Nurse Executive

Doctor of Nursing Practice

This program is for nurses who have earned their master’s degree and now want to earn their DNP with specialization as a Nurse Executive.

Track Description

The Executive Track in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is a dynamic and engaging academic curriculum that prepares the nurse executive for the multiple dimensions of administrative responsibilities within varied healthcare environments. The Executive DNP track extends and enhances the knowledge, skill and performance of healthcare system leaders in a wide variety of clinical and administrative environments.

The DNP Executive Track meets the unique needs and taps the talent of nurse executives through experiential learning and leadership projects in a team-centered environment. It provides enrolled executives the opportunity to interact with prominent healthcare experts who address emergent and challenging issues for nurse leaders, and encourages networking with colleagues across local and state healthcare and policy organizations.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the DNP Executive Track are to prepare graduates to:

  • Critically analyze complex clinical situations and practice systems
  • Assume leadership roles in the development of clinical practice models, health policy and standards of care
  • Develop practice models that support nurses in diagnostic reasoning skills and clinical judgment through the use of evidence based practice
  • Analyze the social, economic, political, epidemiological and other scientific data to improve individual, aggregate and population health
  • Demonstrate information fluency and advanced communication skills to lead quality improvement initiatives to improve patient care and health care systems
  • Design, implement, and evaluate comprehensive care models for clients within an area of responsibility

The Executive Track in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares nurses at the highest level of practice for the current health care environment based on a strong scientific foundation for practice; offers flexibility and emphasis on evidence-based practice, leadership, and organizational analysis, and provides analytic skills to examine practice innovations involving completion of the residency project requirement.

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Application Requirements

UCF General Education Requirements 

UCF requires all prospective student to fulfill the general UCF graduate admissions requirements. Visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog.

Nursing Program Requirements

  • Transcript: an official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended
  • MSN degree: must be from a regionally accredited institution (MSN in Leadership & Management is preferred, but applicants with MS or MSN in field other than Leadership & Management will also be considered. See extra Portfolio Review requirement below.)
  • GRE: an official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years (Effective with the Spring 2019 application deadline of Sept. 15, 2018, a competitive GRE score will no longer be required.)
  • RN License: must be a licensed registered nurse in the State of Florida if taking clinical and practice coursework in Florida health care agencies and institutions. (Distance learners must be licensed in state or country in which they will practice.)
  • Written Essay: address the following three items in a written essay (Parameters: total word count for entire essay—not each item—should be 500 words or less, double spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins):
    1. Describe how your professional experiences have prepared you for future education in the role which is the focus of your desired track
    2. Describe your plans to alter your work, professional and/or personal obligations in order to have the time needed for graduate course and clinical practice work
    3. Identify one significant contemporary issue/problem in the U.S. health care system and explore how members of the nursing profession can help address that issue or solve that problem
  • Curriculum Vitae: CV should reflect 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
  • Interview: an interview with faculty may also be required

Optional for All Applicants

  • ETS PPI (Personal Potential Index) report: Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the necessary information requested for the ETS PPI report that is available during the GRE examination. All official PPI reports must be submitted directly to the UCF College of Graduate Studies (use UCF Institution Code: 5233).

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Portfolio Review

For students who do not have an MSN in Leadership and Management, a portfolio review of course equivalency and currency may be required to ascertain the number of clinical hours completed prior to admission and to evaluate academic equality of coursework. Please refer to the Graduate Catalog for specific requirements.

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Program Director


Diane R. Andrews, PhD, RN
p: 407-823-2744
f: 407-823-5675

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  • Apply by Sept. 15
    (Spring start)
  • 42 credit hours
  • 1,000 clinical hours
  • Part-time = 9 semesters
  • DNP classes online with intensives
UCF Online

NC-SARA Approved Institution

Please note: Online programs may not meet immigration requirements for students holding an F1 or J1 Visa to maintain status. If you have questions, please contact the International Services Center at or call 407-823-2337.