Doctor of Nursing Practice

DNP (Post-Master’s)

The Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing is answering the demand for a doctoral level degree for advanced nursing practice with our new Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Our program is designed for MS prepared nurses, Nurse Practitioners (NPs), and other Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) who are seeking the highest level of proficiency in the nursing discipline.

  • Complete the doctoral program in 2 years
  • Highly accessible online and hybrid courses with synchronous and asynchronous sessions 
  • Leadership systems and educational leadership focus
  • Planned, highly focused on-campus cohort sessions hosted once per quarter 
  • Pursue a degree without leaving current employment 
  • You are seeking a doctoral degree for advancement opportunities
  • You are a Nurse Practitioner (NP), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), or Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) looking to stay ahead of your education requirements and remain in practice
  • You wish to design, direct, and evaluate quality metrics to improve health care outcomes
  • You are passionate about guiding, mentoring, and supporting other nurses to achieve excellence in nursing practice


The Doctor of Nursing Practice program, for post-master’s applicants, is a two-year online and hybrid commitment. This means students will participate online in asynchronous and synchronous sessions with the professors and cohort. Recognizing that our students are working professionals, our programs only requires our students to attend one highly focused on-campus session each quarter, along with mandatory attendance of the Prologue, Intersession, and Epilogue portions of the program.

The DNP program curriculum provides education in organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement, research and analytical methods for evidence-based practice, education, policy, and population health. Students will develop their abilities throughout the program and through 510 hours of clinical practicum. They will 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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DNP (Post-Master’s)