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DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program is designed to prepare the student for a career in primary care. In many states, including Washington, Oregon and Idaho, a Family Nurse Practitioner can operate an independent practice, diagnosing and treating illness, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, and initiating and managing treatments.

DNPs use research and evidence to improve health care and patient outcomes, and through scholarly inquiry you’ll learn how to translate research into practice in a health care setting. As a DNP student you’ll work alongside clinical and research faculty to learn how to create change in organizations, and work in interprofessional groups to prepare you for a team-oriented career.

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Two pathways are available:

Post-baccalaureate to DNP-FNP
Post-master’s to DNP-FNP

Multiple Campus Locations

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

Program Delivery

The program is considered “hybrid” with most of the instruction offered online, and required attendance in scheduled classroom time on your campus of registration. In-person class sessions are scheduled so that students can attend each of their courses in a 1-2 day block. Classrooms are available on campuses at WSU Spokane Health Sciences, WSU Tri-Cities, WSU Vancouver; some classrooms are available for some courses at sites in Yakima, Walla Walla and Puyallup. Some classes have lab skills time required in addition to online and classroom-based instructions. In addition, you will complete clinical course requirements working in various health care settings across Washington, north Idaho and north Oregon. Clinical placements are arranged based on site/preceptor availability with input from student requests. All students, nurse practitioner students in particular, will be required to travel at times outside their home community for clinical placement. Lastly, the program may require additional attendance on a campus for specific events that promote the outcomes of the program.

Flexible Scheduling

Full and part-time study options are offered allowing for maximum flexibility for the working nurse. If you are a bachelor’s-prepared student attending full-time, you will complete the program in about 3-4 years. If you attend part-time, you will likely complete the degree requirements in 4-5 years.

Admission Criteria

Please visit the DNP Admission Requirements page.

Research and Teaching Assistant Opportunities

Research and Teaching Assistant positions are available. Contact an advisor at your site.

Career Settings

  • Primary care
  • Ambulatory care
  • Urgent care
  • Home and community health care

Certification & Licensure

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.