Doctor of Nursing Practice

doctor of nursing practice students celebrating during commencement

Why the DNP program?

Choosing CDU’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program offers a transformative journey for advanced practice nurses aiming for leadership roles. Designed specifically for those holding a Master’s in Nursing with a Nurse Practitioner (NP) specialty, our program aligns with the ever-evolving demands of healthcare. 

Our flexible, executive-education format combines synchronous and asynchronous online classes with essential on-campus Immersion Weekends, creating a balanced blend for busy professionals. You’ll learn under the guidance of our expert faculty, leveraging real-world precepted clinical settings for hands-on experience. 

The program champions leadership and advocacy, equipping you to make policy-level changes and advocate for both the profession and patients. With 40 credits offered in a cohort-based model, you don’t just earn a degree—you become part of a collaborative community committed to elevating nursing practice and healthcare outcomes. 

students studying

Clinical Experiences

Students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program complete clinical experiences in a variety of settings, including: 

  • Common Spirit 
  • Kaiser Permanente 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital 
In my DNP program at Charles R. Drew University, the pursuit of a degree is merely a step in the journey. It's about igniting a beacon of positive change within the healthcare world. Let our unwavering determination light the way forward.”
Edwin E. Cabahug
Edwin E. Cabahug , Class of 2023

Career Options

Students who complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice program pursue careers such as: 

  • Nursing Administration and Management 
  • Healthcare Leadership 
  • Academia 

Questions? Contact Us.

Gail T. Washington, DNS, RN, FAAN
Dean, College of Nursing
Adrienne J. Milbourne-Thompson, MS
Retention Specialist

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The Entry-Level Master of Science in Nursing program is accredited by CCNE (Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education) and is approved by the California Board of Nursing.