Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice

Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. Leigh Powers

Doctor of Nurse Practitioner Program Director

(904) 620-2684

Dr. Beth Dibble

Assistant Director for Admissions, Nursing

Application Information

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


Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . June 1

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 APRN roles: NE-BC, NEA-BC, CNM, CNS, CRNA, or NP (copy of actual certificate is required)


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


  • Resume or curriculum vitae  


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


      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.


      Effective January 1, 2016, students enrolled in the Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice online program, are not eligible to receive the State Employee Tuition Waiver. For more information, please see the Online Accelerated-Term Programs Policy


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

      Questions regarding the part-of-term format (8 weeks each) should be directed to Emily Schroder,  Coordinator for Online Nursing Programs, at; or contact our program partners at (855) 478-2013.  

      Accreditation CCNE -- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
      FLDOH -- Florida Department of Health
      Curriculum and Requirements Curriculum
      Program Policies
      Total Program
      Credit Hours
      Average Length
      of the Program
      Two years
      Approximate Enrollment 25
      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).
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