Cancel Forgot Password?

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program (DNP) College of Nursing and Health Sciences Florida International University

  • Miami , FL
  • Public
  • Urban
  • Not Reported
    student ratio
  • Not Reported
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Not Reported
    fall application deadline
  • Not Reported
    acceptance rate
  • 1 Degree
    degrees/awards offered


Graduate Programs in Nursing at Florida International University

In addition to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing degree program, the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences (NWCNHS) at Florida International University offers Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) degree programs. These graduate nursing programs all meet the highest educational standards in the field and have achieved accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, and approval from the Florida State Board of Nursing.

Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree programs, designed for students to become advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs), are completed in 2 years and include online and on campus classes, as well as 630-770 clinical practice hours, depending on the specialty. Upon graduation students qualify for national certification examinations in their specializations, either "Adult-Gero," "Child," "Family," or "Psych/Mental Health." Students are also prepared for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) licensure.

Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree programs, designed to allow students to become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), are completed in approximately 3 years and include online and on campus classes, as well as over 3,000 clinical practice hours within the specialty. Upon graduation, students qualify for national certification examinations to become licensed as CRNAs.

Doctoral level nursing programs include the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) degree program, which is a clinical doctoral degree program for advanced practice nurses (ARNP, CRNA, CNS, etc.), and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing degree program for those interested in teaching and research in higher education. Both programs prepare students to become leaders in their nursing fields or specialty areas.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program is designed for M.S.N.-prepared advanced practice nurses who wish to obtain the highest academic degrees available in their clinical specialties. Applicants should possess clinical certifications in their specialty areas and be licensed as ARNPs. The Post Master's D.N.P. degree program of study consists of 36 credits in online coursework, along with a clinical residency within the student's advanced practice specialty, and completion of a capstone project.

The program's convenient online courses will easily fit into the busy schedule of the working professional nurse and only include 3 on-campus class sessions per semester.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) is a degree program of graduate doctoral study which builds upon the student's advanced practice clinical specialization to include study of: advanced specialty practice; systematic practice and program outcome evaluation; application of health information resources; development of safe, equitable, and cost effective health policy; innovation, implementation and evaluation of care delivery models; leadership development in health care delivery; and clinical expertise for advanced nursing practice and education.

Excellence in Clinical Practice

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences has strong partnerships with a number of highly regarded medical facilities. This diversity of settings coupled with collaboration with and supervision from experienced physicians and advanced practice nurse preceptors ensure that M.S.N. degree program students acquire advanced clinical education.

The Simulation Teaching and Research (Star) Center

The Simulation Teaching and Research (STAR) Center in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences provides "simulation teaching" and research resources for students in healthcare programs.

Its Simulation Center includes 8 patient rooms, a 15-bed critical care unit, and Laerdal SimMan patient simulators that provide students with hands-on experience, such as performing laparoscopies and taking patient vitals.

Its Rehabilitation Center complements the acute-care emphasis by providing realistic clinical settings that facilitate teaching and research regarding other components of patient care, therapies, and treatments.

The STAR Center is currently participating in a landmark study on the use of "Simulation in Nursing Education." The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) chose CNHS as one of only 10 sites which will help to determine the optimal use of, and time spent in, simulation education scenarios by pre-licensure nursing education programs.

Financial Assistance for Graduate Nursing Students

For eligible graduate students, FIU offers assistantships, fellowships, loans, scholarships, or some combination of these resources. The FIU Financial Aid Office offers assistance to graduate students who are interested in obtaining this help. More information is available at

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the advanced practice and Ph.D. nursing programs are prepared to excel in advanced clinical practice, leadership, research, or education positions in the field of nursing. As a result, they have a competitive advantage in a growing healthcare industry that offers many opportunities for professional advancement.

Experienced Nursing Faculty Members

Nursing faculty members are dedicated teachers, practitioners, and scholars who are experts in their specialty practices and academic areas.

For example, Professor Vicente Gonzalez is also the clinical coordinator for the Nurse Anesthetist program. He has been a practicing CRNA since 1998. He also developed and implemented a teaching module for ultrasound guided regional anesthesia.

Research at FIU Advances Nursing Education and Practice

Research is a vital component of the teaching, learning, and clinical practices at FIU. Students complete research projects that help them strengthen their knowledge about nursing theory and practice.

Faculty members conduct cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research that increases scientific knowledge and improves evidence-based practice in the field.

They often focus on topics concerning the needs of minority and underserved populations, such as HIV prevention and care, depression among older adults, and health problems affecting at-risk women and children.

A current list of the CNHS faculty-member funded research projects is found at

Additional Programs in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences

In addition to master's and doctoral programs in nursing, CNHS offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Health Services Administration programs.

The college also offers a Master of Science (MS) programs in athletic training, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology, as well as a Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Florida International University

Established in 1965, Florida International University is a public research institution of higher learning located in Miami, Florida, in the southeastern region of the United States. It provides a vibrant community that facilitates academic, personal, and professional excellence amongst its diverse student population that includes more than 45,000 students.

FIU's location in beautiful Miami -- a mecca of financial, commercial, entertainment, and cultural activity -- enhances students' learning experiences.

Every neighborhood provides an opportunity to learn new things, explore new cultures, and participate in the community.

Location & Contact

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program (DNP)

College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Florida International University

Miami , FL




Advanced Search Options

Search your needs below, and view information about the schools that meet those needs by clicking "Search."
Step 1: Select Subject Area(s)
Step 2: Select Program(s) that Interest You
Complete step 1 before selcting a major
Step 3: Select Location
Complete step 1 and 2 before selecting a location
Step 4: Select Degree Level

Forgot Your Password?

To reset your password, simply enter your email address in the field below and click the Reset Password button. You will receive an email with a link and instructions to reset your password.

Check your email.

Please check your email and click on the link provided in the message to reset your password.