- Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
- Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
- Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with Occupational Health Nursing Sub-Specialty
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
This Major shares core requirements with the Nurse Anesthesiology, D.N.P.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) major prepares graduates for advanced independent clinical practice. Nursing practice, as defined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 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:
- 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
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:
- Submission of the following documents:
- 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, a clinical supervisor, and a healthcare provider (APRN, PA, or MD).
- Current resume or curriculum vitae
- Sealed official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended
A personal interview with a designated faculty member may also be required.
A bachelor’s degree in Nursing or the equivalent bachelors and/or graduate degrees in nursing from a foreign institution.
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 practice in the State of Florida, before the first clinical course.
Applicants to the Nursing Major are required to complete both a NursingCAS application and a USF Graduate Studies Application.
Applicants interested in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner concentration must have at least one year of ICU/acute care 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:
- A bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited institution and from a CCNE or ACEN accredited nursing program, and satisfying at least one of the following criteria:
- 3.00 cumulative GPA (on a 4.00 scale) in all work attempted while registered as an undergraduate student working toward a baccalaureate degree, or:
- 3.00 cumulative GPA (on a 4.00 scale) in all work attempted while registered as an upper division undergraduate student working toward a baccalaureate degree.
- Completion of a 3-credit hour or equivalent length undergraduate level statistics course with a grade of B or better.
- GRE scores are not a requirement or condition for admission.
Post-Master’s Applicants with a M.S. (in Nursing) applying to the D.N.P. must also have:
- A Master’s degree in nursing from an accredited institution, and from a CCNE or ACEN accredited nursing program
- Minimum 3.00 GPA at the graduate level
- Licensure as an Advanced Practice Nurse upon admission or by end of 1st semester after matriculation.
- National certification in area of advanced practice
Please note before starting 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.
Total Minimum Hours: 30 credit hours post masters, 75 credit hours post-baccalaureate
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
- Optional Concentration - 17 Credit Hours*
- DNP Project - 12 Credit hours
Example of Post-Master’s (MSN-DNP) program plans can be viewed here.
*students in the MSN-DNP may also complete the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with Occupational Health Nursing Sub-Specialty in addition to the other post-master’s requirements.
Post-Bachelor’s – 75 hours minimum:
- Shared Core Requirements - 15 Credit Hours
- Additional Required Courses - 27 Credit Hours
- Practice Management - 3 Credit Hours
- Concentrations – 18 Credit Hours minimum
- Optional Concentration - 35 Credit Hours*
- DNP Project - 12 Credit hour
Example of Post-Bachelor’s (BSN-DNP) program plans can be viewed here.
*students in the BSN-DNP may also complete the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with Occupational Health Nursing Sub-Specialty in addition to the other post-master’s requirements.
Shared Core Requirements (15 Credit Hours Minimum)
Practice Management Requirement (3 Credit Hours)
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
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.
Students select one of the following concentrations:
Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (21 Credit Hours)
Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (18 Credit Hours)
Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with Occupational Health Nursing Sub-Specialty(35 Credit Hours)
Family Nurse Practitioner (25 Credit Hours)
Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (18 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.N.-D.N.P.) students must take a comprehensive exam in their Special Topics course to prepare them for their NP certification exam at the national level. Post Master’s (M.S.N.-D.N.P.) students take their state NP certification exam prior to matriculation.
DNP Project (12 Credit Hours Minimum)
- The DNP Project courses provide for synthesis and application of knowledge of skills acquired in previous courses through the planning, development, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of a practice improvement project.
- Completion of a minimum of 125 hours of practicum per semester is required.
- *D.N.P. students must have a minimum of 1,000 post-baccalaureate supervised practicum hours at the time of graduation.
- The DNP Project with Practicum hours must be completed in Florida.
- This is a clinical degree that does not require a dissertation.