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Doctor of Nursing Practice
California State University, Fresno 

Fresno State is now offering a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Progam.

The DNP is a practice-focused doctoral degree, such as the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), Doctor of Medicine (MD), or Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), in contrast to the research-focused Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The purpose of the DNP is to develop advanced competencies for increasingly complex practice, teaching, and leadership roles in nursing, and provide an advanced educational credential for those in practice. The changing demands of this nation's complex healthcare environment require the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise to assure quality patient outcomes.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) recommends that the DNP should be the terminal degree for nursing practice. In addition to meeting requirements of the Essentials of Doctoral Nursing Practice outlined by AACN, students complete coursework in teaching strategies, curriculum development, and may elect to complete a nursing education practicum to prepare for faculty roles.

Our vision is to be an exceptional advanced nursing degree program that prepares nurses at a doctoral level to lead healthcare change, serve as nursing faculty, and advance healthcare throughout California's communities.


The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and approved by the California State University, Office of the Chancellor. Applying for accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. 

CCNE Virtual-Site Evaluation

*Note: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the on-site evaluation has transitioned to a virtual site evaluation. 

California State University, Fresno Doctor of Nursing Practice will be hosting a virtual-site evaluation of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) September 14-16, 2020. There is an opportunity for faculty, students and other interested parties to submit, in writing, comments about the program's qualifications for accreditation. You have until August 20, 2020, to submit your comments. The comments must be signed and will only be viewed by the virtual-site evaluation team. 

If you would like to submit a third-party comment for the program, please submit to or, if you prefer, mail comments to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-party Comments
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

Welcome to Summer 2020

DNP Cohort 1

 California State University, Fresno students of Cohort 1, Class 2021.





DNP Information Sessions