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Post-Masters to DNP

This degree is for the APRN or CNS with a master’s degree in nursing (MSN) degree that is ready to complete a clinical doctorate. Students also have the option to add a new NP specialty (FNP or PMHNP).

Post-Masters to DNP Program Overview

The PM-DNP program is designed to promote leadership and builds on your experiences as a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist.  

  • Develop innovative and technology-enriched approaches that enhance your expert skills as a health professional.
  • Emphasizes leadership and the use of evidence-based medicine to improve patient outcomes 
  • Learn from online lectures, plus demonstrations and exercises during immersion sessions at the Irvine, California, campus.
  • Complete your degree in as little as 20 months. Implement a Clinical Scholarly Project that provides confirmation of a student’s ability to apply research principles to a clinical problem.
  • Students may add a new APRN specialty (FNP, PMHNP).


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    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • Goal statement
    • Self evaluation
    • Current resume or CV
    • Personal interview with Program Director
    • Three on-line recommendation forms (preferred) or 3 letters of recommendation with waiver forms.
    • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted
    • MS Degree in Nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program with Advanced Practice Specialty (Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist)
    • Unencumbered RN license from the state where you plan to complete your clinical project residency hours
    • Unencumbered APRN license in the state where you plan to complete your clinical project residency hours*
    • National certification as an APRN or CNS (or eligible to take National Certification exam), if required by your State Board of Nursing to practice
    2020-2021 Final Application Deadlines
    • Spring 1, 2021: Oct 15, 2020
    2021-2022 Spring Application Deadlines
    • Fall 1, 2021: Jun 15, 2021
    • Spring 1, 2022: Oct 15, 2021
    Residency Restrictions

    This program is not available to residents of all states. Please contact a University Enrollment Coach for details.

    * Unencumbered APRN license is not required of CNS or other APRN if license is not required by their state to practice, or if in the process of taking national certification exam in specialty.

    Program Curriculum

    • To be awarded the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Degree, students may transfer 500 clinical hours and a maximum of 40 credit hours from the MSN degree. Students must take all 33 credit hours in residence, which includes 510 clinical residency hours for the clinical scholarly project, at Brandman University. This program is designed to follow the guidelines and DNP essentials as set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2006) and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (2013; 2014). All courses must be passed with a grade of “B-” or higher. Clinical practicum and residency courses are graded on a Pass/No Pass basis; a Pass is equivalent to a “B-” grade.

      PM-DNP Core Course


      DNPU 700 Healthcare Policy, Organization and Delivery


      DNPU 701 Biostatistics for Clinical Practice *


      DNPU 702 Innovations in Technology and Information Access


      DNPU 703 Leading Through Innovation


      DNPU 704 Evidence-Based Thinking for Scholarship And Practice III *


      DNPU 705 Health Communication


      DNPU 706 Transforming Health Care Through Outcomes Management


      DNPU 707 Clinical Residency I for PM-DNP Clinical Scholarly Project (255 hours) 3
      DNPU 708 Application of DNP Clinical Scholarly Project **


      DNPU 710 Seminar in Evidence-Based Thinking for Scholarship and Practice


      DNPU 711 Clinical Residency for DNP Clinical Scholarly Project for BSN-DNP & Post-Masters adding a Specialty Prerequisites:DNPU 704 and 706


      PM-DNP Core Course Subtotal


      Transfer from Master of Science Degree in Nursing


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      Students in these courses are required to attend a face-to-face Immersion on the Irvine campus.


      If a student does not complete his/her clinical scholarly project during the core course sessions, s/he will be enrolled in a DNPU 799 Independent Practicum for DNP CSP Completion for DNP CSP Completion (0 credits) and required to pay a Continuing Candidacy fee per session until the DNP CSP student receives a “P” in DNPU 708 Application of DNP Clinical Scholarly Project or until the student’s seven year program completion timeline has expired.


    Brandman University is accredited by the WSCUC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)


    The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees at Brandman University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

    Both the faculty and staff members have been very supportive in every way, manifesting their core values in action. Students are accorded the same respect and dignity regardless of their cultural background, color, gender or religion.
    Jacinta A | Doctor of Nursing Practice, 2018
    It was a big sacrifice with two daughters in college and it takes persistence and patience. Brandman is very supportive of students. They push their students in the right direction and motivate them. It was a positive experience and coming from a family of nurses, that’s saying a lot.
    Lorelei P. | Doctorate of Nursing Practice, 2017
    sharon h nurse practitioner brandman was always my goal to become a Nurse Practitioner. I wanted to mentor other nurses who were new to the profession and share my experiences with them.
    Sharon H. | Doctorate of Nursing Practice, 2015

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