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Transforming Healthcare Transforming Lives:
Creating the Nursing Leaders of Tomorrow and the Research that Improves Health

Doctor of Nursing Practice (NRS)

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.

Dianne Morrison-Beedy Dianne Morrison-Beedy Dean, 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:

  • Direct care roles in advanced practice
  • Roles in clinical leadership
  • Using technology and information systems
  • Implementing the science developed by nurse researchers

Why USF?

  • USF is ranked 8th as an 'up and coming' university, in the 2012 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges
  • USF ranks among Forbes America's Best Colleges 2011

Why USF Nursing?

  • USF has the 1st DNP Program approved in Florida
  • Live classes allowing intensive faculty mentorship
  • 1st in the nation with Signature Clinical Residencies
  • Nationally-certified faculty in many clinical specialties
  • Interdisciplinary learning through USF Health


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, ARNP-C Melanie J. Michael, DNP, MS, FNP-C, CPHQDNP Program Director

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