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Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice

Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. Stacey Manning

Traditional Term

(904) 620-2684

Dr. Leigh Powers

Accelerated Term

(904) 620-2684

Dr. Beth Dibble

Assistant Director for Admissions, Nursing Programs

Ms. Emily Mistisshen

Coordinator, Accelerated Term

Ms. Meghan Niemczyk, MPH

Assistant Director, Traditional Term


Application Information

For all admission related questions please contact Dr. Beth Dibble,

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . June 1 (Traditional Term Format)

Part-of-Term Enrollment: For information and important dates please visit the School of Nursing Important Dates page.
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:

  • Official transcripts from all attended institutions

  • Master's degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution and program accredited by the CCNE or ACEN (formerly NLNAC) with a minimum 3.30 GPA. (See Special Notes about the Program below for certification requirements.)

  • Active national certification in one of the following roles: NE-BC, NEA-BC, CNM, CNS, CRNA, or NP (copy of actual certificate showing expiration date is required).

  • Current license as a Registered Nurse or advanced practice registered nurse in your state of practice

  • Current resume or curriculum vitae of nursing roles/experiences.

  • Two letters of reference, preferably,
    • One professional which addresses clinical skills and 
    • One academic which addresses academic ability 

  • 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.

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.


For more information on how to apply click here.

Additional requirements for International applicants can be found here.


Program Overview
Objectives for the post master's program are based on The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (October 2006).  The program objectives build upon those for the masters degree in nursing program. The program objectives (graduate learning outcomes) for the DNP program may be found below, under "Mission and Goals."
Special Notes about the Program

The D.N.P. is a practice-focused degree for advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) in the following roles: Nurse Exec. (NE-BC); Nurse Exec. Advanced (NEA-BC); Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM); Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS); Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA); Nurse Practitioners (CNP).


Please note that admission offers are issued on a rolling basis and that Agencies in the community may require proof of negative TB test, current CPR, or other immunization or background information. In those instances, it is the student's responsibility to provide the necessary documentation to the agency.


Questions regarding the traditional-semester format of this track should be directed to Meghan Niemczyk, Assistant Director, Traditional Term Format Advanced Nursing Practice, at

Questions regarding the part-of-term format (8 weeks each) should be directed to Emily Mistisshen, Coordinator, AP Accelerated Term Format  Nursing Programs, at .   Applicants can also contact our program partners at (855) 478-2013 or


Curriculum and Requirements
Program Policies
Total Program
Credit Hours
Average Length
of the Program
2 years
Approximate Enrollment
Community Connections
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of North Florida is designed as a post-graduate degree program for those who already possess, at a minimum, a Master of Science in Nursing and specialty certification. This program is taught primarily online with two courses taught as a hybrid of online and in-person components (Evidenced-Based Practice I and II).
Career Possibilities