In the state of Florida, schools offer graduate programs for aspiring nurse practitioners (NP). Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs may include various NP specialties, including family care or care for different age groups. Students who already have an MSN can pursue specialized nurse practitioner post-master certificates. Professional nurse practitioners who want a doctoral degree can earn the terminal Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), with some programs including NP specializations. Some schools also offer a BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) to DNP program.
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
This university, located in Tallahassee, offers two nurse practitioner options in the master's degree in nursing program. Advanced practice nurse (APN) students can focus on adult to elderly care or women's health. Additionally, the school offers post-master's certificate programs in these areas of study for those who already have an MSN. Students in these programs are trained to become primary healthcare providers.
Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton's Florida Atlantic University offers master's degree, post-master's certificate, and Doctor Of Nursing Practice programs for aspiring nurse practitioners. Students in the master's degree program can choose to concentrate in adult to elderly care, elderly care, or family practice. The same specialties are also available in post-master certificate programs. Courses in the DNP program can be taken on the weekend and are also offered online.
Florida International University
Florida International University in Miami administers an MSN-DNP programs with multiple nurse practitioner concentrations. Students choose to specialize in elderly care, family practice, mental health, or pediatrics. Students who already have a master's degree can specialize in the same areas through post-master's certificate programs. Graduates will be able to work in various healthcare settings performing primary care.
Florida State University
Tallahassee-based Florida State University provides a DNP program with a family nurse practitioner specialty track. Some courses are offered in the classroom while some are offered online. Graduates with a 3.0 grade point average in upper division courses from a nationally accredited BSN program may apply. Applicants with an MSN may be eligible to transfer up to 42 credits.
Nova Southeastern University
In addition to offering an MSN program with an NP concentration in family practice, Nova Southeastern University, located in Fort Lauderdale, provides a DNP program. The MSN program is administered in a hybrid format, with traditional classroom and online courses. Students with a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing may apply to the MSN program. Applicants to the DNP program must hold a master's degree in nursing or a health-related field.
University of Central Florida
Orlando's University of Central Florida offers an MSN program for aspiring nurse practitioners who wish to specialize in family or adult/gerontology. Graduate certificate programs are also available in the same areas, as well as a Post-Baccalaureate DNP program with the same specialties.
Students with a BSN may apply to the DNP program and will earn a master's degree in nursing as part of the program. Lastly, practicing nurse practitioners with an MSN who want to develop their leadership skills can earn a post-master's DNP.
University of Florida
Based in Gainesville, this university provides a master's degree program in nursing with multiple nurse practitioner areas of concentration and a DNP program. Students in the MSN program studying to be nurse practitioners may specialize in acute care, adult, family, psychiatric/mental health, neonatal, or pediatric. MSN program applicants must have a bachelor's degree in nursing. Earning the DNP is available to those with a bachelor's degree through the BSN/DNP program and to those who already have an MSN.
University of Miami
This university in Miami offers a master's degree program in nursing with adult-gerontology acute care, adult-gerontology primary care, and family practice nurse practitioner concentrations available. Applicants to the MSN program must be an RN, and may have a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing. RNs with a bachelor's degree in nursing can enroll in an accelerated program. The school also provides a DNP program for advanced nurses who want to earn a doctoral degree.
University of North Florida
Jacksonville-based University of North Florida offers a master's degree nurse practitioner program with a family nurse practitioner emphasis. Students may attend the master's degree program full-time or part-time. Nurse practitioners who want to earn a doctoral degree can pursue the DNP program. This program is offered primarily online, with only a couple of courses requiring classroom attendance.
University of South Florida
Tampa's University of South Florida provides a master's degree program with multiple nurse practitioner areas of focus. Students may choose from adult gerontology acute or primary care, family, or pediatric. Advanced practice nurses, such as nurse practitioners, who want to continue their education at the doctoral level can pursue the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.
Completing an accredited NP program fulfills academic licensure credentials and allows graduates to sit for national certification exams, such as those administered by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. In Florida, state licensing as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner is handled by the Florida Board of Nursing. Florida applicants must be a licensed registered nurse (RN) and have graduated from a master's degree or post-master's certificate program. The ten public and private universities profiled below offer programs leading to licensing.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Nurse Practitioner Programs Offered||Graduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University||4-year, public; midsize city|| MSN with NP Concentrations in Adult/Gerontological or Women's Health,
Post-Master's Certificate in Women's Health NP
| $9,876 in-state;
|Florida Atlantic University||4-year, public; small city|| MSN with NP Concentrations in Family or Adult/Gerontological,
Post-Master's Certificate in Family or Adult/Gerontological NP,
Doctor of Nursing Practice
| $6,657 in-state;
|Florida International University||4-year, public; large suburb|| MSN-DNP with Concentrations in Adult/ Gerontology, Child, Family, or Psychiatric and Mental Health,
Post-Master's Certificate in Adult/Gerontology, Family, Child, or Psychiatric and Mental Health
| $11,097 in-state;
|Florida State University||4-year, public; midsize city||DNP with a Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty Track|| $11,553 in-state;
|Nova Southeastern University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb|| M.S.N.-Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Concentration, or Gerontology-Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (GAACNP) Concentration,
Doctor of Nursing Practice
|University of Central Florida||4-year, public; large suburb|| MSN with NP Concentration in Family or Adult/Gerontology,
Graduate Certificates in Family NP or Adult/Gerontology NP,
DNP Post-Baccalaureate with Specialties in Family or Adult-Gerontology NP,
| $8,872 in-state;
|University of Florida||4-year, public; midsize city|| MSN to DNP with multiple NP Concentrations,
BSN to DNP with multiple NP Concentrations,
| $12,737 in-state;
|University of Miami||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb|| MSN with NP Concentrations in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care or Primary Care, or Family,
Doctor of Nursing Practice
|University of North Florida||4-year, public; large city|| MSN with a Family NP Concentration,
Doctor of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner,
Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
| $10,367 in-state;
|University of South Florida||4-year, public; large city|| MSN with NP Concentrations in Adult Gerontology Acute or Primary Care or Family Care
Doctor of Nursing Practice
| $10,428 in-state;
Source: *NCES College Navigator