Nursing (DNP)

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Degree Offered: DNP
Program Leadership:
KT Waxman, RN, DNP, FAAN, Program Director
Annette Carley, RN, DNP, NP, Associate Director
Admissions Inquiries:
Maria Elena de Guzman, Administrative Officer

Program Description

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program – the first of its kind in the UC system – trains students to apply theoretical and scientific principles to advanced nursing practice. Program participants will conceptualize and rigorously develop a scholarly project based on an area of practice inquiry. In direct consultation with faculty mentors, students will conceive, evaluate and defend their scholarly work. They will also develop strategies to disseminate their scholarly work and to implement practices based on their conclusions.

For nursing professionals committed to developing practice and leadership excellence, the UCSF DNP program offers an innovative seven-quarter, hybrid program design that combines online learning with select immersive, in-person learning. The DNP program joins other established programs in the UCSF School of Nursing including Master's Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN), Master's in Science (MS), Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership MS (MS-HAIL), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing and PhD in Sociology.

The UCSF School of Nursing takes pride in its graduate programs, which represent a century of pioneering leadership that has produced many top influencers in the field in the U.S. and abroad. Among schools of nursing nationwide, the UCSF School of Nursing is one of the top recipients of research funding from the National Institutes of Health.

There are over 100 faculty members in the four School of Nursing departments. DNP program faculty members have established clinical and teaching expertise, and represent advanced practice and leadership roles locally, regionally and nationally.

For more information about the DNP program, please visit the program website.

The Nursing DNP program is offered by the UCSF Graduate Division, administered by the UCSF School of Nursing, and delivered by faculty members in the UCSF School of Nursing.

Admission Requirements

  1. Graduate of an accredited college or university with a master’s degree in nursing. Applicants who hold a master’s degree in another health-related field will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  2. Minimum GPA 3.4
  3. Completion of minimum 240 practice hours during prior master’s or post-master's coursework. National certification in one of the four recognized Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN) roles (i.e. nurse practitioner, certified nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist, and nurse-midwife ) may substitute for 500 APRN practice hours.
  4. Registered Nurse with active license in CA or state where the DNP project will occur.
  5. College level statistics course completed within three years of the start of the program.
  6. Resume or curriculum vitae
  7. Three confidential letters of recommendation
  8. Goal statement and personal history statement

Learning Outcomes

  1. Integrate nursing science, science-based theory and systems knowledge into the development and evaluation of new practice approaches to care.
  2. Apply analytic methods to the critical appraisal of literature and other evidence to develop and support best practice.
  3. Convene and lead interprofessional, collaborative stakeholder teams to create change and advance positive health outcomes.
  4. Generate, evaluate and articulate innovative solutions to complex care issues.
  5. Analyze the impact of local, national and global health policy on determinants of care decisions.
  6. Support cost and resource efficiency, quality and accessibility of healthcare for diverse client groups.
  7. Advocate for nursing and socially and ethically relevant policy in healthcare design and delivery.
  8. Support and effectively lead quality improvement initiatives that enhance safe, quality and evidence-driven care.
  9. Demonstrate leadership skill in developing approaches to care that address population needs based on science and evidence.

Additional Information

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