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 ensure quality of care and positive patient outcomes. Students with degrees in nursing are offered the opportunity to acquire the competencies required for entry to advanced nursing practice while also completing the requirements for the DNP degree.
This program prepares graduates to exercise advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking, and expanded responsibility and accountability in planning, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based strategies to improve individual patient and population health outcome.
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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).
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.
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Note: This requirement is not the same as the USF Student Health Services (USF Health Form) and cannot be submitted as a substitute.
The BS-DNP post-baccalaureate curriculum builds on the baccalaureate level competencies required for professional nursing practice. It provides students who hold a degree in nursing with the opportunity to acquire the competencies required for entry to advanced nursing practice while also completing the requirements for the DNP degree.
The following BS-DNP concentrations are available:
All BS-DNP students are required to complete the didactic and clinical experiences necessary for achievement of the competencies associated with doctoral education as delineated in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (2006) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice. Nurse Practitioner students must also meet the Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies as defined by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (2012) and the population-focused specific competencies established for their respective future area(s) of practice. All Nurse Practitioner concentrations lead to eligibility to sit for one or more national population-focused certification exams. Students in selected concentrations may also be prepared to sit for one or more specialty certification exams.
Please Note: Program length varies depending on the concentration selected.
The post-master's DNP curriculum builds on the master's level competencies for advanced practice nurses. This program prepares graduates to exercise advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking, and expanded responsibility and accountability in planning, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based strategies to improve individual patient and population health outcomes.
A minimum of 30 credits and one year of study are required for the DNP post-master's concentration. All students are required to complete the didactic and clinical experiences necessary for achievement of the competencies associated with doctoral education as delineated in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's (2006) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.
An individualized program of study is developed for each post-master's DNP student based on his/her educational and professional goals as well as the results of a transcript analysis following acceptance of an offer of admission to the Program.
Individualized programs of study are also available for students seeking preparation for certification in a new or second population-focused area of advanced practice. Additional course work and practicum experiences in the new area of population specialization will be required. Upon completion of these additional learning experiences and the program, students will be eligible to sit for one or more national certification exams in the second population-focused area of practice.
All students are required to complete the following courses and to fulfill the requirements associated with the DNP evidence-based practice project and the DNP practicum.
MS-DNP Knowledge Building Core Course Requirements
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for Advanced Nursing
Systems Leadership and Interprofessional Practice
Management, Quality Improvement, and Patient Safety
of Statistics for Clinicians
and Patient Care Technology
Care Policy & Clinical Prevention for Imprv Pop Health
of Nursing Practice Practicum
of Nursing Practice Project
Applicants who meet the admission requirements should complete the steps below to successfully apply:
Required Documentation: All documentation (e.g., transcripts, resume, certifications, etc.) must be uploaded to NursingCAS by the deadline in order for applications to be considered.
Interview Requirement: In addition to fulfilling the application requirements, a personal interview with faculty will be required.
All steps in the application process must be completed by 5 p.m. on the deadline for the application term.
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Priority Application Deadlines:
NOTE: Application deadlines for Graduate Student Success fellowships, including the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship, are often prior to the priority College of Nursing deadline. Applicants should consult the pertinent funding agency as additional application materials may be required for each fellowship.