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 SJSU is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.



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.

Patty McQueen - DNP Class of 2014



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.



 Information Sessions

Join us to learn more about the program and meet with DNP Leadership, faculty, alumni and students. No RSVP required unless noted.  Would you like to host a session? If you have 6 or more interested colleagues, we would be happy to schedule a session at your campus or employer site. For details, please email:


Month Date and Location in Fresno area Date and Location in San Jose area



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Tuesday May 3, 2016 


San Jose State University

Health Building - Room 301E or via WebEx

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Meeting number: 922 061 199
Meeting password: Fall2016


Join by phone
1-855-244-8681 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada)
1-650-479-3207 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)
Access code: 922 061 199


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 will be available on SJSU ScholarWorks soon!


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. Click below to see the project research titles.

DNP Class of 2014 - Hooding Ceremony May 2014