Graduate University Policies
Brooks College of Health Graduate Admission & Degree Requirements
School of Nursing
Department of Health Administration
Department of Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences
Department of Nutrition
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The purpose of the BSN-DNP Family Nurse program is to prepare family care nurse practitioners to become skilled in meeting healthcare needs of individuals and families across the life span. Family nurse practitioners concern their practice with the treatment of common, uncomplicated problems and the prevention of disease and disability. Program graduates will be eligible to take the Family Nurse Practitioner certification examinations. Graduates will also be eligible for licensure as Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners by the Florida Board of Nursing.
The School of Nursing offers full- and part-time enrollment in this track.
The Program-of-Study reflects the
full-time option; please contact the program for information regarding the
Applicants to the BSN-DNP FNP track
must meet general University requirements for admission to graduate studies. In
order to be considered for the Family Nurse Practitioner track, the interested
applicant must meet these additional requirements:
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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) generic track is a post-professional degree that prepares nurses at the highest level of practice. The 48-credit program includes a clinical residency as well as a nursing doctoral project. The purpose of the program is to enhance the preparation of advanced practice nurses by giving them the cutting-edge skills and education necessary to engage in an evidence-based practice while conducting research related to their practice. The program has specific admission requirements above and beyond the ones currently required by the university.
The post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the
University of North Florida is designed as a program for those who already
possess, at a minimum, a Master of Science in Nursing and specialty
certification. This program is offered in online format.
The program will require specific admission requirements above and beyond the
ones currently required by the University. Admission requirements for the
Post-MSN DNP track include:
Post-MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
The post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice PMHNP program at the University of North Florida is designed as a program for those who already possess, at a minimum, a Master of Science in Nursing and are certified as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse who wish to obtain their DNP and become certified as a PMHNP. This program will lead to the completion of a Doctor of Nursing Science. The program requires 53 credits and 630 clinical hours. This program can be completed online.
Admission RequirementsThe program will require specific admission requirements above and beyond the ones currently required by the University. Admission requirements for the Post-MSN PMHNP DNP track include:
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UNF's Health Administration Program, accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management (CAME), is designed to prepare students for careers in management and leadership in health services organizations. This 54-credit-hour program includes a combination of class room instruction and practical, real world experience; providing students with knowledge and skills essential for entry-level management roles or for advancement in established health care careers. To accommodate students' schedule, all the courses are offered in the evenings from 6:00-8:45pm. Graduates are typically employed in hospitals, doctors' offices, nursing care facilities, home health care services, outpatient care centers, and insurance companies.
All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. No specific undergraduate major is required. However, applicants must have met prerequisite course requirements. Prerequisite coursework includes: Principles of Financial Accounting and Statistics. Additionally, students are expected to be proficient in word processing and spreadsheet applications.
Each applicant must submit the following:
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The MPH Program is the most widely recognized professional credential for leadership positions in public health. This degree is appropriate for those who wish to pursue careers in developing, planning, managing, or evaluating health promotion and disease prevention programs, or in conducting public health related research or epidemiology. The UNF MPH Program prepares students with a broad understanding of the core areas of public health combined with a focus on competencies specific to one of two concentrations: health promotion/health education and epidemiology. MPH graduates will be able to integrate and apply their knowledge to address public health problems, and will possess skills and competencies necessary for public health practice in a wide range of public and private institutions. Graduates are typically employed in governmental or non-profit health agencies, health care facilities, work site wellness programs or school settings.
The UNF MPH Program is nationally accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Graduates will become Certified in Public Health (CPH) by passing the CPH exam offered by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE). This certification is only available to graduates of CEPH accredited programs. Graduates are also eligible to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) by passing the exam offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC).
The UNF MPH Program is not an online or distance-learning program. Our courses are offered in a mixed-delivery (sometimes referred to as "hybrid") format. Each course is offered in one of three ways: 1) face-to-face; 2) distance learning (DL); or 3) hybrid. Face-to-face courses meet on UNF campus, typically one night per week, 6:00-8:45pm. DL courses are offered online. Hybrid courses are a combination of the first two methods, with no more than half of classes meeting face-to-face. This format makes the UNF MPH Program very accessible to those working full time while still providing meaningful interaction with faculty and peer. Students can complete the program in two years if enrolled full-time, or three years if enrolled part-time. Students typically meet on campus one to two nights per week on average. The Program admits one cohort of students each fall semester.
MPH Program admissions are handled by the UNF Graduate School (http://www.unf.edu/admissions/applynow/). The UNF MPH Program only considers applications for new students for the fall term of each year. The following information must be submitted to the UNF Graduate School by the published deadline.
Minimum admissions requirements for the MPH Program are listed below. Each student shall:
Applicants not meeting the GRE or 3.0 minimum requirements may contact the Master of Public Health Program Director (Dr. Johnson, email@example.com ) for additional admission criteria options.
NOTE: Students should be aware that admission into any graduate program is granted on a competitive basis. Students meeting minimum requirements may be denied admission based on such factors as program capacity or academic discretion. Likewise, students may be considered for admission as an exception if stated admissions criteria are not met.
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program is designed to provide comprehensive training for the preparation of professional clinical counselors in a variety of mental health settings. Curricular experiences encompass opportunities to explore the life-span, social, and cultural foundations of behavior; practice psychotherapeutic and diagnostic skills; and complete extensive field experiences in order to apply knowledge and skills in professional settings. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates have received the necessary course work to apply for licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida.
All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. No specific undergraduate major is required. Each applicant must submit the following:
**An interview is also required. On-site interviews are preferred; however, telephone interviews may be conducted for applicants living outside of the greater Jacksonville area.
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The Master of Science in Health (MSH) in Exercise Science and Chronic Disease (ESCD) is a life sciences degree that integrates an evidenced-based curriculum in an applied research environment. Students pursuing the MSH in ESCD are required to take nine core exercise science, epidemiology, and biostatistics courses for a total of 30 credit hours. The remaining credits will be will be satisfied with nine credits of elective coursework and either a six credit internship, project, or thesis option. Elective coursework is available in the areas of strength and conditioning, epidemiology, pharmacology, and nutrition. Students must declare a thesis or non-thesis option upon acceptance in to the program. The MSH in ESCD requires the completion of 45 graduate credit hours and should be completed in two years.
The MSH in ESCD curriculum will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work and provide leadership in the areas of health and fitness, preventive medicine, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, diabetes education, strength and conditioning, lifestyle coaching, and clinical research. Thesis option students will begin preparation towards becoming independent investigators by developing the skills necessary to conduct original research. Thesis option students may be exposed to both primary data collection (human subjects) and secondary data analysis (existing data sets). Students planning on pursuing a thesis and terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D.) are strongly encouraged to pursue elective coursework in chronic disease and nutrition epidemiology. Thesis option students will be accepted each fall on a competitive basis and contingent upon graduate assistantship funding. Students are encouraged to sit for the national certifications offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). The internship option culminates in a 300-hour experiential internship working under the direct supervision of a graduate degreed professional in the field of Exercise Science, Epidemiology, Public Health, or Medicine.
UNF admits 15-20 students into the MSH in ESCD program each fall semester. To be considered for admission, students must apply to the program by July 15th (postmark) of the year for which they wish to be admitted. Prior to enrolling in MSH courses, students must have the following credentials:
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) is a fully accredited, post-baccalaureate entry-level degree that prepares the graduate to practice physical therapy. The 102-hour program is designed to give students in-depth knowledge of basic and clinical sciences relevant to physical therapy. Full-time internships in the second and third years (totaling 34 weeks) allow students to apply this knowledge as they engage in reflective practice through sound clinical decision making under the direction of expert clinicians. Graduates are eligible to take the physical therapy licensure examination following successful completion of the program. Students applying to the physical therapy program must have earned a baccalaureate degree prior to admission. While the student can select an undergraduate major of personal interest, specific course prerequisites are required of all students. Information regarding the physical therapy program and deadlines for admission are available from the Department of Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences.
Students apply online through the www.unf.edu website, as well as with PTCAS at www.ptcas.org. Please consult the official program webpages through www.unf.edu/brooks/movement_science for additional details about applying. If you have any questions about applying, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complete the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) application and application fee at www.ptcas.org. Submit any observation hours and recommendation forms, as well as GRE scores and all official transcripts (separate from the ones submitted to the Graduate School) directly to PTCAS. Allow 4-6 weeks for processing.
Note: The receipt of materials submitted to the UNF Graduate School may be confirmed online in the myWings student portal or with the Graduate School at (904) 620-1360. Materials submitted to PTCAS may be confirmed online at www.ptcas.org. Do not submit any materials directly to the Physical Therapy program unless specifically directed to do so.
Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/Dietetic Internship
The Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/Dietetic Internship is a face-to-face designed program for those students who can think critically and wish to focus on the application of advanced nutrition knowledge in clinical or community practice. Fifteen students are admitted each fall to this 4-semester, full-time program through the DICAS application system. Students must complete both the Master’s Degree and Dietetic Internship experience simultaneously in order to receive a verification statement and be eligible to take the National Dietitian Registration Examination. The Dietetic Internship at the University of North Florida has been granted Accreditation by:
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Association (formerly known as the American Dietetic Association): 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, Phone: 312-899-0040 ext. 5400.
Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/Thesis and Non-Thesis Options The wholly online Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/Thesis or Non-Thesis options are for Registered Dietitians or graduates of an ACEND accredited baccalaureate (DPD) program in nutrition and dietetics who wish to pursue graduate training. The coursework for all these programs is delivered using an online distance learning format. These M.S./Nutrition thesis or non-thesis options allow students to pursue an independent research, thesis and or project as a culminating experience in their master’s program or 12 pre-approved credits through a series of project, field experience, and independent study courses, respectively.
To view admission and program of study degree requirements for the MS thesis and non-thesis programs click here
To view graduate application deadlines click here.
The Department of Nutrition & Dietetics offers an online Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition (DCN). The DCN program is an advanced practice doctoral program with emphasis on advanced evidence based practice and chronic disease prevention and treatment in underserved and other populations in both clinical and community settings. In contrast to a PhD in Nutrition, which is generally focused on bench research, this degree focuses on practice and emphasizes production of applied scholarship and evidence-based outcomes in practice settings. The DCN will prepare practitioners for leadership roles in clinical, community or higher education settings through the course work, advanced practice residency, and the production of applied scholarship. Graduates will gain expertise and skills in chronic disease prevention, clinical treatment, cultural competency, critical thinking, and outcomes research to become advanced level nutrition and dietetics practitioners and researchers. The curriculum will integrate evidence-based practice in nutrition and dietetics to provide the foundation for completion of an outcome based research project. The significance of developing an advanced practice Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition is evident from the increasing prevalence of dietary-related chronic diseases (such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, certain cancers, and renal disease). Graduates of the program will be rigorously trained to provide leadership in dietary prevention, intervention, and treatment of chronic disease at the individual and population level. To view admission and degree requirements for the DCN program click here.
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