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    Aug 09, 2020  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Nursing, D.N.P.


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Priority Admission Application Deadlines: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors

Concentrations

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nursing
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nursing
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care/Oncology
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care/Occupational Health
  • Family Health Nursing
  • Pediatric Health Nursing
Available as a Concurrent Degree
 
This major shares core requirements with the D.N.P. in Nurse Anesthesia.

Contact Information

College: Nursing

Contact Information: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors


The Nursing major prepares graduates for advanced independent clinical practice. Nursing practice, as defined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN [2004]), refers to any nursing intervention that influences health care outcomes for individuals or populations. Objectives for the major are based upon recommendations for essential curriculum elements as identified by the AACN and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).

D.N.P. Major Goals:

Prepare graduates:

  • for practice at the most advanced level in a focused area of nursing practice
  • to use information systems and technology to optimize the delivery of health care
  • to apply knowledge of the cultural and socioeconomic dimensions of health to prevent disease and promote health for individuals, families, and populations
  • to lead sustainable organizational and health system level changes to improve health care delivery and health outcomes
  • to direct and develop new and innovative strategies to address current and evolving practice issues in an increasingly complex health care environment
  • to critically appraise, synthesize, apply, and translate the knowledge created by researchers and theoretical scholars to improve health care quality and safety
  • to use practice information systems and databases to support and inform decision making, improvement efforts, and the evaluation of health outcomes for individuals, families and populations

 

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements, as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.  Please note before stating the application process, international students may have additional restrictions stipulating course delivery format for their program of choice. Please refer to USF World for further information on these requirements.

All applicants must have the following:

  1. Submission of the following documents:
    1. Three letters of recommendation, indicating potential for graduate study, from persons who can attest to the applicant’s academic ability, clinical competence, and commitment. (Optimally, these letters will be from a nursing faculty or clinical supervisor.)
    2. Personal statement of goals
    3. Current resume or curriculum vitae
    4. Sealed official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended
  2. A personal interview with a designated faculty member may also be required.

  3. The equivalent bachelors and/or graduate degrees in nursing from a foreign institution.

  4. Current unencumbered license as a registered nurse and/or advanced practice nurse in the United States upon matriculation. Current license as a registered nurse and/or advanced practice nurse in the State of Florida, or a compact multi-state license allowing practicein the State of Florida, before the first clinical course.

  5. Applicants to the Nursing Major are required to complete both a NursingCAS application and a USF Graduate Studies Application. 

  6. Applicants interested in to the Adult Gerontology Acute Care concentration are strongly encouraged tomust have at least one year of ICU/acute care experience prior to matriculation to meet professional practice requirements for clinical placements.

  7. Applicants interested in to the Oncology/Adult Gerontology Primary Care concentration are strongly encouraged to have at least one year of previous and/or current oncology-specific experience prior to matriculation to meet professional practice requirements for clinical placements.

     

Post-Bachelor’s Applicants with a B.S. (in Nursing) applying to the D.N.P. must also have:

  1. A bachelor’s degree in nursing from a CCNE or ACEN and an accredited institution and satisfying at least one of the following criteria:
    • “B” average or better in all work attempted while registered as an undergraduate student work for a degree, or:
    • “B” average or better in all work attempted while registered as an upper division undergraduate student working for a baccalaureate degree.
  2. Completion of a 3 credit hour or equivalent length undergraduate level statistics course with a grade of B or better.

 

Post-Master’s Applicants with a M.S. (in Nursing) applying to the D.N.P. must also have:

  1. A Master’s degree in nursing from a CCNE or ACEN and an accredited institution.
  2. Minimum 3.00 GPA at the graduate level
  3. Licensure as an Advanced Practice Nurse
  4. National certification in area of advanced practice

*It is recommended, but not required, to submit competitive GRE scores.

Curriculum Requirements


Total Minimum Hours: 30 credit hours post masters, 75 credit hours post-bacc

The program follows a standard plan and course sequence for part-time or full-time enrollment. The specific sequence of courses for each admission cycle is determined upon admission to the program and students will be provided their specific program plan upon accepting their offer of admission.

 

Post-Master’s – 30 hours minimum:

  • Shared Core Requirements – 15 Credit Hours

  • Practice Management - 3 Credit Hours

  • Practicum - 8 Credit hours

  • Doctoral Project - 4 Credit hours

 

Post-Bachelor’s – 75 hours minimum:

  • Shared Core Requirements - 15 Credit Hours

  • Additonal Required Courses – 27 Credit Hours  

  • Concentrations – 18 Credit Hours minimum

  • Practice Management - 3 Credit Hours

  • Practicum - 8 Credit hours

  • Doctoral Project - 4 Credit hours

 

Practice Management Requirement (3 Credit Hours)


Post-Bachelor’s:


In addition to the Core and Practice Management Requirements, Post-Bachelor’s students (B.S.-D.N.P.) must also complete the following:

  • Additional Required Courses
  • Concentration

Additional Required Courses (27 credit hours)


Sequencing of courses is particularly important and core requirement courses below must be successfully completed prior to beginning clinical coursework. All foundational level clinical courses in the advanced practice nursing tracks must be completed in sequence per an approved program plan unless otherwise approved by faculty.

Concentrations


Students select one of the following concentrations:

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care /Occupational Health (35 Credit Hours)


Comprehensive Qualifying Exam


All D.N.P. students must satisfactorily complete a  proposal, a scholarly report/manuscript, a poster presentation, and a portfolio. In addition, post bachelor’s (B.S.-D.N.P.) students must take a comprehensive exam in their Special Topics course to prepare them for their NP licensure exam at the state level. Post Master’s (M.S.-D.N.P.) students take their state NP licensure exam prior to matriculation.

Practicum (8 Credit Hours MInimum)


  • Credit Hours: 1-7 (8 credits for this program) *
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  • *D.N.P. students must have a minimum of 1,000 post-baccalaureate supervised clinical hours at the time of graduation.  Project and Practicum must be completed in Florida.

Doctoral Project (4 Credit Hours Minimum)


Dissertation


This is a clinical degree that does not require a dissertation.

Concurrent Degree


Also available as a Concurrent Degree  

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