Doctor of Nursing Practice
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares nurses at the highest level of practice for the current health care environment based on a strong scientific foundation for practice; flexibility and emphasis on evidence-based practice, leadership, and organizational analysis; and analysis of the DNP Project.
The objectives of the DNP program are to prepare graduates to:
Critically analyze complex clinical situations and practice systems.
Assume leadership roles in the development of clinical practice models, health policy and standards of care.
Demonstrate advanced diagnostic reasoning skills and clinical judgment through scholarship and nursing practice.
Analyze the social, economic, political, epidemiological and other scientific data to improve individual, aggregate and population health.
Demonstrate information fluency and advanced communication skills to lead quality improvement initiatives to improve patient care and health care systems.
Design, implement, and evaluate comprehensive care to clients within an area of advanced practice specialization
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has granted full accreditation of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs. UCF was one of the first in Florida to obtain CCNE accreditation of a D.N.P. program.
The Florida Board of Nursing has approved the bachelor’s degree in nursing program.
UCF College of Nursing is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The AACN, the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs, recognizes the B.S.N. degree as the minimum educational requirement for professional nursing practice.
Furthermore, all programs are accredited by the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (SACS).
International Student Requirements:
In order to enroll in graduate classes, students must have obtained a baccalaureate or higher degree, prior to the start of the term for which the student is admitted, from a regionally accredited institution or from a recognized foreign institution. International students are not eligible for nondegree/certificate status unless they hold an eligible visa. International applicants are encouraged to begin the application process early. Also, international applicants should ensure all supporting documents, including those required to issue an I-20, are received by the stated application deadline. Only official documentation is accepted and it is the student's responsibility to submit all documents by the application deadline.