DNP Programs in California

Working nurses with undergraduate or advanced degrees can choose a suitable doctoral program in nursing practice among these 10 universities in California. Learn about the curriculum requirements, coursework topics, length of completion, and tuition costs of these programs.

University of California, San Francisco

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program at the University of California, San Francisco, is a 53-unit program that students can complete in seven academic quarters on a full-time basis. The curriculum consists of core courses that focus on advanced nursing topics such as evidence-based practice, healthcare economics, health policy and patient advocacy, and population health; core and project courses are provided online while in-person immersions and residency courses are conducted at a project site.

University of California, Los Angeles

The 61-unit, seven-quarter Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of California, Los Angeles, provides a mix of online and in-classroom courses that tackle education methods and evaluation, healthcare cost analysis, informatics, and ethics, among other topics. In addition to the coursework, students must develop and implement a scholarly project that addresses a specific problem or practice issue in a clinical site.

California State University, Fresno

Offered in collaboration with San Jose State University, the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at California State University, Fresno, requires 37 units of coursework that can be completed in five semesters. The curriculum includes courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, informatics and data management, and healthcare policy and economics; students must attend on-site sessions at the Fresno and San Jose campuses in certain semesters.

University of San Francisco

The University of San Francisco's Doctor of Nursing Practice program offers four areas of study: population health, executive leadership, family nurse practice, and psychiatric nurse practice. Students in the executive leadership and population health concentrations can finish the program in six and seven semesters, respectively, while the psychiatric and family nurse practitioner tracks often take three years for registered nurses with a master's degree and four years for those with a bachelor's degree.

University of San Diego

The University of San Diego offers two Doctor of Nursing Practice programs: the three-year BSN to DNP program which requires 67-83 units and is open to nurses with a bachelor's or master's degree, and the MSN to DNP program which requires 34-55 units and is offered to master's degree holders. The BSN to DNP degree provides specializations in emergency care, psychiatric, gerontology, pediatric, and family nurse practice, while the MSN to DNP program offers concentrations in advanced practice, data science and informatics, health systems, and emergency care.

Azusa Pacific University

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Azusa Pacific University requires 39 units of core courses, a clinical residency, and a research project seminar, as well as electives. The curriculum includes courses in research, statistical analysis, informatics, health policy and ethics, and epidemiology.

Loma Linda University

Loma Linda University offers Doctor of Nursing Practice programs for bachelor's degree holders (BS to DNP) and master's degree holders (MS to DNP), each taking three years to complete. BS to DNP students can specialize in clinical nursing practice, nurse anesthesia, and nursing practice with specific concentrations, while MS to DNP candidates focus on a 68-quarter unit curriculum with courses on finance, policy development, and leadership in healthcare systems.

Point Loma Nazarene University

Point Loma Nazarene University's Doctor of Nursing Practice program provides a BSN to DNP track for working nurses with a bachelor's degree and an MSN to DNP track for those with a master's degree. Baccalaureate degree holders need to complete 81 units of coursework over four years, while master's degree holders can finish the program in two years with 42 units of coursework.

Western University of Health Sciences

Open to advanced practice nurses with a master's degree, the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Western University of Health Sciences offers a web-based curriculum that students can complete in two to three years. The coursework consists of 33-39 units of courses that focus on evidence-based practice, biostatistics, healthcare policy and advocacy, information systems, and strategies for better care delivery.

California Baptist University

California Baptist University offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice program with 36-37 units of coursework that can be completed in two years on a part-time basis. Core courses include population health, translational research, healthcare technology systems, organizational leadership, financial management, and health policy.

School Name Programs Offered Graduate Tuition (2018-2019)*
University of California, San Francisco DNP $11,442 in-state, $26,544 out-of-state
University of California, Los Angeles DNP $11,442 in-state, $26,544 out-of-state
California State University, Fresno DNP $7,176 in-state, $16,680 out-of-state
University of San Francisco DNP$24,930
University of San Diego BSN to DNP
MSN to DNP
$26,712
Azusa Pacific University DNP$17,112
Loma Linda University BS to DNP
MS to DNP
$26,080
Point Loma Nazarene University BSN to DNP
MSN to DNP
$11,520
Western University of Health Sciences DNP$22,489
California Baptist University DNP$13,420

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Doctor of Nursing Practice programs in California are available as DNP, BSN to DNP, and MSN to DNP programs that prepare professional nurses for specialized care delivery. Students in California DNP programs can specialize in family, adult, or psychiatric nurse practice, among other options.

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