About the BSN to DNP Program

Welcome to the University of Florida BSN to DNP Program

Embark on a transformative journey with the University of Florida’s BSN to DNP program, where we empower aspiring nurses to excel in advanced practice. Our user-friendly and comprehensive curriculum, spanning 75 to 78 credits, aligns with national DNP essentials and guides you toward the successful completion of your DNP project.

Flexible Online Learning

Our program offers the flexibility of online learning, supplemented by periodic campus visits (one-day new student orientation) and clinical placements within the state of Florida. These visits are essential for health assessment, clinical courses, simulation training, and skill development.

Clinical Placements

Clinical placements within the state of Florida are tailored to your geographic area whenever possible, minimizing disruptions to your progress. These visits are crucial for health assessment, clinical courses, simulation training, and skill development.

Doctor of Nursing Practice and Nurse Educator certificate

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Nurse Educator Certificate

Are you dedicated to enhancing the standards of nursing education? This certificate is designed for individuals aspiring to embark on a teaching career, aiming to actively engage nursing professionals in teaching and enhance proficiency.

Admission Criteria

Fall 2024 applications have closed. The application for the Fall 2025 BSN to DNP program will open in September 2024.

To be eligible for our program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • No GRE required
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing as a Registered Nurse from a school accredited by ACEN, CNEA, or CCNE.
  • An overall GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Current, unencumbered Florida or multi-state RN License to practice as a registered nurse.
    • OR eligibility for licensure
  • Demonstrated ability in (or potential for) clinical excellence and leadership.
    • For the Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP track, at least one year of critical care experience (ICU/Emergency Department) is preferred.
    • For the Pediatric Acute Care NP track, at least one year of pediatric acute care experience is required. ICU/Emergency Department experience is preferred.
  • 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 witha 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.

Important notification: All admitted nursing students, regardless of campus status, must complete a background check, mandatory immunization verification (Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Varicella, Influenza, Tetanus, Tuberculosis), fingerprinting*, and drug screening. The College of Nursing follows CDC guidelines and adheres to the safety regulations of our clinical partners. Additionally, all students must provide proof of current health insurance. Upon admission into the program, students will be given the steps to complete this process.

* Students must disclose any arrests or criminal charges in their UF Program application. Upon disclosure, further information may be requested. All students must undergo a new background check, fingerprinting, and drug test. Disclosure of arrest or conviction information may impact your admission to the Nursing Program.

Application Process

Fall 2024 applications have closed. The application for the Fall 2025 BSN to DNP program will open in September 2024.

  • All application requirements must be received by the application deadline to be eligible for admission 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.
    • Submit your response to questions specified on the NursingCAS site, three letters of reference, a CV, or a resume.
    • 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.