Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Offered In

San Francisco's Main Campus

The School of Nursing and Health Professions offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a variety of plans of study — for registered nurses with a BSN and those with a master's degree in any field — providing one-of-a-kind opportunities for interprofessional collaboration.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares registered nurses (RNs) 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.

Why the University of San Francisco for a DNP Degree?

Read the peer-reviewed paper published in the Journal: Advances in Nursing Doctoral Education & Research to find out all the reasons why USF is the right choice for you to complete your DNP degree. Some key take-aways include the following:

• The University of San Francisco implemented the first doctor of nursing practice program in California and has been a leader in the evolution of the program on a national level
• By adopting the PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) model of continuous quality improvement, the program’s success is due to the ongoing pursuit of improvement and participation of the faculty
• The work completed by USF since the advent of the DNP program in 2006 has been significant because the faculty involved were committed to the success of the program

State Authorization

USF is not currently accepting applications from online students who reside in Alabama*, Arkansas*, Delaware, Iowa*, Kentucky, Maryland*, Minnesota, New Mexico (DNP, MPH, MSIM, MSN), North Carolina*, Ohio (MPH, MSIM), Oregon and Wisconsin*. Additionally, USF is not currently accepting applications for online students for the MSN and DNP online programs who reside in Louisiana, Maine, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and Tennessee. Note, residents of states where USF is not authorized for online education may attend USF courses and programs at any of our California based campuses. *States with asterisks (*) are states where USF does not intend on seeking authorization. Please check back for changes in status for all other states, or learn more about state authorization here.

Contact Info

School of Nursing & Health Professions

Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-3627