The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program prepares nurses to be leaders in clinical practice. Students practice at the most advanced level of nursing, working in various health care settings under the guidance of experienced faculty mentors and community experts. An integral part of the program is the completion of the DNP Project, which provides students with the knowledge and skills to utilize research and leadership in practice and to participate in research relevant to their practice. DNP graduates are prepared to:
- Translate evidence-based research into practice
- Lead interdisciplinary care teams
- Measure health-related outcomes
- Improve the health of individual patients, groups, populations, and communities
Add the DNP degree to your current advanced practice license (e.g., Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner) with the Post-Master's DNP. Post-baccalaureate and post-master’s nursing students may choose from these tracks:
- DNP - Post-Master’s
- DNP - Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
- DNP - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
- DNP - Advanced Population Health (APH)
View WSU's Course Catalog for course descriptions.
DO YOU ALREADY HAVE YOUR MASTER’S WITH A SPECIALTY AND WANT TO EARN YOUR DNP?
We offer a Post-Master’s DNP option for students who have already completed a master’s program with a specialized area of study who wish to add expertise in research and leadership to their current practice.
BUT I HAVE MY MASTER’S IN ANOTHER FIELD AND WANT TO BECOME A FNP?
Master’s degree-prepared nurses who want to add a new specialty (such as becoming a nurse practitioner) can complete an individualized plan of study and should contact the Graduate Program Coordinator for more information.
PROGRAM DELIVERY: IN CLASS, ONLINE, & IN CLINICS
DNP courses are completed on campus at WSU Spokane or WSU Vancouver, online, and in clinical settings. Students can expect to attend class in-person for one day every 2-3 weeks. Courses are archived online and can be accessed to review class materials. Students complete clinical course requirements working in various health care settings across the Northwest. If you live more than 50 miles from WSU Spokane or WSU Vancouver, distance-delivery options may be available. Contact an advisor for more information.
Part- and full-time study options are offered allowing for maximum flexibility for the working nurse. Bachelor’s prepared students attending full-time complete in about two years, and those attending part-time usually complete degree requirements in three to four years.
RESEARCH AND TEACHING ASSISTANT OPPORTUNITIES
Research and Teaching Assistant positions are available. Contact an advisor at your site.
WHAT ARE MY CAREER OPTIONS WITH THIS DEGREE?
The DNP program qualifies nurses for clinical settings including:
- Acute care
- Home health
- Public health
- Health care clinics
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
- Health Educator
- Clinical Nurse
- Patient Care Coordinator
SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
There are many resources available for nursing students. Visit our Scholarships and Funding Opportunities page for more information.
Are you interested in teaching? Students who take nursing education courses and then go on to teach full-time in a nursing school somewhere in the U.S., can have up to 85% of the amount of their loans forgiven through our Nurse Faculty Loan Program. » learn more
For information on tuition waivers or Research and Teaching Assistant positions, please contact an advisor at your planned site of enrollment.
HEAR FROM OUR STUDENTS
“For me what I saw I could do with a DNP-APH had to do with the need in the American Indian Community for improved health care. Clearly services are not getting to all of the tribes. Someone must be able to handle research, policy, and see how to implement change. I felt I might be able to get to key members within that community. I truly want to and believe I have the ability to navigate and find out what services are needed. I think this DNP will help me to connect—to link with populations and individuals-—and to understand the issues important to those populations.”
- 2013 DNP-APH student
“In public health, I always knew I wanted and needed a practice focused degree. I want to be able to focus my work on translational research that is based in social justice and meaningful translational research. I also have had to learn to write program grants and be responsive to restricted fiscal realities. I think the APH DNP gives me the flexibility I want to use my course requirements in a relevant way to improve the health of my community. The other thing is that faculty seems to usually understand the realities of having full time work, a family, and school. I like the hybrid delivery system. I also like being able to see what other students are doing in their practice across the state. Some are really rural. Others of us are practicing in more urban setting but it is an interesting mix.”
- 2013 DNP-APH student