SJSU Launches Solo DNP Program This Fall

SJSU is accepting applicants for its solo doctor of nursing practice program to start this fall. Here, 2014 DNP graduate Mercy Egbujor works with patients in the field.

SJSU is accepting applicants for its solo doctor of nursing practice program to start this fall. Here, 2014 DNP graduate Mercy Egbujor works with patients in the field.

San Jose State’s Valley Foundation School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program has evolved into a program offered solely by SJSU, and is now recruiting applicants for fall 2019. The new program will allow a more local, Silicon Valley approach to curriculum and deliverables.

“Now that the program is localized to SJSU, there is greater potential for partnership with the state of the art medical centers and healthcare systems in Silicon Valley to work collaboratively toward promoting a culture of excellence in evidence-based practice and improved healthcare quality and safety for residents of Santa Clara County and Northern California,” said Michelle DeCroux Hampton, RN, PhD, MS and DNP program co-coordinator with Ruth Rosenblum.

Formerly part of the California State University Northern California Consortium of Nursing Practice program offered jointly with CSU Fresno, the inaugural cohort presented their oral defenses in 2014, with a total of five cohorts completing the program to date, with graduates going onto to do influential work across the region and state. Mercy Egjubor, a graduate of the inaugural class, created a backpack medical unit. Many of the graduates have gone on to teach in nursing programs across the state. Sharon Castellanos, another 2014 graduate created a nonprofit to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation in Hispanic neighborhoods. Yet another graduate, Christopher Patty led a medication safety program for the clinics in which he worked.

The SJSU DNP program is a focused program, taking place over five semesters (or 23 months). Almost exclusively proctored online, through the online learning platform Canvas, the course curriculum is designed to mesh with the busy lives of professionally active, working nurses. Once a semester, before formal classes begin, there is an on-campus meeting of all students in the program, encouraging networking and providing vital information for the semester to come. Over the five-semester program, practicum experience will be recorded in order to meet the regulatory requirement of 1,000 post-Baccalaureate clinical hours.

The application deadline for fall 2019 is May 15, and Interested candidates should apply concurrently through and in order to be considered.

The Coordinators of the program will be available for questions through a series of Online Info Sessions, held via Zoom Meetings. The current schedule is listed below:

Zoom Information Sessions will be held at the following dates/times:

April 16th, 2019 – 7:00 PM

April 22nd, 2019 – 7:00 PM

April 29th, 2019 – 7:00 PM

A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is designed to prepare experts in nursing practice – cultivating advanced practitioners, future educators, clinical leaders, and change agents. This program is in keeping with the practice-focused healthcare education model where advanced practitioners with demonstrated expertise culminate their work into a doctoral-level degree (such as an MD, or Doctor of Medicine). Graduating DNP nurses will be practitioners who, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), will develop “a blend of clinical, organizational, economic, and leadership skills [ ] to be able to critique nursing… and design programs of care delivery that are locally acceptable, economically feasible, and which significantly impact health care outcomes.”

For more information or questions, contact the DNP team via email at