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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Nursing

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

The DNP is a practice-oriented doctorate, such as the Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Optometry, or Doctor of Physical Therapy, in contrast to the research-oriented PhD.  The purposes of the DNP are to develop advanced competencies for increasingly complex practice, faculty, and leadership roles in nursing and to provide an advanced educational credential for those in advanced practice.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program will be offered through a Consortium of the Schools of Nursing at California State University, Fullerton, Long Beach and Los Angeles. 

You may find additional information about this program on the website of CSU Fullerton.


Information Sessions

For more information about the DNP program, please consider attending one of our information sessions. Specific Dates TBA.


Application Information

Application information can be found at



The Southern California CSU DNP Consortium Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program (a consortium of CSU Fullerton, CSU Long Beach, and CSU Los Angeles) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


The Southern California CSU DNP Consortium, which includes the Schools of Nursing at California State University, Fullerton, Long Beach and Los Angeles, will be hosting a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation site visit October 15-17, 2018.  This visit is part of the process for seeking continuing nursing professional accreditation through CCNE for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program. CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency, which ensures the quality and integrity of professional nursing programs.  As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional nursing education.

CCNE requires that our community of interest be offered the opportunity to submit written third-party comments to CCNE up to 21 days prior to the site visit.  These comments are not shared with the nursing program.

All third-party comments should be received by CCNE by September 24, 2018. All third-party comments submitted to CCNE must be written in English, consistent with CCNE's policy on Conduct of Business in English.

If you would like to submit a third-party comment, please submit to Or, if you prefer, mail comments to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education 
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K St., NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

Fill out this interest form for more information.

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