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Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) and San José State University offer a joint post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

The DNP is a practice degree designed to prepare nurse leaders and advanced practice nurses for evidence-based practice in patient care, leadership, and educational roles. The culminating experience for this program is a doctoral project, rather than a dissertation.

The purpose of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program is to prepare experts in specialized advanced nursing practice. The DNP program prepares graduates for leadership and clinical roles and to engage in evidence-based inquiry. Graduates may also serve as clinical faculty in postsecondary nursing education programs. The curriculum is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (2006) and meets all requirements for national accreditation.

Designed for working professionals, coursework primarily offered in an online format with occasional intensive sessions held alternately on the Fresno State and San José campuses.

Admission occurs once a year in the Fall. Applications are available the previous Fall. The program follows the cohort model, and there is no part-time option. This is a 5 semester, 37 unit program that can be completed in 21 months of full-time study. See for more information.