In 2012, the CSU debuted its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program. Successful applicants will participate in a rigorous five-semester program of study at a joint program in northern or southern California.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are offered through Fresno State, CSU Fullerton-CSU Long Beach-CSU LA, and at San José State
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The project for Lisa Baughman’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree focused on improving the rates of dental care for foster youth in Los Angeles. Dental caries (cavities) is a leading pediatric health problem associated with other health issues. Through a series of focus groups with social workers and fellow public health nurses, Dr. Baughman, a Spring 2019 graduate of the Southern California CSU DNP Consortium, revised policy and improved processes to bring about improvement in the rate of proper dental care for foster children at her workplace.
In May 2014, graduates of the first CSU Doctor of Nursing Practice Program cohorts participated in the DNP Poster Presentation Day at the CSU Chancellor’s Office in Long Beach. Dr. Sharon Castellanos presented the findings from her doctoral project to the Board of Trustees, campus presidents and Chancellor Timothy P. White.
Dr. Castellanos conducted a “Save a Life” campaign to increase organ and tissue donation among Hispanic high schoolers and studied the outcomes of this campaign for Division of Motor Vehicles tissue donor card completion rates.
As a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner working with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), William Glasser saw caregivers and spouses of veterans developing similar PTSD symptoms and suffering from “compassion fatigue.” It was, in fact, his concern about how to identify and best help these caregivers that drove his decision to complete a doctorate. “The CSU DNP program strongly stresses research, with very practical applications that are important to patient care,” explains Glasser, a May 2019 graduate of the Southern California CSU DNP Consortium. He developed a screening tool for spouses and hopes to have the tool reviewed by experts and then validated in a trial.
In her May 2019 commencement address to her CSU Southern California DNP classmates, Dr. Hall spoke these words: "As DNP students, we have not only grown and evolved as nurses, but we have also honed our skills as agents of change and innovation within our profession. Gone are the days of waiting for others to fix the glaring problems we see in our practice - we own that work now ... Whether for one patient or a global population, our ability to influence nursing practice is limited only by our imaginations. Seeing what we have accomplished through our DNP projects, and how empowered we have become to drive change to improve care for patients, gives me incredibly high hopes for the future of our profession."
Three Spring 2016 graduates of the Southern California Consortium CSU DNP program were recipients of scholarships from the
Jonas Foundation. Now, the DNP projects of these dynamic women are changing nursing practice at the
Veterans Administration Hospital in Long Beach. The success of these alumni also enabled the Southern California DNP program to receive Jonas Foundation scholarship funds for three more students enrolled in the fall 2016 cohort.
If you have questions about a Doctor of Nursing Practice program, the DNP cordinators at our campuses are your best source of information.
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