The DNP Completion program prepares registered nurses (RNs) with a Masters degree for various roles in health care leadership and as Clinical Nurse Leaders. Graduates of the program are equipped to design models of health care delivery, evaluate clinical outcomes, identify and manage the health care needs of diverse populations, and use technology and information to transform the field.
The program also integrates coursework in nursing, business, informatics, and health care administration, providing students with the advanced analytical and communication skills necessary to become successful leaders in health care. The curriculum is rigorous and gives students the opportunity to gain exposure to diverse perspectives, to be immersed in theory and research, and to obtain a critical understanding of professional practice issues.
Designed for the master-degreed nurse who is seeking professional advancement in the field of health care leadership, the program comprises 40-43 units plus practicum hours(units may be adjusted depending on previous academic and clinical work) over the course of approximately two years of study. The program is responsive to the needs of working professionals and can accommodate full- and part-time students. It’s part-time and flexible with classes held during teaching weekends plus practicum hours. The curriculum includes both advanced practice in the clinical setting and academic coursework in health care leadership. It is offered at the USF main campus only.
Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate
Students who wish to specialize as Family Nurse Practitioners in addition to their DNP Completion Program may choose to add the Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate to their degree programs. The certificate program qualifies graduates to practice as Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs). FNPs are prepared to provide patient care in a variety of settings, including homes, hospitals, offices, industry, schools, community agencies, public and private clinics, and private practices. FNPs act both independently and in partnership with other health care professionals, and are focused on health promotion and disease prevention. They are trained to conduct comprehensive health assessments, diagnose and manage acute illnesses (with appropriate referral), and manage chronic conditions.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate
Students who wish to specialize as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners in addition to their DNP Completion Program may choose to add the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Certificate to their degree programs. The certificate program qualifies graduates to practice as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNPs).
PMHNPs diagnose, conduct therapy, and prescribe medications for patients who have psychiatric disorders, medical organic brain disorders or substance abuse problems. They are licensed to provide emergency psychiatric services, psychosocial and physical assessment of their patients; treatment plans, and manage patient care. They may also serve as consultants or as educators for families and staff.
Admission to the program is based on an overall appraisal of the applicant's ability to undertake doctoral study and of their contributions to the discipline of nursing as evidence by the following:
- Copies of unofficial transcripts from colleges/universities attended are accepted at the time of application. Official transcripts will be required upon admission.
- Recommended Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher
- 3 letters of recommendation
- Statement of professional goals
- Documentation of RN license
- A completed application form and fee: http://www.usfca.edu/graduate/
- TOEFL scores if needed (international students)
Use the online application form to upload copies of transcripts and all documents, and to provide names and email addresses of recommenders. Mailed materials will not be accepted, everything should be submitted online.