Visioning the Practice of Nursing for the Future
Courses are completed each semester in a hybrid format, consisting primarily of online instruction, with three to four weekends on campus per semester. The Fall Semester starts in August, the Spring Semester starts in January and the Summer Session starts in May. Each fall and spring semester is 15 weeks in duration and the university’s two summer sessions are combined into a single semester of 10 weeks.
To meet the degree requirements, students must successfully complete all didactic course work, a two-semester capstone project, a minimum of 560 clinical hours (assumes 440 clinical hours post-baccalaureate or by portfolio review), and must pass a comprehensive examination in the final semester. A dissertation is not required.

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DNP Accreditation Extended To 2026

The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies’ Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program has been awarded full accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The accreditation is effective for the next 10 years, extending to June 30, 2026.  The DNP degree represents the highest level of clinical nursing practice. The transformation of the U.S. healthcare system has placed renewed emphasis on the need for nurse leaders prepared with terminal degrees. 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at University of Miami is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education