Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Tracks

September 11: DNP Open House

Join us for an Open House on the San Francisco main campus. Learn how to advance your career in nursing with one of our several DNP program tracks.

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San Francisco's Main Campus, Online

The School of Nursing and Health Professions offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a variety of track options providing one-of-a-kind opportunities for interprofessional collaboration.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree 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. 

Opportunities to Obtain a DNP Degree

  • BSN to DNP
  • Master's to DNP
  • Post Doctoral Certificate

BSN to DNP

  • BSN to Master's to DNP   This track is ideal for the candidate interested in ultimately obtaining their DNP. There are several master's options for the student in obtain in route to their DNP. 
  • BSN to DNP – This track is offered without a master's option. This individual will be taking Family Nurse Practitioner courses along with their DNP coursework. 
  • Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner BSN to MSBH to DNP – The Master's of Science in Behavioral Health, Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) curriculum is ideal for the student interested in providing the full spectrum of Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) mental health services including assessment and diagnosis, therapeutic counseling, and medication management. The DNP focus for students in this track is the APRN role in the provision of the mental health services and the reduction of behavioral health disparities. 
  • Family Nurse Practitioner BSN to MSBH to DNP – The Master's of Science in Behavioral Health track is ideal for the student particularly interested in the intersection of social, physical and psychological factors that impact health and well-being. The DNP focus for students in this track is the Advanced Practice RN role in the reduction of behavioral health disparities. 
  • Family Nurse Practitioner BSN to MPH to DNP – This track is ideal for the student interested in a Master's in Public Health (MPH) in conjunction with the DNP degree. The DNP focus for students in this track is Advanced Practice RN practice in population health.
  • Family Nurse Practitioner BSN to MSN (Clinical Nurse Leader) to DNP – The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) track is ideal for the student interested in a CNL Master's in conjunction with the DNP degree. Students in this track often complete their CNL and DNP projects in their current workplace. 

Master's to DNP

Registered Nurse with a master's degree in Any Field
  • DNP Completion Program  The DNP Completion is 2 year program designed for the registered nurse with any master’s degree (e.g. MSN, MPH, MBA). Nurses with a MSN can add a practitioner track to the DNP (Family Nurse Practitioner or Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner).
  • Executive Leadership DNP – Over the course of 2 years, students learn to apply research to clinical nursing practice and ethical decision-making at the highest administrative levels. The Executive Leadership DNP curriculum is practice-based and emphasizes entrepreneurship, financial management, labor relations, risk management, information technology and health care policy.
  • Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner MSN to DNP – Students in this Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) track also have the option of completing a Public Health or Behavioral Health specialty in conjunction with the DNP degree. 
  • Family Nurse Practitioner MSN to DNP – Students in this Family Nurse Practitioner track also have the option of completing a Public Health or Behavioral Health speciality Master's in conjunction with the DNP degree. 

Post Doctoral Certificate

  • Post doctoral certificate specializing in Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner

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