Family Nurse Practitioner

Doctor of Nursing Practice

This program is for nurses who have earned their bachelor’s degree and want to earn their DNP.

Track Description

The DNP Family Nurse Practitioner Track 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 FNP curriculum prepares nurses for advanced primary care practice across the lifespan—from children to adult. Upon completion of this program, graduates are eligible to sit for the state-required certification examination. Certification is required by the state and gives the authorization necessary to function in the advanced practice role.

 

Program Objectives

The objectives of the clinical 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.

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Application Requirements

UCF General Education Requirements 

UCF requires all prospective student to fulfill the general UCF graduate admissions requirements. Visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog.

Nursing Program Requirements

  • Transcript: an official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended
  • BSN degree: must be from a regionally accredited institution and the nursing program must be accredited either by CCNE or ACEN (students with Non-Nursing Bachelor’s can apply but must take prerequisites).
  • Undergraduate Statistics Course
  • GRE: an official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years
  • RN License: must be a licensed registered nurse in the State of Florida (Out of state applicants must be eligible for RN license in Florida and must obtain RN license to begin clinical courses)
  • Written Essay: address the following three items in a written essay (See essay requirements below):
    1. Discuss the impact of the graduate nursing education in your desired track on the evolution of your professional role.
    2. Describe the path you would take to ensure success in your graduate nursing education.
    3. Identify one significant contemporary issue or problem in US health care and explore how members of the nursing profession can help address that issue or solve that problem.
  • Curriculum Vitae: CV should reflect prior education, recent clinical accomplishments, any recent scholarly work (publications and presentations), awards, additional certifications, and activities with professional organizations. For recent graduates, this can include accomplishments as a student.
  • Interview: an interview with faculty may also be required 

Written Essay Parameters

Before submitting your application, it is recommended that applicants call the College of Nursing Graduate Office at 407-823-2744 to schedule an appointment with a DNP advisor to discuss your goals for doctoral study. It is advantageous to discuss the program before writing the required essay because the essay must address your goals for doctoral-level preparation for advanced nursing practice.

  • Total word count for entire essay—not each item—500 words or less
  • double spaced
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • 1-inch margins 

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Program Director

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Josie A. Weiss,
PhD, PNP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP
josie.weiss@ucf.edu
p: 407-823-2744
f: 407-823-5675

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Specifics:

  • Apply by Feb. 15
    (Fall start)
  • 74 credit hours
  • 1,020 clinical hours
  • Full-time = 9 semesters
  • Part-time = 13 semesters
  • NP preparation classes held Thursdays and/or Fridays (web activities will reduce on-campus meeting times)
  • DNP classes online with intensives