The University of San Francisco: School of Nursing and Health Professions
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Doctor of Nursing Practice Completion

The ability to convert the latest nursing theory and research to practice is a skill that’s always in demand around the health care industry. Are you ready to transform the field?

View a DNP program informational webinarThe Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Completion Program prepares registered nurses (RNs) who already hold a Master's degree to take on greater leadership roles. The curriculum combines nursing, business, informatics and health care administration coursework with advanced practice in clinical settings. Graduates join the workforce with the skills to improve models of health care delivery, evaluate clinical outcomes, identify and manage the health care needs of diverse populations, and use technology and information to transform the field.

The curriculum is rigorous and gives students the opportunity to gain exposure to diverse perspectives, to be immersed in theory and research, and to obtain a critical understanding of professional practice issues. The DNP Completion Program is offered in a flexible weekend schedule.

The program ranges in total of 44-67 credits over the course of approximately 4 years of study. It’s part-time and flexible with classes held during 1 evening a week during the first 2 years then teaching weekends plus practicum hours. During the first 2 years of the program, students complete coursework in the Master of Science in Nursing/Clinical Nurse Leader curriculum. The remainder is dedicated to the doctoral degree. It is offered at the USF main campus or online. Learn more about the program delivery and coursework »

DNP Path 1
DNP Path 2
DNP Path 3


The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Each track of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, (Executive Leadership, Family Nurse Practitioner, Health Care Systems Leadership, and Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) is included in the accreditation of the DNP program in the School of Nursing and Health Professions.

Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Students who wish to specialize as Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) may add an FNP Certificate to their DNP degree program. FNPs provide patient care in a variety of settings, including homes, hospitals, offices, industry, schools, community agencies, public and private clinics and private practices. They act independently and in partnership with other health care professionals while focusing on health promotion and disease prevention. With the FNP certificate, you will be equipped with the skills to conduct comprehensive health assessments, diagnose and manage acute illnesses (with appropriate referral) and manage chronic conditions.

More Information

Please contact Tamara White, Graduate Enrollment Manager, in the School of Nursing and Health Professions at (415) 422-3627 or