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California State University, Northern California Consortium Doctor of Nursing Practice

A collaborative post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program between California State University, Fresno and San José State University.

Our vision is to be an exceptional advanced nursing degree program that will prepare nurses at a doctoral level to lead health care change, serve as nursing faculty, and advance health throughout California's communities.

 The Doctor of Nursing Practice program has been approved by the Chancellor's office and accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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Admission Requirements


  • Master's Degree in nursing from an accredited institution  
  • Master's Degree in a health-related field (e.g Public Health or Health Administration), additional post-baccalaureate courses in nursing theories, research methods, transcultural nursing, and informatics will be required
  • National Certification in nursing or obtain certification prior to the fifth semester of the DNP program
  • Have current, unrestricted California RN licensure and advanced practice national certification if applicable
  • Be of U.S citizen or U.S permanent resident
  • GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Demonstrate sufficient preparation and practiced experience as an APN, nurse manager/ administrator/ executive/ educator/ or experienced nurse
  • Provide official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended
  • A letter of recommendation with completed recommendation rating form from the individual's current supervisor
  • Contact information for two additional references who are professional colleagues or professors from the individual's master's program
  • A personal written statement of purpose
  • Completion of required interview and on-site writing sample
  • Submit complete application to the California State University, Northern California Consortium Doctor of Nursing Practice program AND complete application for admission to California State University, Fresno via Cal State Apply



Doctor of Nursing Practice

Per Semester

Per Academic Year

All Students



$421.50 (University Fees*) + $7,635 (DNP Tuition Fee) = $8,056.50 /semester 
$8,056.50 x 5 semesters = $40,282.50**

Year 1: Fall and Spring 
Year 2: Summer, Fall and Spring

*University Fees subject to change 
**Fees does not include cost of books, travel expenses, and supplies

Program Handbooks


DNP Information Sessions