The Doctorate of Nursing Practice program provides students with the training necessary to translate knowledge gained through nursing research into quality nursing practice.

We encourage DNP graduates to apply the evidence from their nursing research to improve systems, quality and safety of care to ultimately impact healthy patient outcomes.

Obtaining a Doctorate of Nursing Practice may help position you for leadership roles in clinical practice. Many administrative, management, and executive level roles in a clinical setting are held by individuals with a DNP degree. 

Admissions Deadlines

All admission requirements must be completed by the deadline.  Deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall – April 1 (quarter begins in September) 
  • Winter – August 1 (quarter begins in January)
  • Spring - November 1 (quarter begins in March)

Admissions Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited program
  • Undergraduate and Graduate GPA of 3.0, both cumulative and in nursing courses
  • Current United States RN license before application*
  • Application with personal statement
  • Three electronic recommendations** (recommenders will receive an email once application is submitted) – required: Nurse Supervisor, RN Co-worker, and Spiritual
  • Official transcripts for all college credits
  • Interview by faculty members in the School of Nursing
  • Completion of a master’s degree in nursing with a clinical major from a program accredited by CCNE or the National League for Nursing
  • Current California RN license

*California RN license required before start of classes

** New baccalaureate graduates without an RN license must submit the following three recommendations from: Academic Faculty, Clinical Instructor, and a Spiritual Advisor.

Admission Requirements for International Students 

International applicants (non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. permanent residents) must meet all admission requirements for the chosen program. In addition, official international transcripts must be evaluated by an accredited evaluation service. A TOEFL score may also be required. Please visit www.llu.edu/apply/intltrans for more information.

Transcript Requirements

You must submit transcripts from all post-secondary institutions that you have attended, regardless of whether or not it applies to your prerequisite coursework. This includes all colleges, universities, military credit, Advanced Placement, CLEP, and unaccredited schools. Transcripts must be sent by the issuing institution(s) directly to LLU Admissions Processing. Transcripts provided in any other manner are unofficial and will not be accepted for admission.

Please have official transcripts sent to:

Admissions Processing
Loma Linda University
11139 Anderson St
Loma Linda, CA 92350 USA

Accreditations

Loma Linda University is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The BS, MS, and DNP Programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The Nurse Anesthesia Concentration is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

Advanced practice nurse graduates, Nurse Practitioner (NP) and Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), are certified by the State of California Board of Registered Nursing and eligible to apply for certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Corporation, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, as appropriate for the area of professional practice.The California State Board has approved all programs offered at the Loma Linda University School of Nursing. Many states may offer a compact license to individuals already licensed in California. If this opportunity is of interest to you, please contact your program director. Students who decide to pursue a license in another state should check with the applicable licensing authority in that state.

Our programs address and meet outcome expectations as articulated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Master’s (AACN), and DNP Essentials.

Financial Information

Expected Cost of Attendance - Academic Year 2022-2023

YEAR OF PROGRAM: YEAR 1 YEAR 2
Tuition $27,840 $31,320
Fees $2,835 $2,835
Books & Supplies $1,820 $980
Instruments
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)
Total $32,495 $35,135
Notes

Tuition/Fees is an estimation based on 3 quarters with an average of 10 units (2 classes) per quarter. Living Expenses is calculated for financial aid purposes and is based on 3 quarters (9 months). Actual amounts may vary.

70-75% of LLU Nursing students receive financial aid.

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