The UF College of Nursing is driven to transform health through innovative practice, preeminent research and exceptional academic programs.

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academic Programs


The BSN degree is the critical first step for a career in professional nursing. The UF BSN is offered through three different programs to meet the needs of aspiring nurses.

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Our DNP program is ranked #1 in the state and #15 nationally. This practice-focused doctorate is designed to prepare expert nurses in specialized advanced practice roles.

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PhD students are actively involved with nursing and interdisciplinary research taking place in one of the most comprehensive academic health care centers in the Southeast.

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honoring a gator nursing legend

Join us in Honoring Professor David Derrico

For more than 30 years, Professor David Derrico has energetically and passionately educated thousands of Gator Nurses. As he prepares to retire, we are inviting all of his former students and colleagues to join us in honoring and saying thank you to this Gator Nursing legend! Here’s how you can be involved:


College of Nursing news

Married Couple Earns Their RN to BSN Nursing…

After beginning their UF Online journey together last year, David and Erin Franklin are set to graduate this summer from the BSN program.

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College of Nursing’s first African American…

Evelyn Moore Mickle, the first African American nursing student to graduate from the University of Florida, was honored as the 2022 College of…

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UF College of Nursing Alumnus Named to the…

Recognizing his exceptional entrepreneurship and innovative spirit, UF College of Nursing alumnus, Larry Siegel was named a Gator100. The Gator100…



COVID-19 Updates

Find fast facts about our responses in Gainesville, Jacksonville and Central Florida and learn about the hard work our researchers conduct to help combat this global pandemic.

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Empowering the future of nursing

Learn how the UF College of Nursing is using AI to transform patient care.


Meet our faculty

Debra Lyon, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FNAP, FAAN

Acknowledging the impact her research has had on the production and promotion of nursing science, UF College of Nursing Executive Associate Dean and Kirbo Endowed Chair Debra Lyon, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FNAP, FAAN, has been named a Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame inductee. Read more below to learn more about Lyon's impactful contributions to nurse science and scientists.

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The Gator Nurse

Catch up on all College of Nursing news, including alumni, faculty and student achievements. Published every spring, summer and fall!

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Generosity That Inspires and Transforms

Private support can assist the college with the recruitment and retention of much-needed faculty to teach the best and brightest students, to conduct innovative research and provide the most advanced clinical training for our future nurses.


The Doctor of Nursing Practice and baccalaureate programs at the University of Florida College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.