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BSN to DNP Nurse Practitioner (D.N.P.) 2020-2021 Catalog Year

Marieb College of Health & Human Services

(239) 590-7505
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Concentration

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is designed to prepare graduates with the advanced nursing knowledge and leadership skills to improve health care outcomes and to provide evidence-based nursing across diverse health care settings and systems. The curriculum focuses on providing nurses with the solid science foundation needed to enhance critical reasoning judgment in the management of complex health care situations. Core and specialty courses for the DNP provide knowledge, skills and attributes essential for fully accountable practice in today's health care environment. Emphasis is on innovative and evidence-based nursing practice to meet the demands associated with the increasing complexity of the health care system, improving the safety and quality of patient care delivery, and influencing health care policy.

The DNP will include both full-time and part-time plans of study to meet the needs of working nurses.  Graduates of the BSN to DNP Nurse Practitioner program are eligible to seek national certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

Program of Study: The BSN to DNP Nurse Practitioner consists of 84 credits that can be completed in 8 semesters of full-time study or 11 semesters of part-time study.

Program Accreditation

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program in nursing at Florida Gulf Coast University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. (

Program Admission Requirements

See program website at URL listed above

Note: Timeframe and process for admission to the Psychiatric Mental Health Concentration is under development.

Progression and Additional Graduation Requirements
  • Students must follow a Program of Study approved by the Program Director or designee.
  • Students must receive a grade of "B" ("S" if applicable) or better on all courses within the program curriculum.
  • Students must meet specific progression, clinical and graduation requirements. See the DNP Program Guidebook,  General Academic Policies and FGCU Graduation Requirements.
  • Successful completion of a minimum of 81-84 credit hours, based on the concentration, of doctoral level course work.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater in the DNP program.
  • Completion of Nurse Practitioner Certification exam review course.
  • Completion of clinical practice requirements.
  • Completion of DNP Project requirements.
Program Requirements

Required Courses (57 credits)
NGR 6002 Advanced Health Assessment (3)
NGR 6002L Adv Health Assessment Practice (1)
NGR 6141 Advanced Pathophysiology (4)
NGR 6172 Pharmacotherapeutics (4)
NGR 6638 Advanced Health Promotion (3)
NGR 6712 Foundations of Nursing Educ. (3)
NGR 6811 Advanced Nursing Research (3)
NGR 6872 Nursing Information Management (3)
NGR 7176 Adv Pharmacology & Genomics (3)
NGR 7768 Basis of Adv. Practice Nursing (3)
NGR 7769 Advanced Practice Management (3)
NGR 7846 Biostatistics & Epidemiology (3)
NGR 7856 Evidence-Based Trans Research (3)
NGR 7895 Health Policy (3)
NGR 7899 Organization Syst. & Leadship (3)
NGR 7974 DNP Project (5)*
NGR 7949L DNP Clinical Practice (7)*

Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration (24 credits)
NGR 6240 Primary Health Care I (4)
NGR 6240L Primary Health Care I - Pract. (2)
NGR 6252 Primary Health Care IV (4)
NGR 6252L Primary Health Care IV Pract. (4)
NGR 6305 Primary Health Care III (3)
NGR 6305L Primary Health Care III-Pract. (2)
NGR 6741 Primary Health Care II (3)
NGR 6741L Primary Health Care II Pract. (2)

Psychiatric Mental Health Concentration (27 credits)
NGR 6240 Primanry Health Care I (4)
NGR 6240L Primary Health Care I - Pract. (2)
NGR 6505L Role Synthesis in Adv PMHNP (7)*
NGR 6508C PMHNP Group Therapy (4)
NGR 6509C PMHNP Indiv & Fam Psychotherap (4)
NGR 6538 Psychopharm for Psych Nursing (3)
NGR 560C Adv Psych Assess & Diagnostics (3)

*Credit hours are spread over varying semesters


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