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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 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
Post-master’s to DNP-FNP

Multiple Campus Locations

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

Program Delivery

DNP program delivery is a hybrid of mostly online delivery with key in-classroom dates.  Classrooms are available on campuses at WSU Spokane, WSU Tri-Cities, WSU Vancouver; some classrooms are available for some courses at sites in Yakima, Walla Walla and Puyallup. You can expect to attend a minimum of 2 classroom based experiences per semester (there is a maximum of 5 classroom sessions). In addition to classroom based coursework, you will complete clinical course requirements working in various health care settings across the Northwest.  Clinical placements are arranged based on student requests and site availability, at times travel to other cities is required to gain the best experience.

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 healthcare

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.

Pre-Admission Information



Tami Kelley
Tami Kelley
Graduate Program Coordinator

Washington State University