Maria Luisa Ramira, DNP, FNP-BC, CEN
"The tremendous support I received from the faculty and staff served me well in accomplishing my goal to earn the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. I am ready to face the challenges and opportunities in the healthcare arena. It was an extraordinary DNP journey at University of San Diego! I truly believe USD projects excellence in education and develops one’s potential and competitiveness."
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)* program is designed to prepare leaders for the nursing profession who have expertise in advanced nursing specialty practice with an individual focus. The DNP Program is consistent with the overall mission of the School of Nursing which is to prepare nursing leaders who can facilitate quality health care for our nation.
Advanced practice registered nurses who are Master’s prepared can enroll in the DNP completion program where they will gain additional knowledge and clinical expertise in a defined area of advanced nursing practice. Core knowledge in the scientific, philosophical, ethical, health policy, and business aspects of clinical practice will provide a foundation for the DNP residency and final project. The program is 34 units in length.
The Post-BSN DNP program is also offered for RNs who desire preparation in primary care as a Family, Dual Pediatric/Family, or Dual Adult-Gerontology/ Family Nurse Practitioner, in Family/Lifespan Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and preparation in Adult-Gerontology as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Graduates of a Master's Entry Program in Nursing are also eligible to apply. The program requires 3 years of full-time study; part-time study is also available. The curriculum ranges from 78 - 81 semester credits depending upon the focus of study and prior preparation. Graduates of the program will be eligible for national board certification.
* WASC Approved