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 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 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: 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.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Florida Gulf Coast University will pursue initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.
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- Required Courses in the Major (68 credits)
NGR 6002 Advanced Health Assessment (3)
NGR 6002L Adv Health Assessment Practice (1)
NGR 6141 Advanced Pathophysiology (4)
NGR 6172 Pharmacotherapeutics (4)
NGR 6240 Primary Health Care I (4)
NGR 6240L Primary Health Care I Practice (2)
NGR 6638 Advanced Health Promotion (3)
NGR 6712 Foundations of Nursing Educ. (3)
NGR 6741 Primary Health Care II (3)
NGR 6741L Primary Health Care II Pract. (2)
NGR 6811 Advanced Nursing Research (3)
NGR 6872 Nursing Information Management (3)
NGR 7176 Adv Pharmacology & Genomics (3)
NGR 7768 Basis of Adv. Practice Nursing (3)
NGR 7769 Advanced Practice Management (3)
NGR 7846 Biostatistics & Epidemiology (3)
NGR 7856 Evidence-Based Trans Research (3)
NGR 7895 Health Policy (3)
NGR 7899 Organization System & Leadership (3)
NGR 7974 DNP Project (5)*
NGR 7949L DNP Clinical Practice (7)*
*Credit hours are spread over varying semesters
- Concentrations (13 credits)*
Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration Required Courses (13 credits)*
NGR 6252 Primary Health Care IV (4)
NGR 6252L Primary Health Care IV Practice (4)
NGR 6305 Primary Health Care III (3)
NGR 6305L Primary Health Care III Practice (2)
*For those seeking national certification as Family Nurse Practitioner
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) Concentration Required Courses (13 credits)
NGR 6215 Primary Health Care V (3)
NGR 6215L Primary Health Care V Pract. (2)
NGR 6252 Primary Health Care IV (4)
NGR 6252L Primary Health Care IV Pract. (4)
*For those seeking national certification as AGPCNP
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS REQUIRED: 81 HRS
Additional Graduation Requirements
- Successful completion of a minimum of 81 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 DNP Project 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.
- Students must meet specific progression, clinical and graduation requirements. See the DNP Program Guidebook, Graduate Student Handbook, General Academic Policies and FGCU Graduation Requirements.
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