1. Why should I choose the University of Miami’s DNP program?
  2. Our innovative doctoral program is offered in a flexible, executive-education format designed for the working professional. Classes for the lecture portions of the courses are held one long weekend a month (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) on the beautiful University of Miami Campus in Coral Gables, Florida. Additional midweek hours are required to fulfill the clinical requirements of certain courses and the capstone project.


  3. What is unique about the University of Miami’s DNP program?
  4. DNP students are taught by recognized experts in their fields, including a health care economist, a nurse member of the National Academies of Practice, and a Bravewell Fellow in Integrative Health. Class sizes are small, generally less than 25 students. Our DNP program is interdisciplinary with some courses taught by faculty experts outside of the School of Nursing and Health Studies. This provides our DNP graduates with a broad base of knowledge and a competitive edge. In addition, Miami is the gateway to the Americas, providing our students with opportunities for multicultural clinical experiences. Addressing health disparities is fundamental to our curriculum. Close collaboration with clinical partners, including the University of Miami Hospital, UM Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, UM Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, and Jackson Health System, offers our students unique opportunities for cutting edge clinical practice.


  5. Who is eligible for the University of Miami’s DNP program?
  6. The University of Miami is looking for motivated, high achieving nursing professionals who can be educated to vision the practice of nursing and create health care systems for the future. Students must be RNs with a Master’s degree in Nursing (MSN). Applicants with other types of Master’s degree will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Typically, successful applicants have a minimum of 3.3 GPA in their Master’s degree. Students must demonstrate mastery of written skills, and have strong clinical and academic references, particularly from nurses who have doctoral degrees.


  7. Q. Are clinical hours required and how are they fulfilled?
  8. A minimum of 560 clinical hours is required:
    • NUR 676 Professional Practice Development Experience Practice Immersion I: 1 lecture credit plus 2 clinical credits (112 clinical hours)
    • NUR 688 Health Systems Development and Leadership Experience Practice Immersion II: 1 lecture credit plus 3-11 clinical credits (168-608 clinical hours)
    • NUR 672 Capstone I: 1 lecture credit plus 2 clinical credits (112 clinical hours)
    • NUR 673 Capstone II: 1 lecture credit plus 2 clinical credits (112 clinical hours)
    • NUR 659 Technology in Health Care 2 lecture credits plus 1 clinical credit (56 hours)

    While students may complete their practice immersion or capstone experiences at their place of employment, they cannot count their normal work hours for their clinical hours. The clinical experience hours must be conducted on personal time and devoted exclusively to fulfilling the degree requirements.

  9. Q. For what types of professional activities are DNP students prepared?
  10. Nurses who are DNP prepared will assume leadership roles across the health care spectrum. The UM DNP program prepares nurses to create, administer, and evaluate practice interventions and systems for health care, with the focus of reducing health care disparities. Graduates are experts in nursing practice, focusing heavily on innovative and evidence-based practice innovations and reflecting the application of credible research findings.

  11. Q. What is the capstone project?
  12. Students are required to demonstrate mastery of expert practice knowledge by a capstone project, conducted over the last 2 semesters. This capstone project requires students to apply theory, supported by evidence and expert knowledge of nursing practice in completing a scholarly project of the student’s or agency’s choice. We partner with community agencies and health care organizations who have need for a practice change initiative. Students design and implement a practice change initiative under the direction of a faculty member and preceptor. DNP students write a report of the experience, detailing the process and an evaluation of the project at the time of completion of the second semester.

  13. What happens if I miss one of the long weekends or can’t stay for the entire weekend?
  14. To pass a course, students must be in class during the long weekend according to the hours it is scheduled. If a course is missed or not passed, a student must wait until following year when it is offered again to take it and must pay for it again at the University’s per credit hour tuition rate.

  15. Q. What if I only want to take a few courses at a time?
  16. We recommend you consider the two-year plan of study.

  17. Q. Do I need to take the GRE to be considered for the DNP program?
  18. GRE scores are not required for admission to the DNP.

  19. The DNP is a relatively new degree. Where can I go to find more information?
  20. We suggest that you visit the AACN’s website at: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/DNP/

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