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UCF - Graduate Program Handbooks 2017-2018

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Together, the Graduate Student Handbook and your graduate program handbook should serve as your main guide throughout your graduate career. The Graduate Student Handbook includes university information, policies, requirements and guidance for all graduate students. Your program handbook describes the details about graduate study and requirements in your specific program. While both of these handbooks are wonderful resources, know that you are always welcome to talk with faculty and staff in your program and in the Graduate College.

The central activities and missions of a university rest upon the fundamental assumption that all members of the university community conduct themselves in accordance with a strict adherence to academic and scholarly integrity. As a graduate student and member of the university community, you are expected to display the highest standards of academic and personal integrity.

Here are some resources to help you better understand your responsibilities:


The DNP Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner track requires a minimum of 72 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. The curriculum includes 42 credits of core courses shared with other DNP tracks, 12 credits of APN core and 18 credits of specialty courses. A total of 1,020 practicum hours are required to earn the DNP. The program prepares nurses at the entry level for advanced practice for the current healthcare system based on a strong scientific foundation for practice; offers flexibility and emphasis on evidence-based practice, leadership and organizational analysis; and provides analytic, critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills to examine practice innovations involving completion of the residency project during the clinical residency courses. Details about this program are located in the Advanced Practice DNP Adult-Gerontology DNP Handbook.

Prerequisite Courses—9 Credit Hours

Students with a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than nursing will be required to take the following courses prior to taking required program courses. Consistent with graduate nursing program policies, courses must be completed with a grade of 'B' or better.

  • NUR 3805 Dimensions of Professional Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NUR 4637 Public Health Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NUR 3165 Nursing Research (3 credit hours)

Advanced Practice Core Courses—12 Credit Hours

  • NGR 5003 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (2 credit hours)
  • NGR 5003L Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Lab (1 credit hour, 60 clinical hours)
  • NGR 5141 Pathophysiological Bases for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5638 Health Promotion (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6172 Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)

    DNP Core Courses—42 Credit Hours

    The DNP courses serve to enhance the skill and science base of the graduate and strengthen the focus on research utilization. Safety and efficiency in health care systems is addressed and organizational and policy implications are emphasized within the context of care delivery. An emphasis is placed on evidence-based practice, state-of-the-art interventions and information fluency

    • NGR 5800 Theory for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
    • NGR 5884 Legal and Professional Behavior in Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credit hours)
    • NGR 6801 Research Methods (3 credit hours)
    • NGR 6874 Nursing Environment Management (3 credit hours)
    • NGR 7065 Advanced Clinical Management for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
    • NGR 7673 Epidemiology Principles in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
    • NGR 7748L Advanced Clinical Practice Selective for APN (3 credit hours, 180 clinical hours)
    • NGR 7793 Leadership and Economics in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
    • NGR 7820 Innovative Technologies in Healthcare (3 credit hours)
    • NGR 7827 Concepts, Measurement, and Data Management (3 credit hours)
    • NGR 7855C Evidence-Based Practice Development for DNP (3 credit hours, 60 clinical hours)
    • NGR 7892 Healthcare Systems and Policy (3 credit hours)
    • NGR 7911C DNP Project I (3 credit hours, 60 clinical hours)
    • NGR 7912C DNP Project II (3 credit hours, 120 clinical hours)

    Specialty Courses: Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner—18 Credit Hours

    • NGR 6201 Adult I Primary Care (3 credit hours)
    • NGR 6240L Adult I Clinical for APNs (3 credit hours, 180 clinical hours)
    • NGR 6202L Adult II Primary Care Clinical (2 credit hours, 120 clinical hours)
    • NGR 6334 Women's Health for APNs (2 credit hours)
    • NGR 6263 Gerontologic Care for APNs (3 credit hours)
    • NGR 6263L Gerontologic Care Clinical for NPs (2 credit hours, 120 clinical hours)
    • NGR 6248L Advanced Practice Practicum (3 credit hours; 180 clinical hours)

    The DNP Project is related to advanced nursing practice and benefits a group, population or community rather than an individual patient. It addresses identified needs and builds on an evidence base. DNP projects may include but are not limited to: 

    • Translate research into practice and evaluate outcomes
    • Quality improvement (care processes, continuity of care, patient outcomes)
    • Implement and evaluate evidence-based practice guidelines
    • Analyze policy: develop, implement, evaluate or revise policy
    • Design and use databases to retrieve information for decision making, planning, evaluation
    • Conduct financial analyses to compare care models and potential cost savings, etc.
    • Design and evaluate new models of care
    • Design and evaluate health promotion and disease prevention programs
    • Assess integration of technology in care
    The theme that links these forms of scholarly experiences is the use of evidence to improve either practice or patient outcomes. Additional examples of DNP projects can be found on the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF) website under Practice Doctorate Resource Center.

      Progress to Degree

      Students are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Students who receive a grade below "B" in any course will be reviewed by the DNP Admissions, Progression and Graduation Committee for continuation in the program. Grades of below B are not acceptable in the doctoral program in the College of Nursing. Students who do not maintain a 3.0 GPA will be put on probation or dismissed from the program.

      Graduation Requirements

      • All course work completed with a minimum grade of "B"
      • A satisfactory DNP Project
      • Clinical performance evaluated at a satisfactory level
      • A satisfactory public presentation of the DNP Project


      Plagiarism is the act of taking someone else’s work and presenting it as your own. Any ideas, data, text, media or materials taken from another source (either written or verbal) must be fully acknowledged.a) A student must not adopt or reproduce ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another person without acknowledgment.b) A student must give credit to the originality of others whenever:

      1. Directly quoting another person's actual words, whether oral or written;
      2. Using another person's ideas, opinions, or theories;
      3. Paraphrasing the words, ideas, opinions, or theories of others, whether oral or written;
      4. Borrowing facts, statistics, or illustrative material; or
      5. Offering materials assembled or collected by others in the form of projects or collections without acknowledgment.

      When using the ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another, students must give credit to the original source at the location or place in the document where that source's material is found as well as provide bibliographic information at the end of the document. When students are verbally discussing the ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another, they must give credit to the original source at the time they speak about that source. In this manner, students must make clear (so there is no doubt) within their written or verbal materials, which parts are gained from other sources, and which are their own original ideas, theories, formulas, graphics, and pictures.The Office of Student Conduct has a set of criteria that determines if students are in violation of plagiarism. This set of criteria may be set to a higher standard in graduate programs. Therefore, a student may not be found in violation of plagiarism by the Office of Student Conduct, but a professor or program requiring higher standards of attribution and citation may find a student in violation of plagiarism and administer program level sanctions. The standard in doctoral programs should be the highest as students earning these degrees are expected to be experts in their fields and producing independent work that contributes knowledge to their discipline.

      Example of Material that has been appropriately cited:

      Paraphrased Material

      Source: Osborne, Richard, ed. How to Grow Annuals. 2nd ed. Menlo Park: Lane, 1974. Print. Page 24: As a recent authority has pointed out, for a dependable long-blooming swatch of soft blue in your garden, ageratum is a fine choice. From early summer until frost, ageratum is continuously covered with clustered heads of fine, silky, fringed flowers in dusty shades of lavender-blue, lavender-pink or white. The popular dwarf varieties grow in mounds six to twelve inches high and twelve inches across; they make fine container plants. Larger types grow up to three feet tall. Ageratum makes an excellent edging.

      Use and Adaptation of the Material:

      You can depend on ageratum if you want some soft blue in your garden. It blooms through the summer and the flowers, soft, small, and fringed, come in various shades of lavender. The small varieties which grow in mounds are very popular, especially when planted in containers. There are also larger varieties. Ageratum is good as a border plant (Osborne 24).


      The writer has done a good job of paraphrasing what could be considered common knowledge (available in a number of sources), but because the structure and progression of detail is someone else’s, the writer has acknowledged the source. This the writer can do at the end of the paragraph since he or she has not used the author’s words.

      The above example was provided by Northwestern University.

      Northwestern University, Sept. 2016. “Academic Integrity: A Basic Guide.” Accessed 20 September 2017.

      For more information about Academic Honesty, Click here.