Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program prepares graduates for the highest level of advanced nursing practice based on a distinct model of doctoral nursing education that culminates in the terminal degree. The USD School of Nursing and Health Science offers both the MSN-DNP and the BSN-DNP programs.

A Guide to the DNP Program

BSN to DNP Program

MSN to DNP Program

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Tanya D. Stevenson-Gaines, DNP, PMHNP

"I enrolled in the University of San Diego Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at the end of completing a 26-year active duty Navy Nursing Career. The scientific, technological, and leadership education that I received in classroom, simulation, and clinical settings prepared me to graduate with a solid foundation. I was continuously provided with academic challenge, support, and encouragement. I am grateful for the noteworthy instruction that I received from faculty with expertise in patient care across the life span. That mentorship helped to make my professional destiny a reality!" - Tanya Stevenson-Gaines, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC