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Welcome & Introduction

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Message from Susan Bulfin, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Associate Professor and Director DNP Program

The faculty and staff at the Christine E Lynn College of Nursing welcome your interest in our DNP program. We are proud to say that our program was the first Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited DNP program in Florida and we are continuing to grow and graduate outstanding advanced practice leaders. The philosophy of the college is Caring, which is the foundation of our curriculum and guides how we function as a community of scholars. Our goal is to help our students to grow and develop into leaders in advanced practice nursing who provide expert care to our community and beyond. Our program reflects the education essentials outlined by the CCNE in both the post-masters DNP program and the BS to DNP program.

The DNP classes are offered on a weekend format and are Web-assisted to accommodate the personal and professional lives of our students. The BS to DNP courses are offered in the Saturday format as well as on Thursdays to accommodate working professionals. Review the curriculum and other materials on the web site. Please feel free to contact us if you need further information about the program and your application.

Introduction to the DNP Program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program focuses on practice leadership.The emphasis of the program is the delivery of advanced practice nursing (APN) to culturally diverse populations, especially the burgeoning group of persons over 65 years old. Graduate education in nursing occurs within the context of societal demands and needs as well as the inter-professional work environment. The Institute of Medicine (IOM, 2003) and the National Research Council of the National Academies (2005) have called for nursing education that prepares individuals for practice with interdisciplinary, information systems, quality improvement, and patient safety expertise.

The program is designed for nursing leaders to develop skills in shaping and evaluating practice models in their own practice settings.The program will accept a limited number of applicants. Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. In order to meet the need of practicing professionals, the program is designed to be a part time program with classes offered weekends. All classes are Web-assisted.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing recommends that students complete 1000 hours of clinical practicum hours. Clinical practice hours in the second year of study are designed to develop new practice skills and to test new models of care.




DNP Program Outcomes

At the completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program the graduate will be able to:

  • Develop self as a caring-based leader in advanced nursing practice.
  • Create innovative models for advanced nursing practice that are grounded in caring, best evidence, and knowledge from nursing and other disciplines.
  • Integrate multiple, complex patterns of knowing in coming to know populations of persons and creatively responding to calls for leadership within nursing situations in advanced nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate leadership for developing and implementing ethical, safe practice  and inquiry in advanced nursing practice
  • Lead and mentor others in approaching populations within nursing situations with cultural humility in advanced nursing practice.
  • Use methods of systematic inquiry to evaluate programs, processes and outcomes of advanced nursing practice and leadership in healthcare delivery.
  • Evaluate design and lead in the implementation of technology and information systems to promote well-being, facilitate decision-making and enhance collaboration in advanced nursing practice.
  • Create programs and health policy  to promote well-being for persons and populations across the lifespan in advanced nursing practice.
  • Design and advocate for caring environments that nurture wholeness in advanced nursing practice.
  • Create personal and professional involvement in  local and global health policymakers to honor human dignity and advocate for equity in healthcare outcomes, local and global health policy and healthcare delivery in advanced nursing practice.
  • Lead the transformation of complex healthcare systems through caring leadership that facilitates intra and interprofessional collaboration to achieve quality outcomes.
  • Assume leadership to promote responsible stewardship to advance the discipline and profession, preserve resources and respect the environment.



A breakdown of FAU Tuition and fees is located online:

BS-DNP Fall 2015 Admission Information Session
DATE Campus /Time/ Location
Monday, November 2, 2015 
Boca, 6-7:30pm, NU 201
Monday, January 25, 2016
January session RSVP
Boca, 6-7:30pm, NU 201

Contact for Information & Advising


Assistant Dean, Graduate Practice Programs
Shirley Gordon, PhD, NCSN
777 Glades Rd.
Boca Raton, FL 33431


Phone: 561-297-3389
Fax: 561-297-0088

DNP Director & Associate Professor
Susan Bulfin, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC
777 Glades Rd.
Boca Raton, FL 33431


Phone: 561-297-3600
Fax: 561-297-0088
Anastasia Leveille
Academic Program Coordinator

Phone: 561-297-1109

Fax: 561-297-0088

Office Hours: M-F / 8:30am-5:00pm
Office is located in NU 116A

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