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BSN to DNP (D.N.P.) 2015-2016 Catalog Year

College of Health Professions and Social Work

School of Nursing;
(239) 590-7454

NOTE:  The first cohort to the BSN-DNP Program will be offered Fall semester, August 2016.  Please refer to the Office of Graduate Studies website for the application deadline.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is designed to prepare graduates with the advance nursing knowledge and leadership skills to improve health care outcomes and to provide evidence-based nursing across diverse health care 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 health care situations. Core and specialty courses for the DNP provide knowledge, skills and attributes essential for fully accountable practice in today's health care environment. Emphasis is on innovative and evidence-based nursing practice to meet the demands associated with the increasing complexity of the health care system, improving the safety and quality of patient care delivery, and influencing health care 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 a Family Nurse Practitioner or as an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.

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 39 credits that can be completed in 5 semesters of full-time study or 9 semesters of part-time study. The BSN to DNP consists of 84 credits that can be completed in 8 semesters of full-time study or 14 semesters of part-time study.

Program Accreditation

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program will seek accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) (One Dupont Circle, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1120; telephone number 202-887-6791).

Program Requirements

Required Courses in the Major (71 credits)

NGR 6638 Advanced Health Promotion (3)
NGR 6002 Hlth. Appr. & Interpretation (3)
NGR 6002L Hlth Appr. & Interp.- Pract. (1)
NGR 6141 Pathophys for Adv NSG Practice (4)
NGR 6460 Pharmacology I (4)
NGR 6461 Pharmacology II (3)
NGR 6712 Foundations of Nursing Educ. (3)
NGR 6811 Research (3)
NGR 6872 Information Management in Nursing (3)
NGR 6240 Primary Health Care I (4)
NGR 6240L Primary Health Care I Practice (2)
NGR 6741 Primary Health Care II (3)
NGR 6741L Primary Health Care II Practice (2)
NGR 7895 Health Policy (3)
NGR 6064 Adv. Diagnostic Reasoning (3)
NGR 7846 Biostatistics & Epidemiology (3)
NGR 7856 Evidence-Based Trans Research (3)
NGR 7899 Organization System & Leadership (3)
NGR 7768 Basis of Advanced Practice Nursing (3)
NGR 7769 Manage of Adv. Pract Nurs (3)
NGR 7974 DNP Capstone Project (5)*
NGR 7974L DNP Clinical Practice (7)*

*Credit hours are spread over varying semesters

Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration Required Courses (13 credits)*

NGR 6305 Primary Health Care III (3)
NGR 6305L Primary Health Care III Practice (2)
NGR 6252 Primary Health Care IV (4)
NGR 6252L Primary Health Care IV Practice (4)

*For those seeking national certification as Family Nurse Practitioner

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) Concentration Required Courses (13 credits)*

NGR 6252 Primary Health Care IV (4)
NGR 6252L Primary Health Care IV Practice (4)
NGR 6215 Primary Health Care V (3)
NGR 6215L Primary Health Care V Practice (2)

*For those seeking national certification as AGPCNP



Additional Graduation Requirements
  • Successful completion of a minimum of 84 credit hours of doctoral level course work.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater in the DNP program.
  • Completion of all courses with a grade of "B" or higher, or "S" (Satisfactory) where applicable.
  • Completion of Nurse Practitioner Certification exam review course.
  • Completion of clinical practice residency requirements.
  • Completion of capstone requirements.
Progression Requirements
  • Students must follow a Program of Study approved by the Program Director or designee.
  • Students must receive a grade of "B" ("S" if applicable) or better on all courses within the program curriculum.


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