why a uf dnp

Welcome to the University of Florida College of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program — the first nurse practitioner program in the state. At UF, we are committed to our mission of providing excellent personalized nursing care, conducting impactful research and nurturing graduates who inspire change, lead with compassion and make a difference in health care.

Why Gator Nursing?

Reathea Felder | DNP Graduate

Hear from Reathea Felder, one of our proud DNP graduates, as she shares her experience with our program.

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Our dedicated Student Services Team is here to support your journey as a Gator Nurse. We strive to enhance your student experience and provide a range of services tailored to your needs, throughout the entirety of your program.

Do you have questions or need guidance on our DNP program? Our advisors are here to assist you. Reach out to us for personalized assistance and answers to all your program-related queries.

About the Program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is a practice-focused doctorate designed to empower expert nurses with specialized advanced practice skills. Our DNP program is a non-research-focused terminal degree, translating the latest research into practical solutions that improve patient care and healthcare outcomes.

program description

  • Our DNP degree caters to post-baccalaureate and postmaster’s students looking to earn their DNP.
  • The curriculum spans eight semesters for full-time BSN-DNP students, with a manageable course load.
  • The culminating project helps you build clinical scholarship and expertise, often leading to publication and conference presentations.
  • The BSN to DNP program offers flexibility with online classes.

The MSN to DNP program is designed for those with a master’s degree in nursing and an active Florida APRN license. It consists of 35 credits and can be completed in five semesters, with minimal campus attendance.

What You’ll Achieve

Upon completing our doctoral program, you’ll be equipped to:

  • Evaluate the latest scientific knowledge for advanced nursing practice.
  • Make informed decisions using cutting-edge clinical support systems.
  • Lead interdisciplinary teams to solve complex clinical challenges.
  • Shape health policy and lead in creating innovative, cost-effective health care models.
  • Provide safe, evidence-based care, and assess health care experiences for individuals and systems.
  • Apply knowledge of cultural diversity and global perspectives in health care delivery.

Career Opportunities

With a DNP degree from UF, you’ll unlock a world of opportunities. You can work across various health care organizations, from community health centers to prestigious hospitals, private clinics and even universities. Your DNP opens doors to limitless career growth.

According to U.S. News & World Report, as an essential part of health care in the U.S., the nurse practitioner role is the No. 1 job of 2024!

tuition and costs

We understand the importance of financial planning. Explore our tuition costs, estimated expenses and available scholarships and fellowships to support your DNP journey.


Nurse Faculty Loan Program

The UF College of Nursing offers the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) to PhD and MSN-DNP students who intend to pursue a full-time nurse faculty position. The federal loan is cancelled through employment as nurse faculty post-graduation. This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Health.


Doctor of Nursing Practice Tracks


This program, with 75 to 78 credits depending on the specialty track, is designed for those with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.


If you already hold a master’s degree in nursing and an active Florida ARNP license, our MSN to DNP program is tailored to you. It consists of 35 credits and can be completed in five semesters.

Questions? Contact Us


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.