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Live webinar: PhD or DNP?

Noon to 1 p.m. PDT  |  Wednesday, Aug. 25

Learn more about the two doctoral nursing degrees during this live webinar hosted by the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis.

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Coming summer 2022!

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis plans to offer a post-baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice — Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP-FNP) degree program to prepare new family nurse practitioners.

Fast facts Doctor of Nursing Practice programA three-year hybrid program that combines distanced-based education with four on-campus immersions, our DNP—FNP program prepares advanced practice providers to engage in patient- and family-centered, evidence-based primary care. Through reflective practice and interprofessional collaboration, you are prepared to be leaders who effect bold system change and promote health care innovation by informing and advancing health policy and health equity locally, nationally and globally. We expect the program to open in the next two years as it awaits University of California and WSCUC approval.

Our DNP-FNP program is designed for nurses who believe in better. Like all of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing graduate degree programs, the DNP-FNP program is developed to activate change where it is needed most. This program goes beyond clinical education with courses that elevate your ability and confidence to be a new type of health care leader.

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The degree offering is dependent on final approvals from multiple groups — including UC Davis, the University of California Office of the President and the California Board of Registered Nursing and WSCUC. We anticipate applications to open in mid-fall 2021 with enrollment in summer 2022, dependent on approvals.

Kathryn Sexson serves as the program director for the proposed Doctor of Nursing Practice — Family Nurse Practitioner Program.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice — Family Nurse Practitioner Program equips graduates to promote optimal health, well-being and health equity across populations and the lifespan.

Unique views wanted
We seek nurses with diverse life experiences. We value cultural inclusiveness, new perspectives and untraditional journeys. Our focus on underserved communities better prepares you to be primary care providers in those areas.

Faculty and staff partner with you and are committed to your success throughout the program. The curricula integrate a wide range of specialties to match the realities of an ever-changing health care workforce.

Health equity
Looking at health disparities and social determinants of health, we seek solutions to historical, societal and health care inequities that undermine population health. Using the values associated with the framework of cultural humility, our program is committed to just and equitable care in partnership with marginalized and underserved communities, populations and individuals.

Bold leadership
Bold leaders continuously inspire and model multidisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration and engagement of individuals across health care settings and communities in strategic system-level change, resource stewardship and policy advocacy to transform the status quo and improve health care and health outcomes.

Innovative clinical practice
We inspire you to life-long innovation in clinical practice across the spectrum of DNP roles. Innovation involves courage, flexibility and creativity through the application of evidence-based decision-making, translation of research into clinical practice and the involvement of the entire health care team. Innovation embodies experience, learning, dissemination of knowledge, advocacy and direct clinical practice to advance the health of individuals and systems.

Read more about the School of Nursing mission, vision and core attributes

Upon completion of the DNP-FNP degree program curriculum, and consistent with American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) expectations and standards, the DNP-FNP graduates are able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking and accountability in designing, delivering and evaluating evidence‐based care to improve patient outcomes.
  • Integrate nursing science, science‐based theory and systems knowledge into the development and evaluation of new practice approaches to care.
  • Employ advanced communication skills and processes to lead quality improvement and safety initiatives.
  • Apply analytic methods to the critical appraisal of literature and other evidence to develop and support best practice.
  • Disseminate data from evidence‐based practice and research to support improvements in health outcomes.
  • Convene and lead interprofessional, collaborative stakeholder teams to create change and advance positive health outcomes.
  • Generate, evaluate and articulate innovative solutions to complex care issues.
  • Analyze the impact of local, national and global health policy on determinants of care decisions.
  • Support cost and resource efficiency, quality and accessibility of health care for diverse client groups.
  • Advocate for nursing, as well as socially and ethically relevant, policy in health care design and delivery.
  • Support and effectively lead quality improvement initiatives that enhance safe, high quality and evidence‐driven care.
  • Effectively synthesize data from research, practice evidence and other credible sources to drive care recommendations and policy (AACN, 2006).