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 of 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 the Fresno area Date and Location in the San Jose area

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Fresno State

McLane Hall - Room 193 or Dial-In

Conference Call Dial-In number
Participant code #555814  

Thursday, October 22, 2015


San Jose State University

Health Building - Room 301E or Dial-In

To Register for Dial-In
1. Go to Webex Training Center to register
2. Search "DNP" or select the "Upcoming" tab
3. Select "Register" and follow the instructions


You can download the schedule of information sessions - keep checking back because we plan to add more throughout the year.

Oral Defenses 2016

Save the Date - April 6 in Fresno and April 8 in San Jose

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