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Holy Names University launches Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Oakland

(Oakland, CA – September 1, 2021) — To meet the increasing demand for advanced leadership in the field of nursing and healthcare, Holy Names University is proud to announce the launch of its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

The focus of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program is on strategic leadership and population health. The program will be delivered in a hybrid format, with three weekend intensives per semester and the rest of the coursework online. Students will remain active in the workforce, applying the knowledge and skills they acquire in the classroom to their professional environments.

Students will complete their DNP project within their workplace or at another healthcare institution. They can also partner with local and state organizations to develop doctoral capstone projects aimed at research in support of health equity and the needs of underserved populations. Along with students across all of HNU’s nursing programs, DNP students will also have opportunities to support the health of people experiencing homelessness in our local community.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to design, implement, and evaluate evidence-based interventions to improve health outcomes, safety, quality, and efficiency related to health care delivery.

Dr. Pam Stanley, Dean of HNU’s School of Science, Allied Health, and Nursing says, “I’m extremely excited to bring the Holy Names University DNP program to the nursing community. This is the first doctoral program in the University’s history, which dates back to 1868. Carrying out the legacy of our founding Sisters of the Holy Names, we center the student experience with a holistic approach to learning and deliver our program with a deep commitment to social justice.”

The DNP program is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Holy Names University is now accepting program applications for the spring 2022 semester at the bay area campus. In addition to the new DNP program, HNU offers a pre- and post-licensure BSN, MSN, certificate programs with a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Nurse Educator, or Administration track, and an MSN/MBA dual-degree.


Holy Names University (HNU) has been empowering and preparing a diverse student body for productive lives of leadership and service since 1868. Rooted in Catholic intellectual and spiritual traditions, the University was founded by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. HNU offers a liberal arts and professional education. Student-centered, with small class sizes and courses in varied formats and schedules, HNU meets the needs of all learners, including first-generation students and working adults. Nestled in the Oakland hills of California, the University’s idyllic, 60-acre campus offers panoramic views of San Francisco Bay. For more information, visit