Online DNP Program Florida
Doctorate of Nursing Practice
NURSING AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL
The Online Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Nexus University is designed to prepare nurses to assume leadership roles incorporating advanced clinical expertise, quality improvement methods, patient safety and care technology, health care policy for advocacy, and health system changes. Through scientific underpinnings, evidence-based practice, information technology and practicum experiences, we facilitate the development of well-prepared nurse leaders.
Graduates can enter strategic leadership positions that will impact the healthcare outcomes of individuals and populations. The merging of practical knowledge with organizational systems, healthcare policy, interprofessional collaboration, population health and leadership experience allows graduates to contribute to the transformation of healthcare.
WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT IN THIS PROGRAM?
Relevant skills that can be immediately applied to your career.
Highly qualified faculty with relevant career experience.
Online theory classes that let you study at your own pace.
Education priced around the needs of our student population.
Flexibility that lets you maintain a work-life balance.
Small class size for personalized communications with faculty.
What Will You Learn in This Program?
The program of study is completed in 6 sequential semesters. Each semester contains two 8-week sessions and students take a maximum of 3 credit hours per 8-week session. The students will complete 250 practicum hours in each of the practicum courses for a total of 1,000 practical hours. The program’s instructional modality includes 100% online for theory course content and the practicum experiences will be in a healthcare facility. These core courses must be completed before the practicum courses can be started:
- Theoretical Scientific Underpinnings
- Organizational Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice
- Analytical Methods for Evidence-Based Practice
- Research and Analytical Methods
- Informational Systems and Patient Care Technology
- Population Health Concepts
- Healthcare Policy and Ethics
- Organizational Management and Finance in Healthcare
- DNP Project Practicum I, II & III
- DNP Project Capstone Practicum
Why Choose Nexus University for Your DNP Degree?
- We prepare MSNs for upward career mobility and advanced roles.
- We have extensive experience with online higher education.
- We offer higher education that is more accessible than ever.
- Our nursing programs build off your previously earned degrees.
- You learn important communication, critical thinking and leadership skills.
- There is no waiting list. All qualified applicants are accepted.
DNP Program Outcomes
- Integrate nursing science with knowledge from ethics, the biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sciences as the basis for the highest level of nursing practice.
- Develop and evaluate care delivery approaches that meet current and future needs of patient populations based on scientific findings in nursing and other clinical sciences, as well as organizational, political, and economic sciences.
- Use analytic methods to critically appraise existing literature and other evidence to determine and implement the best evidence for practice.
- Analyze and communicate critical elements necessary to the selection, use and evaluation of health care information systems and patient care technology.
- Analyze health policy proposals, health policies, and related issues from the perspective of consumers, nursing, other health professions, and other stakeholders in policy and public forums.
- Employ effective communication and collaborative skills when leading interprofessional and intraprofessional teams in the analysis of complex practice and organizational issues.
- Analyze scientific data related to individual, aggregate, and population health.
- Use conceptual and analytical skills in evaluating the links among practice, organizational, population, fiscal, and policy issues.
Career Outlook for Nurses with a DNP
Because a DNP is a top-level degree, students are often afforded a wider range of career options. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, graduates can earn – on average – anywhere from $83,000 to $180,000, depending on the role they have.
Here are just a few career possibilities:
- Nurse Researcher – Median annual salary: $72,000 (2020)
- Nurse Educator – Median annual salary: $74,600 (2019)
- Nurse Supervisor – Median annual salary: $100,980 (2019)
What Can You Do with a DNP Degree In Nursing?
A DNP prepares you for a wide range of higher-level roles, such as:
- Healthcare Executive/Chief Nursing Officer
- Nurse Researcher
- Nurse Educator
- Nurse Supervisor
- Healthcare lobbyist
DNP QUICK FACTS
Here are a few key things to know about being a DNP, according to NurseJournal.org,
- The DNP is the highest level of education available in the field of nursing.
- DNP-holders enjoy higher salaries than nurses with BSNs and MSNs, earning an average of $104,489/year.
- Top-paying DNP positions include chief nursing officer ($151,000/year on average).
- DNP programs teach higher-level skills in nursing practice and DNPs strive to improve patient outcomes.
- DNP-holders often take leadership positions in large healthcare organizations or facilities. Some also work as expert clinicians or secure academic positions that emphasize clinical practice and education.
A student needs to complete at least 36 graduate semester credits, including 400 experiential hours, to satisfy the eligibility for the degree.
The Admissions Process
Applying to a degree program at the Nexus University School of Health Sciences and Nursing is fast and easy. Applications are reviewed within 48 hours and all qualified applicants are accepted.
Our Master of Science in Nursing program requires a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited institution with at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA). For details on our general Admissions Requirements, please visit our Admissions page. If you’re ready to take the first step, you can:
NUR 801 Theoretical Scientific Underpinnings
NUR 802 Organizational Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice
NUR 811 Analytical Methods for Evidence-Based Practice
NUR 812 Research and Analytical Methods
NUR 821 Informational Systems and Patient Care Technology
NUR 822 Population Health Concepts
NUR 831 Healthcare Policy and Ethics
NUR 832 Organizational Management and Finance in Healthcare
NUR 941 DNP Project Practicum I
NUR 942 DNP Project Practicum II
NUR 943 DNP Project Practicum III
NUR 944 DNP Project Capstone Practicum
Official Candidacy – Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Effective January 19, 2024, this nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on January 19, 2026.
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
Note: Upon granting of initial accreditation by the ACEN Board of Commissioners, the effective date of initial accreditation is the date on which the nursing program was approved by the ACEN as a candidate program that concluded in the Board of Commissioners granting initial accreditation.