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Doctor of Nursing (DNP) Program Overview

The faculty and staff at the Christine E Lynn College of Nursing welcome your interest in our DNP program, the first Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited DNP program in Florida. We are privileged to continue to 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 grow in clinical scholarship and develop into leaders in advanced practice 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 and vulnerable populations. 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) and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), (2010) have called for the transformation of nursing education to respond to the increasingly complex needs of patients and populations. By offering seamless academic progression, the DNP program prepares graduates to become full partners in interdisciplinary teams to redesign the health care system for better quality, accessibility and affordability. This collaboration is focused on creating improved health outcomes for individuals, communities, and populations.

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. The BSN to DNP curriculum is full time, with 6-11 credits per semester. The post-masters curriculum is part time with 6 credits per semester.

Virtual Information Sessions

New dates pending for the 2024 fall semester.


Joseph Lotito

Joseph Lotito

Graduate Advisor II

Phone: 561-297-1109

Fax: 561-297-0088




Palma Lynne2

Lynne Palma, DNP, FNP- BC,  CDE, BC-ADM

Associate Professor

DNP Program Director

Phone: 561-297-4958