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Graduate Programs

The School of Nursing at the Brooks College of Health offers four (4) tracks Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). These tracks include the post-MSN DNP for those holding active certification in a designated specialty who wish to complete the clinical doctorate as well as BSN-DNP tracks for those who wish to become Family Nurse Practitioners or Certified Registered Nurses Anesthetists. In Fall 2016, the School of Nursing began offering a post-MSN DNP for those who wish to complete a DNP and obtain certification as a Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Details regarding each of our DNP tracks are available through the below links.

Admission requirements for our graduate programs are posted through the "Admissions" link on the left-side menu. Please note that they vary by track as do application deadlines and start terms. Questions regarding admission to the Nurse Anesthetist track should be directed to NAP Admissions. Questions regarding admission to all other tracks should be directed to Nursing Admissions.

The nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Florida Board of Nursing.

Please visit our Important Dates page for deadlines, decision timelines, and mandatory orientation dates. Candidates are encouraged to regularly check back for updates and announcements.

Graduate Program Tracks

  1. Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice
  2. Post-MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  3. BSN-DNP Family Nurse Practitioner
  4. BSN-DNP Nurse Anesthetist

Graduate Nursing Program Objectives

The faculty of the School of Nursing has defined nine graduate program objectives based on the purpose, philosophy, and conceptual framework. Upon successful completion of a graduate nursing degree, the graduate will:

  1. Synthesize theory and research to develop a conceptual framework for advanced nursing practice.
  2. Demonstrate competency in the advanced nursing practice role in delivering comprehensive care to clients as they adapt in health and illness.
  3. Incorporate theory and research findings into advanced clinical practice.
  4. Collaborate and consult with clients, family members, and professional colleagues.
  5. Assume responsibility and accountability for independent nursing practice and improvement of health care.
  6. Analyze nursing practice, health policy, and economic, legal, social, and ethical issues as they impact on health care.
  7. Contribute to professional leadership in nursing through education, research, and collaborative practice.
  8. Demonstrate a commitment for continued personal growth through self-directed learning.
  9. Implement the research process by conducting a research project or thesis.