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SJSU and Fresno State Launch Joint Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Nursing faculty members observe students working in the nursing sim lab.

Nursing faculty members observe students in SJSU's nursing clinical simulation lab.

(Editor’s Note: This program is pending final campus approval by the provost and president, and our accrediting agency, WASC, as well as the CSU Trustees.)

For the first time in the system’s history, prospective California State University graduate students may apply to Doctor of Nursing Practice programs planned to begin in fall 2012.

Of the initial three planned DNP programs, two will be offered jointly by multiple CSU campuses including Fresno and San José in the north and Fullerton, Long Beach and Los Angeles in the south. San Diego is planning a stand-alone program. The DNP will build on the CSU faculty expertise and campus resources based in existing Schools of Nursing.

“California’s health depends on the expert knowledge and care provided by nurses educated at our university campuses,” said Ephraim Smith, CSU executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. “The CSU will now be able to add DNP graduates, who are experienced practitioners and have dedicated their lives to patient care, to the ranks of nursing faculty.”

How to Apply

The CSU began accepting fall 2012 DNP application on Oct. 1, 2011.  The deadlines to submit an application for admission may vary by CSU campus.

To apply, prospective DNP students submit a graduate application on CSU Mentor.  Then, students will need to visit the appropriate program website for details on program-specific admission requirements, including letters of recommendation, transcripts and exam scores.

Read a related CSU news release.