Nurse Executive

Doctor of Nursing Practice

This program is for nurses who have earned their master’s degree and now want to earn their DNP with specialization as a Nurse Executive.

Track Description

The Executive Track in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is a dynamic and engaging academic curriculum that prepares the nurse executive for the multiple dimensions of administrative responsibilities within varied healthcare environments. The Executive DNP track extends and enhances the knowledge, skill and performance of healthcare system leaders in a wide variety of clinical and administrative environments.

The DNP Executive Track meets the unique needs and taps the talent of nurse executives through experiential learning and leadership projects in a team-centered environment. It provides enrolled executives the opportunity to interact with prominent healthcare experts who address emergent and challenging issues for nurse leaders, and encourages networking with colleagues across local and state healthcare and policy organizations.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the DNP Executive Track 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
  • Develop practice models that support nurses in diagnostic reasoning skills and clinical judgment through the use of evidence based 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 healthcare systems
  • Design, implement, and evaluate comprehensive care models for clients within an area of responsibility

The Executive Track in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares nurses at the highest level of practice for the current healthcare environment based on a strong scientific foundation for practice; offers flexibility and emphasis on evidence-based practice, leadership, and organizational analysis, and provides analytic skills to examine practice innovations involving completion of the residency project requirement.

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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
  • MSN degree: must be from a regionally accredited institution (MSN in Leadership & Management is preferred, but applicants with MS or MSN in field other than Leadership & Management will also be considered.)
  • RN License: must be a licensed registered nurse in the State of Florida if taking clinical and practice coursework in Florida health care agencies and institutions. (Distance learners must be licensed in state or country in which they will practice.)
  • Written Essay: address the following two items in a written essay (See essay requirements below):
    1. Describe your future career plans and how the program to which you are applying will help you achieve your career goals.
    2. Identify one significant contemporary issue of the problem in U.S. healthcare 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 Requirements

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.

  • One page
  • Double spaced
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • 1-inch margins 

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Program Director


Diane R. Andrews, PhD, RN
p: 407-823-2744
f: 407-823-5675

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  • Apply by June 1
    (Fall start)
  • Apply by Oct. 1
    (Spring start)
  • 42 credit hours
  • 1,000 clinical hours
  • Part-time = 9 semesters
  • DNP classes online with intensives

Please note: Online programs may not meet immigration requirements for students holding an F1 or J1 Visa to maintain status. If you have questions, please contact the International Services Center at or call 407-823-2337.