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Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice


Program Overview

Objectives for the Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing (DNP) program are based on The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (October 2006). The program objectives build upon those for the Masters in Nursing program. 


The DNP 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.


Application Information

Accelerated-term format (8 weeks each) related questions? Contact UNF Online Student Success Team at or (904) 620-3577


How to:  

Application Requirement Information

International Applicant Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . June 1 (traditional-semester format)

Traditional-semester format admits for fall term only.


Accelerated-term format admits all terms. Please refer to the School of Nursing Important Dates.


The following must be submitted by the posted deadline. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been cancelled, the applicant will be required to apply for the next available term, or as a graduate non-degree seeking applicant (limitations apply).

  • UNF admission application
  • Application fee
  • If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared 
  • All of the below university and program requirements 

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. 

  • Official transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended. 

 Program requirements:

  • Resume or curriculum vitae
    • Nursing roles/experiences
  • Professional licensure  
    • Applicant should be active as a Registered Nurse or advanced practice registered nurse in your state of practice
    • Copy of actual license is required    
  • Certification
    • Applicant should be active and national in one of the following roles: NE-BC, NEA-BC, CNM, CNS, CRNA, or NP 
    • Copy of actual certificate showing expiration date is required
  • Master's degree in Nursing (MSN) from a regionally accredited institution
    • Program accreditation by the CCNE or ACEN (formerly NLNAC)
    • Minimum graduate GPA of 3.30  

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.


Average Length
of the Program

2 years

Approximate Enrollment

Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. Jennifer Serotta

Assistant Professor

Traditional Term: Dr. Beth Dibble

Assistant Director for Admissions, Nursing Programs

Emily Schroder

Program Coordinator