Online DNP Program Florida

Doctorate of Nursing Practice


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.


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

  1. Integrate nursing science with knowledge from ethics, the biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sciences as the basis for the highest level of nursing practice.
  2. 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.
  3. Use analytic methods to critically appraise existing literature and other evidence to determine and implement the best evidence for practice.
  4. Analyze and communicate critical elements necessary to the selection, use and evaluation of health care information systems and patient care technology.
  5. 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.
  6. Employ effective communication and collaborative skills when leading interprofessional and intraprofessional teams in the analysis of complex practice and organizational issues.
  7. Analyze scientific data related to individual, aggregate, and population health.
  8. 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


Here are a few key things to know about being a DNP, according to

    • 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.

Credit Requirements

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:

Curriculum Plan

Course Descriptions

NUR 801 Theoretical Scientific Underpinnings
This course integrates nursing science and related disciplines to provide a foundation for using theories and concepts in developing strategies to determine healthcare outcomes. In addition, this course will focus on the transition of the clinical scholar in understanding the essential knowledge and skills for the DNP role. Prerequisite: Admission to the DNP program

NUR 802 Organizational Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice
This course focuses on organizational leadership to improve systems of care and health outcomes. In addition, this course will examine leadership strategies for the advanced practice nurse with an emphasis on quality improvement in health outcomes and patient safety. Prerequisite: NUR 801

NUR 811 Analytical Methods for Evidence-Based Practice
This course examines the translation and application of research into nursing and evidencebased practice. In addition, this course will focus on the appraisal and dissemination of data for best evidence and integration of new knowledge. Prerequisite: NUR 802

NUR 812 Research and Analytical Methods
This course focuses on the research process and will facilitate students’ understanding of how to apply scientific findings to nursing practice. Advanced analytical methods will also be presented to improve healthcare outcomes through the design and implement processes to evaluate outcomes of practice, practice patterns, and systems of care within a practice setting, health care organization, and/or population trends. Prerequisite: NUR 811

NUR 821 Informational Systems and Patient Care Technology
This course examines the advanced skills necessary for using data from various informational systems to evaluate and improve healthcare and patient outcomes. In addition, communication and dissemination of findings as well as leadership evaluation of ethical considerations related to informational systems will be presented. Prerequisite: NUR 812

NUR 822 Population Health Concepts
This course presents leadership skills, including communication and collaboration, necessary to design, implement, and evaluate evidence-based healthcare practices for various populations. This course will also include strategies for interprofessional and intraprofessional teamwork necessary to create change in healthcare organizations that impact various populations. Prerequisite: NUR 821

NUR 831 Healthcare Policy and Ethics
This course focuses on healthcare policy and ethics that provides a framework for facilitating and addressing healthcare needs. In addition, the course will focus on design and implementation of healthcare policies impacting social justice and equity in health care, as well as advocacy in healthcare. Prerequisite: NUR 822

NUR 832 Organizational Management and Finance in Healthcare
This course explores healthcare finance and organizational management within healthcare organizations. In addition, management principles, reimbursement methods, and factors influencing the financial environment will be presented with an emphasis on strategies to promote and sustain the financial viability of healthcare. Prerequisite: NUR 831

NUR 941 DNP Project Practicum I
This practicum is the first of three sequential courses in the DNP program leading to the DNP Project Capstone Practicum and focuses on the systematic assessment of health care problems in complex situations. The student will identify a healthcare problem for a specific healthcare population for the beginning development of a DNP Project using an evidence-based approach. In addition, the student will consider diverse and culturally sensitive approaches in developing an awareness of the role of the nurse leader. A minimum of 250 practicum hours are required. Prerequisite: NUR 832

NUR 942 DNP Project Practicum II
This practicum is the second of three sequential courses in the DNP program leading to the DNP Project Capstone Practicum. This practicum focuses on the design of evidence-based interventions to address the identified health care problem and focus on a change that impacts healthcare outcomes. Students explore the nurse leader’s role in fostering effective relationships in systems of care including the micro, meso, or macro levels. A minimum of 250 practicum hours are required. Prerequisite: NUR 941


NUR 943 DNP Project Practicum III
This practicum is the third of three sequential courses in the DNP program leading to the DNP Project Capstone Practicum. The focus of this practicum is on the planning, implementation, and relevant evaluation of evidence-based interventions to address the identified health care 80 | Nexus University Catalog 2021-2022 Volume 4 problem. Students explore the nurse leader’s role in guiding and mentoring others in the selection of evidence-based interventions. A minimum of 250 practicum hours are required. Prerequisite: NUR 942

NUR 944 DNP Project Capstone Practicum
This DNP project capstone practicum focuses on the synthesis of the leadership role for improving practice and outcomes in healthcare delivery. During the project capstone practicum, the student will finalize the project by integrating the leadership skills and focusing on the identified healthcare problem through the translation of knowledge and evidence for the advancement of nursing practice. The student will present a defense of the scholarly project. A minimum of 250 practicum hours are required. Prerequisite: NUR 943

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)
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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.