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 Fall 2021; Subject to Change)

Read descriptions about the courses in the UCSF Course Catalog

Quarter Courses Number of Units
Quarter 1
  • DNP Prologue (2u, synchronous)
  • Concepts & Contemporary Issues for the DNP (3u, online)
  • Critical Appraisal of Evidence-Based Practice (3u, online
  • DNP Practicum (1u, variable activities)
Quarter 2
  • Advanced Health Policy & Advocacy (3u, online)
  • Improving Health Outcomes Through Quality Improvement & Patient Safety (3u, online)
  • DNP Practicum (1-5u, variable activities)
Quarter 3
  • Organizational Systems & Healthcare Economics (3u, online)
  • Informatics for the Nurse Leader (2u, online)
  • Methods & Measurement for Translational Practice Inquiry (3u, online)
  • DNP Practicum (1-5u, variable activities)
Quarter 4
  • Advanced Concepts in Clinical Prevention & Population Health (3u, online)
  • DNP Project I: Project Conceptualization & Planning (2u, online)
  • DNP Practicum (1-5u, variable activities)
Quarter 5
  • DNP Intersession (1u, synchronous)
  • DNP Project II: Project Planning & Implementation (2u, online)
  • DNP Practicum (3-5u, variable activities)
Quarter 6
  • DNP Project III: Project Implementation & Evaluation (2u, online)
  • DNP Practicum (4-5u, variable activities)
Quarter 7
  • DNP Epilogue (1u, in person)
  • DNP Project IV: Project Completion and Dissemination (2u, online)
  • DNP Practicum (3-5u, variable activities

Information on Course Mapping and DNP Essentials

Note: Full time study is 6 units per quarter; DNP Prologue, DNP Intersession and DNP Epilogue are synchronous (i.e. in-person or per Zoom) at discretion of program. 1,000 approved post-baccalaureate practice hours, inclusive of DNP Practicum, 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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