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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences at FIU focuses on improving healthcare by facilitating a culture of patient safety, evidence-based practice, culturally competent care for diverse patients/populations and by providing the additional skills necessary to develop advanced practice nursing leaders for the future. Graduates of this program will be able to facilitate the application and integration of research into clinical practice using innovative approaches across multiple settings to improve healthcare outcomes of culturally and linguistically diverse patients, and healthcare systems in South Florida as we move forward in a dynamic, diverse environment.

FIU DNP Program

Combined MSN-DNP Program (Post Baccalaureate Direct Entry)

The new combined MSN-DNP graduate program will provide students the opportunity to obtain both degrees in a more streamlined manner. The program is being offered to baccalaureate prepared nursing candidates only and does not substitute our current post-master DNP program. Students in the new combined MSN-DNP option can choose among the following nurse practitioner tracks:

Adult/Gero Nurse Practitioner: (74 Credits, 1170 Clinical Hours)
Family Nurse Practitioner: (78 Credits, 1310 Clinical Hours)
Child Health Nurse Practitioner: (74 Credits, 1170 Clinical Hours)
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: (74 Credits, 1170 Clinical Hours)


Admission Criteria for the MSN-DNP Program

  • Successful completion of all the admission requirements for graduate education at Florida International University and the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences.
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale (CUM GPA is a calculation inclusive of all academic coursework including courses at the community college level.)
  • UG 60 GPA of 3.0 or greater in Bachelor of Nursing upper division coursework.
  • Current State of Florida RN license. Out-of-state students must obtain a license to practice in Florida prior to admission.
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) from a National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited program. Applicants from programs without such accreditation will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Completion of all admission paperwork including the NursingCAS application, a written essay, Recommendations, and Curriculum Vitae.
  • Essay (500 words) addressing desired focus and areas of interest for practice in MSN-DNP program
  • Three (3) professional recommendations describing ability to be successful in a MSN-DNP program
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Successful personal Interview with MSN-DNP admissions committee
  • Satisfactory Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score

Other Program Requirements for Continuation in the MSN-DNP Program

Because of the clinical nature of this program all students will be required to submit the following before beginning their DNP residency in Semester eight of the program:

  • Current licensure with no restrictions as an ARNP in your state of residence
  • Proof of Advanced Practice Specialty Certification

Please visit the FIU DNP’s site at to discover the differences between a DNP and PhD in Nursing degree, download a brochure, review the Program of Study, and learn about admission and application requirements.