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Post-Master’s DNP

Do you already have a master’s degree but want to earn your DNP in your current area of specialty?

Focused on evidence-based practice, leadership, and research, the post-master’s general plan is for nurses wanting to advance their knowledge by earning their DNP. This program is for the following advanced practice nurses:

  • An RN with an MN or equivalent degree
  • An RN with an ARNP certification and a MN or equivalent degree
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) with a MN or equivalent degree

View curriculum.

Do you already have a master’s degree and want to change specialties to become a Nurse Practitioner or a DNP-prepared Population Health nurse?

Choose from one of the following track options:

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 some required attendance in scheduled classroom time on your campus of registration. In-person class sessions are block scheduled so that students can attend each of their courses in a 1-2 day block. 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. In addition, 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.

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 1-2 years. If you attend part-time, you will likely complete the degree requirements in 2-3 years.

Admission Criteria

You must have a Washington state RN license and have worked as a full-time nurse for at least 1 year to be eligible to apply. To learn about other pre-application requirements, visit the DNP Admission Requirements page.

Research and Teaching Assistant Opportunities

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