Doctoral Programs

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Admission Requirements

The College is committed to recruiting a diverse pool of applicants who are highly motivated to achieve the doctoral program objectives. Admission to the program is based on a number of factors to evaluate a student's potential for academic success at the doctoral level. 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).

Document Submission Requirement (All DNP Applicants):

  • Three letters of recommendation (from nursing faculty or clinical supervisor), indicating potential for graduate study, attesting to the applicant's academic ability, clinical competence, and commitment
  • Personal goals statement
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Sealed official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended


  • All applicants must have:
    • A bachelor's degree in nursing from a CCNE or ACEN regionally accredited institution and satisfy at least one of the following criteria:
      • "B" average or better in all work attempted while registered as an undergraduate student working for a degree, or
      • "B" average or better in all work attempted while registered as an upper division undergraduate student working for a baccalaureate degree.
    • The equivalent bachelors and/or graduate degrees in nursing from a foreign institution
  • Current unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the United States upon matriculation. Current license as a registered nurse in the state of Florida before the first course.  
  • Applicants to the DNP program are required to complete both a NursingCAS application and a USF Graduate Studies Application.  
  • Completed a 3-credit hour or equivalent in length undergraduate level statistics course with a grade of B or better.
  • A personal interview with a designated faculty member may also be required
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care applicants must have one year current experience as an RN in an aggressive adult ICU critical care unit, completed prior to matriculation into the program.


Applicants must meet the following requirements in order to apply for the program:

  • Master of Science with a major in Nursing from a regionally accredited college or university
  • An overall 3.0 GPA
  • Licensure as an Advanced Practice Nurse (CRNA, NP, CNM, CNS) -Florida license needed for residencies
  • National certification in area of advanced practice

Applicants from countries where English is not the official language must demonstrate English proficiency. Please see USF Graduate Catalog for more information or contact USF Office of Admissions:


All admitted nursing students are required to complete a Background Check, Immunization Verification, and Drug Screening. Admitted students will be provided with the steps to complete this process.

Complete By:
First week of class
MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B, Tdap Booster (Documentation), TB Skin Test, CPR Certification (American Heart Association), Flu Shot

Note: This requirement is not the same as the USF Student Health Services (USF Health Form) and cannot be submitted as a substitute.

For More Information

The College of Nursing offers prospective students a number of ways to obtain more information about our programs:

All information contained is for informational purposes only and is superseded by the catalog for your intended term of entry.