Implement, Improve and Lead. Earn Your Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree


Bridge the gap between new research, proven outcomes, and healthcare policies to create the future of nursing and nursing education throughout California. In five semesters you can earn your DNP degree, and become both the leader and the change you want to see in nursing.

What Graduates Are Saying


Kinga P. Olson

'19 DNP, FNP-C

"Enrolling in a DNP program was a personal goal for me, and since I love to continually learn, this was the perfect program to couple with an active career."

Carel Mountain

'14 DNP, RN, CNE, CDP

“Completing the DNP completely changed my career and my life. Right now is a time that a DNP can strongly influence the future of nursing and health care.”

Lisa Walker-Vischer

'14 RN, DNP, CNS, CCRN

"The DNP has afforded me a broader view of healthcare and allowed me to influence nursing in a variety of ways in my current role. I’m forever grateful for my DNP."

DNP Leaders are Needed Now, More Than Ever


Nurses are at the frontline of healthcare — graduating from The Valley Foundation School of Nursing with your Doctor of Nursing Practice degree will set you on the path of leadership, training, technical knowledge, and education.

The DNP program is an evidence-based, implementation curriculum, rooted in the strengths of a traditional master’s program, providing education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership, among other key areas.

Our affordable, two-year, online DNP program prepares nurses for advanced practice roles as clinical scholars and health policy leaders.

Main Program Learning Outcomes*


  • Examine healthcare practices, policies, and education from a broad theoretical perspective
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  • Develop clinical, administrative, and leadership strategies
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  • Critically analyze literature and develop best practices
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  • Design, implement, and evaluate quality improvement measures
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  • Influence healthcare policy, educate others about health disparities and advocate for social justice
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  • Create positive change by producing a Doctoral Project that reflects each students’ passion and professionalism

*Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) were developed based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (2006)

Contact the Program Coordinator

Maya Carlyle

DNP Recruitment and Events Associate

[email protected]