Doctor of Nursing Practice – Completion Program

Offered In

USF Main Campus

The ability to transform practice through evidence and tackle issues in health care with contemporary thinking are competencies for the 21st century nurse leader. Building upon your master's preparation, the DNP Completion program provides you with the preparation and experiences to be that leader.

The 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 with the integration of hybrid course modules.

The program ranges in total of 41-52 credits over the course of approximately two years of study. It's part-time and flexible with class sessions held on teaching weekends plus practicum hours. Learn more about the program delivery and coursework.

Nurse Practitioner Certificate

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


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 plan of study for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, (Executive Leadership, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) is included in the accreditation of the DNP program in the School of Nursing and Health Professions.

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) 422-6681