Post-Masters to DNP

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


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Fall I (Sep 04, 2018)

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Available Campuses

Fully Online
Working adults prefer the flexible format that allows them study any time of day.
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, 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., Nurse Practitioner | Doctorate of Nursing, 2015

Admissions Requirements

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

  • Completed application
  • Three recommendation forms
  • Goal statement
  • Self evaluation
  • Current resume or CV
  • Personal interview with Program Director
  • 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
Fall Application Deadlines
  • Priority application deadline: May 15, 2017
  • Final completed application deadline: August 15, 2017
Spring Application Deadlines
  • Priority application deadline: October 30, 2017
  • Final completed application deadline: December 1, 2017
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)


    DNPU 708 Application of DNP Clinical Scholarly Project **


    DNPU 709 Clinical Residency II for PM-DNP Clinical Scholarly Project (255 hours)


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


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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.

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