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:

DNP (Nurse Anesthesia)


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.

DNP (Post-Master’s)


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.


The Southern California CSU DNP Consortium, which includes the Schools of Nursing at California State University, Fullerton, Long Beach and Los Angeles, will be hosting a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation site visit October 15-17, 2018.  This visit is part of the process for seeking continuing nursing professional accreditation through CCNE for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program. CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency, which ensures the quality and integrity of professional nursing programs.  As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional nursing education.

CCNE requires that our community of interest be offered the opportunity to submit written third-party comments to CCNE up to 21 days prior to the site visit.  These comments are not shared with the nursing program.

All third-party comments should be received by CCNE by  September 24, 2018. All third-party comments submitted to CCNE must be written in English, consistent with CCNE's policy on Conduct of Business in English.
Please submit comments directly to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education 
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K St., NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001