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Washington State University

Post-Master’s DNP Core Curriculum

We offer a post-master’s general plan for nurses who wish to add the DNP degree to their current area of study. This program is for students who have already completed a master’s program with a specialized area of study who wish to add expertise in research and leadership to their current practice.

View the Course Catalog for course descriptions.


Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
NURS 518Translating Evidence into Practice3 (60 hours non-direct care practicum)
NURS 505Analytical Foundations for Practice Inquiry3
NURS 553*Organizational Systems and Leadership II3 (60 hours non-direct care practicum)
NURS 554Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Health Professions3
NURS 557*DNP Project I3 (60 hours non-direct care practicum)
NURS 558*DNP Project II 3 (120 hours non-direct care practicum)
NURS 559*DNP Project III 3 (120 hours non-direct care practicum)
NURS 565Information Management for Clinical Practice3
NURS 576Organizational Systems and Leadership O3 (60 hours non-direct care practicum)
NURS 584Healthcare Law, Policy, and Analysis3
NURS 591Introduction to Mixed Methods and Evaluation3
Total Credits33
(480 DNP practicum hours)

*Practicum courses require the completion of pre-approved experience with a preceptor who is an organizational leader and who has completed a master’s degree in nursing or a related field. Post-MN DNP students must have completed a total of 1000 clinical hours post-baccalaureate degree. The Post-MN DNP program provides 480 hours. Hours completed in an MN/MSN program can be counted towards the 1000 hour total with student-provided documentation. It is possible that additional credits in clinical courses could be required beyond the 33 credits listed here.