DNP, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Accepting Applications


The Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing is proud to present the first and only University of California, Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a Family Nurse Practitioner concentration. The DNP with FNP is an interactive, hybrid program led by vanguard faculty who are leaders in clinical research, education, and clinical practice.

This program equips graduates with the skills and knowledge to be effective contributors to the translation of science and research into healthcare practice. Graduates will also be eligible for certification as Family Nurse Practitioners.

Program Overview »


The BS/MS to DNP with NP Role is a 3-year commitment and will include coursework in leadership, research, education, and translational science for evidence-based practice. Students will complete 98 units and 1,020 hours of clinical practice.

DNP students will be required to complete a capstone scholarly project that demonstrates a synthesis of evidence-based practice in an area aligned with their specialty and interest. Completion of a formal manuscript suitable for publication will be required along with a final defense of the completed work presented to the DNP committee at the conclusion of the program.

Download the Complete Schedule of Classes (PDF)


The School of Nursing is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) and is WSCUC approved.

Program Highlights & Who Should Apply? »


  • Highly Accessible Online and Hybrid Courses with synchronous and asynchronous sessions.
  • Access to expert clinical and research faculty who are passionate about community and population health.
  • Inter-professional learning environment that leverages collaboration with the School of Medicine, Program in Public Health and the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  • Opportunities to obtain clinical training in one of the top medical centers in the nation.
  • FNP certification eligibility.


  • An RN with a BS or MS in Nursing seeking a terminal-level, practice-focused degree, and certification as a family nurse practitioner.
  • Passionate about advocating and providing leadership for change in healthcare policy.
  • Passionate about improving the care of individuals, families, and populations.

Application Criteria

  • Hold a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from a recognized academic institution with a degree standard equivalent to those of the University of California
  • Have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Have an active and unrestricted California RN license
  • Have worked full time for one year (or a minimum of 1800 hours) as a registered nurse in the US by the start of the program
  • Have completed a course in descriptive and inferential statistics with a grade of B or higher within 5 years of admission to the program.
Application Checklist »

For updated application information and instructions for Fall 2019 entry, please check our website beginning September 4. 

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

  1. Complete the Online Application for Graduate Admission addressing all items outlined in the Personal History/Statement of Purpose guidelines (PDF)
  1. Submit three letters of recommendation
    • 1st from most recent employer (clinical)
    • 2nd from a college professor or instructor who can assess your readiness for doctoral studies (academic) 
    • 3rd from either

    Note: Review instructions on submitting letters of recommendation
    › Recommendations should be current (written within 3 years of application)
    › Additional letters of recommendation will not be considered
    › Family members or friends are not eligible to write letters of recommendation

  2. Submit unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

  3. Submit Resume/Curriculum vitae
    • Detail 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

Note: An interview will be required for final selection of candidates.  
Tuition & Funding Opportunities »


2018-2019 Academic Year

Billed Student Fees Other Estimated Expenses
Tuition (per academic year): $36,000* Books/Supplies: $1563
Estimated per-quarter cost: $9,000 Laptop Computer: $1500
Uniform & Clinical Supplies: $100

*  Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change, both before and during enrollment.
† UC Irvine bills for fees each quarter. Eligibility for any tuition reduction is therefore evaluated quarterly.
‡ Amounts for estimated expenses may vary.


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). 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 listing for scholarships available to both Nursing Science graduate and undergraduate students. View external nursing scholarships › 

Frequently Asked Questions »


What are the key differences between DNP and Ph.D./DNS Programs?
Download DNP & Ph.D. key difference PDF

What can you do with a DNP?
A DNP can help you advance your career in the direction of leadership in clinical practice.

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 GRE required?
No, the GRE is NOT required for the DNP program.

Is the student health insurance included in the fees?

Is this program eligible for the UC Employee Tuition and Fees Reduction Program?
Since the DNP program is a Self-Supporting Graduate Degree Program, students are not eligible for the tuition reduction program.  However, financial aid is available based on need. UCIMC employees and UCI SON alumni are also eligible for a 10% reduction in fees if admitted to the inaugural cohort.

Is this program eligible for fee waivers?
The DNP 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).


What if I can’t find a college professor or instructor to write a letter of recommendation for me?
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, if your institution supports this function, you may submit official transcripts electronically directly from the institution to

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

If I would like to visit the campus, are there any recommended hotels nearby with UCI rates?
Yes! Please plan your visit at the UCI Visitor Center website!


Do we need to find our own clinical preceptors?
BS/MS to DNP with NP 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 for consideration.  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.

Information Sessions »


Info Session - April 10, 2018