MSN to DNP (D.N.P.)

College of Health Professions and Social Work
School of Nursing

http://www.fgcu.edu/CHPSW/Nursing/MSNDNP/index.asp
(239) 590-7454

2016-2017 Catalog Year

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 MSN to DNP is for students who hold a Master's degree in Nursing with an advanced practice focus (clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife and nurse practitioner).  The DNP will include both full-time and part-time plans of study to meet the needs of working nurses.

Program of Study:  Students who already have a 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. 

Program Accreditation

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.

Program Admission Requirements

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Program Requirements

  1. Required Courses in the Major (36 credits)

    NGR 6638 Advanced Health Promotion (3)
    NGR 6712 Foundations of Nursing Educ. (3)
    NGR 6872 Nursing Information Management (3)
    NGR 7769 Advanced Practice Management (3)
    NGR 7846 Biostatistics & Epidemiology (3)
    NGR 7856 Evidenced-Based Trans Research (3)
    NGR 7895 Health Policy (3)
    NGR 7899 Organization Syst. & Leadership (3)
    NGR 7949L DNP Clinical Practice (7)*
    NGR 7974 DNP Project (5)*

    *Credit hours are spread over varying semesters

TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS REQUIRED:   36 HRS

Additional Graduation Requirements

  1. Successful completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours of doctoral level course work.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater in the DNP program.
  3. Completion of all courses with a grade of "B" or higher, or "S" (Satisfactory) where applicable.
  4. Completion of clinical practice residency requirements.
  5. Completion of DNP Project 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.
  • Students must meet specific progression, clinical and graduation requirements.  See the DNP Program Guidebook, Graduate Student Handbook, General Academic Policies and FGCU Graduation Requirements.

The information contained in this catalog excerpt is intended for informational purposes only. Every effort is made to provide this information as accurately as possible at the time of publication; however, the university reserves the right to revise any section or part without notice or obligation.
Printed on: 9/24/2016.