Below you'll find a list of all of the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs available in California.
Full List of Programs
Azusa Pacific University
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The curriculum includes coursework in advanced pathogenesis, informatics, organizational leadership, program evaluation, social ethics, spirituality and health, statistical analysis, translational research, and wellness promotion. The program builds on an evidence-based clinical approach that emphasizes the assessment, prevention, and treatment of complex health issues. Students accepted to the program are required to complete 600 clinical hours in order to graduate. Additionally, each student has to complete a Translational Research Project (TRP). The TRP gives students the opportunity to use their research findings/evidence to enhance, inform and improve current nursing practice.
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Brandman University offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program with the following emphasis areas: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family/Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (Acute Care), and Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. There is also a Post Master's to DNP program designed for the advanced practice nurse with a Master of Science (MS) degree in nursing. The program is delivered in a blended format consisting of two on-campus immersion sessions (3-5 days each), internship/clinical practice in hospitals, clinics and health centers, and online lectures and exercises. The university's DNP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
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California State University-Fresno
The California State University in Fresno (Fresno State) and San Jose State University offer a joint post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program called the California State University, Northern Consortium Doctor of Nursing Practice. This program is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The program is delivered in an online format with occasional scheduled sessions held alternately on the Fresno State and San Jose campuses. The program follows a cohort model and is designed to be completed in 21 months of full-time study. There is no part-time option available. Students are required to complete a doctoral project as their culminating experience in order to graduate from the program.
California State University-Fullerton
In southern California, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is offered through the Consortium of the Schools of Nursing at California State University (CSU) in Fullerton, Long Beach and Los Angeles. The CSU DNP Consortium is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Designed as a cohort program, the CSU DNP degree can be earned with five consecutive semesters of attendance. Possible areas of specialization include: Anesthesia, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Management/Administration Leadership, Midwifery, Nurse Practitioner, and Public Health Nursing. In order to graduate, students are required to complete a doctoral project, which includes a three-semester Integrative Clinical Scholarship experience. The doctoral project can be a pilot study, translational research, a program evaluation, or a quality improvement project.
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Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, California
Designed for full-time working professionals, the post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Loma Linda University is a hybrid program. Scholarly discussion, student-led exercises, and course clarifications are handled in a face-to-face setting, while projects and papers are submitted online. Most students can complete the program in three years - two years for core coursework and one year of DNP project implementation. Loma Linda's DNP program has two tracks - Advanced Practice (patient care) and Leadership (healthcare systems). Advanced Practice track applicants must have APRN certification (CNM, CNS, CRNA, or NP). Applicants who wish to be considered for the Leadership track are required to have a Master's degree, leadership experience, and management certification. The university's DNP program is accredited by the CCNE.
Point Loma Nazarene University
San Diego, California
PLNU's Doctorate of Nursing Practice has two modes, depending on students' starting points. BSN-holders take 81 units over four years. During the first half, they can pursue a concentration in business or education or enter the Clinical Nurse Specialist Track, which features concentrations in Adult/Gerontology, Family/Individual Health, and Pediatrics. The second half is where MSN-holders enter. Twelve of the final 42 units are dedicated to clinical residencies. The program demands that applicants be current RNs with nursing experience; to accommodate work schedules, it mixes online coursework with three San Diego-based intensives per year. Although aspiring or current advanced practice nurses are encouraged to apply, the program also includes coursework relevant to future administrators and healthcare entrepreneurs. The MSN portion is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), but the DNP is not.
BSN required for:
Samuel Merritt University
Samuel Merritt University offers both a post-master's DNP program and a post-baccalaureate FNP/DNP program. With the exception of one three-day session on campus each year in December, the post-master's DNP program is offered completely online. The FNP/DNP program includes both online and face-to-face instruction. The post-master's DNP program is a cohort program that starts every spring (January) and admits no more than 20 new students each time. The FNP/DNP program begins in the summer or fall. Both programs can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis. Students have to complete a capstone project in order to graduate from the program. The university's DNP program has CCNE accreditation until June 2018.
University of San Diego
San Diego, California
The BSN-DNP program at the University of Saint Joseph prepares RNs for the following roles: Family Nurse Practitioner, dual Pediatric/Family Nurse Practitioner, dual Adult-Gerontology/Family Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. It typically takes three years of full-time study to complete the BSN-DNP program. Part-time plans of study are also available. Advanced practice registered nurses with MSN degrees, and who are nationally certified, are eligible to apply to the post-MSN DNP (or DNP completion) program. This program can be completed with two years of continuous full-time enrollment. Students also have the option of pursuing this program on a part-time basis. The university's DNP program has CCNE accreditation until December 2019.
University of San Francisco
San Francisco, California
The DNP program at the University of San Francisco is CCNE-accredited, open to both post-baccalaureate (BSN to DNP) and post-master's (MSN to DNP) applicants, and delivered in a hybrid format. Students who choose the BSN to DNP without an MS option take Family Nurse Practitioner courses along with their DNP coursework. Students who choose the BSN to Master's to DNP track can choose to earn either an MSBH (Master of Science in Behavioral Health) or an MPH (Master of Public Health) enroute to the DNP degree. The MSN to DNP program offers three options: Executive Leadership, Family Psychiatric Mental Health NP and Family NP. The university also offers a DNP completion program for RNs with a master's degree in a non-nursing field.
Western University of Health Sciences
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the Western University of Health Sciences is designed for RNs who already have an MSN degree in an advanced practice specialty (nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, or nurse anesthetist). Applicants with an MSN in an advanced nursing role (nurse administration or nurse informatics) are also eligible to apply for the program. Full-time students can expect to complete the program in two years. An extended track option is available, making it possible for students to earn their DNP degree in three years. The university's DNP program offers a web-based curriculum and students are required to attend weekend seminars on campus only twice per semester. The program is CCNE-accredited until 2017.