The School of Nursing and Health Professions offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a variety of track options providing one-of-a-kind opportunities for interprofessional collaboration.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree prepares registered nurses (RNs) to take on greater leadership roles. The curriculum combines nursing, business, informatics, and healthcare administration coursework with advanced practice in clinical settings. Graduates join the workforce with the skills to improve models of health care delivery, evaluate clinical outcomes, identify and manage the health care needs of diverse populations, and use technology and information to transform the field.
The curriculum is rigorous and gives students the opportunity to gain exposure to diverse perspectives, to be immersed in theory and research, and to obtain a critical understanding of professional practice issues.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program offers registered nurses (RN) a range of study plans. There are (5) plans of study available to pursue your DNP. Bachelor's prepared nurses can choose to earn a master's degree along the way of completing their DNP. Options are illustrated below.
- Executive Leadership (EL-DNP): Designed for masters-prepared current/aspiring nurse executives at the division/department-level or above with supervisory oversight of a group of essential services or functions. It extends and enhances the knowledge, skill, and performance of health care system leaders in a wide variety of clinical and administrative environments.
- Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP): Bachelor or master’s prepared RNs to learn to design models of health care delivery, evaluate clinical outcomes, identify and manage the health care needs of diverse populations, and use technology and information to transform the field. BSN prepared students can opt to complete a concurrent master’s in Behavioral Health, Nursing (Clinical Nurse Leader), or Public Health.
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP): Prepares bachelor or master’s prepared RN as psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners to provide a wide range of services to adults, children, adolescents, and their families in a primary care facility, outpatient mental health clinic, psychiatric emergency services, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, private practice, or in a hospital or community health center. Students can opt to complete a concurrent masters in Behavioral Health.
Population Health Leadership: Prepares nurses who can provide leadership to analyze population health needs, provide appropriate interventions, and measure the outcome.
The DNP program can take from 2 to 4.5 years to complete depending on both your program track and your current degree level.
- Executive Leadership (for nurses with master’s degree only): 2 years to complete.
- Population Health Leadership (for nurses with master’s degree only): 7 semesters to complete.
- Nurse Practitioner Programs - (for nurses with BSN or higher): 4- 4.5 years with a Bachelor's degree | 2 - 3 years with a Master’s degree.
Students will be able to pursue their degree without having to put their professional life on hold. Course delivery options may vary based on DNP program.
- Executive Leadership: Students meet twice a semester for three days in an intensive meeting format at a boutique hotel in San Francisco.
- Population Health Leadership: Courses are delivered via a hybrid model – an approach that encompasses both in-person teaching and distance learning. Students will be required to attend a one-day program orientation on campus. After the orientation, students meet twice each semester for a synchronous class, with a choice to attend it either in person or by teleconference. Online learning will supplement the two synchronous class sessions for the duration of the program.
- Family Nurse Practitioner DNP & Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner DNP: Students attend classes twice a month on - Fridays (8 a.m. - 9 p.m.) and Saturdays (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.), called Teaching Weekends.
Admission to the program is based on an overall appraisal of the applicant's ability to undertake doctoral level studies as evidenced by the following:
- Baccalaureate or master’s degree from an accredited institution
- 3.0 undergraduate GPA (on a 4.0 grading scale)
- California RN license
- A written goal statement that describes your reason for pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice
- Three(3) letters of recommendation
- Copy of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
- A completed application form and fee
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