Post-Baccalaureate Doctorate in Nursing Practice

Post-Baccalaureate Doctor Of Nursing Practice— Nurse Practitioner

  • Family Nurse Practitioner specialization
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialization

Program Overview

This practice-focused doctoral program prepares advanced practice nurses with the knowledge and skills needed to lead in today’s complex health care environment. The program is designed for registered nurses with bachelor’s degrees and offers two clinical specialization tracks: Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. This technology-enhanced program is part time and spans twelve consecutive semesters, allowing students to engage in professional nursing practice and graduate studies. Students must complete a minimum of 1000 hours of clinical instruction in their specialization. Students graduate with the knowledge, skills, and judgment needed to apply for A.R.N.P. licensure in Florida and to sit the national certification examination in their chosen specialty area.

Purpose

The purpose of the program is to foster the development of a community of expert advanced practice nurses who will transform practice and improve health care outcomes through the application of nursing knowledge.

Goals

The goals of the program are to prepare graduates as:

  • Nurse experts who provide culturally competent healthcare services that focus on health promotion, population health, and disease prevention within a holistic framework (Advanced Practice);
  • Scholars who evaluate, translate, synthesize, and apply knowledge, experiences, and the best available evidence as the basis for the delivery of advanced nursing care (Critical Thinking);
  • Leaders who use communication, collaboration, and technology to contribute to the enhancement of health care and health care systems (Leadership);
  • Health care professionals who consider the social, economic, and political environments while adhering to the concepts of integrity, ethics, and life-long learning (Professionalism); and
  • Advocates who influence health care policy (Advocacy).