Doctor of Nursing Practice

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The DNP program at The Valley Foundation School of Nursing at SJSU has nurtured me professionally, pushed me academically and allowed me to develop a project that will inform nursing practice and create change. I'm grateful to be on this journey as a brand new Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, an opportune moment for me to translate research into practice and improve patient outcomes.

— Silvie Arabia, MPH, PHN, RN (DNP Class of 2025) 

About the DNP Program

Mae Lavente Dizon, DNP alumni, pictured at her place of work.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.

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Program Coordinator and Advisors

Image of Robin WhitneyRobin L. Whitney, PhD, RN
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Assistant Professor and DNP Coordinator
Office: Health Building 404
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Portrait of Dr Denise Dawkins Denise Dawkins, DNP, RN, CNL, CHSE
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 Assistant Professor and DNP Program Advisor
 Office: Health Building 404
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Image of Lisa Walker-VischerLisa Walker-Vischer, RN, DNP, CNS, CCRN
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Lecturer and DNP Program Advisor
Office: no perminant on-campus office
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Program Staff

Portrait of Maya Carlyle, a pale-skinned, femminine person with dark brunette, curly hair. Her expression is soft, kind, and smiling. She is wearing a black fleece jacket, and is in front of an off-white background.Maya Carlyle
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Recruitment & Events Associate
Office: Health Building 420

Image of Brian GothbergBrian Gothberg
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Student Support Analyst
Office: Health Building 420

Announcements and Current Events

The DNP program was life-changing and I know just how cliché that sounds. I entered the program as a seasoned Clinical Nurse Specialist but really left with a clear vision as a leader in nursing... The DNP has afforded me a broader view of healthcare and allowed me to influence nursing in a variety of ways in my current role. I’m forever grateful for my DNP.

— Lisa Walker-Vischer RN, DNP, CNS, CCRN (2014 NCCDNP Graduate)