders to implement and evaluate evidence-based practice.
  • Create an environment that enhances the use of translational research to solve practice problems and improve health outcomes.
  • Ensure excellence in the dissemination of findings from evidence-based practice at the national and international levels.

What People are Saying

"My DNP from USF gave me the tools to be a leader and innovator in my profession. Where you get your DNP matters, all programs are not alike. If you want to be challenged and respected for how you were trained, then you should explore the USF DNP program.

People ask me 'what has the DNP done for you?' My answer to them is, 'It's not about what the DNP will do for you, what is important is what are YOU going to do with your DNP degree and how are you going to contribute and impact our profession.'"

Debra Shelby, DNP, ARNP, DNCDebra Shelby, DNP, ARNP, DNC
Founder & President, Dermatology Nurse Practitioners (NADNP)

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