Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at San Jose State University

 ContentsDNP graduate, Doctor Mae Lavente Dizon

About the DNP program

We are utilizing the best of the past to create the future of nursing, nursing education, and improved patient outcomes throughout California. We are pursuing this mission by offering this post-Master’s degree, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at San Jose State University is seeking accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (


The SJSU DNP degree program is designed to mesh with a professional, working schedule.

  • Majority online program
  • Has a single on-campus meeting at the beginning of each semester (otherwise, entirely online)
  • Admits as a cohort in the Fall semester
  • Occurs over five (5) semesters/twenty-three (23) months
  • Consists of three (3) courses per semester
  • Clinical hours accrued during Master’s work are applicable to required 1,000 post-Baccalaureate practicum hours
  • Computer Programs/Applications used:


Graduate Project

Rather than a thesis, a dissertation, or a comprehensive exam as the culminating experience of the program, students earning their DNP degree will produce a Doctoral Project which will be presented to faculty during the final semester of the program, and an article on the project will be submitted for publication. Work related to a student’s Doctoral Project begins during the first semester, and is worked on throughout the entire program (via practicum hours). Applicants should consider developing a practice-related quality improvement, or evidence-based area of study, for their DNP Project and should be prepared to discuss this idea during the admissions process and in interviews.

For Doctoral Project inspiration, visit and read some of the projects of previous DNP graduates.

Applicants who require assistance in formulating appropriate topics are encouraged to contact the Program Coordinators.

Learn About SJSU’s DNP Program – Live!

Live-hosted online Info Sessions are held during the winter/spring, via Zoom meetings. For schedule, additional information, or general questions, contact

Interested in Applying?

After reading through the Admissions section, please submit your initial application through Cal State Apply ( You will be asked to upload transcripts, among other documents, so apply early!

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Our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is a 5-semester post-master's degree program designed to mesh with a full-time professional work schedule.


Eligibility and Prerequisite Information

Prospective students applying for admission to the DNP program must have the following: 

  • Active, unrestricted California RN licensure and (if applicable) an advanced practice national certification
  • Master's Degree in Nursing Science (MSN). Or, a Master’s Degree in a health-related field (e.g. Public Health, Health Administration) with additional post-baccalaureate courses in nursing theories, research methods, trans-cultural nursing, and informatics.
    • Master’s degree must be completed/received no later than July 1st prior to admission
  • GPA of 3.0 or above, in pre-doctoral courses
  • Meet admission requirements of San Jose State University Graduate Admissions
  • Demonstrate sufficient preparation and practice experience as an APN, nurse manager, nurse administrator, executive, educator, or professional nurse. 
  • A personal written statement of purpose. Must be doubled-spaced and address the following: what you expect to accomplish in the DNP program and how the DNP program will advance your nursing career and practice. You may include your potential area of focus in the program which should be your primary area of focus for your DNP project.
  • U.S citizenship or U.S permanent residency


Application Deadline and Procedures

The DNP program admits students in the Fall semester only. Students will be admitted as a cohort.

Three Steps to Admission

Step One: Cal State Apply application

Application Window: October 1st - May 31st

Apply to SJSU through Cal State Apply. Complete this application as early as possible to allow time for all required university documentation to be processed. Documents include official transcripts, residency status information, and more.

 Navigate to:

Choose Fall of the appropriate year in the drop-down menu (the DNP program admits students in the Fall only), and indicate that your degree goal is a Graduate or Professional Degree, and select the MA in Interdisciplinary Studies (because the DNP program is being newly offered in 2019, it is not yet fully integrated into the application system for the Fall 2019 admission cycle). Once you are in your application, give special attention to the section for "Supporting Information"; in that section, use the Statement of Purpose and enter "Please redirect my application to the DNP program." This will inform the SJSU graduate admissions office to redirect your application to the DNP.

For applicant support during the application process, please contact CalStateApply directly at 857-304-2087.

See required steps to complete your university application at:


Step Two: Apply for Departmental Assessment - NursingCAS

Deadline: October 1st - May 15th

Once the Cal State Apply process has begun, move to NursingCAS. We encourage prospective students to apply to both avenues simultaneously, as acceptance through both will be necessary. Application through NursingCAS must be completed by 11PM on May 15th. We recommend beginning the process early in the application period in order to facilitate time for Step Two (interviews and evaluations). Late applications will not be considered.

Navigate to:

You will need to create an account to begin the process. Once registered with NursingCAS, search for the SJSU DNP program; select a Fall semester start date > search for San Jose State University > select Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Frequently asked questions about the NursingCAS application (including the “Re-applicant feature) are available on the NursingCas website here.


Step Three: Interview with Program Coordinators

Window: January – May

Cal State Apply and NursingCAS applications will be reviewed, and applicants who meet the minimum criteria for admission will be contacted for an interview with the Program Coordinators. Once the interview has taken place and a decision has been made, those accepted will be sent an acceptance letter with next-step instructions.

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The DNP program tuition is $7,635.00 per semester, plus SJSU student fees, SJSU registration fees, books, and travel (for the once-a-semester meeting) expenses.

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Applicant Resources

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Student Resources

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Contact Information

Mailing Address:

The Valley Foundation School of Nursing, DNP Program
1 Washington Square, HB420
San Jose, CA 95192-0057

General Inquiries:
Fax Number: 408-924-3135

Program Co-Coordinators:

Michelle DeCoux Hampton, RN, PhD, MS
Associate Professor

Selected Works:


Ruth Rosenblum, DNP, RN, PNP-BC, CNS
Associate Professor

Selected Works:

Program Staff:

Maya Carlyle
Recruitment & Event Associate

Brian Gothberg
Student Support Analyst

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Current Events in the SJSU DNP



Fall 2019 Class: Semester Launch Intensives

Every semester, the DNP program begins with an Intensive class – this allows students to start the semester strong, meet their professors and each other, and experience a little bit of campus life.

Fall 2019 Intensive will be Friday August 16 and Saturday August 17. Addition information will be sent directly to students.

Questions? Please contact


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AUG 4-10: National Health Center Week
AUG 15: Healthcare for the Homeless Day
AUG 30: Opioid Misuse Prevention Day


The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at San Jose State University (as a partner in the California State University Northern California Consortium DNP, a consortium of CSU Fresno and San Jose State University) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (


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