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), Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), or another masters prepared nurse 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.
  • Effectively synthesize data from research, practice evidence, and other credible sources to drive care recommendations and policy.
  • Advocate for nursing and socially‐ and ethically relevant policy in health care design and delivery.

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The UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Post-Master’s Program is a two-year online and hybrid commitment. This means students will participate online in asynchronous and synchronous sessions with the professors and cohort.

We recognize that our students are working professionals. Our programs requires our students to attend only one highly focused on-campus session each quarter. Attendance of the Prologue, Intersession, and Epilogue portions of the program is mandatory.

The DNP Post-Master’s program curriculum is designed to create leaders, with 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, which includes 510 hours of clinical practicum.

Their knowledge will be applied in the DNP Scholarly Project, a capstone project of original work that establishes the student as a clinical scholar.

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