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Graduate Program
Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice

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.

Program Objectives/Graduate Learning Outcomes

Objectives for the program are based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) essentials for Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice (2006). The program objectives build upon those for the masters in nursing program. The objectives (graduate learning outcomes) for the DNP program state that upon completion of the program the graduate will be able to:

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate new practice approaches based on scientific knowledge;
  • Ensure accountability for quality care and patient safety for populations with whom they work;
  • Demonstrate analytical methodologies for the evaluation of clinical practice and the application of scientific evidence;
  • Utilize technological information systems to evaluate outcomes of care, health care delivery, and quality improvement;
  • Develop, evaluate, and provide leadership for health care policy which shapes health care financing, regulation, and delivery;
  • Work collaboratively with transdisciplinary teams to meet health care needs of individuals and populations;
  • Analyze epidemiological, biostatistical, environmental, and occupational data for the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs of clinical prevention and population health; and,
  • Base practice on the application of biophysical, psychosocial, behavioral, sociopolitical, cultural, economic, ethical and nursing science as appropriate to area of specialization.

The program currently offers two (2) options for online studies in this degree track. The first option is the traditional-length semester format (16 weeks each for fall & spring, 12 weeks for summer). Questions regarding this track format and content should be directed to The second option is the 8-week semester format. Questions regarding the 8-week semester format should be directed to UNF Online at (904) 620-3577 or

Tuition and fee assessments for distance learning may vary. The 8-week semester format of the post-MSN DNP is a market tuition rate program. Tuition for this program differs from the standard (Florida resident/non-Florida resident) tuition rates. Refer to the UNF Tuition & Fees page for more detail. For information regarding tuition waivers, please see our page on University accepted waivers.

For those who choose to enroll in the 8-week semester format, below are several tools and resources to review:


Online Nursing Degrees

Distance Learning Student Services

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 Online Accelerated-Term Programs Calendar

Nursing (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

Program Description for Nursing

Major: Nursing Degree: Doctor of Nursing Practice

Informational Text

  • Satisfactorily complete all courses required by the program and approved by the university.
  • Satisfactorily complete all clinical requirements.
  • Complete all course work within the prescribed timeline of being admitted into the program.
  • Attain a 3.0 GPA average in all work counting toward the graduate degree.
  • Earn no more than 2 grades of less than B throughout the program.
  • Be in good standing; not subject to any sanction by the University community or School of Nursing.
  • All students in the Brooks College of Health programs will be held accountable to the most recent Code of Ethics, Guides for Professional Conduct and/or Position Statements as developed by their respective disciplines. Refer to your program handbook and Brooks College of Health policy - Student Breach of Professional Behaviors (Click here)
  • Meet graduation requirements applicable to all University students; such as residency hours and final requirements.
  • If you earned graduate level (5000/6000 level) credit from another institution, consult with your Program Director .
  • Apply for graduation online through myWings by the 2nd week of the semester you are graduating (see academic calendar at for specific deadlines).

Core Requirements (24 credits)

NGR6740 Role Dev in Adv Practice Nsg (3 Credits)

NGR7871 Health Informatics for AP (3 Credits)

SELECT one Epidemiology course

  • NGR6673 - Principles of Epidemiology for Adv. Practice
  • HSC6505 - Epidemiology

SELECT one Statistics course

  • NGR7843 - Statistical Interpretation for Adv. Practice
  • HSC6512 - Applied Health Statistics

SELECT one Policy course

  • NGR6892 - Public Policy Implications for Adv. Practice
  • HSA6905 - Health Policy

NGR7850 Evidence Based Practice I (3 Credits)

NGR7851 Evidence Based Practice II (3 Credits)

NGR6894 Global Health Care and Culture (3 Credits)

Practice Residency (15 credits)

NGR7946 Residency in ANP (1-6 Credits)

NGR7974 Doctoral Project (1-6 Credits)

Major Electives (9 credits)

Select a track; Administration or Practice
In addition, those desiring additional certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner are required to complete the following courses.

  • NGR5003c Health Assessment and Diagnostics (1-4 credits)
  • NGR5610 Diagnosis and Management of Acute Problems of Adults and Children in Primary Care (5 credits)
  • NGR6602c Promoting the Health of Children, Men and Women in Primary Care (3-6 credits)
  • NGR6603c Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Conditions of Adults and Children in Primary Care (3-6 credits)


  • NGR6726 - Quality Management for Adv. Nursing Practice (3 credits)
  • HSA6435 - Health Economics (3 credits)
  • One elective at the 5000-6000 level with NGR, HSA or HSC prefixes in consultation with the Program Director (3 credits)


  • NGR7179 - Adv. Pharmacologic Management (3 credits)
  • NGR7154 - Advanced Bioscience (3 credits)
  • NGR7767 - Practice Management in Adv. Nursing and Healthcare (3 credits)