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 (

FALL 2018 Applications
Applications are typically accepted October 1, 2017 - June 1, 2018
Please complete our interest form to be notified when applications are available.


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  • 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
  • Official documentation of nursing practicum hours attained during the master's degree program or post-master's certificate program
  • 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 of 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
    NURS 574 Diversity (2 units)
    NURS 575 Theories (2 units)
    NURS 576 Biostatistics (3 units)

    NURS 583 Leadership (2 units)
    NURS 584 Technology (3 units)
    NURS 585 Evidence-Based Practice (2 units)
    NURS 295 Practicum Contingent on hours required (6 units)

    NURS 586 Health Policy (2 units)
    NURS 587 Epidemiology (3 units)
    NURS 595 Translating Evidence into Reflective Practice I (2 units)
    NURS 295 Practicum contingent on hours required (6 units)

    NURS 591 Curriculum Development (3 units)
    NURS 593 Finance (2 units)
    NURS 596 Translating Evidence into Reflective Practice II (2 units)
    NURS 295 Practicum contingent on hours required (6 units)

    NURS 592 Evaluation in Education (3 units)
    NURS 594 Application of Evidenced-Based Teaching in Nursing (2 units) (Elective)
    NURS 597 Doctoral Project (2 units)
    NURS 295 Practicum contingent on hours required (6 units)

Curriculum Plan in Detail

What are the unique components of our DNP Program?

Our DNP program is a post-master's joint degree program in collaboration with Fresno State and San Jose State University. The curriculum allows the students to continue working full-time if desired. The format is completely online with minimal campus meeting requirements throughout the program.

How long is the program?

5 Semesters (21 months)

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

Is the DNP program accredited?

 Yes, the program received the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation January 2012 as well as the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

How much is tuition?

 Tuition is $7,635 per semester plus other university fees*, cost of books, supplies and occasional transportation. Out-of-state tuition applies for non-California residents.

$421.50 (University Fees*) + $7,635 (DNP Tuition Fee/Semester) = $8,056.50/Semester

$8,056.50 x 5 Semesters = $40,282.50

*University Fees subject to change. Click here for detail information.

Is Financial Aid available?

 Please note financial aid is not guaranteed by the program. The program informs students of financial opportunities as they arise.

Financial Aid Department

Will I have to travel to Fresno and/or San Jose?

 Yes, at least one intensive will be scheduled prior to each semester of the program. Dependent on each instructor, one or two other on-campus sessions may require travel. Intensives are held alternatively between Fresno State's and San Jose's campuses. Fall and Summer will be in Fresno with Spring hosted in San Jose.

Will there be a distance or online component?

 Yes, the entire program is a distance learning educational experience. Online components may use such methodologies as Collaborate, Skype, Zoom and/or video/audio conferencing. Blackboard is the current Learning Management System. Synchronous and asynchronous learning methods are also used. Technology training is part of orientation to the DNP program.

Will there be a practicum component to the program?

The DNP program requires documentation of at least 1,000 clinical hours and vary based on the number of eligible post-baccalaureate clinical hours documented. Even if you have 1,000 hours or more post-baccalaureate, you are still required to perform 270 hours during the DNP program. These hours are performed in conjunction with your doctoral project.

Am I required to complete a doctoral project?

 Yes, the doctoral project is the culminating experience. It relates to an advanced practice issue and focuses on a potential or existing health problem or issue affecting a group or community, rather than an individual.

The project is developed in the first year through coursework and implemented and evaluated in the second year of the program with guidance from a project chair. Project completion and one article discussing the project submitted for publication are required for graduation.

Who teaches in the DNP program?

 Consortium faculties are comprised primarily of tenure, tenure-track faculty who teach within the CSU system. Faculties are not necessarily within the department of nursing. Each faculty member brings both practical and educational perspectives to their courses within the DNP program.

Can I work while attending the program?

The program is designed so that the student can work full-time and, with permission of the employer, the doctoral project may be completed within the students' employment setting.

Is there a part-time option in the program?

There is only full-time status in the program.

What university are the DNP students associated with?

All DNP students are associated with both Fresno State and San Jose State University.

How are students admitted to the program?

Early applications are strongly advised. Please do not send any application materials to San Jose State University since all applications are processed through Cal State Apply with Fresno State campus as the program.

Approximately 40-50 students are accepted into our program as a cohort. Two sections of each course are offered each semester.

Application Period: October 1, 2017 - June 1, 2018


DNP Information Sessions

Fresno San Jose

Fresno State
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
McLane Hall RM 193

San Jose State University
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Health Building RM 403

Please register prior to the session you would like to attend. You may send us your questions in advance.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Meeting ID: 292 822 424

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Meeting ID: 753 300 823

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Meeting ID: 697 592 493
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Meeting ID: 761 134 526
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Fresno State San Jose State

Sylvia Miller EdD, RN, FNP-C

Program Director - Fresno

Ruth Rosenblum DNP, RN, PNP-BC, CNS

Program Director - San Jose

Nisha Nair DNP, RN-C, CNS

Program Coordinator - Fresno

Lisa Walker-Vischer DNP, RN, CNS

Program Coordinator - San Jose