BSN-to-DNP Degree Requirements

The BSN-to-DNP program is a lock-step program.  Students must complete the coursework as specified in the Plan of Study for the specific track under which they were admitted and as listed in the Academic Bulletin and the Student Handbook.  Students must also successfully complete the courses in each semester to progress to the next.  Questions related to degree requirements should be directed to the appropriate Associate Dean or Program Director, or staff member in the OSS.

To receive the BSN-to-DNP, students must:

  1. Complete all course work as required with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better
  2. Complete all required clinical and practice immersion hours
  3. Successfully complete the DNP scholarly project before graduation
  4. Successfully complete annual benchmark exams, before progressing into next phase of the program
  5. Successfully pass the DNP comprehensive examination, which is an integrative experience to demonstrate students’ mastery of the outcome objectives of the program
  6. Pass a comprehensive clinical nurse anesthesia oral board examination

Four tracks are offered within the BSN to DNP program:

  1. Nurse Anesthesia
  2. Acute Care
  3. Family Nurse Practitioner
  4. Adult Geriatric Primary Care

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, preferably in nursing, from regionally-accredited institutions
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees
  3. Introductory statistics course
  4. Two letters of recommendation, preferably from individuals with doctorates in nursing
    1. At least one reference from an academic source. 
  5. Statement of professional goals
  6. Current CV/resume
  7. Current, unrestricted RN license to practice nursing in the State of Florida or the state/territory of current practice
  8. Current Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers certification
    1. Only BLS certifications from the American Heart Association are accepted.
  9. National certification in a nursing specialty
  10. Documentation of clinical hours in Master’s course of study (download form)
    1. Applicants must have a minimum of 440 precepted clinical hours or supervised residency hours at the Master’s level. 
    2. If an applicant does not have the minimum 440 hours, a portfolio (download portfolio template) and a Verification of Clinical Hours Equivalence form (download form) may be submitted for evaluation of clinical hours equivalency.

Curriculum Requirements

Nurse Anesthesia Track

NUR 601Advanced Pharmacology3
NUR 602Doctoral Level Orientation/Nur0
NUR 611Foundations of Anesthesia Science and Technology for Nurse Anesthetists5
NUR 612Physiology/Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing3
NUR 613Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning3
NUR 614Basic Concepts in Anesthesia Nursing5
NUR 617Pharmacology for Anesthesia Nursing3
NUR 654The Evolution of Nursing Practice and Application of Theory in Nursing Practice3
NUR 663Research3
NUR 619Advanced Concepts of Anesthesia Nursing I8
NUR 655Health Care Management, Economics, Financing, and Ethics3
NUR 664Applied Biostatistics for Nursing Practice3
NUR 689New Method of Implementation-Practice Immersion Experience III2
NUR 620Advanced Concepts of Anesthesia Nursing II11
NUR 658Health Policy Development and Implementation3
NUR 676Practice Immersion Experience I2
NUR 645Interdisciplinary Anesthesia Nursing I9
NUR 660Translational Science3
NUR 688Health Systems Development and Leadership Practice Immersion II2
NUR 646Interdisciplinary Anesthesia Nursing II11
NUR 659Technology in Health Care3
NUR 672DNP Scholarly Project Seminar I3
NUR 615Professional Aspects of Anesthesia Nursing2
NUR 650Interdisciplinary Anesthesia Nursing III11
NUR 673DNP Scholarly Project Seminar II3
NUR 657Population Based Health and Health Care Disparities3
NUR 694Clinical Praticum for DNP Nurse Anesthesia Clinical7
NUR 695Clinical Practicum for DNP Nurse Anesthesia9
NUR 656Global Health3
Total Credit Hours129

Curriculum Requirements

Acute Care Track

NUR 601Advanced Pharmacology3
NUR 606Advanced Practice Preparation0
NUR 609Professionalism in Advanced Practice Nursing2
NUR 610Adult Gerontology Acute Care I4
NUR 612Physiology/Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing3
NUR 613Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning3
NUR 621Diagnostics and Nursing Interventions for Acute Care Nursing3
NUR 625Adult Gerontology Acute Care II7
NUR 638Adult Gerontology Acute Care III6
NUR 654The Evolution of Nursing Practice and Application of Theory in Nursing Practice3
NUR 655Health Care Management, Economics, Financing, and Ethics3
NUR 656Global Health3
NUR 657Population Based Health and Health Care Disparities3
NUR 658Health Policy Development and Implementation3
NUR 659Technology in Health Care3
NUR 660Translational Science3
NUR 663Research3
NUR 664Applied Biostatistics for Nursing Practice3
NUR 672DNP Scholarly Project Seminar I3
NUR 673DNP Scholarly Project Seminar II3
NUR 676Practice Immersion Experience I4
NUR 688Health Systems Development and Leadership Practice Immersion II2
Total Credit Hours70

Curriculum Requirements

Family Nurse Practitioner Track

NUR 601Advanced Pharmacology3
NUR 606Advanced Practice Preparation0
NUR 609Professionalism in Advanced Practice Nursing2
NUR 612Physiology/Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing3
NUR 613Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning3
NUR 628Adult Gerontology I5
NUR 631Adult Gerontology II4
NUR 647Advanced Practice Nursing Integration6
NUR 654The Evolution of Nursing Practice and Application of Theory in Nursing Practice3
NUR 655Health Care Management, Economics, Financing, and Ethics3
NUR 656Global Health3
NUR 657Population Based Health and Health Care Disparities3
NUR 658Health Policy Development and Implementation3
NUR 659Technology in Health Care3
NUR 660Translational Science3
NUR 663Research3
NUR 664Applied Biostatistics for Nursing Practice3
NUR 672DNP Scholarly Project Seminar I3
NUR 673DNP Scholarly Project Seminar II3
NUR 676Practice Immersion Experience I4
NUR 688Health Systems Development and Leadership Practice Immersion II2
New Course: Women's Health in Primary Care Practice3
New Course: Pediatric Health in Primary Care Practice3
Total Credit Hours71

Curriculum Requirements

 Adult Geriatric Primary Care Track

NUR 601Advanced Pharmacology3
NUR 606Advanced Practice Preparation0
NUR 609Professionalism in Advanced Practice Nursing2
NUR 612Physiology/Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing3
NUR 613Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning3
NUR 628Adult Gerontology I5
NUR 631Adult Gerontology II6
NUR 654The Evolution of Nursing Practice and Application of Theory in Nursing Practice3
NUR 655Health Care Management, Economics, Financing, and Ethics3
NUR 656Global Health3
NUR 657Population Based Health and Health Care Disparities3
NUR 658Health Policy Development and Implementation3
NUR 659Technology in Health Care3
NUR 660Translational Science3
NUR 663Research3
NUR 664Applied Biostatistics for Nursing Practice3
NUR 672DNP Scholarly Project Seminar I3
NUR 673DNP Scholarly Project Seminar II3
NUR 676Practice Immersion Experience I4
NUR 688Health Systems Development and Leadership Practice Immersion II2
NUR 702Adult Gerontology III7
Total Credit Hours68

BSN-to-DNP Plans of Study

The BSN-to-DNP program is a lock-step program.  Students must complete the coursework as specified in each of the Plans of Study below and in the Student Handbook for the specific track under which they were admitted.  Students must also successfully complete the courses in each semester to progress to the next.  Questions related to degree requirements should be directed to the appropriate Associate Dean or Program Director, or staff member in the OSS.

Plan of Study 

Nurse Anesthesia Track 

Spring IHoursClass CreditsClinical CreditsClinical Hours
NUR 601 Advanced Pharmacology 3 3 0 0
NUR 602 Doctoral Level Orientation/Nur * 0 0 0 0
NUR 611 Foundations of Anesthesia Science and Technology for Nurse Anesthetists 5 4 1 56
NUR 612 Physiology/Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing 3 3 0 0
NUR 613 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning 1 3 2 1 28
 Total for Semester1412284
Summer I
NUR 614 Basic Concepts in Anesthesia Nursing 5 4 1 56
NUR 617 Pharmacology for Anesthesia Nursing 3 3 0 0
NUR 654 The Evolution of Nursing Practice and Application of Theory in Nursing Practice 3 3 0 0
NUR 663 Research 3 3 0 0
 Total for Semester1413156
Fall I
NUR 619 Advanced Concepts of Anesthesia Nursing I 8 3 5 280
NUR 655 Health Care Management, Economics, Financing, and Ethics 3 3 0 0
NUR 664 Applied Biostatistics for Nursing Practice 3 3 0 0
NUR 689 New Method of Implementation-Practice Immersion Experience III (CIVIC) 2 0 2 112
 Total for Semester1697392
Spring II
NUR 620 Advanced Concepts of Anesthesia Nursing II 11 3 8 448
NUR 658 Health Policy Development and Implementation 3 3 0 0
NUR 676 Practice Immersion Experience I (CIVIC) 2 0 2 112
 Total for Semester16610560
Summer II
NUR 645 Interdisciplinary Anesthesia Nursing I 9 3 6 336
NUR 660 Translational Science 3 3 0 0
NUR 688 Health Systems Development and Leadership Practice Immersion II (CIVIC) 2 1 1 56
 Total for Semester1477392
Fall II
NUR 646 Interdisciplinary Anesthesia Nursing II 11 3 8 448
NUR 659 Technology in Health Care 3 2 1 56
NUR 672 DNP Scholarly Project Seminar I 3 1 2 112
 Total for Semester17611616
Spring III
NUR 615 Professional Aspects of Anesthesia Nursing 2 2 0 0
NUR 650 Interdisciplinary Anesthesia Nursing III 11 3 8 448
NUR 673 DNP Scholarly Project Seminar II 3 1 2 112
 Total for Semester16610560
Summer III
NUR 657 Population Based Health and Health Care Disparities 3 3 0 0
NUR 694 Clinical Praticum for DNP Nurse Anesthesia Clinical 7 1 6 336
 Total for Semester1046336
Fall III
NUR 695 Clinical Practicum for DNP Nurse Anesthesia (CIVIC) 9 1 8 448
NUR 656 Global Health 3 3 0 0
 Total for Semester1248448
 Total Program12967623444

Plan of Study

Acute Care Track  -- Full-Time Program

Fall IHoursClass CreditsClinical CreditsClinical Hours
NUR 601 Advanced Pharmacology 3 3 0 0
NUR 606 Advanced Practice Preparation * 0 0 0 0
NUR 612 Physiology/Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing 3 3 0 0
NUR 655 Health Care Management, Economics, Financing, and Ethics 3 3 0 0
NUR 664 Applied Biostatistics for Nursing Practice 3 3 0 0
 Total for Semester1212
Spring I
NUR 654 The Evolution of Nursing Practice and Application of Theory in Nursing Practice 3 3 0 0
NUR 658 Health Policy Development and Implementation 3 3 0 0
NUR 663 Research 3 3 0 0
NUR 676 Practice Immersion Experience I 4 1 3 168
 Total for Semester13103168
Summer I
NUR 613 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (L) ** 3 2 1 0
NUR 657 Population Based Health and Health Care Disparities 3 3 0 0
NUR 660 Translational Science 3 3 0 0
NUR 688 Health Systems Development and Leadership Practice Immersion II 2 0 2 112
 Total for Semester1183112
Fall II
NUR 610 Adult Gerontology Acute Care I (C) 4 2 2 112
NUR 656 Global Health 3 3 0 0
NUR 659 Technology in Health Care 3 2 1 56
NUR 672 DNP Scholarly Project Seminar I 3 1 2 112
 Total for Semester1385280
Spring II
NUR 621 Diagnostics and Nursing Interventions for Acute Care Nursing (C) 3 2 1 56
NUR 625 Adult Gerontology Acute Care II (C) 7 3 4 224
NUR 673 DNP Scholarly Project Seminar II 3 1 2 112
 Total for Semester1367392
Summer II
NUR 609 Professionalism in Advanced Practice Nursing 2 2 0 0
NUR 638 Adult Gerontology Acute Care III (C) 6 2 4 224
 Total for Semester844224
 Total Program7048221176

Plan of Study

Acute Care Track  -- Part-Time Program

Fall IHoursClass CreditsClinical CreditsClinical Hours
NUR 606 Advanced Practice Preparation * 0 0 0 0
NUR 655 Health Care Management, Economics, Financing, and Ethics 3 3 0 0
NUR 664 Applied Biostatistics for Nursing Practice 3 3 0 0
 Total for Semester66
Spring I
NUR 654 The Evolution of Nursing Practice and Application of Theory in Nursing Practice 3 3 0 0
NUR 663 Research 3 3 0 0
 Total for Semester66
Summer I
NUR 657 Population Based Health and Health Care Disparities 3 3 0 0
NUR 688 Health Systems Development and Leadership Practice Immersion II 2 0 2 112
 Total for Semester532112
Fall II
NUR 656 Global Health 3 3 0 0
NUR 659 Technology in Health Care 3 2 1 56
 Total for Semester65156
Spring II
NUR 658 Health Policy Development and Implementation 3 3 0 0
NUR 676 Practice Immersion Experience I 4 1 3 168
 Total for Semester743168
Summer II
NUR 609 Professionalism in Advanced Practice Nursing 2 2 0 0
NUR 660 Translational Science 3 3 0 0
 Total for Semester55
Fall III
NUR 601 Advanced Pharmacology 3 3 0 0
NUR 612 Physiology/Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing 3 3 0 0
 Total for Semester66
Spring III
NUR 613 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (L) ** 3 2 1 0
NUR 672 DNP Scholarly Project Seminar I 3 1 2 112
 Total for Semester633112
Fall IV
NUR 610 Adult Gerontology Acute Care I (C) 4 2 2 112
NUR 673 DNP Scholarly Project Seminar II 3 1 2 112
 Total for Semester734224
Spring IV
NUR 621 Diagnostics and Nursing Interventions for Acute Care Nursing (C) 3 2 1 56
NUR 625 Adult Gerontology Acute Care II (C) 7 3 4 224
 Total for Semester1055280
Summer IV
NUR 638 Adult Gerontology Acute Care III (C) 6 2 4 224
 Total for Semester624224
 Total Program7048221176

Plan of Study

Family Nurse Practitioner Track -- Full-Time Program

Summer IHoursClass CreditsClinical CreditsClinical Hours
NUR 613 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (L) ** 3 2 1 0
NUR 657 Population Based Health and Health Care Disparities 3 3 0 0
NUR 660 Translational Science 3 3 0 0
NUR 688 Health Systems Development and Leadership Practice Immersion II 2 0 2 112
 Total for Semester1183112
Fall I
NUR 601 Advanced Pharmacology 3 3 0 0
NUR 606 Advanced Practice Preparation * 0 0 0 0
NUR 612 Physiology/Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing 3 3 0 0
NUR 655 Health Care Management, Economics, Financing, and Ethics 3 3 0 0
NUR 664 Applied Biostatistics for Nursing Practice 3 3 0 0
 Total for Semester1212
Spring I
NUR 654 The Evolution of Nursing Practice and Application of Theory in Nursing Practice 3 3 0 0
NUR 658 Health Policy Development and Implementation 3 3 0 0
NUR 663 Research 3 3 0 0
NUR 676 Practice Immersion Experience I 4 1 3 168
 Total for Semester13103168
Summer II
NUR 609 Professionalism in Advanced Practice Nursing 2 2 0 0
NUR 647 Advanced Practice Nursing Integration (C) 6 2 4 224
 Total for Semester844224
Fall II
NUR 628 Adult Gerontology I (C) 5 2 3 168
NUR 656 Global Health 3 3 0 0
NUR 659 Technology in Health Care 3 2 1 56
NUR 672 DNP Scholarly Project Seminar I 3 1 2 112
 Total for Semester1486336
Spring II
New Course: Women's Health in Primary Care Practice (C)   3 2 1 56
New Course: Pediatric Health in Primary Care Practice (C)   3 2 1 56
NUR 631 Adult Gerontology II (C) 4 2 2 112
NUR 673 DNP Scholarly Project Seminar II 3 1 2 112
 Total for Semester1376336
 Total Program7149221176
 

Plan of Study

Family Nurse Practitioner Track -- Part-Time Program

Summer IHoursClass CreditsClinical CreditsClinical Hours
NUR 657 Population Based Health and Health Care Disparities 3 3 0 0
NUR 688 Health Systems Development and Leadership Practice Immersion II 2 0 2 112
 Total for Semester532112
Fall I
NUR 606 Advanced Practice Preparation * 0 0 0 0
NUR 655 Health Care Management, Economics, Financing, and Ethics 3 3 0 0
NUR 664 Applied Biostatistics for Nursing Practice 3 3 0 0
 Total for Semester66
Spring I
NUR 654 The Evolution of Nursing Practice and Application of Theory in Nursing Practice 3 3 0 0
NUR 663 Research 3 3 0 0
 Total for Semester66
Summer II
NUR 609 Professionalism in Advanced Practice Nursing 2 2 0 0
NUR 660 Translational Science 3 3 0 0
 Total for Semester55
Fall II
NUR 656 Global Health 3 3 0 0
NUR 659 Technology in Health Care 3 2 1 56
 Total for Semester65156
Spring II
NUR 658 Health Policy Development and Implementation 3 3 0 0
NUR 676 Practice Immersion Experience I 4 1 3 168
 Total for Semester743168
Fall III
NUR 601 Advanced Pharmacology 3 3 0 0
NUR 612 Physiology/Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing 3 3 0 0
 Total for Semester66
Spring III
NUR 613 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (L) ** 3 2 1 0
NUR 672 DNP Scholarly Project Seminar I 3 1 2 112
 Total for Semester633112
Summer IV
NUR 647 Advanced Practice Nursing Integration (C) 6 2 4 224
 Total for Semester624224
Fall IV
NUR 628 Adult Gerontology I (C) 5 2 3 168
NUR 673 DNP Scholarly Project Seminar II 3 1 2 112
 Total for Semester835280
Spring IV
New Course: Women's Health in Primary Care Practice (C)   3 2 1 56
Pediatric Health in Primary Care Practice (C)   3 2 1 56
NUR 631 Adult Gerontology II (C) 4 2 2 112
 Total for Semester1064224
 Total Program7149221176

Plan of Study

Adult Geriatric Primary Care Track -- Full-Time Program

Fall IHoursClass CreditsClinical CreditsClinical Hours
NUR 601 Advanced Pharmacology 3 3 0 0
NUR 606 Advanced Practice Preparation * 0 0 0 0
NUR 612 Physiology/Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing 3 3 0 0
NUR 655 Health Care Management, Economics, Financing, and Ethics 3 3 0 0
NUR 664 Applied Biostatistics for Nursing Practice 3 3 0 0
 Total for Semester1212
Spring I
NUR 654 The Evolution of Nursing Practice and Application of Theory in Nursing Practice 3 3 0 0
NUR 658 Health Policy Development and Implementation 3 3 0 0
NUR 663 Research 3 3 0 0
NUR 676 Practice Immersion Experience I 4 1 3 168
 Total for Semester13103168
Summer I
NUR 613 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (L) ** 3 2 1 0
NUR 657 Population Based Health and Health Care Disparities 3 3 0 0
NUR 660 Translational Science 3 3 0 0
NUR 688 Health Systems Development and Leadership Practice Immersion II 2 0 2 112
 Total for Semester1183112
Fall II
NUR 628 Adult Gerontology I (C) 5 2 3 168
NUR 656 Global Health 3 3 0 0
NUR 659 Technology in Health Care 3 2 1 56
NUR 672 DNP Scholarly Project Seminar I 3 1 2 112
 Total for Semester1486336
Spring II
NUR 631 Adult Gerontology II (C) 6 2 4 224
NUR 673 DNP Scholarly Project Seminar II 3 1 2 112
 Total for Semester936336
Summer II
NUR 609 Professionalism in Advanced Practice Nursing 2 2 0 0
NUR 702 Adult Gerontology III (C) 7 3 4 224
 Total for Semester954224
 Total Program6846221176

Plan of Study

Adult Geriatric Primary Care Track -- Part-Time Program

Fall IHoursClass CreditsClinical CreditsClinical Hours
NUR 606 Advanced Practice Preparation * 0 0 0 0
NUR 655 Health Care Management, Economics, Financing, and Ethics 3 3 0 0
NUR 664 Applied Biostatistics for Nursing Practice 3 3 0 0
 Total for Semester66
Spring I
NUR 654 The Evolution of Nursing Practice and Application of Theory in Nursing Practice 3 3 0 0
NUR 663 Research 3 3 0 0
 Total for Semester66
Summer I
NUR 657 Population Based Health and Health Care Disparities 3 3 0 0
NUR 688 Health Systems Development and Leadership Practice Immersion II 2 0 2 112
 Total for Semester532112
Fall II
NUR 656 Global Health 3 3 0 0
NUR 659 Technology in Health Care 3 2 1 56
 Total for Semester65156
Spring II
NUR 658 Health Policy Development and Implementation 3 3 0 0
NUR 676 Practice Immersion Experience I 4 1 3 168
 Total for Semester743168
Summer II
NUR 609 Professionalism in Advanced Practice Nursing 2 2 0 0
NUR 660 Translational Science 3 3 0 0
 Total for Semester55
Fall III
NUR 601 Advanced Pharmacology 3 3 0 0
NUR 612 Physiology/Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing 3 3 0 0
 Total for Semester66
Spring III
NUR 613 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (L) ** 3 2 1 0
NUR 672 DNP Scholarly Project Seminar I 3 1 2 112
 Total for Semester633112
Fall IV
NUR 628 Adult Gerontology I (C) 5 2 3 168
NUR 673 DNP Scholarly Project Seminar II 3 1 2 112
 Total for Semester835280
Spring IV
NUR 631 Adult Gerontology II (C) 6 2 4 224
 Total for Semester624224
Summer IV
NUR 702 Adult Gerontology III (C) 7 3 4 224
 Total for Semester734224
 Total Program6846221176

Mission

The purpose of the DNP program is to prepare scholars and researchers to contribute to the growth of nursing practice and health care delivery through recognized methods of scholarly inquiry and dissemination of practice innovations. Additionally, graduates of this program will be prepared to collaborate with PhD colleagues to provide innovative leadership to the profession and make the practice of nursing more effective.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will integrate knowledge, theories, and concepts from the biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organization sciences to develop ethical health care systems and new frontiers for nursing practice which assist with the resolution of health care disparities.
  • Students will be able to evaluate research methods and findings to create an evidence base for nursing practice and health care delivery systems that reflect best practices and alleviate health care disparities.
  • Students will be able to make meaningful contributions in the area of developing quality, cost effective health care collaborations addressing health care disparities.