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DNP Program Top Ranked in Florida

Published: March 17th, 2016

Category: Academics, News, Slideshow, Students

acdnpThe University of Florida College of Nursing has been ranked as the top Doctor of Nursing Practice program in Florida and among the top 25 of public schools nationally in the U.S. News and World Report’s national rankings of graduate programs.

UF is 32nd among 149 DNP programs that were ranked nationally.  This is the first time that U.S. News has ranked DNP programs. The DNP is a clinical doctorate that prepares advanced practice nurses. UF offers the DNP for both postbaccalaureate and postmaster’s students.

The focus of UF’s DNP program is on innovative and evidence-based practice. The DNP prepares advanced practice nurses with the knowledge, skills and abilities needed in today’s and tomorrow’s complex health care environment, and provides nurses with educational backgrounds comparable to health care practitioners in other fields.

“We are very proud of the success of our Doctor of Nursing Practice program and the quality of our graduates,” said Anna McDaniel, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the UF College of Nursing. “In the past year, we have taken steps to streamline our curriculum and to have a stronger focus on leadership. This allows our graduates to better address the need for clinical leadership in our health care system. The U.S. News and World Report rankings confirm the continued excellence of our program.”

The rankings are determined by factors including research activity indicators; faculty credentials; the percentage of faculty members with important achievements; and faculty participation in nursing practice. In addition, they are based on peer assessment surveys sent to nursing school deans and deans of graduate studies. The rankings include programs accredited by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.