Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science

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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the application deadline? How often are students admitted?

The application deadline for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program is March 1. Applications are screened once a year for Fall admission.

What is the GPA requirement?

The minimum GPA requirement is 3.50.

Is a Master’s Degree in Nursing required for admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program?

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at the University of San Diego requires applicants be an Advance Practice Nurse (Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Midwife or Nurse Practitioner) with a Master’s Degree in Nursing.

How do I determine if my degree from another country is equivalent to a US degree?

Applicants who have earned a degree outside the United States are required to have their transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (www.wes.org). A course-by-course evaluation is required.

Is there a work experience requirement?

One year of recent experience as an Advance Practice Nurse is preferred.

What is the application time line?

Application Deadline: March 1
Application Decisions: May 1

Applicant interviews take place in late March or early April.

Do I need to submit my Health Requirement Information by the application deadline?

The Health Requirement Information is not required at the time of application. However, all information will be due by a specified date if accepted to the program. Failure to comply will void the admission offer.
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How many units is the program?

The program is 34 units in length.

Can I attend the program on a part-time basis?

Full-time or part-time enrollment is available. Students who attend full time complete the degree in two years. Students who attend part time usually complete the degree in three years.

When are classes offered?

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is a campus-based program. Students come to campus one day a week on Thursdays.

What is the scholarly practice requirement?

The DNP scholarly practice requires clinical hours in the APRN specialty and a DNP translational science project. For the project, students will identify a clinical problem or professional practice issue identifed from careful analysis of a practice population and/or system; develop and implement an innovative, culturally competent, sustainable, evidence-based solution using principles of translational science; and implement and evaluate the outcome(s). Foundational coursework in the DNP program will prepare students to successfully complete the translational science project.