University of Tampa Launching Doctoral in Nursing Practice Program

The University of Tampa (UT) is launching its first doctoral program, starting a doctoral degree in nursing practice (DNP) in the Fall 2019 term.

Looking to recruit advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) based in the Sunshine State, the new program will be mostly online with three campus visits. The program will take six semesters to complete 30 credit hours.

Students in the program can expect to take classes in clinical epidemiology, healthy policy and advocacy, health care leadership and management, genomics, health care informatics and information systems and research translation from UT faculty.

Carol Botwinski, the director of the nursing program at UT weighed in on the new DNP this week, saying that nurses currently working in the field will be able to stay at their current jobs while advancing their education.

“We understand the busy schedule that actively practicing clinicians have,” Botwinski said. “Every detail of the DNP student experience has been designed so that the student can focus on completing the degree, not being frustrated by the technology or unnecessary requirements.”

The program is pending approval by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) and UT is already accepting applications. It will be based in the Graduate and Health Studies Building at UT which is finishing up construction.

UT currently offers Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees. “Typically, 100 percent of nursing graduates pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) on the first try,” UT noted this week.

Founded in 1931, the University of Tampa is a private school with more than 9,000 students, more than half of whom live on campus. While UT has more than 200 programs, ranging from certificates, undergraduate degrees and more than a dozen masters degree programs, the DSN program will be the school’s first doctoral program.


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