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Alumni and Giving

Alumni and Giving

Since its inception in 1969, WSU College of Nursing has grown in size and influence. Our founders brought courage, diplomacy, and vision to our college. They demonstrated that nurses stand second-to-none and are an integral part of healthcare delivery. By embodying our values of integrity, caring, altruism, social justice, and maximizing health potential, we have carried on their traditions and are delivering the best and most dedicated nurses into the global healthcare community

WSU College of Nursing remains committed to excellence in research, education, and practice. Our success is dependent upon the generosity of dedicated alumni, friends, faculty, and staff. We … » More …



The WSU College of Nursing promotes diversity and an environment that embraces and honors all individuals. Everyone is encouraged to explore, understand, and appreciate similarities and differences including, but not limited to, abilities, age, culture, ethnicity, family structure, gender identity, geographical location, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and spirituality.

An inclusive climate is fostered through education, practice, service, research, and initiatives to support the mission of the college. We are committed to actions that support the spirit of this resolution.

This statement was drafted by the Diversity Committee with input from students, staff, faculty, and administrators at Washington State University College of Nursing. … » More …



The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing, and doctor of nursing practice programs at Washington State University College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

The bachelor of science in nursing, post-master’s certificate, and master of nursing programs are accredited through December 31, 2024. The doctor of nursing practice program is accredited through December 31, 2019.

Washington State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Most recently reaffirmed in … » More …

How to Apply

How to Apply

To learn how to apply to WSU College of Nursing, select a program of study below for information on the application and admission process. Each program has a different set of requirements.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing
MN-Nurse Leader
MN-Nurse Educator
DNP-Family Nurse Practitioner
DNP-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
DNP-Population Health Nurse
Post-Master’s DNP
Baccalaureate to PhD in Nursing
PhD Nurse Researcher
Graduate Certificates

Dean Joyce Griffin-Sobel



Dean Joyce Griffin-Sobel

Joyce Griffin-Sobel

Dean and Professor | PROFILE

Dr. Joyce P. Griffin-Sobel joined the College of Nursing as its seventh dean in 2016.  She has served as dean at SUNY Upstate Medical University, and prior to that, was at Hunter College School of Nursing, City University of NY (CUNY) as acting dean, assistant dean of curriculum and technology and director of undergraduate programs. She has had extensive experience in oncology nursing, and served as Editor of a leading oncology journal.

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DNP Population Health Nurse

Fall 2019 applications open August 1st!

DNP – Population Health

The DNP Population Health degree (DNP-PH) prepares you to work in community health or public health, improving health care systems and population health. Health policy, epidemiology, and health promotion are core concepts of the program. Students learn how to audit and analyze the effectiveness and scope of community health programs in partnership with other professional disciplines and local organizations. You’ll also enhance your skills in interprofessional collaboration, application of evidence-based practice, health information systems, organizational systems, and leadership.

Two pathways are available:

Post-baccalaureate DNP-PH
Post-master’s DNP-PH

Career Settings

Hospitals and … » More …

Message from the Director

Message from the DNP Director

Anne Mason

Dr. Anne Mason

Welcome to the WSU Doctor of Nursing Practice program!  We are excited that you have chosen to attend the Washington State University College of Nursing.

Currently more than 150 registered nurses are actively engaged in studies at the college leading to the DNP degree, pursuing specialties as family nurse practitioners, psychiatric nurse practitioners, population health nurses, and post-master’s DNPs. We admitted over 75 new students into the fall 2017 cohort and each year graduate more DNP-prepared nurses who positively impact the clinical environments in … » More …

Program Outcomes

DNP Program Outcomes

All DNP students will meet the DNP Program Mission and Outcomes at the successful conclusion to their program:

“The Mission of the DNP program is to prepare nurse leaders who are experts in evidence-based practice to provide the highest quality health care for patients, families, communities, and populations.”

At the conclusion of the program, the DNP graduate will be able to:

Apply biophysical, psychosocial, behavioral, sociopolitical, cultural, economic, and nursing science to improve health care practice and delivery systems.  (DNP Essentials I, V,  and VIII)
Analyze organizational structure, functions and resources to improve the delivery of care. (DNP Essential II)
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DNP-Family Nurse Practitioner

Fall 2019 applications open August 1st!

DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program is designed to prepare the student 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 and managing treatments.

DNPs use research and evidence to improve health care and patient outcomes, and through scholarly inquiry you’ll learn how to translate research into practice in a health care setting. As a DNP student you’ll work alongside clinical and research faculty to learn how to create change … » More …

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