DNP Admissions for Non-APRNs

The UCSF Post-Master's Entry to the DNP pathway accepts applications for master’s-prepared registered nurses (RNs) in two tracks. This page describes the track for RNs with master’s preparation in non-Advanced Practice Registered Nurse roles, such as an RN with Masters in Healthcare Informatics or Business Administration.

All applicants need to submit evidence of a minimum of 240 practice hours demonstrating advanced practice level experiences; these hours are applied toward the required 1,000 post-baccalaureate practice hours needed for DNP degree conferral. Submission of an academic transcript can provide support for practice hours.

Current national certification as a certified nurse executive (i.e. NEA-BC or CENP) may be substituted as proxy evidence of 500 incoming practice hours. Those students who need to complete more than 500 practice hours during the program of study may need to complete additional quarters of study, at the student’s expense.

Please review our complete admissions requirements for the Post-Master's Entry to the DNP pathway.

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