front lobby wSU college of nursing building
Front lobby, WSU College of Nursing building at WSU Health Sciences Spokane. Photo by Cori Kogan.

Washington State University’s Master of Nursing-Population Health and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees are both ranked in the top 40 programs nationally in the latest U.S. News & World Report roster of graduate nursing programs, released today.

“When the importance of public health has never been more evident, the WSU College of Nursing is meeting demand for population health nursing through our MN and DNP programs,” said Mary Koithan, Dean of the WSU College of Nursing.

The Master of Nursing-Population Health prepares students to work as a nurse administrator, nurse educator, public health professional or in a leadership role in any number of healthcare settings. The program also offers graduate certificates in organizational leadership, education and public health.

“The population health specialty is rising in importance as we face ongoing public health needs,” said Denise Smart, MN Program Director and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs. “Our program has a commitment to health and social equity, and we equip students with a broad array of population-focused skills.”

The program was ranked No. 39 of 220 Master of Nursing programs evaluated.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares experienced nurses to lead patient care as a family nurse practitioner, psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, or to direct public policy or healthcare administration.

WSU added its DNP program in 2012, and it currently is ranked No. 28 among 163 programs evaluated.

“Nurse practitioners are the healthcare provider of choice for millions of Americans each year,” said Anne Mason, DNP Program Director and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. “They serve a key role in the delivery of primary care, especially in rural areas and with underserved populations.”

For more information on these programs, visit: