About the MSN to DNP PRogram


The MSN to DNP program is available for those who already possess a master’s degree in nursing and an active Florida ARNP license. This program is designed for those seeking a clinically based terminal degree. All courses offered in the MSN to DNP program are available online. Minimal campus attendance is required.

Our curriculum was designed to be manageable for the working professional. The curriculum focuses on the essential elements that provide a path for completion of the DNP project. Examples of DNP projects.

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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.

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NEW! Doctor of Nursing Practice and Nurse Educator Certificate

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Doctor of Nursing Practice and Nurse Educator Certificate

This dual option provides students the opportunity to earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice and a Nurse Educator Certificate simultaneously.

Admission Criteria

Applicants are required to show evidence of the following:

  • No GRE required
  • A master’s degree in nursing as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse from a school accredited by the ACEN, CNEA or CCNE.
  • A master’s degree program GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).
  • Current unencumbered Florida or multi-state RN license, as well as an active APRN license throughout the duration of the program.
  • Current national certification as a nurse practitioner.
  • 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
    • Successful completion of the University of Florida English Language Institute Program. International students or students whose native language is not English with unsatisfactory scores on the TOEFL and TOEFL iBT Speaking Component, IELTS, or MELAB; unsuccessful completion of the UF English Language Institute Program; or an unacceptable score on the verbal part of the GRE must achieve an acceptable score on an essay administered by the Academic Written English Program at UF.
  • 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. The College of Nursing follows CDC guidelines and adheres to the safety regulations of our clinical partners.

Application Process

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The University of Florida College of Nursing NursingCAS application for Fall 2023 is now closed.

  • The application deadline for Spring 2024 is November 1, 2023.
    • All application requirements must be received by the November 1, 2023, application deadline to be eligible for admissions consideration.
  • The application deadline for Fall 2024 is June 1, 2024.
    • All application requirements must be received by the June 1, 2024, application deadline to be eligible for admissions consideration.

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

Student Testimonials

Why a UF Nursing DNP?

Rachael Joyner

I chose to enroll at the University of Florida because of its reputation as having a top-ranked DNP program. I knew I would be getting a great education from a university that is known for excellence nationally. Also, I appreciated the online format, which allowed me to continue working as a nurse practitioner while I finished the program.

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Natalie Merino

I enjoyed the faculty and new friends I have met and gotten to know over my time in the program. Sometimes when you're in an online program, it can feel lonesome, but the people I have met really helped make the difference.

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Denay Davidson

I always wanted to get this final degree. I recently became in charge of the medical assistant training program at my company, and I’m 100% sure what I’ve learned from this program is the reason I’m where I am today.