About the Master of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (MSN to DNP) Program


Unlock the Future of Nursing Excellence with UF’s MSN to DNP Program

Are you a master’s-prepared nurse, with an active Florida ARNP license, seeking a clinically focused terminal degree? Elevate your career with the University of Florida’s MSN to DNP program. Designed for working professionals, our online curriculum ensures minimal campus attendance, providing flexibility for your busy schedule.


Why Choose UF’s MSN to DNP Program?

Note: Students admitted prior to Fall 2024 will follow their initial curriculum plan based on catalog year.

Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) Pursue a full-time nurse faculty position with financial support through the NFLP, available to PhD and MSN-DNP students. The federal loan is canceled through employment as nurse faculty.


Nurse Educator Certificate


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Nurse Educator Certificate

Expand your expertise by simultaneously earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice and a Nurse Educator Certificate through our innovative dual option.

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 and an active APRN license throughout 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 U.S. citizens, legal U.S. residents, or hold valid visas.

Student Sponsorship: This program does not qualify for F-1 or J-1 student sponsorship. Legal Permanent Residents and non-immigrants who 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 must provide proof of current health insurance. Upon admission into the program, students will be given 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 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 deadline for Spring 2025 is November 1, 2024.

  • All application requirements must be received by the November 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.