Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration


The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a Family Nurse Practitioner concentration is the first and only program of its kind currently offered by a University of California campus. Our program is designed for BS and MS prepared nurses to achieve a doctoral degree with a FNP concentration in a compact and comprehensive three-year program. As rigorous as it is rewarding, the DNP – FNP program prepares graduates for autonomous family practice and interprofessional leadership at the highest level.

  • Complete the doctoral program in 3 years
  • Compact, all-in-one terminal-degree
  • Highly accessible online and hybrid courses with synchronous and asynchronous sessions
  • Inter-professional learning environment that leverages collaboration with the School of Medicine, Program in Public Health and the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Planned, highly focused on-campus cohort sessions hosted once per quarter
  • Clinical practice opportunities alongside expert NP faculty
  • FNP certification eligibility
  • You are passionate about providing comprehensive health care to diverse populations
  • You are passionate about educating and guiding individuals and families through complex health and situational transitions
  • You want to lead improvements in health care and health care policy for individuals, families, and populations
  • You desire to develop expert competency for complex practice, faculty, and leadership roles

Upon completion of the DNP Program curriculum, and as consistent with AACN expectations and standards, the DNP graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking and accountability in designing, delivering, and evaluating evidence‐based care to improve patient outcomes.
  • Integrate nursing science, science‐based theory, and systems knowledge into the development and evaluation of new practice approaches to care.
  • Employ advanced communication skills and processes to lead quality improvement and safety initiatives.
  • Apply analytic methods to the critical appraisal of literature and other evidence to develop and support best practice.
  • Disseminate data from evidence‐based practice and research to support improvements in health outcomes.
  • Convene and lead interprofessional, collaborative stakeholder teams to create change and advance positive health outcomes.
  • Generate, evaluate, and articulate innovative solutions to complex care issues.
  • Analyze the impact of local, national, and global health policy on determinants of care decisions.
  • Support cost and resource efficiency, quality and accessibility of health care for diverse client groups.
  • Advocate for nursing and socially‐ and ethically‐relevant policy in health care design and delivery.
  • Support and effectively lead quality improvement initiatives that enhance safe, high quality, and evidence‐driven care.
  • Effectively synthesize data from research, practice evidence, and other credible sources to drive care recommendations and policy.

Additional FNP outcomes

  • Conduct comprehensive health and psychosocial assessments in a culturally sensitive manner for a specific population, including a detailed health history and complete physical examination.
  • Order and Interpret diagnostic tests and procedures.
  • Differentiate, diagnose, and manage acute and chronic health problems.
  • Prescribe and manage pharmacotherapeutic agents and other therapies.
  • Provide health teaching and supportive counseling with an emphasis on prevention of illness, health maintenance, and chronic disease management.
  • Manage and negotiate a variety of healthcare systems with an emphasis on vulnerable and underserved populations.


The DNP – FNP program, for both BS and MS applicants, is a three-year hybrid commitment. This means students will participate online in asynchronous and synchronous sessions with the instructors and cohort. To respect the career status of each one of our students, the program only requires one highly focused on-campus session each quarter along with mandatory attendance to the Prologue, Intersession, and Epilogue for the didactic portion of the program.

The DNP – FNP curriculum provides education in organizational and systems leadership, research and analytical methods, health care policy, interprofessional practice, clinical prevention, and population health to prepare our graduates for a multi-faceted and rounded approach to health care improvement. Practice expertise in patient care is incorporated throughout the program. Students will complete a total of 1,020 hours of clinical and professional practice.

Students will develop their abilities throughout the program and apply their knowledge in the DNP Scholarly Project – a capstone project of original work that establishes the student as a UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing clinical scholar.

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Application Details

CCNE Solicitation of Comments

The Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Nursing Practice with Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration (DNP-FNP) program will be undergoing accreditation review from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) from March 29 – March 31, 2021.

In accordance with CCNE’s procedures, the Commission provides the opportunity for program constituents and other interested parties to submit, in writing, third-party comments concerning a program’s qualifications for accreditation.

At least 2 months before the scheduled on-site evaluation, the program must notify its major constituents, including, at a minimum, educators/nursing faculty teaching and students/residents enrolled in the program(s) under review, that an accreditation review is scheduled. For nurse residency programs, the healthcare organization’s nursing leadership must also be notified.

If you would like to submit a third-party comment for a program currently under review, please submit to

Or, if you prefer, mail comments to:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

If you have any questions about this process, please contact CCNE staff at 202-887-6791 x268.

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