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BSN-DNP in Family Nurse Practitioner

Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. Michele Bednarzyk

Dr. Beth Dibble

Assistant Director for Admissions, Nursing Programs

Ms. Meghan Niemczyk, MPH

Assistant Director, Advanced Nursing Practice


Application Information

Applications for this program are accepted for the fall term only.


Special note: For all admission related questions please contact Dr. Beth Dibble, . For all curriculum related questions please contact Meghan Niemczyk,

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . April 1

Admission Requirements

University requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.

Additional program requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a regionally accredited institution with a nursing curriculum based on AACN's Essentials of Baccalaureate Education with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from undergraduate nursing major.

  • GRE test scores within the last five (5) years: 153 verbal, 144 quantitative, and a minimum of 3.5 out of 6 on the essay portion. (Institutional Code: 5490) Applicants may submit a MAT score of 410 in lieu of a GRE. (Note: Applicants with a previous graduate-level degree from a regionally accredited institution will not be required to submit any test scores for admission consideration.)  
    • If you have earned a master's degree this requirement can be waived. Please contact the Graduate School after you have submitted your official transcript evidencing the earned master's degree. 

  • Current resume or curriculum vitae of nursing roles/experiences. (1 years' experience as a RN in a clinical setting; no longer than 2 pages in length to only include professional RN work experience with a brief explanation of each position’s responsibilities, indication if the position was full-time or part-time, and an estimate of the hours worked overall in that position.)

  • Letter of Intent regarding academic and professional goals (typewritten, not to exceed 1 page; must indicate if full-time or part-time enrollment is desired.)

  • Clear and active licensure as a Registered Nurse in FL; out-of-state applicants will need to obtain FL licensure as a RN upon admission to the program (copy of actual RN license required).

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation, one professional and one academic, which address clinical skills and academic abilities.

  • Enrollment Selection Form

Important Note: Supplemental items such as licensure, resume, letter of recommendation, enrollment selection form (if applicable) and certifications should be updated with each new application unless prior submitted documents have been approved for use by the nursing admissions team.

For more information on how to apply click here. 

Additional requirements for International applicants can be found here.


Program Overview
The purpose of this BSN-DNP program is to prepare family care nurse pracitioners 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 Pracitioner certification examinations. Graduates will also be eligible for licensure as Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners by the Florida Board of Nursing.
Special Notes about the Program

The BSN-DNP FNP track is open to those who already possess a MSN and desire to become a FNP. This cannot be obtained through the generic post-MSN DNP track.


Applicants must have successfully completed the following undergraduate courses with a "B" or better:

  • Health Assessment 
  • Statistics
  • Research


Total Program
Credit Hours
Average Length
of the Program
2-3 years