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Applications now open for summer 2022 enrollment!

The post-baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice — Family Nurse Practitioner (D.N.P.-F.N.P.) degree program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing prepares 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 D.N.P.-F.N.P. 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. The program opens in summer 2022. Applications are now open. Deadline to apply is Jan. 15.

Our D.N.P.-F.N.P. program is designed for nurses who believe in better. Like all of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing graduate degree programs, the D.N.P.-F.N.P. 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.

About the program

In the hybrid program format, the courses are primarily asynchronous to allow the greatest flexibility for working nurses with varied schedules. Synchronous sessions are scheduled and are offered at a consistent time each week. In years two and three, students will incorporate assigned clinical rotations and, in year three, scholarly project practicum. There are four mandatory on-site immersions in Sacramento in the three-year program.

The on-site immersions will last anywhere from three to five days, depending on the materials covered for each session. In years one and two of the program, there is one immersion per year. There are two immersions scheduled for year three.

Beginning in year two, students also complete a series of clinical rotations. Visit the curriculum page to see how the clinical rotations are included with other courses. The school arranges clinical rotations for students and works to place students close to their current California residence. Our goal is to support students to remain in their communities to serve there in clinical rotations, and hopefully, beyond once in practice.

The degree offering is dependent on final approvals from multiple groups — including UC Davis, the University of California Office of the President, California Board of Registered Nursing and WSCUC. Applications are now open for enrollment in summer 2022, dependent on approvals. The school plans to enroll up to 32 students for the first class.

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. 

PhD or DNP? Which one is right for me? In this informative webinar from Aug. 25, 2021, the program directors for the two doctoral programs discuss the differences, and similarities, of the two terminal degree programs.


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.

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.
Read more about how we prepare students to pursue health equity

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.
Read more about how we teach students to tap into their leadership skills

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 how we prepare future providers to innovate

Upon completion of the D.N..P-F.N..P degree program curriculum, and consistent with American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) expectations and standards, the D.N.P.-F.N..P 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).

Still have questions? Many answers are provided on the F.A.Q. page. For additional assistance, the fastest way to get answers about School of Nursing programs, admission requirements and the application process is to email HS-BettyIreneMooreSON@ucdavis.eduAlso, sign up to be part of the D.N.P.-F.N.P. program email group to receive regular updates and program news.