• 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 83 credit hours of post baccalaureate study and 1005 clinical hours. The program 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 40 credit hours.
  • The DNP courses are offered primarily via interactive video conferencing from the Tallahassee campus. 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 March 1st for consideration and review for August admission.

Additional Information

Family Nurse Practitioner Plan of Study (pdf 97.63 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 40 hours.)
  2. Competitive Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score or Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
  3. Unencumbered State of Florida RN license.
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation.
  5. FDLE/FBI Level II background check
  6. CPR Certification.
  7. Personal Health Insurance.
  8. Current CV or resume.
Graduation Requirements

Successful completion of 83 semester hours of 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 (Deadline March 1)

In order to apply for admission to the Graduate Program in Nursing, you must complete the three steps listed below:

1: Apply to the College of Nursing

We are not currently accepting DNP applications. Fall 2020 applications will begin August 1, 2019 and run through March 1, 2020.


2. Apply to Florida State University

A non-refundable US$30.00 processing fee, payable to The Florida State University, must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. Applications will not be processed without the application fee. An official transcript from each college and university attended and official GRE scores must also be submitted to the Office of Admissions.


3. Fax or mail required documents to the College of Nursing

  • A. Official Transcripts
  • B. Copy of GRE or MAT scores
  • C. Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • D. Copy of current Florida RN License
  • E. DNP applicants must submit a current CV or resume.
  • F. DNP applicants need to answer the following questions and submit it with your CV (no more than 1 page typewritten)
  • 1. 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.
  • 2. What are your career goals and how will a DNP degree help you with your goals?
  • G. CPR Certification

If mailing your documents please use the following address: 

Florida State University
College of Nursing Graduate Program 
Attn: Carlos Urrutia 
98 Varsity Way 
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4310 

If faxing your documents, FAX to: 850.645.7249  

If emailing your scanned documents send them to:


4. Interviews

As part of the DNP application process the College of Nursing will be conducting face to face group interviews on March 29, 2019. The prospective DNP candidate will be required to participate in the interview process. Candidates will be notified by e-mail on March 15, 2019 of their assigned place/time for the interview. There will not be any exceptions to the interview process (no Skype, phone, etc.)



For More Detailed Information:

Dr. Susan Porterfield

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

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