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Washington State University

Master of Nursing in
Population Health

The MN Nursing program prepares you for an advanced practice nursing role in acute, outpatient and community settings. You will take the master’s core course work and additional course work if pursuing a graduate certificate in organizational leadership, nursing education or public health. You may enter the MN program with a BSN or the RN-MN program as an RN with a bachelor’s degree in any field.

Two pathways are available:

MN-Population Health (with thesis)
MN-Population Health (non-thesis) 


*The MN nurse leader and MN nurse education options are additional credits beginning fall 2019. Our 32 credit MN in Population Health program begins fall 2019. The nurse leadership, nursing education and public health graduate certificate are available and additional credits may be required. The leadership and nursing education certificates qualify graduate nurses to sit for national certification exams.

Career Options

With this degree, you will be prepared to work as a nurse administrator, nurse educator, public health professional, or in a leadership role in a number of healthcare settings including acute care, public health, outpatient clinics, home healthcare, and more.

Multiple Campus Locations

The program is offered at all five WSU College of Nursing sites statewide (Spokane, Tri-Cities, Yakima, Vancouver, Walla Walla).

Program Delivery

MN courses are completed using a hybrid model where students participate both in class and online. Most classes meet no more than five times per semester; the remaining course work is offered online.

Flexible Scheduling

Full and part-time study options are available. If you attend full-time, you will complete the program in about two years. If you attend part-time you will likely complete the degree requirements in three to four years.

Graduate Certificate Options

If you are completing this track, you may take additional course work and apply for a graduate certificate in either Nursing Leadership, Nursing Education, or Public Health. Please contact the graduate program office for additional information.

Admission Criteria

You may earn your MN degree via 2 pathways. Enter the MN program with a BSN degree, or choose the RN-MN pathway and enter the program as an RN with a bachelor’s degree in any field. Each pathway has a different application and admission process. Select your pathway below for additional application and admission information.