Graduate Division

Doctor of Nursing Practice- Family Nurse Practitioner and Post-Master's

Section 1

Overview

The DNP degree is a terminal practice-doctoral degree designed to develop competencies for advanced clinical and leadership roles, equipping graduates with the skills and knowledge to be effective contributors to the translation of science and research into healthcare practice.

The Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing offers two DNP foci: the post-masters Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a Family Nurse Practitioner concentration.

What Sets Us Apart?

DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

  • Compact, all-in-one terminal-degree
  • Highly accessible online and hybrid courses with synchronous and asynchronous sessions
  • Inter-professional learning environment that leverages collaboration with the School of Medicine, Program in Public Health and the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Planned, highly focused on-campus cohort sessions hosted once per quarter
  • Clinical practice opportunities alongside expert NP faculty
  • FNP certification eligibility

DNP – Post- Master’s

  • Highly accessible online and hybrid courses with synchronous and asynchronous sessions
  • Leadership systems and educational leadership focus
  • Planned, highly focused on-campus cohort sessions hosted once per quarter
  • Pursue a degree without leaving current employment

Quick Facts

Program Type

Professional Doctoral Program

Normative Time to Degree

DNP - Family Nurse Practitioner track: 3 years

DNP - Post-Master's track: 2 years

Capstone Type

Scholarly Project and Defense

Mode of Delivery

This program utilizes a hybrid educational delivery platform.

Accordion Section

Admissions Requirements

DNP - Family Nurse Practitioner track
Applicants must have:

  • Earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program
  • An active, unrestricted California RN license
  • At least one year full-time work (or equivalent) as a registered nurse in the U.S. prior to the start of program entry
  • Completed a course in descriptive and inferential statistics with a grade of B or better within five years of admission to the program
  • A complete application file including the application form, official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a resume or curriculum vitae
  • Applicants must meet the general requirements of the UCI Graduate Division. A personal interview is required of all applicants considered for admission. The GRE is not required.


DNP - Post-Master's track
Applicants must have:

  • Earned a master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program
  • An active, unrestricted RN license in the state where D.N.P. practicum work will occur
  • At least one year fulltime work (or equivalent) as registered nurse in the U.S. prior to the start of program entry
  • Completed a course in descriptive and inferential statistics with a grade of B or better within five years admission to the program.
  • A complete application file including the application form, official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a resume or curriculum vitae
  • Applicants must meet the general requirements of the UCI Graduate Division
  • A personal interview is required of all applicants considered for admission. The GRE is not required.


For updated application information and instructions for Fall 2019 entry, please check our website beginning September 4.


You must do the following to be considered for DNP admission:


A Complete UCI application includes and adheres to the following:

Application Notes

  • Both applications must be completed and paid in full
    • NursingCAS: $70; UC Irvine: $105 domestic / $125 international
  • An interview may be required for final selection of candidates
  • Additional information is available from UCI Graduate Division

International Applicants

Due to federal guidelines, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program does not satisfy the requirements for F-1 or J-1 study, due to the fact that it is a hybrid program.  However, if you are here already on some kind of non-education related visa (marriage and family, work, etc.), you should be eligible to enroll in our program without trouble. We encourage you to check with our international center as well as an immigration attorney.

Financial Support

Financial assistance for graduate students differs substantially from that available to undergraduates.

To be eligible for financial assistance, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please note that international students are not eligible for need-based financial aid and should not complete the FAFSA. All graduate students, either international or domestic, are eligible to receive university fellowship funding as long as you are documented.


Other scholarships

We encourage you to also look for and apply for any scholarships you can find outside of UCI. In addition to offsetting the cost of tuition, outside nursing-specific scholarships introduce you to organizations that can broaden your idea of what a nurse can accomplish and how nurses are needed in today’s society. The external scholarship database has a listing for scholarships available to both Nursing Science graduate and undergraduate students. View external nursing scholarships ›

Is this program eligible for the UC Employee Tuition and Fees Reduction Program?

Since the DNP program is a Self-Supporting Graduate Degree Program, students are not eligible for the tuition reduction program.  However, financial aid is available based on need.

Is this program eligible for fee waivers?

The DNP program is a self-supporting graduate degree program; thus, certain fee waivers traditionally accepted by the University of California may not be accepted (for example, we do not accept CalVet waivers).

Tuition & Fees

Please visit http://www.nursing.uci.edu/dnp/ for estimated fees for 2019-2020.

Core Faculty

Stephanie Au
Assistant Clinical Professor

Miriam Bender, PhD, RN, CNL
Assistant Professor

Sara Brown, EdD, MSN, RN
HS Assistant Clinical Professor

Candace Burton, PhD, RN, AFN-BC, AGN-BC, FNAP
Assistant Professor

Sarah Campbell, MS, APRN, FNP-C
HS Assistant Clinical Professor

Leah Centanni, MS, APRN, FNP-C
HS Assistant Clinical Professor

Lorraine S. Evangelista, PhD, APRN, CNS, FAHA, FAAN
Professor

Michelle A. Fortier, PhD
Associate Professor

Yuqing Guo, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor

E. Alison Holman, PhD, APRN, FNP
Associate Professor

Dave Holmes, PhD
Professor

Jung-Ah Lee, PhD, RN
Associate Professor

Maureen Movius, MN, APRN, CNS, CMSRN
HS Associate Clinical Professor

Tiffany K. Nielsen, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
HS Assistant Clinical Professor

Adeline Nyamathi, PhD, ANP, FAAN
Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor

Susanne J. Phillips, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP
HS Clinical Professor

Melissa D. Pinto, PhD, RN, FSAHM, FAAN
Associate Professor

Vanessa Rodriguez, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
HS Assistant Clinical Professor

Kathleen Saunders, MSN, APRN, CNS, CPN, PHN
HS Associate Clinical Professor

Sanghyuk Shin, PhD
Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Symanski, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
HS Clinical Instructor

Susan M. Tiso, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP
HS Clinical Professor

Academic Data

No data is available, as this is a new program.

Career Outcomes

No data is available, as this is a new program.

Students & Alumni

The first cohort of DNP students will matriculate in Fall 2019.