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1. Is your DNP program online?

2. Does your DNP program require the GRE for admission?

3. How is the DNP different from the PhD program at FIU?

4. Does the DNP program at FIU admit non-clinical advanced practice nurses who are educators or administrators?

5. Can I apply for the program online?

6. When is the DNP program application deadline?

7. How many credits is the DNP program and how long will it take me to complete?

8. How many clinical hours does the DNP program at FIU require?

9. Will the DNP program at FIU prepare me to assume a role as a physician?

10. Has research demonstrated the need for a practice doctorate? Is there a gap in clinical practice?

11. Does implementation of the DNP mean that current advanced practice nurses will no longer be permitted to practice without a doctorate?

12. What is a good reliable information resource about the DNP?

 

1. Is your DNP program online?

Yes, our DNP program is completely online. It is designed to be convenient for working professionals. As per University guidelines individual faculty may request students to meet on campus for testing or other purposes, however alternative arrangements for meeting these requirements can be made with the approval of the faculty member.

2. Does your DNP program require the GRE for admission?

Yes, our program requires that you submit a GRE score with your application. This is an overall requirement of the graduate school at FIU for any doctoral program. The score must be within the past 5 years at the time of your application. Note however that there is no minimum GRE score required for admission to the DNP nursing program. The GRE is only one metric in the admission process and will be assessed along with the other admission requirements as a whole.

3. How is the DNP different from the PhD program at FIU?

The DNP program at FIU incorporates the APRN content currently included in master’s nursing programs. The DNP focuses on providing leadership for evidence-based practice. This requires competence in translating research in practice, evaluating evidence, applying research in decision-making, and implementing viable clinical innovations to change practice. Emphasis is placed on a population perspective, how to obtain assessment data on populations or cohorts, how to use data to make programmatic decisions, and program evaluation. The PhD program at FIU offers training and education in the formal research role.

                 Find out more information at this link: http://dnp.fiu.edu/comparison

4. Does the DNP program at FIU admit non-clinical advanced practice nurses who are educators or administrators?

No, currently the DNP at FIU is only open to advanced practice nurses prepared as Nurse Practitioners (e.g., ANP, GNP. PNP, FNP, etc), Certified Nurse Specialist (CNS), Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), or Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

5. Can I apply for the program online?

We require a two-step application process. You must complete an online FIU GRADUATE DOCTORAL application at http://gradschool.fiu.edu and complete a NWCNHS DNP Program application found here: http://dnp.fiu.edu/apply

6. When is the DNP program application deadline?

The application deadline is August 1 for Spring admission and March 1st for Fall admission.

7. How many credits is the DNP program and how long will it take me to complete?

The program requires a total of 36-credits to complete, which includes 24 credits of core course work, 6 credits dedicated to clinical residency requirements, 6 credits for the DNP capstone project. The program is designed for efficiency using a cohort model and can be completed in 6 semesters.

8. How many clinical hours does the DNP program at FIU require?

Everyone enrolled in the DNP program at FIU will complete 540 clinical hours at a minimum. Once admitted you will be required to submit the “Verification of Post Baccalaureate Clinical and Practice Hour” in order to document the exact number of clinical hours you have completed in your master’s degree program. The overall requirement at the end of the DNP is the completion of 1,000 hours post baccalaureate (master's and DNP combined hours). Any student who upon admission with their documented clinical hours and the expected 540 hours in our program will not have 1,000 hours will be required to complete additional clinical hours up to the 1,000 hour national standard.

9. Will the DNP program at FIU prepare me to assume a role as a physician?

No. Nursing and medicine are distinct health disciplines that prepare clinicians to assume different roles and meet different practice expectations. The DNP program at FIU will prepare nurses for the highest level of nursing practice. Transitioning to the DNP will not alter the current scope of practice for advanced practice nurses as outlined in each state's Nurse Practice Act.

10. Has research demonstrated the need for a practice doctorate? Is there a gap in clinical practice?

Recent reports from the Institute of Medicine describe the challenge of health care and represent a mandate for change in the educational program for the health professions. Nurses are constantly working with individuals who have a higher level of preparation in their respective fields. Nursing educational preparation and the time commitment ought to be analogous to other members in the health professions such as Pharmacist (PharmD), Physical Therapist (DPT), Occupational Therapist (OTD), Social Workers (DSW), and Audiologist (AuD) that have all also moved to preparation at the clinical doctoral level. The DNP provides a clinical option for advanced preparation in nursing practice that is more comparable to other intraprofessional educational programs.

11. Does implementation of the DNP mean that current advanced practice nurses will no longer be permitted to practice without a doctorate?

No, nurses with master's degrees will continue to practice in their current capacities. Recommendations are included in the Roadmap Task Force report on how to facilitate rapid transition to the DNP for master's-level nurses seeking this credential. It is yet to be finally determined but nursing has a history of “grandfathering” in current practitioners as we transition to new standards. That being said at some point to be eligible for to become a new advanced practice nurse will require the DNP degree.

12. What is a good reliable information resource about the DNP?

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) maintains a current up to date website that includes information about the DNP. You can find it at this link: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/.