Legislation and Title 5 Regulations
The passing of Assembly Bill No. 867 (.pdf) in September 2010 authorized the CSU system to establish pilot post-master's programs awarding the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. This pioneering legislation made it possible for working nurses in California to earn a doctoral degree in nursing, with an emphasis on applied research in clinical practice settings. Title 5 outlines the degree requirements and regulations related to admission criteria, key curriculum characteristics, and doctoral project standards related to the practice focused research expected of DNP graduates.
A Blueprint for Excellence in Professional Education
To learn what the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) says is the future of professional nursing education, read the The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (.pdf). Other influential agencies, such as the Institute of Medicine (IOM), advocate for nurses to achieve higher levels of education and training to ensure that patients receive optimal safe and effective care. The landmark 2010 IOM report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Care, identified the DNP as an appropriate advanced nursing practice degree. At no other time has there been such support both within and outside the profession for a clinical practice-focused doctoral degree in nursing.