Nurse Practitioner Programs in Florida

A Nurse practitioner is an advanced practice professional who specializes in a certain field of care such as psychiatry, pediatrics, family practice or women’s health. They are state licensed through the Florida Board of Nursing and hold a doctoral degree in nursing (DNP).

The AACN has stated from this year onward all programs must be delivered at the doctoral degree level, whereas in the past a masters degree was all that was required. Those hoping to become Nurse Practitioners in Florida must have a bachelor’s degree and relevant experience before completing the program.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expect a 34% growth in this area between now and 2022 and NP’s in Florida can expect to earn a very good salary. Have a look at the figures for a Nurse Practitioner salary in Florida here.

Steps Required to become a NP in Florida:

Candidates must hold a registered nurse license at bachelor degree level. As the requirements for holding a DNP are new this year some schools are offering a BSN to DNP program. However, most students will find they need to complete a master’s before doing the DNP. All degrees must be accredited by either ACEN (The American Association of Nurse Practitioners ) or CCNE(Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education)

Have a national certification for Nurse Practitioners.

Nurse Practitioners must be licensed through the Florida Board of Nursing. NP’s in Florida can write prescriptions but cannot prescribe controlled substances.

You will be licensed as an Advanced Registration Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) and this license will state which area you specialize in.

You must renew your license every two years but this can be completed online.


Best Rated Nurse Practitioner Programs in Florida

Barry University
11300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, FL 33161-6695

Barry offer quite a few DNP programs including
Post Baccalaureate DNP /Adult-Gerontology Acute Care, Nurse Practitioner

You can expect to gain extensive clinical practice during your 1000 hour requirement during your residency program. You will learn how to develop, implement and evaluate a doctoral project allowing you to meet AACN requirements.

Other programs at Barry are

Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice in Anesthesiology
Post-Baccalaureate, DNP Family Practice, Nurse Practitioner
Doctorate in Nursing Practice
Post-Master’s DNP (online)
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with a specialization in Anesthesiology (online)

Florida Southern College
111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, FL 33801

Graduate Certificate Programs include these campus based courses

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN Programs
Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (ANP)
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Avenue,Tampa, FL 33620

USF offer an extensive range of Nurse Practitioner specialty programs at the doctoral level and are campus based. These include:

BS-DNP Adult-Gerontology Acute Care
BS-DNP Adult-Gerontology Primary Care
BS-DNP Dual Occupational Health/Adult-Gerontology Primary Care
BS-DNP Dual Oncology/Adult-Gerontology Primary Care
BS-DNP Family Health
BS-DNP Pediatric Health

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
1601 S. Martin L. King Jr. Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32307
Programs available at FAMU are

Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road,Boca Raton, FL 33431

Family Nurse Practitioner
Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
DNP Doctor of Nursing Practice

I have concentrated on campus based courses but there are also a wide range of programs available online.