#1 ranked DNP Program in the state of Florida

#15 among public colleges of nursing nationally

#25 among all institutions

Top 5 U.S. News & World Report ranked UF No. 5 among public universities in 2022

why a uf dnp

The UF College of Nursing has the No. 1 ranked DNP program in the state of Florida and No. 15 among publics nationally, according to U.S. & World Report. As the first nurse practitioner program in the state, the College of Nursing holds true to its mission to provide excellent personalized nursing care, generate research and scholarship that have an impact on practice and prepare graduates who care, lead and inspire.

Why Gator Nursing?

Reathea Felder, AFHC Clinician and DNP Student

DNP student and Archer Family Health Care nurse practitioner Reathea Felder shares why she embraces being a clinician and current Gator Nurse.

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The UF College of Nursing Student Services Team promotes the success of all students in the College of Nursing across programs, and seeks to enhance the student experience for every soon-to-be Gator Nurse! The Student Services Team provides a number of support services to students throughout their program.

About the Program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is a practice-focused doctorate designed to prepare expert nurses in specialized advanced practice. The DNP is a terminal degree The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is a practice-focused doctorate preparing advanced practice nurses at the highest level of practice. The DNP is a non-research-focused terminal degree program, translating research into practice to improve patient and healthcare outcomes. The DNP focuses on evidence-based practice, quality improvement and systems leadership among other areas. The DNP prepares advanced practice nurses with the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to practice in today’s and tomorrow’s complex health care environment.


Celia Colson, BSN to DNP Graduate

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program description

  • The DNP degree is a practice-focused doctorate for those who desire advanced practice knowledge but do not need or want a research focus
  • Available for post-baccalaureate and postmaster’s students who want to earn their DNP
  • The curriculum spans eight semesters for a full-time BSN-DNP student with a semester course load not exceeding 9-10 credits. The full-time MSN-DNP student curriculum spans five semesters with a semester course load not exceeding 9 credits
  •  The culminating work of the DNP curriculum is a comprehensive, practice-based project
    • Final project helps graduates build their clinical scholarship and expertise
    • Students’ projects are often published and presented at conferences. Examples of DNP projects

The BSN to DNP program is between 75 and 78 credits depending on the specialty track. Our curriculum focuses on the national DNP essentials and provides a clear path for development of the DNP project. All classes are offered in an online format with periodic required campus visits.

The MSN to DNP program is available online. Minimal campus attendance is required.The MSN to DNP program is available for those who already possess a master’s degree in nursing and an active Florida APRN license. This program is designed for those seeking a clinically based terminal degree. The MSN to DNP program is 35 credits and may be completed in five semesters.

Upon completion of the doctoral program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Evaluate scientific bases from extant and emerging areas of knowledge for advanced nursing practice.
  2. Evaluate decision support systems to solve clinical problems for individuals, aggregates and systems.
  3. Develop advanced leadership and collaborative skills to mobilize interdisciplinary teams to solve highly complex clinical problems.
  4. Develop expertise to formulate health policy and provide leadership in establishing clinical excellence and creating new models of cost-effective health care delivery.
  5. Critically assess, plan, intervene and evaluate the health experiences of individuals, aggregates and systems to provide safe, evidence-based care.
  6. Synthesize knowledge of cultural diversity and global perspectives in delivering health care and in critiquing nursing systems.

Once you hold a DNP degree, you can become employed across the full spectrum of health care organizations, from community health centers to hospitals and from private clinics to universities. Obtaining your DNP opens up many opportunities for growth.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Tracks


The MSN to DNP program is available for those who already possess a master’s degree in nursing and an active Florida ARNP license.

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.