CSU Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Programs

CSU Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Programs

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Fall 2012 marked the beginning of nursing doctoral studies at the California State University system, with the launch of two CSU post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree programs. Designed to prepare nurses for advanced practice and to educate future nursing faculty, the CSU Fresno-San Josť State and CSU Fullerton-Long Beach-Los Angeles consortium-based programs admitted its seventh cohort of post-masterís students in Fall 2018. Graduates of the CSU DNP programs have published in prestigious nursing and healthcare journals and have been promoted to leadership positions in their practice settings. They have also been elected to key leadership roles in professional organizations, including the California Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) of California. These doctoral students participate in a rigorous, five-semester academic program of study to earn their degree. For additional information on the accomplishments of these graduates, click on the link Scholarly Accomplishments of CSU DNP Graduates.

With passage of Assembly Bill Number 422 effective 2018, the Southern California CSU DNP consortium and the Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia admitted their first cohort of post-baccalaureate to DNP nurse anesthesia students. Thirty-three registered nurses were admitted to this nine semester intensive program.

Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year will be accepted beginning in late October 2018. For additional information, course listings, and to apply, visit the degree programs' websites:

Last Updated: August 28, 2018