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With a focus on real-world relevancy, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree continues a tradition of excellence in nursing education at The University of Tampa. This convenient, online program consists of 30 credit hours spread over six semesters. Students may choose from tracks in advanced practice nursing or nursing leadership.

The next DNP cohort will begin in Spring 2025.

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Students will complete advanced-level courses in topics such as health policy and advocacy, health care leadership and management, health care informatics, clinical epidemiology, genomics and research translation. The DNP degree requires 1,000 precepted practicum hours post-baccalaureate. APRN students apply 500 hours from their MSN degree program towards the DNP. Leadership students apply practicum hours from prior graduate education on a case-by-case basis. During the DNP program, students will complete 504 practicum hours working on a clinical change project to benefit their own practice. 

The DNP program’s online format, with only three required visits to campus, allows students to continue their full-time careers. UT nursing faculty are respected researchers and practitioners and are committed to students’ educational mastery and career advancement.

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Two Unique Tracks

The program offers students two unique tracks, one for nurse practitioners and one for nurse leaders. The leadership track is open to students with current nursing licensure in Florida and/or one of the nursing compact states.

Advanced Practice Nursing. Designed for nationally certified nurse practitioners seeking to become clinical leaders, contribute to health care policy and accelerate implementation of clinical research. Requires Florida APRN license.

Leadership in Population Health. Ideal for health care professionals, including those with an MHA, MBA or MPH, who are preparing for advancement in health care administration or government roles. Requires APRN or RN license.


UT's Doctor of Nursing Practice program gives you the skills to advance your career and:

  • Become a leader among nurse practitioners
  • Contribute to the development of health care policy
  • Accelerate the implementation of clinical research
  • Address today’s health care challenges by putting solutions into practice
  • Manage interdisciplinary clinical teams
  • Qualify for leadership roles in hospital administration
  • Gain tenure-track teaching positions
  • Prepare for evolving health care environments


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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, the master’s degree 
program in nursing, the Doctor of Nursing Practice program and the post-graduate APRN certificate programs at The University of Tampa are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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