Take your Clinical Practice to the Next Level with APU’s DNP


Based on a strong scientific foundation, evidence-based practice, leadership, and organizational analysis, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed to prepare nurses at the highest level of practice for the current, complex healthcare environment. An evidence-based clinical approach emphasizes nursing leadership in interpersonal healthcare teams, working to improve care systems, and safety and clinical outcomes.

The program offers doctoral-level studies in a clinically focused learning environment. The DNP prepares advanced practice nurses to bring the highest level of clinical expertise to patients, nursing students, healthcare systems, health policy formation, and clinical research. DNP-prepared nurses will contribute to the body of nursing knowledge and the practice of nursing to improve health care globally.

Learn more about the program and our faculty.

Low-Residency Format

The DNP program offers a low-residency format that accommodates working nurse leaders. Students periodically participate in intensive, on-campus experiences over one to two days at APU’s Monrovia Regional Site.

Oncology Certificate Co-Enrollment Option

If you are a licensed nurse practitioner and interested in specializing in oncology, co-enrollment in the Oncology Nurse Practitioner Certificate is an option for you. Apply all 12 of the didactic units and nearly half of your clinical hours from the certificate program to the DNP program requirements. Ask your admissions representative about co-enrolling in the oncology certificate program.

School of Nursing Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice at Azusa Pacific University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The traditional baccalaureate nursing program, upper-division transfer (2+2/LVN to BSN) programs, entry-level master’s program, and the nurse practitioner program are approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Azusa Pacific University (APU) is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

Note: This information is current for the 2022-23 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.