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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.

School of Nursing FAQ

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . Application Deadline July 15; Material Deadline July 29

Spring Term . . . . . Application Deadline December 1; Material Deadline December 14

School of Nursing Important Dates

Graduate Program Director

Dr. Lauren Boardman
Online Program Director
Assistant Professor

Program Contact

Emily Schroder
Academic Advisor

The following items must be submitted no later then the deadline posted above. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been canceled, the decision can not be reversed. Applicants may apply for the next application cycle.

  • UNF admission application
  • Application fee
  • If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared
  • All of the below university and program requirements
  • University Requirements
    • A baccalaureate degree from an accepted institutional accreditor, 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.
    • Transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended. Admitted students will be prompted to provide official copies. 
  • 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 for the practice track of this degree program should be active and national in one of the following roles: CNM, CNS, CRNA, or NP
      • Copy of actual certificate showing expiration date is required
      • Certification is not required of MSNs applying for the administrative track of this degree program
    • Master's degree in Nursing (MSN) from an accepted institutional accreditor
      • Program accreditation by the CCNE or ACEN (formerly NLNAC)
      • Minimum graduate GPA of 3.30
    The resume, professional licensure, and certification should be updated with each new application unless prior submitted documents have been approved for use by the nursing admissions team.