Doctor of Nursing Practice

Our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is a 5-semester post-master's degree program designed to mesh with a full-time professional work schedule.

Quick Jump guide:

Eligibility and Prerequisites

Prospective students applying for admission to the DNP program must have the following: 

  • Active, unrestricted California RN licensure and (if applicable) an advanced practice national certification
  • Master's Degree in Nursing Science (MS or MSN). Or, a Master’s Degree in a health-related field (e.g. Public Health, Health Administration) with additional post-baccalaureate courses in nursing theories, research methods, trans-cultural nursing, and informatics.
    • Master’s degree must be completed/received no later than Aug 1st prior to admission
  • GPA of 3.0 or above, in pre-doctoral courses
  • Meet requirements of San José State University Graduate Admissions
  • Demonstrate sufficient preparation and practice experience as an APN, nurse manager, nurse administrator, executive, educator, or professional nurse. 
  • A personal written statement of purpose. Must be doubled-spaced and address the following: what you expect to accomplish in the DNP program and how the DNP program will advance your nursing career and practice. You may include your potential area of focus, which should be your primary area of focus for your DNP project.
  • U.S citizenship or U.S permanent residency

Application Deadline and Procedures

The DNP program admits students in the Fall semester only. Admitted students will progress through the program as a cohort.

Three Steps to Admission


The DNP program tuition is $7,635.00 per semester, plus SJSU student and registration fees, books, and travel (for the beginning-of-the-program meeting) expenses.

Over five semesters, current program tuition is approximately $38,175 + SJSU fees.

Please Note: Tuition is subject to change at any time, with limited notification.Tuition does not include books, program-related supplies, travel, parking, or other incidental costs.

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