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 healthcare 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.

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 healthcare 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 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 or 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 

Licensure or Certification

UCF is an approved institution of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA). Membership in NC-SARA requires the university to disclose information regarding state licensing and certification requirements for the selected program of study when licensing and/or certification are a requirement to practice in the profession after graduation.

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) programs (MSN, Post-Bachelor’s DNP and Post-Master’s Certificate) are accredited nationally by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education and meet the educational eligibility criteria for national certification, which is required to obtain the license to practice in the state of Florida as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).

Graduates of our FNP MSN, FNP Post-Bachelor’s DNP and/or FNP Post-Master’s Certificate program are eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) National Board Certification Examination offered by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board or the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Passing either of these certification exams meets the requirements for nurse practitioner board certification nationwide and the license requirements for the state of Florida.

We are unable to confirm the licensure and certification requirements of other states, territories, or foreign entities. If you intend to pursue such credentialing in your state or elsewhere, we advise you to contact the applicable state credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if our program meets its eligibility criteria.

You are welcome to contact the respective program director with questions in this regard and we will do our best to assist you in your career planning.

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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

Melanie Keiffer,
p: 407-823-5463
f: 407-823-5675

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  • Apply by Feb. 1
    (Fall start)
  • 74 credit hours
  • 1,020 clinical hours
  • Full-time = 9 semesters
  • Part-time = 12 semesters
  • NP preparation classes held Thursdays and/or Fridays (web activities will reduce on-campus meeting times)
  • DNP classes online with intensives