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New Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program Accepting Applications

The UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing is the first and only nursing school in the entire University of California system to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree with a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) concentration.

The UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing is the first and only nursing school in the entire University of California system to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree with a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) concentration. The new interactive, hybrid program, is led by vanguard faculty who are leaders in clinical research, education, and clinical practice.

“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,” said Susan Tiso, clinical professor at the School of Nursing.

The purpose of the school of nursing’s new DNP program is to advance scholarly discipline through the development of theory and empirical research; contribute to the growing body of knowledge in the field; and create the future academic leaders of the profession.

“The UCI DNP program equips graduates with the skills and knowledge they need to be effective contributors to the translation of science and research into healthcare practice. Further, it enables graduates to be eligible for certification as Family Nurse Practitioners,” said Tiso. “Through this program, we can increase opportunities for nurses to meet the demands of an increasingly complex and changing healthcare landscape.”

The UCI DNP program is unique, offering a holistic, ecological approach to understanding individual, family and community well-being. Students are exposed to a collaborative learning environment within the UCI College of Health Sciences, which includes input from the School of Nursing, School of Medicine, Program in Public Health and the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. This collaborative approach inspires innovation, inter-professional communication and creative problem-solving. Students also are exposed to nursing science research which provides an expanded view on health promotion, restoration and rehabilitation. The DNP program is taught by faculty who are not only nurse practitioners, but who have active clinical practices within our health enterprise.

“We have a track record of a 100 percent NP pass rate since the inception of our NP program,” said Tiso. “Through UCI, DNP students obtain clinical training at one of the top medical centers in the nation and are highly sought after for clinical placements upon graduation.”

Find out more about the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing and the new DNP program here.