The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a practice doctorate, versus the PhD, which is a research doctorate. The DNP is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice, such as nurses who desire to become advanced practice nurses or those who are seeking leadership positions in a health care setting or organization. DNP-prepared nurses are well-equipped to fully implement the science developed by nursing and other health science researchers to improve healthcare delivery to maximize the health of patient populations.
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing recommends the DNP degree for nurses who want to work as Nurse Practitioners. In many states, including Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, Nurse Practitioners are licensed to operate a full, independent practice, with the ability to diagnose and treat illness, order and interpret diagnostic tests, and initiate and manage treatments, including prescribing medications.
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The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program prepares you for a career in primary care. In many states, including Washington, Oregon and Idaho, a Family Nurse Practitioner can operate an independent practice, diagnosing and treating illness, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, and initiating treatments.
The Post-Master’s General (PMG) degree is focused on evidence-based practice, leadership, and research. This degree is for nurses who’ve already earned their master’s degree and want to advance their area of specialty.
The PMHNP prepares you to provide psychiatric and mental health services using a full scope of therapies. A Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner assesses, diagnoses, and treats people with psychiatric disorders or the potential for such disorders.
As a healthcare provider, I recognize that I am responsible for the health of individuals and the community. Pursuing my DNP FNP is helping me become more efficacious in that mandate. I love the intellectual and emotional growth I am gaining and look forward to more skillfully contributing to individual and community health.
Natasha T., DNP Student
Earning my Nursing degree from WSU means accomplishing my goal and also pursuing the dream of having my daughter see me graduate as a doctor.
Paisha A., DNP Student
I am a married mother of two. I grew up in Uganda but moved to the United States with my siblings 16 years ago. While growing up in Uganda I had a dream to become a nurse and later also became interested in public health. I hope to use my DNP in Advanced Population Health to better my community by focusing on the prevention of illness.
Ashymin K., DNP Student
I am currently a DNP student at WSU’s College of Nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner track. I will use my degree to serve rural and underserved populations and to expand access to healthcare in our community.
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