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DNP — Doctor of Nursing Practice

Pending WSCUC approval

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree Program is a professional practice-focused doctorate designed to develop competencies for advanced clinical and leadership roles in nursing and healthcare. 

The purpose of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Program is to:

  • Advance the scholarly discipline through development of theory and empirical research
  • Contribute to the growing body of knowledge in the field
  • Create the future academic leaders of the profession

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) applications now open!
Deadline to apply is May 15.

PLEASE NOTE:  For Fall 2018, we will only be accepting applications for Track 1.

Program goals

The DNP program will increase opportunities for nurses to meet the demands of an increasingly complex and changing healthcare landscape. The program and innovative curriculum will capitalize on the educational richness of the College of Health Sciences.

This program will utilize a hybrid/online educational delivery platform.

  • Track 1 is designed for students who have a BS or MS degree in nursing and are seeking a terminal practice-focused nursing degree and certification as a family nurse practitioner (FNP); this track may be completed in 11 quarters.
  • Track 2 is designed for students who have a MS degree in nursing and are seeking a terminal practice-focused nursing degree without certification as a nurse practitioner (NP); this track may be completed in 7 quarters.
What’s Unique About Our DNP Program?  »
  1. Philosophical Core
    • Holistic, ecological approach to understanding individual, family, and community well-being.
  2. Unifying Vision
    • Promoting community and population health though development of new models of transitional care that reflect the 21st century healthcare needs of the population.
  3. Interdisciplinary Education
    • DNP program offers students a learning environment which includes collaboration within the College of Health Sciences (School of Nursing, School of Medicine, Program in Public Health and the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences).
    • These collaborations inspire innovation, inter-professional communication, and creative problem-solving, ultimately leading to excellence in scholarship and clinical care. 
  4. Expert Clinical & Research Faculty
    • our focus on nursing science research provides an expanded view on health promotion, restoration, and rehabilitation.
    • Our faculty are nurse practitioners who have an active clinical practice within our health enterprise. 
    • Expert research faculty to support doctoral-level scholarship
    • Students in the Orange County area will have an opportunity to obtain their practicum in one of the UCI ambulatory centers.

Program Highlights

For Track 1: Our DNP is a FNP Certified Track.  We are the ONLY UC school that is offering this.  

Student Experience—what will a UCI DNP student experience?

  1. Stellar Teaching Faculty: faculty profiles
  2. 100% NP pass rate since NP Program inception
  3. Doctoral culture from a Research 1 University
  4. Strong student support through student affairs and instructional design team: Contact Nursing Science Student Affairs & Support Services 
  5. Access to UCI Campus and UCI Medical Center and Ambulatory Centers—opportunities to obtain clinical training at one of the top medical centers in the nation.
  6. Clinical Placements managed through School of Nursing
Course Curriculum »

Students enrolled in:

  • Track 1 will complete 98 units and 1,020 hours of clinical practice
  • Track 2 will complete 53 units and 540 hours of clinical practice

There is no foreign language requirement; proficiency in a language other than English is desirable but not required.

In lieu of a thesis or dissertation, a Scholarly Project will be required for this professional degree. In preparation for developing this DNP Scholarly Project, students will complete a DNP Project Proposal and present this to their DNP Committee during the DNP Scholarly Project II: Proposal course.  Once approved by the Committee, the student will begin implementation of their DNP Scholarly Project.  The DNP Scholarly Project will require students to demonstrate a synthesis of evidence-based practice in a practice area specific to their specialty and interest. The student will present a final defense of the completed work to the DNP Committee and invited University and community guests in their last quarter, at the conclusion of the DNP Epilogue course. Development of a formal manuscript suitable for publication will also be required. 

The normative time to degree for Track 1 is 3 years, with a maximum time permitted of 5 years.  The normative time to degree for Track 2 is 2 years, with a maximum time permitted of 4 years.

TRACK 1 (BS or MS to DNP with NP Role)
Year 1

Summer Fall Winter Spring
NS 231 DNP Prologue (2) NS 233 Appraisal & Translation of Evidence for Practice (3) NS 222A Seminar in Clinical Translational Science (2)
NS 232 Leadership & Professional Collaboration in Healthcare (3+1) NS 234 Health Politics & Policy (3+1) NS 236 Social Determinants of Health & Health Equity (2+1)
NS 200 Research Methods & Evaluation for Evidence-Based Practice (3) NS 215 Health Promotion/Disease Prevention (3) NS 210 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
Elective (3)

Year 2

Summer Fall Winter Spring
NS 238 Foundations of Health Systems & Health Economics (3) NS 230 Advanced Health & Physical Assessment (3) NS 225B Advanced Pharmacology (2) NS 235 DNP Scholarly Project I: Conceptualization & Planning (1)
NS 239 The Science of Change, Quality Improvement & Program Evaluation (3+1) NS 230L Advanced Health & Physical Assessment Lab OR NS 231L Clinical Reasoning Competency Assessment (1) NS 245 Primary Care Adult/Gerontology Acute Common Conditions (3) NS 283 Primary Care Procedures (2)
NS 225A Advanced Pharmacology (3) NS 250 Primary Care Women’s Health (2) NS 270 Primary Care Pediatrics (2)
NS 282 Compassionate Care of Underserved Populations (2) NS 260A Primary Care Adult/Gerontology Chronic Conditions (3)
NS 285 DNP APRN Practicum I (2) NS 286 DNP APRN Practicum II (2)
Elective (4)

Year 3

Summer Fall Winter Spring
NS 237 DNP Intersession (2) NS 240 DNP Scholarly Project II: Proposal (1) NS 241 DNP Scholarly Project III: Implementation & Evaluation (1) NS 242 DNP Scholarly Project IV: Implications (1)
NS 255 Primary Care Obstetrics (2) NS 243 DNP Epilogue (2)
NS 279A Frameworks for Advanced Practice Registered Nursing Role (2)
NS 287 DNP APRN Practicum III (6) NS 288 DNP APRN Practicum IV (7) NS 289 DNP APRN Practicum V (8) NS 290 DNP APRN Practicum VI (4)

TRACK 2 (MS to DNP without NP Role)
Year 1

Summer Fall Winter Spring
NS 231 DNP Prologue (2) NS 233 Appraisal & Translation of Evidence for Practice (3) NS 222A Seminar in Clinical Translational Science (2)
NS 232 Leadership & Professional Collaboration in Healthcare (3+1) NS 234 Health Politics & Policy (3+1) NS 236 Social Determinants of Health & Health Equity (2+1)
NS 248 Curricular Design for the Health Professions (3) NS 235 DNP Scholarly Project I: Conceptualization & Planning (1)

Year 2

Summer Fall Winter Spring
NS 238 Foundations of Health Systems & Health Economics (3) NS 240 DNP Scholarly Project II: Proposal (1) NS 241 DNP Scholarly Project III: Implementation & Evaluation (1) NS 242 DNP Scholarly Project IV: Implications (1)
NS 239 The Science of Change, Quality Improvement & Program Evaluation (3+1) NS 249 Transformational Leadership in Education for the Health Professions (3+1) NS 243 DNP Epilogue (2)
NS 237 DNP Intersession (2) NS 291 DNP Practicum I (4*-8) NS 292 DNP Practicum II (5*-10) NS 293 DNP Practicum III (4*-8)
Admission Criteria and Applicant Information »

Track 1: Applicants must have:

  • earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program;
  • an active, unrestricted California RN license;

Track 2: Applicants must have:

  • earned a master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program;
  • an active, unrestricted RN license in the state where DNP practicum work will occur;

All applicants must have:

  • at least one year fulltime work as a registered nurse in the U.S. (or equivalency) prior to the start of program entry;
  • completed a course in descriptive and inferential statistics with a grade of B or better within 5 years of admission to the program;

How to Apply

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) applications now open! Deadline is May 15.

PLEASE NOTE:  For Fall 2018, we will only be accepting applications for Track 1.

You must submit the following to be considered for DNP admission:

  • Online Application for Graduate Admission to include a personal history statement and a statement of purpose that addresses all questions in the Personal History/Statement of Purpose guidelines › For international applicants, please complete the Statement of Purpose essay in the application, and then email the Personal History essay to gnsao@uci.edu.
  • One copy of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Three letters of recommendation, as follows: one from your most recent employer (clinical), one from a college professor or instructor who can assess your readiness for doctoral studies (academic), and the third from either.
  • Resume/Curriculum vitae detailing your educational background, professional work/clinical experience, professional and/or community activities, certification and licenses, awards/honors/merit scholarships, bilingual abilities, and any unique experience you think is relevant (including, but no limited to, presentations, publications, leadership, research, etc.)
  • TOEFL or IELTS test scores to show proficiency in English (for international students) — click here to determine if a TOEFL score is needed
  • Please mail or hand deliver the following items together in one packet, to be received in our office by the May 15 deadline.
    • One copy of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Transcripts must be in sealed envelopes.
    • Your resume or curriculum vitae

Mailing address

Nursing Science Student Affairs
Attn: DNP APPLICATION
106 Berk Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-3959

Applicants must meet the general requirements of the UCI Graduate Division.  An interview will be required for final selection of candidates.  The GRE is NOT required for the DNP program.
Key Differences between DNP and PhD/DNS Programs »
Information Sessions »

Previous Recorded Info Session 

April 10, 2018

Fees »

Fees for the DNP program are $9,000 per quarter.

  • Track 1  - $99,000 (11 quarters)
  • Track 2 -  $63,000 (7 quarters)

The estimated Self-Supporting Graduate Professional Degree Program (SSGPDP) fee for the hybrid DNP program students entering in Fall 2018 are $9000 per quarter for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a 3 year program for Track 1, and a 2 year program for Track 2.  UC Irvine bills for fees each quarter.  These figures may not be final; actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change, both before students enroll and during a student's enrollment, by the Regents of the University of California or, as authorized, by the President of the University of California and the UC Irvine Chancellor.  Accordingly, final approved levels and charges may differ from the amounts shown.

The program fees do not include fees and expenses such as, but not limited to, mandatory graduate student health insurance fees, compulsory campus-based fees and other miscellaneous campus fees, books, supplies and course materials, room and board and living expenses, transportation expenses, and student services funded by the University of California Student Services Fee.  

Please note that the Doctor of Nursing Practice program is a self-supporting graduate degree program; thus, certain fee waivers traditionally accepted by the University of California may not be accepted (for example, we do not accept CalVet waivers).  Please contact the Nursing Science Student Affairs Office (gnsao@uci.edu) for further information.

 

Financial Aid »

Please review the UC Irvine Financial Aid Office website for information on financial assistance for graduate students ›

Applying for assistance

Financial assistance for graduate students differs substantially from that available to undergraduates.

To be eligible for financial assistance, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The deadline is March 2. Please note that international students are not eligible for need-based financial aid and should not complete the FAFSA. All graduate students, either international or domestic, are eligible to receive university fellowship funding as long as you are documented.

Other scholarships

We encourage you to also look for and apply for any scholarships you can find outside of UCI. In addition to offsetting the cost of tuition, outside nursing-specific scholarships introduce you to organizations that can broaden your idea of what a nurse can accomplish and how nurses are needed in today’s society. The external scholarship database has a sublisting for scholarships available to both Nursing Science graduate and undergraduate students. View external nursing scholarships ›

Frequently Asked Questions »

PROGRAM

What can you do after completing the DNP?

DNP graduates will serve in advanced clinical and leadership roles including professional education, teaching, and inter-professional collaboration.

Are there research opportunities in this program?
The DNP Scholarly Project offers the student to research, implement and evaluate a clinical practice or health policy issue.

Can you work full-time while in the DNP program?
Full-time work may be possible. However, please keep in mind that the DNP is a full-time program, and the pace and intensity are demanding.

What’s the course transfer policy for the DNP?
UCI does not accept transfer credit for doctoral programs.  If equivalent courses were taken in another graduate nursing program, up to 3 courses can be waived, however, the units would need to be made up by taking elective courses.

Is the student health insurance included in the fees?
No.

Is this program eligible for the UC Employee Tuition and Fees Reduction Program?
Since the DNP is a Self-Supporting Graduate Degree Program, students are not eligible for the tuition reduction program.  However, financial aid is available based on need. 


ADMISSIONS

For letters of Recommendation, does one have to be from a faculty?
One letter should be from a college professor or instructor who can assess your readiness for doctoral studies.  If this cannot be obtained, a letter from an individual who can assess your academic performance will be accepted. 

What if my statistics course is over 5 years old?
If admitted, you will need to take another statistics course prior to fall entry.

Can I submit my transcripts electronically?
Yes, you may submit official transcripts electronically directly from the institution to gnsao@uci.edu.

How many spots per cohort?
For Fall 2018 cohort, we will have 30 spots available for Track 1. Track 2 will not be available in Fall 2018.

When will I be notified of my admission?
Notifications will be sent by July 31, 2018.

If I wish to visit the campus, are their any recommended hotels nearby with UCI rates?
Please see this link for local hotel information: http://www.studentcenter.uci.edu/visitor-center/


CLINICAL REQUIREMENTS

Do we need to find our own clinical preceptors?
Track 1 students are required to complete their DNP APRN Practicum in California with preceptors who have been vetted and approved by UCI DNP faculty.  Students can recommend preceptors who they have worked with.  UCI School of Nursing will also coordinate preceptors as part of the practicum assignment. 

When will it clinical hours begin?
Practicum will begin in Year 2.