University of North Florida
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, Florida 32224
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Nursing Programs OfferedAccelerated BSN Programs
DNP Programs (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
RN to BSN Programs
RN to MSN Programs
RN to BSN Program Details
This track is for those who are already Registered Nurses (RNs) from community college or diploma programs and who desire to further their nursing education and expand their career opportunities by completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Today’s healthcare arena is increasingly complex with its high-tech focus in the hospital, its shift toward population-based health care management in the community, and the increasing influence of political and economic forces on all phases of healthcare. The broad knowledge base found in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing provides the opportunity for RNs to gain the competencies necessary to excel in the current and future healthcare job market.
The faculty use web-enhanced technology combined with individualized attention to focus learning on the most current trends and competencies necessary for professional growth and advancement. The curriculum provides a strong scientific base of study with unique opportunities to work with vulnerable and underserved populations. A BSN at UNF offers registered nurses a learning environment in which to:
-increase competency in health assessment across the lifespan.
-gain expertise necessary to the care of individuals within the context of family and community.
-expand professional and interpersonal communication skills.
-use critical thinking skills to nursing research for its application to practice.
-broaden leadership competencies needed for the 21st century.
BSN Program Details
This track is for first-time nursing students (college juniors and above) who want to prepare for a career in nursing while earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Upon graduation from the program, students will sit for the NCLEX licensing exam for RNs. The curriculum provides a strong scientific base of study with a diversity of clinical experiences and unique opportunities to work with vulnerable and underserved populations. The curriculum is community-based in that it supports engagement with the community throughout the nursing major, nurturing and building relationships with community agencies consistently over time through an innovative home-basing of students in a designated community for the entire length of their nursing program. Furthermore, the curriculum also provides a strong foundation for graduate study in nursing. The nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Florida Board of Nursing.
RN to MSN Program Details
The purpose of the RN-MSN track is to allow carefully selected Registered Nurses who do not possess a BSN to fast-track into the MSN program in order to become primary care nurse practitioners. The nurse practitioners will be skilled in meeting the healthcare needs of individuals and families across the life span. Students have the unique opportunity to work with underserved populations in our community oriented curriculum. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Family Nurse Practitioner certification examinations and to apply for licensure as Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners by the Florida Board of Nursing.
Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Details
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of North Florida is designed as a post-graduate degree program for those who already possess, at a minimum, a Master of Science in Nursing and specialty certification. This program is taught primarily online with two courses taught as a hybrid of online and in-person components (Evidenced-Based Practice I and II).
The objectives (graduate learning outcomes) for the DNP program state that upon completion of the program the graduate will be able to:
-Develop, implement, and evaluate new practice approaches based on scientific knowledge;
-Ensure accountability for quality care and patient safety for populations with whom they work;
-Demonstrate analytical methodologies for the evaluation of clinical practice and the application of scientific evidence;
-Utilize technological information systems to evaluate outcomes of care, health care delivery, and quality improvement;
-Develop, evaluate, and provide leadership for health care policy which shapes health care financing, regulation, and delivery;
-Work collaboratively with transdisciplinary teams to meet health care needs of individuals and populations;
-Analyze epidemiological, biostatistical, environmental, and occupational data for the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs of clinical prevention and population health; and,
-Base practice on the application of biophysical, psychosocial, behavioral, sociopolitical, cultural, economic, ethical and nursing science as appropriate to area of specialization.