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.
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We will be accepting applications until the cohort is full.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Florida Southern College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
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.
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.
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.
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.
DNP Program tuition is competitively priced at $750 per credit hour 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.
Our students are solving real-life problems in health care organizations through the DNP project and practicum experiences
In NUR 7200, Professional Business and Scholarly Writing, you will develop skills for effective professional, business, and scholarly writing needed for advanced nursing leadership roles and learn how to tailor your writing to effectively communicate with diverse audiences.
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):
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).
Our program offers fully online coursework with an on campus immersion meeting the first Friday and Saturday of each semester.
Course descriptions are available in the academic catalog.
Florida Southern College reserves the right to revise fee schedules.
*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.
Rather than direct patient-practice, our DNP at Florida Southern program focuses on nursing leadership, administration, health care policy and advocacy and project management.
Our students meet on campus for an immersion weekend once per semester, usually on the first Friday and Saturday of the term. The remainder of the program is delivered in an online format, with regular meetings with faculty and students.
No, we do not require the GRE for consideration for admission to our nursing programs.
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.
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