Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

Our joint doctoral program is a post-master's degree program with California State University, Fresno and San Jose State University referred to as the CSU Northern California Consortium Doctor of Nursing Practice. Our program is approved by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at San Jose State University - The Valley Foundation School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


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Our mission is to prepare promising nursing leaders, advanced practice clinicians, and nursing faculty with high leadership potential to examine critically current healthcare practices and policies from a broad theoretical and practical perspective, and to formulate clinical, administrative, and instructionally effective leadership approaches that can improve the quality of healthcare throughout the state.



Our vision is to be an exceptional advanced nursing degree program that will prepare nurses at a doctoral level to lead health care change, serve as nursing faculty, and advance health throughout California's communities. Our graduates will serve as stewards of the nursing discipline and work collaboratively with other disciplines to improve the health care systems in our community. 


Oral Defenses 2017

The oral defenses for our 4th graduating DNP class of 2017 were held April 5th at Fresno State and April 7th at SJSU. The doctoral projects will soon be available on SJSU ScholarWorks.

DNP 2017 Oral Defense


Oral Defenses 2016

The oral defenses for our 3rd graduating DNP class of 2016 were held April 6th at Fresno State and April 8th at SJSU. The doctoral projects are now available on SJSU ScholarWorks

Oral Defenses  

Oral Defenses 2015

The oral defenses of our 2nd graduating DNP class of 2015 were held April 8th at Fresno State and April 10th at SJSU. The doctoral projects are now available on SJSU ScholarWorks.

DNP Class of 2015


Oral Defenses 2014

We were proud to host the oral defenses of our inaugural DNP Class of 2014. The doctoral projects are now available on SJSU ScholarWorks

Oral Defense 2014