Post Master's DNP Program

Post-Masters to Doctor of Nursing Practice

This degree is for the APRN or CNS with a masters 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).

The Benefits of a DNP degree at Brandman

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.

Admission to the Program

Admission into the PM-DNP is twice a year in August (Fall 1) and January (Spring 1).

Application Deadline

Priority Application Deadline
  • Fall I - May 15, 2016
  • Spring I - October 30, 2016
Final completed application deadline
  • Fall I - August 15, 2016
  • Spring I - December 1, 2016
Session Start Date
  • Fall I - August 29, 2016
  • Spring I - January 9, 2017

Admission Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  • Three recommendation forms
  • Self evaluation
  • Goal statement

  • Personal interview with Program Director
  • Current and detailed resume or curriculum vita
  • 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) or Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS).
  • Unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license in state where you plan to do your clinical hours.
  • Unencumbered APRN license in state where you plan to do your clinical hours.
  • 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.

Entry Options

  • Option 1: For the APRN (nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist) who has a Master of Science degree in Nursing (MSN), seeking a doctoral degree.
    • Apply To: Post Masters (PM) to DNP program
  • Option 2: For the APRN (nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist) who has a Master of Science degree in Nursing (MSN), seeking a doctoral degree and one of our specialties.
    • Apply To: Post Masters (PM) to DNP program and identify the specialty of interest
  • Option 3: For the RN who has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN), seeking a clinical doctoral degree and one of our specialties.
    • Apply To: Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice Specialties
  • Option 4: For the RN who has a Master of Science degree in Nursing (MSN) who is not an APRN, seeking a clinical doctoral degree and one of our specialties.

 

Degree Requirements (73 Credits)
To be awarded the Doctorate 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 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). All courses must be passed with a grade of “B-” or higher. Clinical courses are graded Pass/No Pass. A Pass is equivalent to a “B-” grade.

PM-DNP Core Courses:

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 for PM-DNP Clinical Scholarly Project (225 hours) 3
**DNPU 708 Application of DNP Clinical Scholarly Project 3
DNPU 709 Clinical Residency II for PM-DNP Clinical Scholarly Project (225 hours) 3
DNPU 710 Seminar in Evidence-Based Thinking for Scholarship and Practice 3

 

Total Core Course Credits in Post Masters-DNP Program 33
Transfer from Masters of Science Degree 40
Total Credits for the DNP 73

* 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, he/she will be enrolled in a DNPU 799 Independent Practicum 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 or until the student’s seven year program completion timeline has expired.

Some programs available to California residents only
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