Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner This is a Track

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in the Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track prepares nurses at the highest level of practice for the current health care environment based on a strong scientific foundation for practice; flexibility and emphasis on evidence-based practice, leadership, and organizational analysis; and analysis of the DNP project.

The DNP Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track allows students to earn an MSN along the way to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). This MSN allows students in the DNP program to sit for certification examinations when they have completed the list of courses required. Certification authorizes them to function in the advanced role while they complete the DNP curriculum.


The DNP Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track allows students to earn a MSN along the way to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and therefore requires a minimum of 82 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. These include 42 credit hours of master’s level courses following which students complete an additional 40 credit hours of doctoral level courses including 9 credit hours of a DNP Project. A total of 1,020 practicum hours including those leading to the MSN are required to earn the DNP. Details about this program are located in the Adult-Gerontology DNP Handbook.
Total Credit Hours Required:
82 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Prerequisite Courses—8 Credit Hours

Students with a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than nursing will be required to take the following courses prior to taking required program courses. Consistent with graduate nursing program policies, courses must be completed with a grade of "B" or better.

  • NUR 3805 Dimension of Professional Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NUR 4637L Public Health Nursing (2 credit hours)
  • NUR 3165 Nursing Research (3 credit hours)

Required Courses for the MSN—42 Credit Hours

Core Courses—24 Credit Hours

  • NGR 5003 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (2 credit hours)
  • NGR 5003L Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Lab (1 credit hour, 60 clinical hours)
  • NGR 5141 Pathophysiological Bases for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5638 Health Promotion (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5800 Theory for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5884 Legal and Professional Behavior in Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6172 Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6801 Research Methods (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6813 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)

Specialty Courses: Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner—18 Credit Hours

  • NGR 6201 Adult I Primary Care (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6240L Adult I Clinical for APNs (3 credit hours, 180 clinical hours)
  • NGR 6202L Adult II Primary Care Clinical (2 credit hours, 120 clinical hours)
  • NGR 6334 Women's Health for APNs (2 credit hours)
  • NGR 6263 Gerontologic Care for APNs (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6263L Gerontologic Care Clinical for NPs (2 credit hours, 120 clinical hours)
  • NGR 6248L Advanced Practice Practicum (3 credit hours; 180 clinical hours)

Required Courses for the DNP—40 Credit Hours

The DNP courses serve to enhance the skill and science base of the graduate and strengthen the focus on research utilization. Safety and efficiency in health care systems is addressed and organizational and policy implications are emphasized within the context of care delivery. An emphasis is placed on evidence-based practice, state-of-the-art interventions and information fluency

  • NGR 6722 Financial Management and Resource Development (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6874 Nursing Environment Management (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7065 Advanced Clinical Management for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7673 Epidemiology Principles in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7748L Advanced Clinical Practice Selective for APN (1 credit hours, 60 clinical hours)
  • NGR 7779C Program Development and Management (3 credit hours, 120 clinical hours)
  • NGR 7793 Leadership and Economics in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7820 Innovative Technologies in Healthcare (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7827 Concepts, Measurement, and Data Management (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7855C Evidence-Based Practice Development for DNP (3 credit hours, 60 clinical hours)
  • NGR 7892 Healthcare Systems and Policy (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7911C DNP Project 1 (3 credit hours, 60 clinical hours)
  • NGR 7912C DNP Project 2 (3 credit hours, 120 clinical hours)
  • NGR 7913 DNP Project 3 (3 credit hours)

Progress to Degree

Students are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Students who receive a grade below "B" in any course will be reviewed by the DNP Admissions, Progression and Graduation Committee for continuation in the program. Grades of below B are not acceptable in the doctoral program in the College of Nursing. Students who do not maintain a 3.0 GPA will be put on probation or dismissed from the program.

Graduation Requirements

  • All course work completed with a minimum grade of "B"
  • A satisfactory DNP Project
  • Clinical performance evaluated at a satisfactory level
  • A satisfactory public presentation of the DNP Project

Independent Learning

A DNP Project will be completed by all students in the DNP program. A scholarly project, derived from clinical practice, will be developed in depth with faculty supervision.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • BSN degree from an accredited institution.*
  • Undergraduate Statistics course.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
  • Licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Florida. (Out of state applicants must be eligible for licensure in Florida and must achieve RN licensure to begin clinical courses.)
  • Address the following 3 items in a written essay. Total word count for all (not each) answers should be 500 words or less, double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, and 1 inch margins:
    • Discuss the impact of the graduate nursing education in your desired track on the evolution of your professional role.
    • Describe the path you would take to ensure success in your graduate nursing education.
    • Identify one significant contemporary issue or problem in U.S. health care and explore how members of the nursing profession can help address that issue or solve that problem.   
  • Curriculum Vitae which reflects prior education, recent clinical accomplishments, any recent scholarly work (publications and presentations), awards, additional certifications, and activities with professional organizations. For recent graduates this can include accomplishments as a student.
  • An interview with faculty may also be required.

*For Students with an RN license and a Bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing, please contact the College of Nursing Graduate Office at for additional options.

Before submitting your application, it is recommended that applicants call the College of Nursing Graduate Office at 407-823-2744 to schedule an appointment with a DNP adviser to discuss your goals for doctoral study. It is advantageous to discuss the program before writing the required essay because the essay must address your goals for doctoral-level preparation for advanced nursing practice. 

Admission to the program is competitive, based on evaluations of the applicant's abilities, past performance, recommendations, FDLE/FBI finger printing and certified background checks, and the match of UCF programs with the applicant's career goals. The College of Nursing accepts most qualified students. Since enrollment is limited, not all students who apply may be accepted, even if minimum requirements are met.

Application Deadlines

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Feb 15



International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15



International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Jan 15



*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.