The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is designed to prepare graduates with the advanced nursing knowledge and leadership skills to improve healthcare outcomes and to provide evidence-based nursing across diverse healthcare settings and systems.
The curriculum focuses on providing nurses with the solid science foundation needed to enhance critical reasoning judgment in the management of complex healthcare situations. Core and specialty courses for the DNP provide knowledge, skills and attributes essential for fully accountable practice in today's healthcare environment. Emphasis is on innovative and evidence-based nursing practice to meet the demands associated with the increasing complexity of the healthcare system, improving the safety and quality of patient care delivery, and influencing healthcare policy.
- The DNP will be available as both the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) to DNP (post-master's entry) and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to DNP (post-baccalaureate entry). The DNP will include both full-time and part-time plans of study to meet the needs of working nurses.
- Graduates of the BSN to DNP program are eligible to seek national certification as Family Nurse Practitioners.
- Program of Study: Students who already have an MSN degree are able to satisfy the requirements of the MSN to DNP curriculum upon completion of 36 credits that can be completed in 5 semesters of full-time study or 8 semesters of part-time study. The BSN to DNP consists of 81 credits that can be completed in 8 semesters of full-time study or 11 semesters of part-time study.
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Nursing Practitioner (B.S.N. to D.N.P.) Program Receives $2.7M Federal ANEW Grant
FCCU School of Nursing, Nursing Practitioner (B.S.N. to D.N.P.) Program has received a $2.7 million grant over four years, to increase the number of nurse practitioners students educated to provide high-quality primary care to rural and underserved populations. Nurse Practitioner (N.P.) students will receive specialized education through an innovative academic-practice partnership between FGCU and Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida.
The project, 2019 FGCU Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program* is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The focus is on improving the health outcomes of rural and underserved communities, and to develop innovative goals and objectives to address value-based care delivery, chronic disease prevention, and management in community based practice settings.
Students selected to participate in the FGCU ANEW Program based on eligibility criteria will receive traineeship awards to assist with tuition, books, and housing expenses. Selected students will receive awards up to $22,000 for full-time study and $11,000 for part-time study. Eligibility criteria include meeting the FGCU Nursing Practitioner (B.S.N. to D.N.P.) Program admissions criteria, a statement of need, and a desire to work in a rural or medically underserved area upon graduation.
Thirteen students will participate in the project in the 2019-2020 academic year. FGCU Nursing Practitioner (B.S.N. to D.N.P.) Program is currently accepting applications for the 2020 admission cycle, prospective students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with a desire to work in rural and underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply. Please read about the Nursing Practitioner (B.S.N. to D.N.P.) Program Admissions process below.
*“This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $2,758,171 with zero percentage financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.”
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