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 California State University, Fullerton

DNP Program Overview

What is the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree?

The DNP is a practice-oriented doctorate, such as the Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Optometry, or Doctor of Physical Therapy, in contrast to the research-oriented PhD.  The purposes of the DNP are to develop advanced competencies for increasingly complex practice, faculty, and leadership roles in nursing and to provide an advanced educational credential for those in advanced practice.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program is offered through a Consortium of the Schools of Nursing at California State University, Fullerton, Long Beach and Los Angeles.

Please review the DNP Curriculum, Admissions Requirements, and Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Join Our Interest List

This is a post master's DNP program. If you have a master's degree, or are currently enrolled in a master's degree program, please complete an interest form and we will place you on our mailing list. If you are interested in a master's program, please visit the websites of our consortium schools for more information.

Attend An Information Session

We do not have any additional group information sessions scheduled before our December 20, 2013 application deadline. However, we are happy to meet with you individually or discuss your application via phone or email. If you have questions, please review the information on this website and then contact us:


Each member school of the Southern California CSU DNP Consortium is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and each of their existing nursing programs is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

As a consortium, the Southern California CSU DNP Consortium Program is expected to be accredited by CCNE as a separate entity from the partner CSUs. The Southern California CSU DNP Consortium hosted an accreditation visit from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education in November 2013. The site visit team found that the Consortium met all criteria in all standards and that there were no compliance issues. CCNE will vote formally on the Consortium’s accreditation status in the spring of 2014.