University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing

Over the past three decades, our graduate school has taken seriously its mission to educate intelligent, skilled, and ethical nurse clinicians, scientists, faculty and executives. We have graduated over 1600 nurses, 175 with the PhD and 14 DNP, who serve as health care leaders around the globe. We have doubled our number of student scholarships and now celebrate the largest student body in our school’s history. 

Our ranking continues to be one of the world’s finest, and this is due to a stellar faculty, very talented students, a remarkably esthetic setting, and our school’s special spirit.

Our faculty now boasts four Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing – a most distinguished honor. Our faculty hold doctoral or post-doctoral degrees from the finest schools in the country. They publish widely in respected journals, preside as officers in national and international nursing organizations, and are skilled certified practitioners, specialists or executives. 

Over the past five years we have seen the number of our programs, students, graduates, and faculty dramatically increase. Our research and scholarly productivity has increased exponentially. Dr. Cynthia Connelly, Director of Nursing Research, was awarded the largest research grant in the University's history. Dr. Susan Instone, Director of Advanced Practice Programs, initiated the DNP program, which has now accepted its third class of students.

Educational Offerings

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Face-to-Face - Graduate Degree
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)* program is designed to prepare leaders for the nursing profession who have expertise in advanced nursing specialty practice with an individual focus. The DNP Program is consistent with the overall mission of the School of Nursing which is to prepare nursing leaders who can facilitate quality health care for our nation.

Advanced practice registered nurses who are master's prepared can enroll in the post-MSN DNP, or DNP completion, track in which graduates have gained additional knowledge and clinical expertise in a defined area of advanced nursing practice. Core knowledge in the scientific, philosophical, ethical, health policy, informatics, and business aspects of clinical practice provide a foundation for DNP scholarly practice and the evidence-based practice (EBP) translational project. The post-MSN DNP track requires 2 years of full-time study; part-time study is also available. The program plan requires completion of 34 units.

The post-BSN DNP track is also offered for RNs who desire preparation in primary care as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), dual Pediatric/Family Nurse Practitioner (PNP/FNP), dual Adult-Gerontology/Family Nurse Practitioner (AGNP/FNP), and Family/Lifespan Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) as well as preparation in Adult-Gerontology as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). Graduates of a master's entry program in nursing are also eligible to apply. The BSN DNP track requires 3 years of full-time study; part-time study is also available. The curriculum ranges from 78-81 units depending on the focus of study and prior preparation. Graduates are eligible to write national certification examinations appropriate to their educational preparation.

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$ 46750.00

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Face-to-Face - Graduate Degree
The Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program prepares nurses for an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) role in primary healthcare. As an APRN, nurse practitioners assess patients, order and interpret diagnostic tests, make diagnoses, and initiate and manage treatment plans including prescribing medications. Along with providing skilled clinical services, nurse practitioners bring a comprehensive perspective to healthcare including health promotion, disease prevention, and health education while guiding patients to making smarter health and lifestyle choices.

Students may choose from four different tracks which range from 46 to 53 units: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), dual Pediatric/Family Nurse Practitioner (PNP/FNP), dual Adult-Gerontology/Family Nurse Practitioner (AGNP/FNP) or Family/Lifespan Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). The FNP track prepares graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to manage acute and chronic health care needs of individuals at all ages. The PNP track offers emphasis on managing acute and chronic health care problems from birth through 21 years of age with a foundation on variations in growth, development, and behavior in these age groups.

The AGNP track focuses on provision of both acute and chronic primary care health care needs for adolescents 13 years of age and older, and adults of all ages with special emphasis on managing the care of the frail elderly. The PMHNP track includes a lifespan perspective focusing on acute and chronic mental health conditions that prepares graduates with skills in individual, family, and group psychotherapy.

The Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program has full accreditation from the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education and California Board of Registered Nursing approval.

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$ 62000.00


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