The University of San Francisco: School of Nursing and Health Professions

Doctor of Nursing Practice Completion Program

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?


Hospital administrator with an iPadThe Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Completion Program prepares registered nurses (RNs) who already hold a Masters 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 and manage the health care needs of diverse populations. The DNP Completion Program is offered in a flexible weekend schedule.

DNP Path 1
DNP Path 2
DNP Path 3


Accreditation

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 (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

Each track of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, (Executive Leadership, Family Nurse Practitioner, Health Care Systems Leadership, and 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.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Students who wish to specialize as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNPs) may add a PMHNP Certificate to their DNP degree program. PMHNPs diagnose, conduct therapy, and prescribe medications for patients who have psychiatric disorders, medical organic brain disorders or substance abuse problems. They are licensed to provide emergency psychiatric services, psychosocial and physical assessment of their patients; treatment plans, and manage patient care. They may also serve as consultants or as educators for families and staff.

More Information

Please contact our prospective student adviser, Tamara White, in the School of Nursing and Health Professions at (415) 422-3627 or twhite3@usfca.edu.