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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Nursing (NUR)

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Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)
CIP Code: 51.3818
College of Nursing (NR)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 75
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 30

Contact Information:
College of Nursing
Nursing Department (NUR)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Brian Graves
Phone: 813-974-8054
Email: bgraves1@health.usf.edu

Website: http://health.usf.edu/nursing/academics/dnp/apply.html


Faculty Search: Nursing Faculty List


Major Information

The Nursing major prepares graduates for advanced independent clinical practice. Nursing practice, as defined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN [2004]), refers to any nursing intervention that influences health care outcomes for individuals or populations. Objectives for the major are based upon recommendations for essential curriculum elements as identified by the AACN and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).

D.N.P. Major Goals:
Prepare graduates:

  • for practice at the most advanced level in a focused area of nursing practice
  • to use information systems and technology to optimize the delivery of health care
  • to apply knowledge of the cultural and socioeconomic dimensions of health to prevent disease and promote health for individuals, families, and populations
  • to lead sustainable organizational and health system level changes to improve health care delivery and health outcomes
  • to direct and develop new and innovative strategies to address current and evolving practice issues in an increasingly complex health care environment
  • to critically appraise, synthesize, apply, and translate the knowledge created by researchers and theoretical scholars to improve health care quality and safety
  • to use practice information systems and databases to support and inform decision making, improvement efforts, and the evaluation of health outcomes for individuals, families and populations

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

D.N.P.
All applicants must have the following:

  • Submission of the following documents:
    1. Three letters of recommendation, indicating potential for graduate study, from persons who can attest to the applicant’s academic ability, clinical competence, and commitment. (Optimally, these letters will be from a nursing faculty or clinical supervisor.)
    2. Personal statement of goals
    3. Current resume or curriculum vitae
    4. Sealed official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended
  • A personal interview with a designated faculty member may also be required.
  • The equivalent bachelors and/or graduate degrees in nursing from a foreign institution.
  • Current unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the United States upon matriculation. Current license as a registered nurse in the state of Florida before the first clinical course
  • Applicants to the Nursing Major are required to complete both a NursingCAS application and a USF Graduate Studies Application.

B.S. (in Nursing) D.N.P.

  1. A bachelor’s degree in nursing from a CCNE or ACEN and regionally accredited institution and satisfying at least one of the following criteria:
    • B” average or better in all work attempted while registered as an undergraduate student work for a degree, or:
    • B” average or better in all work attempted while registered as an upper division undergraduate student working for a baccalaureate degree.
  2. Completion of a 3 credit hour or equivalent length undergraduate level statistics course with a grade of B or better.

M.S. (in Nursing) D.N.P.

  1. A Master’s degree in nursing from a CCNE or ACEN and regionally accredited institution.
  2. Minimum 3.00 GPA at the graduate level
  3. Licensure as an Advanced Practice Nurse
  4. National certification in area of advanced practice

* It is recommended, but not required, to submit competitive GRE scores.

Admissions Status: Apply (Direct Receipt)

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Major Requirements

Minimum Hours
30 credit hours post masters
75 credit hours post-bacc

The post-masters major of 30 hours minimum can be completed in one year by full-time students and two to three years for part-time students. The post-baccaluareate major of 75 hours minimum can be completed in three to four years by full-time students and five or more years for part-time students.

(MS-DNP)
Knowledge Building Core (Required all DNP Students))30 Minimum Credit Hours

NGR 6673Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing 3
NGR 7767Practice Management,Quality Improvement & Patient Safety 3
NGR 7848Fundamentals of Statistics for Clinicians3
NGR 7874Informatics & Patient Care Technology3
NGR 7766Health System Leadership & InterprofessionalPractice3
NGR 7892Health Care Policy &Clinical Prevention 3
NGR 7974Doctor of Nursing Practice Project4
NGR 7945Doctorof Nursing Practice Practicum 8*
*D.N.P. students must have a minimum of 1,000 post-baccalaureate supervised clinical hours at the time of graduation. The residency and research project are done over a minimum of two semesters.

Additional coursework will be determined through individual student evaluation.

The BS-DNP option consists of BS-DNP core courses; the BS-DNP concentration courses; and the DNP Knowledge Building Core courses (minimum 75 credit hours)

BS-DNP Core - 14 minimum credit hours
NGR 6002CHealth Assessment Across the Lifespan4
NGR 6152Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology4
NGR 6733Organizational & Systems Leadership& Quality Improvement for Advanced Practice Nurses 3
NGR 6803Research and Evidence-Based Practice3

Concentrations - 31-49 credit hours
Required to choose one:

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care (NAG)
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care (NPG)
Concurrent Occupational Health/Adult-Gerontology (NOC)
Concurrent Oncology/Adult-Gerontology Primary Care (NOA)
Family Health (NFH)
Pediatric Health (NPH)

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care (NAG)34 Credit Hours
NGR 6064CAdvanced Diagnostics & Procedures3
NGR 6172Pharmacology for Advanced Nurse Practitioners4
NGR 6210CClinical Management of Acutely & Chronically Ill Adults6 (3/3)
NGR 6211CAcute Care of Adults & Older Adults: Special Topics3
NGR 6232CClinicalManagement of Acute & Critically Ill Adults & Older Adults 7 (3/3)
NGR 6244CHealth Management of Adults & Older Adults I6 (3/3)
NGR 6638Health Promotion,Clinical Prevention, & Population Health 3
NGR 6893Systems & Population in Healthcare3

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care (NPG)31 Credit Hours
NGR 6064CAdvanced Diagnostics & Procedures3
NGR 6172Pharmacology for Advanced Nurse Practitioners4
NGR 6638Health Promotion,Clinical Prevention, & Population Health 3
NGR 6893Systems & Population in Healthcare3
NGR 6207CHealth Management of Adults & Older Adults I6 (3/3)
NGR 6244CHealth Management of Adults & Older Adults II6 (3/3)
NGR 6291CHealth Management of Adults & Older Adults: Special Topics6 (3/3)

Concurrent Oncology/Adult-Gerontology Primary Care (NOA)37 Credit Hours
NGR 6064CAdvanced Diagnostics & Procedures3
NGR 6172Pharmacotherapeuticsfor Advanced Practice Nursing 4
NGR 6638Health Promotion, Clinical Prevention, & Population Health 3
NGR 6893Systems & Population in Healthcare3
NGR 6207CHealth Management of Adults & Older Adults I6 (3/3)
NGR 6244CHealth Management of Adults & Older Adults II6 (3/3)
NGR 6291CHealth Management of Adults & Older Adults: Special Topics6 (3/3)
NGR 6220Pathobiology of Neoplasia3
NGR 6221Oncology Nursing Concepts3

Concurrent Occupational Health/Adult-Gerontology Primary Care (NOC)49 Credit Hours
NGR 6064CAdvanced Diagnostics & Procedures3
NGR 6172Pharmacotherapeuticsfor Advanced Practice Nursing4
NGR 6638Health Promotion, Clinical Prevention, & Population Health 3
NGR 6893Systems & Population in Healthcare3
NGR 6207CHealth Management of Adults & Older Adults I6 (3/3)
NGR 6244CHealth Management of Adults & Older Adults II6 (3/3)
NGR 6291CHealth Management of Adults & Older Adults: Special Topics6 (3/3)
NGR6650Occupational Health Nursing I2
NGR6651Occupational Health Nursing II2
PHC 6360Safety Principles and Practices2
PHC6364Industrial Hygiene Aspects of Plant Operations 2
OR
PHC6945 Supervised Field Experience: Plant Operations Interdisciplinary Field Experience
PHC6356Industrial Hygiene2
PHC6351 Occupational MedicineforHealth Professionals 3
PHC 6354Safety and Health Administration2
PHC 6977 Special Project3

Family Health (NFH)38 Credit Hours
NGR 6064CAdvanced Diagnostics & Procedures3
NGR 6172Pharmacotherapeuticsfor Advanced Practice Nursing4
NGR 6638Health Promotion, Clinical Prevention, & Population Health 3
NGR 6893Systems & Population in Healthcare3
NGR 6207CHealth Management of Adults & Older Adults I6 (3/3)
NGR 6244CHealth Management of Adults & Older Adults II6 (3/3)
NGR 6301CPrimary Care of Children & Adolescents I6 (3/3)
NGR 6342Primary Care of the Childbearing Family1
NGR 6342LPrimary Care of the Childbearing Family: Practicum1
NGR 6613CHealth Management of Families: Special Topics5

Pediatric Health (NPH)31 Credit Hours
NGR 6064CAdvanced Diagnostics & Procedures3
NGR 6172Pharmacotherapeuticsfor Advanced Practice Nursing4
NGR 6638Health Promotion, Clinical Prevention, & Population Health 3
NGR 6893Systems & Population in Healthcare3
NGR 6301CPrimary Care of Children & Adolescents I6 (3/3)
NGR 6302CPrimary Care of Children & Adolescents II6 (3/3)
NGR 6339CSpecial Topics: Primary Care of Children & Adolescents6 (3/3)

Knowledge Building Core Courses
NGR 6673Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing 3
NGR 7766HealthSystems Leadership and Inter-professional Practice 3
NGR 7767Practice Management,Quality Improvement, and Patient Safety 3
NGR 7848Fundamentals of Statistics for Clinicians3
NGR 7874Informatics & Patient Care Technology3
NGR 7892Health Care Policy and Clinical Prevention for Improvement Population Health 3
NGR 7974Doctor of Nursing Practice Project4
NGR 7945DoctorofNursing Practice Practicum 8*
*D.N.P. students must have a minimum of 1,000 post-baccalaureate supervised clinical hours at the time of graduation. The practicum and project are done over a minimum of two semesters.


College Degree Requirements

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