DNP & DNP-FNP Information Sessions Happening Now!

Eligibility & Application Instructions

Applicants to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program will apply for admissions through the UCI Graduate Division website.

A complete UCI application includes and adheres to the following:

*Please use the two essay prompts below and follow the guidelines to write your essays. Please don’t use the personal history statement and statement of purpose prompts that appear in the online application:

  • *A personal history statement (guidelines)
  • *A statement of purpose (guidelines)
  • Three letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf (guidelines & submission directions)
  • A current resumé/CV
  • A signed Statistics Admissions Requirement Acknowledgement form (guidelines)
  • Unofficial transcripts from all universities/institutions (guidelines)
    • If you received your degree outside of the United States, you must upload a professional evaluation/translation in addition to copies of unofficial transcripts.
  • TOEFL or IELTS English test scores (if needed)

Application Notes

  • An interview may be required for final selection of candidates
  • Additional information is available from UCI Graduate Division
  • We strongly encourage applicants to carefully review the DNP Guide to Applying which is a comprehensive guide to the application and admission requirements.

UC Irvine Graduate Application Fee

Please note that if you are planning to apply for an Application Fee Waiver, you must submit your waiver request to UC Irvine’s Graduate Division 5 days prior to your individual graduate program’s deadline or by March 4 (whichever comes first) of the same calendar year. The School of Nursing does not manage the application fee nor does it manage the application fee waiver process. Please refer to the UC Irvine Graduate Division website for more information:

  • A BS or MS degree in nursing from an accredited college or university
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • An active, unrestricted California RN license
  • One year of full-time US-based employment (or a minimum of 1800 hours) as a registered nurse by the start of the program
  • An undergraduate or graduate statistics course that will cover or did cover descriptive and inferential statistics.
    • This statistics course must have been completed within 5 years of starting the program with a grade of B or higher. Courses must be taken for a letter grade – credit/no credit and pass/not pass courses will not be considered.
    • If it has been longer than 5 years, this course can be taken online or in-person at a community college, a university/college, or university extension.
    • If you are on the cusp of the 5 year deadline, we strongly encourage you to retake statistics during the summer before starting the program.
    • Applicants are required to upload a signed copy of the DNP Statistics Acknowledgement form in the UC Irvine Graduate Application.

Information Sessions

We’re excited to virtually meet you! Please join us for one of our virtual information sessions this Fall or Winter. Guests will be required to register for the event to receive Zoom login information.

Please click on the information session you are interested in to be directed to the registration site:

FALL 2023

DNP Fall Information Session #1: Wednesday, October 11th, 2023 3:00-4:00PM

DNP Fall Information Session #2: Friday, October 20th, 2023 11:00AM-12:00PM

DNP Fall Information Session #3: Monday, November 6th, 2023 1:00-2:00 PM

DNP Fall Information Session #4: Wednesday, December 6th, 2023 11:00AM-12:00 PM

DNP Fall Information Session #5: Tuesday, December 12th, 2023 9:00-10:00 AM


DNP Winter Information Session #1: Wednesday, January 10th, 2024 3:00-4:00 PM

Have questions?
Check our DNP – FNP FAQ!

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Our office will close for UC Irvine’s Winter Administrative Recess on Friday, December 23rd. Our office will be unable to respond to emails and inquiries sent between December 23rd, 2022 and January 2nd, 2023. We appreciate your patience during this busy time!

With a DNP degree from UCI, you’ll be able to practice as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) at the highest level of the nursing profession.

After passing the national Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) board certification examination, you’ll be well-qualified to practice as a FNP at a variety of ambulatory practice sites serving patients of all ages, such as:

  • Community health clinics
  • Ambulatory practice sites within large healthcare systems
  • HMOs
  • Student health centers
  • Private office practices

FNPs provide primary healthcare, preventative care, urgent and episodic care, and chronic disease management. In addition, with a DNP degree you’ll not only become a practitioner, but also have the skills and knowledge to lead quality improvement and practice initiatives, as well as contribute to our profession as a nurse educator.

Many of UCI’s nurse practitioner professors in our DNP program are also part of our UCI Nursing Faculty Practice Team providing healthcare for patients in ambulatory care settings. The DNP degree allows you the flexibility to pursue your professional nursing career goals, whatever path you choose.

We have a dedicated clinical placement team, including a clinical operations analyst and a faculty clinical coordinator to assist DNP-FNP students with all facets of the clinical placement process throughout the program.

Experienced nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physicians provide expert clinical education for our students in the local community, across a variety of practice venues, in primary care and specialty care.

For students who live out of commuting distance to the university, our clinical placement team works with the students to identify potential clinical sites and preceptors for their clinical rotations; we communicate with all potential preceptors to determine if they are suitable to serve as preceptors and manage the required university affiliations

Tuition & Fees

For current Tuition and Fees, please visit the Registrar’s Office website:

* Due to the structure of the program, we are unable to accept the UC Employee tuition discount through Human Resources.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

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