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. Designed to prepare nurses for advanced practice and to educate future nursing faculty, Fresno State, San José State, and the Cal State Fullerton-CSU Long Beach-Cal State LA consortium-based program admit a new cohort of students each fall semester. Listen to Dr. Mary Wilson's Interview. To learn more, visit the sites for the three programs.
Doctoral students participate in a rigorous five-semester academic program of study.
DNP Nurse Anesthesia Specialty
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 who will graduate in summer 2021. Thirty-three registered nurses are admitted each year to this nine-semester intensive program. To learn more about the requirements for the DNP nurse anesthesia degree, see below.
For more information about the baccalaureate-to-DNP program in nurse anesthesia, contact
Sandra J. Hinkson, administrative assistant, at the Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia.
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 represent the enhanced knowledge that can be applied in clinical settings to improve nursing practice and patient outcomes.
California State University Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs require a master's degree in nursing or a related healthcare field for admission. The Southern California CSU DNP Consortium also offers a post-baccalaureate in nursing-to-DNP degree in the specialty area of Nurse Anesthetist. These programs are designed to allow students to: