CSU Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Programs


Jonas Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Dr Dowell Provost CSLUB and Dr Anna CarchiRead about three spring 2016 graduates of the Southern California Consortium CSU DNP program who were recipients of scholarships from the Jonas Foundation (CLICK HERE). Learn how the DNP projects of these dynamic women are changing nursing practice at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Long Beach. Based on the success of these alumni, the Southern California DNP program was again selected to receive Jonas Foundation scholarship funds for an additional three students enrolled in the fall 2016 cohort of incoming students.

DNP 2014 Poster Presentation Day at the Office of the Chancellor

Dr Sharon Castellanos and CSU President Dr Joseph CastroMay 2014 graduates of the first CSU Doctor of Nursing Practice Program cohorts from northern and southern California participated in the May 21, 2014 DNP Poster Presentation Day at the Office of the Chancellor. Among the DNP graduates presenting the findings of their doctoral project to the CSU Board of Trustees, the CSU Presidents, and Chancellor White were Drs. Sharon Castellanos and Anna Carchi. Dr. Castellanos conducted a Save a Life campaign to increase organ and tissue donation among high school Hispanic youth and studied the outcomes of this campaign as to Division of Motor Vehicle tissue donor card completion rates.

Legislation and Title 5 Regulations

The passing of Assembly Bill No. 422 on October 12, 2017 authorized the CSU system to award the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. This legislation removed its prior restriction as a pilot program and secured its status as one of four applied doctoral degrees currently offered by the CSU system. The CSU Chancellorís office is pleased that working nurses in California will continue to earn a CSU doctoral degree in nursing, with an emphasis on applied research in clinical practice settings. Title 5 outlines the degree requirements and regulations related to admission criteria, key curriculum characteristics, and doctoral project standards related to the practice focused research expected of DNP graduates.

A Blueprint for Excellence in Professional Education

To learn what the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) says is the future of professional nursing education, read the The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (.pdf). Other influential agencies, such as the Institute of Medicine (IOM), advocate for nurses to achieve higher levels of education and training to ensure that patients receive optimal safe and effective care. The landmark 2010 IOM report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Care, identified the DNP as an appropriate advanced nursing practice degree. At no other time has there been such support both within and outside the profession for a clinical practice-focused doctoral degree in nursing.

Last Updated: December 19, 2017