Doctor of Nursing Practice - Family Nurse Practitioner Program Information

The DNP/FNP Program prepares graduates for the highest level of advanced nursing practice. Based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) DNP Essentials and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Competencies (NOPF), the DNP/FNP program will prepare Advanced Practice Nurses who possess leadership skills at the most advanced clinical and organizational levels in order to provide the highest standard of care for individuals, families, and communities. By combining advanced practice nursing skills and knowledge of evidence-based research and practice, graduates will be empowered to become more efficient and effective practitioners.

The post-master’s DNP/FNP program builds on existing curricula found in masters’ nursing programs. The focus is on clinical practice that is innovative and evidence based; translates credible research findings for effective clinical practice; and applies research processes to evaluate outcomes.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to test for the FNP certification exams through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) and apply for California Nurse Practitioner Certification.

Graduates from the DNP/FNP program will be eligible to practice within larger health care teams serving diverse populations, including:

  • Primary care
  • Internal medicine
  • Urgent care
  • Gastroenterology
  • Oncology
  • Cardiology
  • Neurology
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Veteran’s health

The DNP/FNP track is offered as full-time study only using a hybrid method (on-site and online).

DNP/FNP students will be prepared to:

  • Perform comprehensive health assessments, including ordering and interpreting diagnostic procedures
  • Partner with patients and families for health promotion and disease prevention
  • Generate differential diagnoses and manage acute and chronic health problems and distressing symptoms based on a strong biological science foundation
  • Prescribe and evaluate therapies (medication and non-medication based)
  • Utilize developmental, patient-and family centered approaches
  • Act as leaders in healthcare systems
  • Advocate for nursing and the role of the DNP/FNP

 For more information please contact: Julian Gallegos, PhDc, RN, FNP-BC at

DNP Admissions Requirements


  • Post-master’s DNP applicants are required to have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing (with or without specialty)  from an accredited nursing institution OR:
    • A bachelor’s in nursing from an accredited nursing institution AND:  
      • A master’s degree in a health related field from an accredited institution (i.e. Master’s of Public Health, Master’s Business Administration, Master’s Health Administration)
  • A minimum GPA 3.0 or higher in a master’s program
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended


  • 1 year of full-time nursing practice
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • For U.S. residents, current unencumbered California state RN licensure
  • All transcripts from any undergraduate and graduate schools attended
  • Background Check (upon admission)

Personal Statement (1000 words or less)

Your personal statement should outline:

  • Your short- and long-term educational and professional goals
  • How earning the DNP degree will aid in reaching those goals
  • A practice problem you’ve encountered and a description of your role in effecting change to alleviate or correct the problem
  • Your area of inquiry for the culminating project and a description of one outcome you would like to address within the role as a Family Nurse Practitioner.


  • Applicants are required to submit 3 letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to their competence and ability to be successful at a graduate level of study. Letters should discuss the applicant's ability to succeed academically and should speak to his or her potential for professional growth in the field of nursing.
    • 1 letter from a supervisor
    • 1 letter from a master’s (Advanced Practice Nurse preferred) or doctorally-prepared nurse
    • 1 letter from a personal colleague (RN, NP, MD, DO, PA, Faculty)
  • In-person panel interview

Transfer Credits/Clinical Hours

  • Transfer credit hours will be evaluated on an individual basis.
  • You must have verification of the clinical/practicum hours completed in your master’s program in one of the following ways:
    • The clinical/practicum hours completed in the master’s program are clearly identified on the transcript
    • Syllabi for the clinical/practicum courses are submitted and the       clinical/practicum hours are identified
    • A letter from an official from the institution where the master’s degree was granted verifying the clinical/practicum hours


The estimated cost of tuition is $51,750-58,500; depending on the number of clinical hours the student has earned during their master's course of study.