Doctor of Nursing Practice

Hybrid (post-BSN options)

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Online (post-MSN options)

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Program Description

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.

Policies and guidelines for this program are located in the Nursing DNP Handbook.

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Program Objectives

  • 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 health systems.

  • Design, implement, and evaluate comprehensive care models for populations and/or systems and disseminate findings.

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Students will take course work corresponding to the eight essential competencies delineated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The competencies address the following:

  1. Scientific underpinning for practice

  2. Organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement and systems thinking

  3. Clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice

  4. Information systems/technology and patient care technology for the improvement and transformation of health care

  5. Health care policy for advocacy in health care

  6. Inter-professional collaboration for improving patient and population health outcomes

  7. Clinical prevention and population health for improving the nation’s health

  8. Advanced nursing practice

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UCF is listed among the best nursing schools for earning a MSN and DNP, and is also listed as a best online graduate nursing program, according to U.S. News & World Report.