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School of Nursing

Doctor of Nursing Practice

**Applications for Fall 2022 is October 1, 2021 to June 1, 2022, for the  Fresno State Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Approved from the California State University, Office of the Chancellor. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the Califronia State University, Fresno is accrediated by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Admission Timeline

Nursing Doctorate


October 1, 2021 - June 1, 2022**

Applications are considered on a rolling basis as they are received. Once the cohort is filled, applicants are placed on a waiting list. Early submission is encouraged.

  • On-site interviews are by invitation only to qualified applicants. 
  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended are required. Please send in sealed envelopes to:

    California State University, Fresno
    Attn: Graduate Admissions Office
    5150 N Maple M/S JA57
    Fresno, CA 93740-8026

    Electronic transcripts generated by issuing institution, please send to:
    • Note: Official transcripts often take time to be sent from the original institution. If the last college or university you attended is California State University, Fresno, your transcripts will be generated by the university upon receipt of your application. 

March 2022- July 31, 2022


June 1, 2022

Application Deadline

  • Both applications to the University and DNP Program MUST be received in order to be reviewed

June 17,2022

Document Deadline
  • Application fees and transcripts must be postmarked by this date
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed
  • Letter of Recommendation and Reference Rating Form from current supervisor and two references

August 2022


Start Fall semester 

Intensives Dates: TBA
*Attendance is Mandatory

Fall 2022 Application Instructions for Prospective Students

STEP 1: Apply online to the DNP program

  • The complete application is submitted to the School of Nursing
    Click here for the DNP application

  • Please include the following documents:
    • Photo of yourself
    • Unofficial transcripts from all institutions ever attended
    • Personal written statement of purpose
    • Resume or curriculum vitae

  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation with the  Reference Rating Form Required

One (1) letter of recommendation with reference rating form will be required from your current supervisor who is knowledgeable of your advanced nursing practice experience, as well as your potential for scholarship and leadership.

Two (2) letters of recommendation with reference rating form will be required from a professional colleague or professor from your master's degree program.

Upon completing the application, information regarding the letter of reference and rating form will be emailed to the individuals you have identify on the application as your refrees.  

STEP 2: Apply to the University via Cal State Apply

You will need to do the following:
1. Create an account if you do not already have one. Apply as a Graduate and select a graduate option.

2. In the Add Program tab, select Fresno State as the campus

3. Under the Fresno Graduate section, add Nursing Doctorate as the program name

4. You may now select the My Application tab and begin entering your information

Each section must be completed before you may submit your application.
For instructions, please refer to the Cal State Apply Graduate Application Guide

There is a non-refundable application fee of $70 for this application to the university.

STEP 3: Create your Fresno State Email account

After your application has been submitted, you will receive a letter of acknowledgment from the university with instructions for setting up a Fresno State student account and access to the Student Portal on My Fresno State. It is your responsibility to create your student email account.

Refer to Graduate Applicants website for detailed instructions to check the status of your application

Step 4: Apply for Financial Aid

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Contact Us

For inquiries related to the admissions process and program information:

Mailing Address:
School of Nursing
ATTN: DNP Program
California State University, Fresno
2345 E San Ramon Ave M/S MH25
Fresno, CA 93740-8031