Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree for RNs

The BSN to DNP program is offered for RNs who desire preparation in primary care as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), dual Pediatric/Family Nurse Practitioner (PNP/FNP), dual Adult-Gerontology/Family Nurse Practitioner (AGNP/FNP) and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).

The program requires 3 years of full-time study; part-time study is also available. The curriculum ranges from 78-81 semester credits depending upon the focus of study and prior preparation. Graduates of the program are eligible for national board certification and earn the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  Graduates of a Master's Entry Program in Nursing are also eligible to apply.

Entrance SemestersFall Only
Application DeadlinesMarch 1
Required LicensesCurrent California Registered Nurse license
Additional RequirementsBSN degree from an approved, accredited school
One year of clinical experience as a Registered Nurse (Applicants to the Dual Pediatric/Family or Dual Adult-Gerontology/Family programs require clinical experience in pediatrics or adult/geriatrics, respectively)
Goal statement in the application will require the applicant to demonstrate an understanding of the APRN role for which they are applying and elucidate a specific clinical practice focus and evidence-based clinical issue or problem they plan to address in their DNP Scholarly Practice
Minimum Grade Point Average: 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
Basic statistics course
Basic computer literacy
Completion of the University Application for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program
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/
Basic nutrition course

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

A. Post BSN DNP with Family Nurse Practitioner Preparation

(Total units: 78)

NP Core
APNC 520Advanced Pathophysiology3
APNC 521APRN Physical Assessment and Diagnosis4
APNC 523Pharmacology in Health Management3
HCIN 540Introduction to Health Care Information Management3
Emphasis
NPTC 602Primary Care I6
NPTC 604Primary Care IIA6
NPTC 605Primary Care IIB6
NPTC 608Primary Care IIIA6
NPTC 609Primary Care IIIB6
DNP Core
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
Scholarly Practice
DNPC 630DNP Scholarly Practice (1-6 units can be taken each semester)1-6

B. Post BSN DNP with Dual Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner Preparation

(Total units: 81)

NP Core
APNC 520Advanced Pathophysiology3
APNC 521APRN Physical Assessment and Diagnosis4
APNC 523Pharmacology in Health Management3
HCIN 540Introduction to Health Care Information Management3
Emphasis
NPTC 602Primary Care I6
NPTC 604Primary Care IIA6
NPTC 605Primary Care IIB6
NPTC 608Primary Care IIIA6
NPTC 609Primary Care IIIB6
NPTC 549Primary Pediatric Health Care: Selected Topics for Primary Care of Children6
DNP Core
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
Scholarly Practice
DNPC 630DNP Scholarly Practice (1-6 units can be taken each semester)1-6

C. Post BSN DNP with Dual Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner Preparation

(Total units: 81)

NP Core
APNC 520Advanced Pathophysiology3
APNC 521APRN Physical Assessment and Diagnosis4
APNC 523Pharmacology in Health Management3
HCIN 540Introduction to Health Care Information Management3
Emphasis 1
NPTC 602Primary Care I6
NPTC 604Primary Care IIA6
NPTC 605Primary Care IIB6
NPTC 608Primary Care IIIA6
NPTC 609Primary Care IIIB6
NPTC 535Primary Adult-Gerontology Health Care: Management of Older Adults with Long-Term Health Problems6
DNP Core
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
Scholarly Practice
DNPC 630DNP Scholarly Practice (1-6 units can be taken each semester)1-6

D. Post BSN DNP with Family/Lifespan Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Preparation

(Total units 78)

NP Core
APNC 520Advanced Pathophysiology3
APNC 521APRN Physical Assessment and Diagnosis4
APNC 523Pharmacology in Health Management3
HCIN 540Introduction to Health Care Information Management3
Emphasis
NPTC 627PMHC I: Biopsychosocial Foundations of Behavior & Psychopathology4
NPTC 651PMHC II: Psychiatric Assessment & Diagnoses4
NPTC 624PMHC III: Psychopharmacology5
NPTC 653PMHC IVA: Individual Psychotherapy I7
NPTC 655PMHC IVB: Individual Psychotherapy I5
NPTC 657PMHC V: Psychotherapy with Group and Family Systems5
DNP Core
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
Scholarly Practice
DNPC 630DNP Scholarly Practice (1-6 units can be taken each semester)1-6