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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Developing a New Generation of Innovative Nurse Leaders.

The DNP program at FSC is a leadership-focused post-master’s program of study designed to prepare graduates in healthcare policy and advocacy, finance, information systems, project management and organizational leadership. 

Realize your full potential as a health systems leader with a DNP Degree from Florida Southern College.  This program will prepare you with the knowledge and skills needed for upward career mobility and better job opportunities across the healthcare continuum. Become an innovative nurse leader and shape the future of health care. 

Upcoming Term Start Dates


CCNE Accredited

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Florida Southern College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Top Reasons

Gain a Competitive Edge in Your Career

The changing demands of this nation’s complex healthcare environment require the highest levels of practice expertise. Employers are quickly recognizing the unique contributions that DNP-prepared nurses are making in healthcare organizations. As a result, the demand for nurse leaders with doctoral preparation continues to grow. Nursing is moving in the direction of other health professions in transitioning to the Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Learn More, Earn More

A DNP Degree from Florida Southern College will prepare you for the highest level of advanced nursing practice. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data clearly show that with each level of education attained, individuals have access to higher-level and better-paying jobs. In the U.S., the median salary for individuals with a doctoral degree is approximately 20% higher compared to those with a Master's Degree. In 2020, the median pay for health services leaders and managers in the U.S. was $104,280.

Faculty with Real-Life Experience

When it comes to helping nurse leaders achieve their potential, there is no substitute for experience. Our DNP faculty come from diverse backgrounds and have the knowledge and expertise required to help students prepare for the real-life challenges they will encounter as the next generation of health systems leaders.

Return on Your Investment

The DNP Program tuition is competitively priced to provide students with a high rate of return on their investment in education. Out-of-state students pay the same rate and our online-delivery format makes it easy for students living in the region and beyond to complete program requirements.

Showcasing Excellence in Scholarship and Evidence Translation

Our students are solving real-life problems in healthcare organizations through the DNP project and practicum experiences.

In High Demand

Employment opportunities for health system leaders and managers are projected to grow by 32% by 2030---much faster than the average for all other occupations in the U.S.

Meet Our Mocs

Carol Anderson, DNP
Tawana L. Cooper, DNP, APRN, WHNP-C
Amy Davis, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Ann Roberto, DNP, APRN, CPNP
Doris Thornhill, DNP, ARNP

Doctor of Nursing Practice Core Competencies

DNP students are expected to demonstrate mastery of the core competencies delineated in The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2006):

  1. Scientific Underpinnings for Practice
  2. Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Improvement and Systems Thinking
  3. Clinical Scholarship and Analytic Methods for Evidence-Based Practice
  4. Information Systems/Technology and Patient Care Technology for the Improvement and Transformation of Healthcare
  5. Health Care Policy for Advocacy in Health Care
  6. Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes
  7. Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving the Nation’s Health
  8. Advanced Nursing Practice

Read the DNP Handbook for more details

Melanie Michael, DNP, MS, APRN, FNP-C, CPHQ, FNAP

Featured Faculty

Melanie Michael

Dr. Michael’s teaching is guided by the theories and works of Nobel Laureate Herbert A. Simon in the area of active learning and the proposition that “Learning results from what the student does and thinks and only from what the student does and thinks. The teacher can only advance learning by influencing what the student does to learn,” (as quoted in Ambrose, S.A., et al. 2010).

Program Details

Admission Requirements

  • Completed online application
  • Official transcripts of all academic work
  • A master's degree in nursing from an accredited CNEA, ACEN or CCNE program with certification as a Certified Nurse Midwife, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Clinical Nurse Specialist, or Nurse Practitioner at a regionally accredited college or university
    A nursing master's degree in nursing leadership, health policy, population or community health, or informatics from a nationally accredited CNEA, ACEN or CCNE program at a regionally-accredited college or university
  • Cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in graduate level course work
  • Résumé or CV of educational and work experience
  • Proof of current active licensure as a registered nurse in the state of Florida
  • Live or virtual interview (by invitation only)

If admitted, all DNP students must comply with applicable institutional or organizational policies regarding vaccinations, drug testing, and background checks required for completion of DNP Project and Practicum experiences.

Course Delivery

Fully Online

Our program offers fully online coursework.


Course NumberCourse Name
DNP 7100Philosophical, Theoretical, Professional, and Conceptual Foundations
DNP 7110Leadership and Interprofessional Practice
DNP 7120Introduction to DNP Project
DNP 7200Professional, Business, and Scholarly Writing
DNP 7210Health Care Business and Financial Management
DNP 7300Practice Scholarship: Evidence-based Practice and Quality Improvement
DNP 7310Data Management and Analytics for Evidence-based Practice
DNP 7400Clinical Prevention and Population Health
DNP 7410Health Policy and Advocacy in Health Care
DNP 7420Information Management and Technology
DNP 7500DNP Project and Practicum I
DNP 7510DNP Project and Practicum II
DNP 7520DNP Project and Practicum III
DNP 7530DNP Project and Practicum IV

Program Costs


Base Required FeesCost
Tuition Per Credit Hour$775
Technology fee per semester is based on credit hours enrolled$30 to $120

$500 Non-Refundable Enrollment Deposit (Upon acceptance and applied toward your first semester tuition balance)

*Tuition will be billed prior to the beginning of each semester based on credit hours. Tuition must be paid by the first day of class.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the focus of your DNP program?

Rather than direct patient-practice, our DNP at Florida Southern program focuses on nursing leadership, administration, health care policy, advocacy, and project management.

Is this an on-campus program?

This program is fully online.

Do you require the GRE for admission?

No, we do not require the GRE for consideration for admission to our nursing programs.

How does the DNP differ from a PhD in Nursing?

While both are terminal degrees within nursing, the DNP focuses on practice in direct and indirect care roles while the focus of the PhD is on nursing research. Indirect care roles include health care leadership or administration, health policy, and informatics. 

Upcoming Information Sessions

Join us to learn more about our Doctor of Nursing Practice program and what sets it apart from other programs you may be considering.  Hear from our program director and your admission counselor to go over the course plan, get next steps for admission and hear more about our support process throughout your DNP project.

Program Contact

Melanie Michael Melanie Michael, DNP, MS, APRN, FNP-C, CPHQ, FNAP

Associate Professor


Graduate Nursing Program Director

Abbey Bonet Abbey Bonet, MSHE

Assistant Director of Adult and Graduate Admission