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

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.


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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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.

DNP (Post-Master’s)