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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

  • The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is designed to prepare nurses for the highest level of clinical practice in the profession of nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner. The program includes a total of 90 credit hours of post baccalaureate study and is designed in accordance with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice Nursing (2006).
  • Following transcript review, applicants with a MSN may be eligible to transfer in up to 42 credit hours.
  • The DNP courses are offered primarily via interactive video conferencing from the Tallahassee campus to Panama City and Sarasota-Bradenton. Some core courses are offered fully online. Students come to the Tallahassee campus for orientation to the program and attend an intensive weekend in the Advanced Skills for the APN course. Students work with preceptors in their local community to meet the learning objectives for the practicum courses.
  • Applications for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program will be accepted throughout the year and must be received by April 15th for consideration and review for August admission.

Additional Information

Family Nurse Practitioner Brochure (pdf 267.87 kB)

Family Nurse Practitioner Plan of Study (pdf 97.63 kB)

DNP Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (pdf 92.85 kB)

College of Nursing Graduate Student Handbook

College of Nursing Student Policies

AACN Guide to Graduate Nursing Programs

DNP Student Profiles


Admission Criteria

  1. BSN degree from a nationally accredited program with an upper division grade point average of 3.0 or higher. (Note: The academic transcript and resume of applicants with MSN degrees will be evaluated individually to determine the number of MSN degree credit and clinical hours that can be applied toward the DNP degree. Students may transfer in up to 42 hours.)
  2. Competitive Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score or Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
  3. Unencumbered State of Florida RN license.
  4. FDLE/FBI Level II background check
  5. CPR Certification.
  6. Personal Health Insurance.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Successful completion of 90 semester hours of post-baccalaureate, graduate course work. This coursework includes successful completion of all core courses, and all required and elective courses in one of the specialty tracks, and a DNP project.
  2. Cumulative GPA in the program of 3.0 or higher.
  3. Completion of all specialty courses with a grade of B or higher.
  4. On-campus residency (24 hours of on-campus credits completed within a 16 consecutive month timeframe). This requirement may be met on the Tallahassee, Panama City, and Sarasota-Bradenton campuses.
  5. The DNP degree must be completed within seven (7) calendar years from the time of formal matriculation into the program.

For More Detailed Information & To Answer Questions:



Dr. Susan Porterfield




For advising please contact the FSU College of Nursing Office of Student Services.