Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree for APRNs

Post- Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Advanced practice registered nurses who are Master's prepared and have national certification can enroll in the DNP completion program where they will gain additional knowledge and clinical expertise in a defined area of advanced nursing practice. Core knowledge in the scientific, philosophical, ethical, health policy, informatics, and business aspects of clinical practice will provide a foundation for DNP Scholarly Practice and the final project. The program is 34 units in length.

Entrance SemestersFall Only
Application DeadlinesMarch 1
Required LicensesCurrent California Registered Nurse license
Additional RequirementsMaster’s degree in Nursing with an Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Specialty
Certification as an Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
Personal statement of career goals
Minimum Grade Point Average: 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
Basic computer literacy
Completion of the University Application for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program
Goal statement in the application will require the applicant to elucidate a specific clinical practice focus and evidence-based clinical issue or problem
One official transcript from each college or university attended
Three professional recommendations (Two from clinicians who hold a doctoral degree –RNs/APRNs or MDs)
Example of scholarly writing (thesis, article or paper written within the last five years)
Resume/CV
Interview (only qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview based on initial review of their application)
Evidence of specified immunizations and screening tests, a report of recent physical examination, and BLS certification if admitted into the program
International applicants must meet additional requirements for admission http://www.sandiego.edu/admissions/graduate/international/

Requirements for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Program of Study for APRNs

The program of study includes a minimum of 34 units of post-master’s coursework, 10 units of which are required for DNP Scholarly Practice.

(Total units: 34)

DNP Core Component
Designed to provide core knowledge in the scientific, philosophical, ethical, health policy and business aspects of clinical practice to further develop the advanced practice registered nurse.
DNPC 610Philosophy of Reflective Practice3
DNPC 611Methods of Translational Science/ Evidence Based Clinical Practice3
DNPC 622Pathogenesis of Complex Disease3
DNPC 625Epidemiology Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice3
DNPC 626Strategic Planning and Quality Initiatives3
DNPC 648Health Policy Analysis3
DNPC 686Perspectives in Program Planning and Evaluation3
ENLC 553Financial Management in Health Care Systems3
DNP Scholarly Practice
Designed to extend clinical and leadership skills in a specialty area of advanced nursing practice through additional clinical experience and the design, implementation and evaluation of a final project.
DNPC 630DNP Scholarly Practice (1-6 units can be taken each semester)1-6