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DNP - Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree prepares you for the rapidly changing and complex health care environment.

The DNP program at Florida Southern is a leadership focused program designed to prepare graduates to design and lead system-level improvements.

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How to Apply

Apply today to start next term on Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Students are advised to submit applications as early as possible to assure optimal admission consideration.

Complete the Online Application

Apply Now

Priority deadline is Monday, April 1, 2019

Admission Requirements

  • Completed online application
  • Official transcripts of all academic work
  • BSN and Master’s degree (MS or MSN) 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
    OR
    BSN and Master’s degree in nursing (MS or MSN) in nursing leadership, health policy, 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
  • Professional statement describing rationale for pursuing the DNP degree, professional goals, and how completion of the DNP degree will support attainment of professional goals
  • Minimum of three letters of recommendation including one from a current or recent supervisor, one from a former faculty member, and one from a doctoral prepared health professional
  • Proof of current active licensure as a registered nurse in the state of Florida
  • Completion of a criminal background check, proof of immunization, and a ten-panel drug screen prior to beginning the program (if admitted)

* Live or virtual interview (by invitation only)

Additional International Requirements

  • Official Translated Transcripts With Course By Course Evaluation *
  • Bank Verification of Funds **
  • Sponsor's Guarantee Form
  • Valid Passport
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS Score ***
  • * World Education Services, Josef Silny and Associates, Academic Evaluation Services, Inc., or similar approved agency.
  • ** Must be able to provide us with a bank statement which shows you have a year’s worth of tuition, housing, and meal plans. This must come from the bank – it cannot be a copy of the students account.
  • *** Must have completed an English language training program or at least one year at an English speaking institution to waive the TOEFL/IELTS testing requirement. Our TOEFL minimum is a 79. The IELTS minimum is a 6.5.

DNP - Doctor of Nursing Practice Delivery Options

Convenient hybrid format doctoral program designed specifically for working health care professionals.

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Hybrid

On-campus Executive Sessions once a semester, scheduled on weekends (Friday/Saturday) provide a valuable opportunity to engage and interact with both faculty and fellow students.

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Program Overview
First cohort is scheduled to begin Fall 2019

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. Emphasis is on the application of evidence for the improvement and enhancement of patient care and health care delivery systems.

*All applicants will be required to provide evidence of practice hours completed at the Master’s level. An individualized plan of study will be developed, if indicated, to ensure fulfillment of the 1,000 hour post-baccalaureate practice requirement for the DNP degree.

Top Reasons

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Expert Faculty

Faculty include advanced practice leaders and experts with a wide range of clinical, policy, administrative, and academic expertise.

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Connected

Excellent relationships with local health care and community-based organizations to support practice-immersion and experiential learning.

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Personalized Attention

Small class sizes allow for the development of personal relationships with faculty and dynamic, personalized instruction.

Accreditation

The FSC School of Nursing and Health Sciences will submit an application for DNP Program accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street N.W., Suite 750, Washington, D.C. 20001 (202-887-6791) in 2019. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Curriculum

Course descriptions are available in the academic catalog.

Academic Catalog
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

How to Apply

Apply today to start next term on Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Students are advised to submit applications as early as possible to assure optimal admission and financial aid considerations.

Complete the Online Application

Apply Now

Priority deadline is Monday, April 1, 2019

Admission Requirements

  • Completed online application
  • Official transcripts of all academic work
  • BSN and Master’s degree (MS or MSN) 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
    OR
    BSN and Master’s degree in nursing (MS or MSN) in nursing leadership, health policy, 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
  • Professional statement describing rationale for pursuing the DNP degree, professional goals, and how completion of the DNP degree will support attainment of professional goals
  • Minimum of three letters of recommendation including one from a current or recent supervisor, one from a former faculty member, and one from a doctoral prepared health professional
  • Proof of current active licensure as a registered nurse in the state of Florida
  • Completion of a criminal background check, proof of immunization, and a ten-panel drug screen prior to beginning the program (if admitted)

* Live or virtual interview (by invitation only)

Additional International Requirements

  • Official Translated Transcripts With Course By Course Evaluation *
  • Bank Verification of Funds **
  • Sponsor's Guarantee Form
  • Valid Passport
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS Score ***
  • * World Education Services, Josef Silny and Associates, Academic Evaluation Services, Inc., or similar approved agency.
  • ** Must be able to provide us with a bank statement which shows you have a year’s worth of tuition, housing, and meal plans. This must come from the bank – it cannot be a copy of the students account.
  • *** Must have completed an English language training program or at least one year at an English speaking institution to waive the TOEFL/IELTS testing requirement. Our TOEFL minimum is a 79. The IELTS minimum is a 6.5.

Program Contact

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Kimberly Smith

Admission Counselor and Advisor
863.680.3090