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UCF - Graduate Program Handbooks 2016-2017

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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 Executive Track in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares nurses at the highest level of practice for the current healthcare 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. Details about this program are located in the Executive DNP Handbook.

Required Courses—27 Credit Hours

  • NGR 6874 Nursing Environment Management (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7673 Epidemiology Principles in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7793 Leadership and Economics in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7827 Concepts, Measurement, and Data Management (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7820 Innovative Technologies in Healthcare (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7892 Healthcare Systems and Policy (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 7855C Evidence-Based Practice Development (3 credit hours; 60 practice hours)
  • NGR 7779C Program Development and Management (3 credit hours; 120 practice hours)
  • NGR 7778L Advanced Leadership Selective (3 credit hours, 190 practice hours)

Elective—3 Credit Hours

  • Graduate Elective (3 credit hours, chosen from an approved list)

DNP Executive Residency—3 Credit Hours

The DNP Residency provides an in-depth clinical experience for students. This advanced practicum provides the opportunity to link policy making with clinical systems, translate research into practice and serve as change agents for health care. The clinical residency experience is facilitated by an advanced practice expert clinician/teacher.

  • NGR 7976L DNP Executive Residency (3 credit hours, 180 practice hours). Can be repeated.

DNP Professional Practice Immersion

DNP clinical requirements are 1000 hours post-baccalaureate. Immersion hours depend upon record review of hours completed at the master's level.

  • NGR 7942L DNP Professional Practice Immersion (1-3 credit hours, 60-180 practice hours). Can be repeated. 

DNP Project—9 Credit Hours

The DNP Project is the product of the culminating or comprehensive experience of an independent project that demonstrates application of advanced clinical and evidence-based practice. The DNP Project is guided and evaluated by an academic committee and is derived from the practice immersion experience (residency). It will serve as a foundation for future scholarly practice.

  • NGR 7911C Doctoral Project 1 (3 credit hours, 60 practice hours)
  • NGR 7912C Doctoral Project 2 (3 credit hours, 120 practice hours). Can be repeated.
  • NGR 7913 Doctoral Project 3 (3 credit hours). Can be repeated.

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.