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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

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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

DNP courses are completed on campus at WSU Spokane, WSU Tri-Cities, or WSU Vancouver, online, and in clinical settings. You can expect to attend class in-person on your campus for five sessions per semester (two 2-day sessions and three 1-day sessions), for a total of seven on-campus days per semester. Courses are archived online and can be accessed to review class materials. You will complete clinical course requirements working in various health care settings across the Northwest.

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.