Learn what's required to earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, what you can expect during your studies and more information that will help you decide whether this program is the best fit for your career goals.
The creators of the CSU's DNP degree cite five specific opportunities they want every student to experience.
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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. Subsequently, CSU post-baccalaureate to DNP programs were approved to also prepare students to function in designated advanced practice registered nurse specialty roles. Designed to prepare nurses for advanced practice and to educate future nursing faculty, CSU DNP programs admit a new cohort of students each fall semester. Listen to
Dr. Mary Wilson's Interview. To learn more, visit the sites of our CSU DNP programs.
Doctoral students participate in a rigorous academic program of study.
DNP Nurse Anesthesia Specialty
The DNP Nurse Anesthesia program is offered in partnership with the Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia (KPSA). Thirty-five registered nurses are admitted each year to this nine-semester intensive program. To learn more about the requirements for the post-baccalaureate-to-DNP program in nurse anesthesia, visit the
KPSA website and contact
Sandra J. Hinkson, administrative assistant, at the Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia.
DNP with Nurse Practitioner Specialization
CSU Long Beach is the first of the CSU campuses to offer a post-baccalaureate DNP program with specializations in various nurse practitioner roles. Long Beach has over a 45-year history of offering nurse practitioner specialty options in its graduate program. For more information about this program, contact
Dr. Christine Costa, Director of the DNP program.
The DNP is a professional, practice-oriented doctorate, such as the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) or Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), in contrast to the research-oriented Ph.D.
The education offered for the CSU DNP is designed to allow nurses to develop advanced competencies for increasingly complex clinical practice and to prepare nurses for faculty and leadership roles. Nurses with DNP degrees possess enhanced knowledge that can be applied in clinical settings to improve nursing practice and patient outcomes.
California State University Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) post-master’s programs require a master's degree in nursing or a related healthcare field for admission. CSU Fullerton also offers a post-baccalaureate in nursing-to-DNP degree in Nurse Anesthesia. CSU Long Beach offers a post-baccalaureate in nursing-to-DNP degree in various nurse practitioner roles. These programs are designed to allow students to: