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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