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California State University, Fresno

Doctor of Nursing Practice

We are a collaborative post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program between California State University, Fresno and San José State University.

The DNP is a practice-focused doctoral degree, such as the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), Doctor of Medicine (MD), or Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), in contrast to the research-focused Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The purpose of the DNP is to develop advanced competencies for increasingly complex practice, teaching, and leadership roles in nursing, and provide an advanced educational credential for those in practice. The changing demands of this nation's complex healthcare environment require the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise to assure quality patient outcomes.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) recommends that the DNP should be the terminal degree for nursing practice. In addition to meeting requirements of the Essentials of Doctoral Nursing Practice outlined by AACN, students complete coursework in teaching strategies, curriculum development, and may elect to complete a nursing education practicum to prepare for faculty roles.

Our vision is to be an exceptional advanced nursing degree program that will prepare nurses at a doctoral level to lead healthcare change, serve as nursing faculty, and advance health throughout California's communities.


The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and approved by the California State University, Office of the Chancellor. Applying for accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. 

Welcome to Fall 2019 
DNP Cohort 7 FA18

(Center, 6th from the left) Dr. Helda Pinzon-Perez, DNP
Program Director, with students of Cohort 7, Class 2020.


Applications for Fall 2019 is available November 1, 2018 to June 1, 2019, for the independent Fresno State Doctor of Nursing Practice program, pending approval from the California State University, Office of the Chancellor.



Prospective Students - Reference Links

DNP Information Sessions