Post-Masters to DNP

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Post Masters to DNP

This entry option is designed for the advanced practice nurse (nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, or clinical nurse specialist) with a Master of Science degree in nursing who is ready to complete a clinical doctorate. The Doctor of Nursing Practice takes an innovative, technology-enriched approach that develops nursing experts that base decisions on the best evidence available, providing patient-centered care. Its curriculum links theory and practice to promote inquiry and practice relevant to an ever changing healthcare system. The Post-Masters to DNP program is delivered using a blend of:

  • Three, 2 - 4 day immersion sessions at the Irvine campus
  • Internships/clinical practice in hospitals, clinics and health centers near your home or work
  • And online lectures, demonstrations and exercises.

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Program Learning Outcomes

  • Scientific Underpinnings for Practice: Integrate nursing science with knowledge from biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, ethics, and organizational sciences as the basis for advanced practice nursing and new approaches to care delivery.
  • Organizational and Systems Leadership: Create environments that support quality improvement across systems.
  • Clinical Scholarship: Create and disseminate innovations in evidence-based practice.
  • Information Systems and Patient Care Technology: Evaluate emerging technologies for their utility in advanced nursing practice.
  • Health Care Policy:  Evaluate health policy and advocate for patients and the discipline.
  • Interprofessional Collaboration: Create collaborative interprofessional relationships to improve patient and population health outcomes.
  • Clinical Prevention and Population Health: Evaluate the social, cultural, and environmental dimensions of population health in practice patterns/systems.
  • Advanced Practice Nursing: Independently assess, diagnose, treat, and manage undifferentiated patients.

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete a School of Nursing and Health Professions application.
  2. Master of Science Degree in Nursing from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or a National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) accredited program with Advanced Practice Specialty [Nurse Practitioner (NP) Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Nurse Midwife (CNM), or Nurse Anesthetist (CNA)].
  3. National certification as an advanced practice nurse (or eligible to take National Certification exam).
  4. Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted (where you were granted a masters degree).
  5. Current and detailed resume or curriculum vita.
  6. Self-evaluation and goal statement.
  7. Three letters of recommendation.
  8. Unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license in state where you plan to do your clinical hours.
  9. Unencumbered Advanced Practice RN license in state where you plan to do your clinical hours.
  10. Unencumbered Advanced Practice RN license is not required of CNS or other advanced practice nurse if license is not required by their state to practice, or if in the process of taking national certification exam in specialty.
  11. Personal interview as needed.


Needed by first immersion in

  1. Proof of a negative TB Skin Test current at the time of immersion.
  2. Proof of completion of Hepatitis A and B immunization or titer.
  3. Proof of two doses of MMR or titer.
  4. Proof of Tetanus/Diphtheria (Tdap) immunization within the past 5 years.
  5. Proof of Chicken Pox (Varicella) immunization or titer.
  6. Background Clearance.
  7. Copy of current CPR “Level C” Certification (Health Care Provider) that will not be expiring in the next 12 months.
  8. Proof of current negative drug screen.
  9. Proof of annual influenza immunization.
  10. Additional laboratory tests, immunizations, and/or documentation may be required for clinical residency hours by certain health care agencies.
  11. Professional Liability Insurance (1mil/3mil).

Degree Requirements (73 Credits)
To be awarded the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree, students may transfer a maximum of 40 hours from the MSN degree, and must take a minimum of 33 credit hours, which includes 510 clinical residency hours at Brandman University. To transfer in any of the doctoral courses listed below, requires approval by petition. This program is designed to follow the guidelines and DNP essentials as set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Clinical courses are graded Pass/No Pass. A Pass is equivalent to a “B” grade.


DNPU 700 Healthcare Policy, Organization and Delivery 3
*DNPU 701 Biostatistics for Clinical Practice 3
DNPU 702 Innovations in Technology and Information Access 3
DNPU 703 Leading Through Innovation 3
*DNPU 704 Evidence-Based Thinking for Scholarship and Practice III 3
DNPU 705 Health Communication 3
DNPU 706 Transforming Healthcare Through Outcomes Management 3
DNPU 707 Clinical Residency I (255 clinical hours) 3
DNPU 708 Application of DNP Clinical Scholarly Project 3
DNPU 709 Clinical Residency II (255 clinical hours) 3
DNPU 710 Seminar in Evidence-Based Thinking for Scholarship and Practice 3

* Students in these courses are required to attend the face-to-face immersion.


Total Course Credit in Post Master’s Program 33
Transfer from Master of Science Degree 40
Total Credits for the DNP 73