Welcome to the CSU DNP Program
The DNP is a practice-oriented doctorate, such as the Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Medicine (MD), or Doctor of Physical Therapy, in contrast to the research-oriented PhD. The DNP prepares graduates for increasingly complex practice, faculty, and leadership roles in nursing.
There are currently two different DNP concentrations offered. Application requirements and timelines are very different. Please ensure you select the correct program for your interest:
The CRNA DNP pathway is for bachelor’s or master’s prepared nurses who wish to become certified as nurse anesthetists and obtain a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. This pathway leads to certification as a CRNA.
The Post-Master’s DNP pathway is for master’s prepared nurses who wish to obtain a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. This pathway does not lead to additional certification; students will continue preparation in their current specialty. You must have a master's degree to be considered.