Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Participants begin their program of study with a foundation in scientific and theoretical concepts supporting advanced nursing practice. The curriculum builds leadership and practice-based skill as students evaluate and apply evidence-based practice, explore methodology relevant to clinical practice inquiry, and evaluate organizational and systems impact on practice change, health policy, patient advocacy, quality improvement and safety across diverse populations and within inter-professional care teams.

DNP Core Curriculum (Effective Summer 2019; Subject to Change)

Read descriptions about the courses in the UCSF Course Catalog

Quarter 1 8u
- DNP Prologue (2u, in person)
- Concepts & Contemporary Issues for the DNP (3u, online)
- Critical Appraisal of Evidence-Based Practice (3u, online)
Quarter 2 6-8u
- Methods & Measurement for Translational Practice Inquiry (3u, online)
- Improving Health Outcomes Through Quality Improvement & Patient Safety (3u, online)
- DNP Residency (2u) — Optional
Quarter 3 9u
- Advanced Health Policy & Advocacy (3u, online)
- Organizational Systems & Healthcare Economics (3u, online)
- Transforming Healthcare Through Interprofessional Collaboration (3u, online)
Quarter 4 7-10u
- Advanced Concepts in Clinical Prevention & Population Health (3u, online)
- DNP Project I: Project Conceptualization & Planning (2u, online)
- DNP Residency (2-5u)
Quarter 5 6-8u
- DNP Intersession (1u, in person)
- DNP Project II: Project Planning & Implementation (2u, online)
- DNP Residency (3-5u)
Quarter 6 6-7u
- DNP Project III: Project Implementation & Evaluation (2u, online)
- DNP Residency (4-5u)
Quarter 7 6-8u
- DNP Epilogue (1u, in person)
- DNP Project IV: Project Completion & Dissemination (2u, online)
- DNP Residency (3-5u)
Total: 53u    

Information on Course Mapping and DNP Essentials

Note: Full-time study is 6 units per quarter; 17 units of DNP Residency required for program completion. Optional electives are available in selected quarters. For more information, review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and contact [email protected].

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