DNP- Adult Gerontology Acute Care


This major is designed to prepare nurses for the highest level of clinical practice in the profession of nursing as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP). We recommend that students entering the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Major have at least one to two years of RN/direct patient care experience in an acute care management setting. The major is designed in accordance with the AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice Nursing, the NONPF Core competencies, and Population Focus Nurse Practitioner Competencies (2013). Upon successful completion of this major, graduates will be eligible to sit for the ACNP certification exam and be awarded the DNP degree.

This program is available for full-time and part-time study with coursework primarily online. Students are required to attend five sessions on the main campus at Florida State University. A majority of the courses have a synchronous (real-time or live) component and on-demand (asynchronous) classes; which means that 3 to 5 synchronous zoom classes will be scheduled throughout the semester.

Available Pathways

BSN to DNP Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Post Master's ACNP to DNP Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Post MSN (NonNP) to DNP Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
*Each student’s plan of study may vary based on evaluation of transfer credits upon admission

Graduation Requirements

Successful completion of all post-baccalaureate, graduate course work. This coursework includes successful completion of all core courses with a grade of B or higher and a DNP project.

Cumulative GPA in the program of 3.0 or higher.

The DNP degree must be completed within seven (7) calendar years from the time of formal matriculation into the program

How to Apply

*States where we can and cannot accept students

Complete the Florida State University Graduate application. Upload all required admissions documents and video interview to the application.


July 1st

Florida State University Graduate Application


Application Requirements

1. BSN degree from a nationally accredited program with an upper division grade point average of 3.0 or higher or MSN degree from a nationally accredited program with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Applicants that already hold an MSN degree must submit proof of clinical hours completed for the MSN program (Send summary of clinical hours from Typhon or contact the institution that awarded the MSN and have them email a letter to the College of Nursing stating the total of clinical hours completed for the program)

2. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.

3. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score or Miller Analogies Test (MAT).*

4. Unencumbered and unrestricted RN license.

5. Three (3) letters of recommendation.

6. Current CV or resume.

7. Essay (Writing Sample) answering the following questions: a) Tell us about your professional work experience as a nurse and other relevant professional experiences. Include leadership activities such as serving on committees, leading projects and involvement in professional associations. b) What are your career goals and how will a DNP degree help you with your goals?

8. Record a video answering the questions below. The video should not be more than 5 minutes long answering all the questions. 

  1. Tell us about your previous clinical or volunteer experiences? When have you had a direct impact on a patient’s life?  Please include activities such as patient advocacy, involvement in professional associations or an instance you were a change agent to improve quality care delivery. 

  2. What patient population are you most passionate about? Why? What are your thoughts about any health disparities affecting that group? As an DNP prepared nurse practitioner, how might you contribute in finding solutions to these issues? 

  3. What is your research interest for your Doctor of Nursing Practice evidence based practice project?

 GRE/MAT Waiver Criteria

The GRE requirement will be waived for outstanding applicants meeting ONE of the following criteria:

  • A completed master’s degree with a 3.0 or better GPA from an accredited institution.
  • A completed BSN (60 hours of nursing or RN to BSN courses) with a 3.5 GPA from an accredited institution.

GRE/MAT waiver request form

Applicants must provide evidence to satisfy the criteria being applied.  
Applicants with a competitive GRE or MAT score will still be able to apply to the program and will not be held to these additional criteria.
For those accredited institutions that are competency-based (no GPA assigned) the applicant must submit a GRE/MAT score.

For more information on Graduate application process, contact Carlos Urrutia
For information regarding Tuition and Fees, visit



Track Coordinator

Dr. LeeAnn Barfield