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

Aren't able to make one of the scheduled live info sessions? Watch a pre-recorded info session on the youtube channel of one of faculty members.

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 Doctor of Nursing Practice program/major option.

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

See required steps to complete your university application at:

For a preview of what will be required during the Cal State Apply process, and to let the DNP Program Team know of your interest, fill out this brief survey.


Step Two: Interview with Program Coordinators

Deadline: November 1st - May 31st

Once completed, Cal State Apply 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.


Step Three: Receive Acceptance Notifications

Window: November – June

Acceptance notifications will be sent after completion of the Cal State Apply application and after a successful interview with the Program Coordinators. Once the Acceptance notification is received, applicants will be prompted to confirm their Intent to Attend, will be asked to produce a Doctoral Project Brief (template will be provided), and will need to comply with University Registrar’s instructions.

Application to scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs should be made as soon as possible after acceptance has been received.

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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
One 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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Are you a graduate of the DNP program? Either though the NCC/Fresno partnership or of the SJSU solo program? Do you have advice for future students, an anecdote about your time or how your degree is helping your career? Just want to leave a note with a comment (or a thank you) for a faculty or staff member?

Please do! This survey was made specifically for alumni to have a place to be heard. In the survey you'll have a chance to give permission for your comments to be used online, in presentations, or even just as helpful advice to current DNP students. If you just want to leave a note, and not have it shared, you can indicate that, too.

We're excited to hear from you!


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Fall 2020 Admission: Application Window Opens

The application window for Fall 2020 Admission into the DNP program is OPEN! As of October 1st, 2019 you can visit to apply.


Spring Intensives: Semester 2

Every semester, the DNP program holds a Intensive meeting - to allow students to network with one another, with their teachers, and with the DNP support team. This meeting also allows students to get a jump start on their semester. 
Spring Intensive will be Saturday January 18th, 2020. Save the date!

Questions? Please contact


Health Related Holidays and Observances


AIDS Awareness Month, Emotional Wellness Month, Health Literacy Month, National ADHD Awareness Month, Rett Syndrome Awareness Month, World Menopause Month

OCT 01: SJSU Application window opens for Fall 2020 Admission
OCT 02: National Walk or Bike to School Day
OCT 10: World Mental Health Day
OCT 13: World Hospice and Palliative Care Day
OCT 18: National Mammography Day
OCT 19: World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day
OCT 21: National Check Your Meds Day



Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Awareness Month, National Alzheimer's Disease Month, National Diabetes Month, National Epilepsy Awareness Month, National Family Caregivers Month, National Healthy Skin Month, National Home Care and Hospice Month

NOV 01: National Brush Day
NOV 11-17: Wold Antibiotic Awareness Week
NOV 14: World Diabetes Day
NOV 17: ​World Prematurity Day 
NOV 21: Great American Smokeout 
NOV 21: National Rural Health Day 
NOV 28: National Family Health History Day



National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

DEC 01: World AIDS Day
DEC 01-07: National Handwashing Awareness Week
DEC 03: International Day of People with Disability
DEC 05: International Volunteer 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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