Doctor of Nursing Practice
Family Nurse Practitioner Program

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 competent 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 (AANP) and apply for California Nurse Practitioner Certification.

Graduates from the DNP-FNP program will be eligible to practice within more substantial health care teams serving diverse populations.

The DNP-FNP track is offered as a full-time study with 90% online and 10% on-campus intensives during each semester. 

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