The DNP-FNP is offered at WSU Spokane, WSU Tri-Cities, and WSU Vancouver.

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program is designed to prepare the student for a career in primary care settings, providing care across the lifespan to children, adolescents, child-bearing women, adults, and elders. Population health and epidemiology, management of information systems, and interprofessional collaboration are all emphasized. Students learn laboratory analysis, clinical procedures, and advanced assessment. Pharmacology and pathophysiology prepare students for diagnosis and prescriptive authority.

Two pathways are available:

Post-Baccalaureate to DNP - FNP
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Post-Master's to DNP - FNP
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  • Primary care
  • Ambulatory care
  • Urgent care
  • Home and community health care


Students must have a Washington State RN license and have worked as a full-time nurse for at least one year to be eligible to apply. To learn about other pre-application requirements, visit the DNP Application & Admission page.


Graduates of the DNP - FNP program may take EITHER the Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination offered by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center OR the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program to become certified and then state-licensed.