Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science

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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

Maria Luisa Ramira
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 post-MSN DNP, or DNP completion, track in which graduates have gained additional knowledge and clinical expertise in a defined area of advanced nursing practice. Core knowledge in the scientific, philosophical, ethical, health policy, informatics, and business aspects of clinical practice provide a foundation for DNP scholarly practice and the evidence-based practice (EBP) translational project. The post-MSN DNP track requires 2 years of full-time study; part-time study is also available. The program plan requires completion of 34 units.

The post-BSN DNP track is also offered for RNs who desire preparation in primary care as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), dual Pediatric/Family Nurse Practitioner (PNP/FNP), dual Adult-Gerontology/Family Nurse Practitioner (AGNP/FNP), and Family/Lifespan Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) as well as preparation in Adult-Gerontology as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). Graduates of a master's entry program in nursing are also eligible to apply. The BSN DNP track requires 3 years of full-time study; part-time study is also available. The curriculum ranges from 74-81 units depending on the focus of study and prior preparation. Graduates are eligible to write national certification examinations appropriate to their educational preparation.

* WASC Approved


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