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Chapter 1. California State University Subchapter 2. Educational Program Article 7. Graduate Degrees The Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree   

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(a) California State University programs leading to a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree shall be operated as pilot degree programs, with student enrollment permitted prior to July 1, 2018 and student course work allowed to be completed on or after July 1, 2018.

(b) The programs shall not supplant nursing programs offered by the CSU at the master's level as of January 1, 2010.

(c) California State University Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs shall conform to the following criteria:

(1) The clinical degree programs in advanced nursing practice shall prepare graduates for leadership and clinical roles and to engage in evidence-based inquiry; and programs may also prepare graduates to serve as faculty in postsecondary nursing education programs.

(2) Programs shall enable professionals to earn the degree while working full time.

(3) Programs shall be consistent with the requirements of a professional nursing accrediting body and the regional accrediting association.

(d) Each campus offering a program leading to a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree shall establish requirements for admission to the program. The requirements for admission shall include, at a minimum, the requirements stated in Section 41021.

(e) Programs leading to the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree shall conform to the following specifications:

(1) The curriculum may be organized as a cohort-based program and shall include learning experiences that balance research, theory, and practice. The core curriculum for each DNP program shall provide professional preparation in advanced nursing practice, including but not be limited to theory and research methods and evaluation, curriculum development, professional practice, management and leadership, and essential curricular concepts for advanced nursing at the doctoral level.

(2) The pattern of study for the post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program shall be composed of at least 36 semester units (54 quarter units) earned in graduate standing. At least 27 semester units (40.5 quarter units) required for the degree shall be in courses organized primarily for doctoral students, and the remaining units required for the degree shall be in courses organized primarily for doctoral students or courses organized primarily for master's and doctoral students.

(3) At least 24 semester units (36 quarter units) shall be completed in residence at the campus awarding the degree or campuses jointly awarding the degree. The appropriate campus authority may authorize the substitution of credit earned by alternate means for part of this residence requirement. The campus may establish a policy allowing the transfer of relevant coursework and credits completed as a matriculated student in another graduate program, on the condition that the other program is appropriately accredited.

(4) A doctoral qualifying examination or assessment shall be required.

(5) The pattern of study shall include completion of a doctoral project.

(A) The doctoral project shall be the written product of systematic, rigorous research on a significant advanced nursing practice issue. The doctoral project is expected to contribute to an improvement in professional practices or policy. It shall evidence originality, critical and independent thinking, appropriate form and organization, and a rationale.

(B) The doctoral project shall reflect a command of the research literature and shall demonstrate the student's mastery of evidence-based practice at the doctoral level.

(C) The written component of the doctoral project shall be organized in an appropriate form and shall identify the research problem and question(s), state the major theoretical perspectives, explain the significance of the undertaking, relate it to the relevant scholarly and professional literature, identify the methods of gathering and analyzing the data, and offer a conclusion or recommendation.

(D) No more than 12 semester units (18 quarter units) shall be allowed for the doctoral project.

(E) An oral defense of the doctoral project shall be required.

Authority cited:

Education Code 66600

Education Code 89030

Education Code 89035

Education Code 89280

Education Code 89281

Education Code 89283

Education Code 89284

Reference:

Education Code 66600

Education Code 89280

Education Code 89281

Education Code 89283

Education Code 89284

(Added by Register 2011, No. 33.)