Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

NorCal 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 (NorCal) Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Our program is approved by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and we hosted an accreditation review visit from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in Spring 2014. We anticipate the accreditation results by the Fall 2014.


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 of our community.


Information Sessions

Join us to learn more about the program and meet with DNP Leadership, faculty and students. No RSVP required unless noted.  Would you like to host a session? Email:


Date and Location in
Fresno area

Date and Location in
San Jose area

Coming Soon

Applications for Fall 2014 are closed.

Monthly sessions for each area will be posted shortly for Fall 2015 applications.

Complete an Information Request Form.



Oral Defenses 2014

We were proud to host the oral defenses of our inaugural DNP class of 2014. They were held April 4th at SJSU and April 11th at Fresno State.

DNP Class of 2014