CSU Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Programs


DNP 2014 Poster Presentation Day at the Office of the Chancellor

Dr Sharon Castellanos and CSU President Dr Joseph CastroMay 2014 graduates of the first CSU Doctor of Nursing Practice Program cohorts from northern and southern California participated in the May 21, 2014 DNP Poster Presentation Day at the Office of the Chancellor. Among the DNP graduates presenting the findings of their doctoral project to the CSU Board of Trustees, the CSU Presidents, and Chancellor White were Drs. Sharon Castellanos and Anna Carchi. Dr. Castellanos conducted a Save a Life campaign to increase organ and tissue donation among high school Hispanic youth and studied the outcomes of this campaign as to Division of Motor Vehicle tissue donor card completion rates.

Dr Dowell Provost CSLUB and Dr Anna CarchiDr. Carchiís study compared 30-day readmission rates of heart failure patients cared for by a physician-only versus a physician/acute care nurse practitioner team. Generation and dissemination of evidence based care is a key feature of the DNP role.

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.

Last Updated: May 18, 2016