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 health care 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 health care continuum. Become an innovative nurse leader and shape the future of health care.
CCNE AccreditedThe Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Florida Southern College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org)
Gain a Competitive Edge in Your Career
The changing demands of this nation’s complex healthcare environment require the highest levels practice expertise. Employers are quickly recognizing the unique contributions that DNP prepared nurses are making in health care 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. www.aacnnursing.org/News-Information/Fact-Sheets/DNP-Fact-Sheet
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.
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.
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
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 hybrid-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 health care organizations through the DNP project and practicum experiences.
Ann Roberto, DNP, APRN, CPNP
Carol Anderson, DNP
Doris Thornhill, DNP, ARNP
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):
- Scientific Underpinnings for Practice
- Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Improvement and Systems Thinking
- Clinical Scholarship and Analytic Methods for Evidence-Based Practice
- Information Systems/Technology and Patient Care Technology for the Improvement and Transformation of Healthcare
- Health Care Policy for Advocacy in Health Care
- Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes
- Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving the Nation’s Health
- Advanced Nursing Practice
- 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.
Our program offers fully online coursework.
|Course Number||Course Name|
|DNP 7100||Philosophical, Theoretical, Professional, and Conceptual Foundations|
|DNP 7110||Leadership and Interprofessional Practice|
|DNP 7120||Introduction to DNP Project|
|DNP 7200||Professional, Business, and Scholarly Writing|
|DNP 7210||Health Care Business and Financial Management|
|DNP 7300||Practice Scholarship: Evidence-based Practice and Quality Improvement|
|DNP 7310||Data Management and Analytics for Evidence-based Practice|
|DNP 7400||Clinical Prevention and Population Health|
|DNP 7410||Health Policy and Advocacy in Health Care|
|DNP 7420||Information Management and Technology|
|DNP 7500||DNP Project and Practicum I|
|DNP 7510||DNP Project and Practicum II|
|DNP 7520||DNP Project and Practicum III|
|DNP 7530||DNP Project and Practicum IV|
|Base Required Fees||Cost|
|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.
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 and 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.
Adult & Grad Admissions
DNP Virtual Information Session
Adult and Graduate
Oct 25 6:30 PM
Adult & Grad Admissions
DNP Virtual Information Session
Adult and Graduate
Nov 14 6:30 PM
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