Touro University has launched a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program at its School of Nursing beginning in January.

The new Touro course is the only program of its kind in Solano County, and will include a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track to serve a diverse population, and help address health care provider shortage.

The program is an accelerated 19-month course which combines online and traditional classroom courses. The curriculum will also assist graduates in obtaining leadership roles.

Clinical placements for students will be provided through Touro’s collaborations with local clinics and health care providers.

After completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to take the FNP certification exam, and apply for the California Nurse Practitioner Certification.

Students that complete the DNP/FNP program will have the knowledge and skills needed to perform comprehensive health assessments, which includes ordering and interpreting diagnostic procedures, generating differential diagnoses and managing acute and chronic health problems and symptoms, and partnering with patients and families for health promotion and disease prevention. Graduates will also be eligible to practice in larger health care teams, such as primary care, internal medicine, urgent care, gastroenterology, oncology, cardiology, neurology, dermatology, endocrinology and veteran’s health.