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Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice


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 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

Questions regarding the traditional-semester format? Contact Meghan Niemczyk at


Questions regarding the part-of-term format (8 weeks each)? Contact Emily Mistisshen at onlinenursing@unf.eduApplicants may also contact our program partners at (855) 478-2013 or

Application Deadlines

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

Traditional-semester format admits for fall term only.


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

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 from all post-secondary institutions attended, regardless of the number of credits earned or if transfer credit appears on another transcript (including institutions attended through Dual Enrollment).
    • Transcripts must be less than one year old from the date of printing and submitted in a sealed envelope from the institution, or received through an official electronic system.
    • Applicants who have earned college credits through the military must also provide a SMART or AARTS transcript.
    • Students with coursework earned from institutions outside the US are required to provide a course-by-course transcript evaluation of all attended non-US institutions. The evaluation must be from an approved third-party accredited evaluation service.

 Program requirements:

  • Resume or curriculum vitae
    • Nursing roles/experiences
  • Professional licensure  
    • Active as a Registered Nurse or advanced practice registered nurse in your state of practice
    • Copy of actual license is required    
  • Certification
    • 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
  • Enrollment Selection Form
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • Preferably one professional and one academic
    • Address clinical skills and academic abilities
  • 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. 


Application Requirement Information

International Applicant Requirements


Curriculum and Requirements

Total Program
Credit Hours


Average Length
of the Program

2 years

Approximate Enrollment

Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. Stacey Manning

Adjunct; Traditional Term

Dr. Leigh Powers

Assistant Professor; Accelerated Term

Dr. Beth Dibble

Assistant Director for Admissions, Nursing Programs

Ms. Emily Mistisshen

Accelerated Term

Ms. Meghan Niemczyk, MPH

Traditional Term