BSN to DNP

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 the development of the DNP project. All classes are taught in an online format with periodic required campus visits, in addition to clinical placements within the state of Florida. Changes in curriculum plans may delay graduation due to pre and co-curriculum requirements.

Campus Visits

  • One-day New Student Orientation
  • Three-day visit during Health Assessment Course
  • Two-day visit in the final semester for Doctor of Nursing Practice project dissemination
  • Students in the Psychiatric Mental Health track may have additional required visits

Progression in advanced practice nursing courses requires supervised experiences with clinical preceptors in a variety of practice settings in the state of Florida.

  • Clinical placements are arranged in collaboration with students and are based on the availability of appropriate placements within their geographic area.
  • Students may be required to travel outside their geographical area for their clinical placement.
    • Every effort will be made to arrange clinical placement within the student’s geographic area.
    • In the event clinical placement is not available within the student’s geographical area, students will be required to complete the required clinical experiences within two hours of their geographical area.
  • Progress in the curriculum will be delayed if students are unable to travel.

BSN to DNP program specialties

Admission Criteria

Applicants are required to show evidence of the following:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing as a Registered Nurse from a school accredited by ACEN, CNEA, or CCNE.
  • A GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the upper-division nursing major.
  • Current unencumbered Florida or Multi-state RN License.
  • Demonstrated ability in (or potential for) clinical excellence and leadership.
  • Students must be either a U.S. citizen, legal U.S. resident, or hold a valid visa.
  • International students or students whose native language is not English are required to pass one of the following tests with a satisfactory score of:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
    • Computer-based: 213
    • Paper-based: 550
    • Web-based: 80
    • iBT Speaking  Component: 26
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS):
    • Overall score: 6.5
    • Speaking Component: 7
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): Overall score: 79
  • Students must be either a U.S. citizen, legal U.S. resident, or hold a valid visa

Student Sponsorship: This program does not qualify for F-1 or J-1 student sponsorship. Legal Permanent Residents and non-immigrants are otherwise physically present in the U.S. and in a status that allows for full or part-time students, may pursue this program.

Health Requirements: All admitted nursing students, regardless of campus status, are required to complete a background check, mandatory immunization verification (Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Varicella, Influenza, Tetanus, and Tuberculosis), fingerprinting, and drug screening. Additionally, all students will be required to provide proof of current health insurance. Upon admission into the program, students will be provided with the steps to complete this process.

Application Process

The University of Florida College of Nursing NursingCAS application for Fall 2022 officially opened September 1, 2021.
  • The application deadline for Fall 2022 is February 1, 2022.
  • All application requirements must be received by the February 1, 2022 application deadline to be eligible for admissions consideration.

The application process for the BSN to DNP program is a two-part application process. All applicants are required to complete the following:

  • Submit the University of Florida Professional Program Application.
  • Submit the NursingCAS application for the University of Florida BSN to DNP program.
    • A statement of goals, three letters of reference, a CV or resume must be submitted with the NursingCAS application.
    • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended are submitted with the NursingCAS application.
    • Any necessary test scores are submitted with the NursingCAS application.
    • Please refer to the NursingCAS website for further instructions.