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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 …

MN-Nurse Educator

Master of Nursing in Population Health: Nurse Educator

The MN Nursing Education program will prepare you to be a nurse educator. You will take the core master’s course work and additional course work in education. Enter the MN program with a BSN or the RN-MN program as an RN with a bachelor’s degree in any field.

View MN Education Curriculum (non-Thesis)
View MN Education Curriculum (with Thesis)

Career Options

Graduates work as faculty in ADN or BSN higher-education programs, or as nurse educators in a number of settings including acute care, public health, outpatient clinics, home healthcare, and more.


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MN-Nurse Leader

Master of Nursing in Population Health: Nurse Leader

The MN Nursing Leadership program prepares you for an advanced practice leadership role in acute and outpatient settings. You will take the master’s core course work and additional course work in organizational leadership. You may enter the MN program with a BSN or the RN-MN program as an RN with a bachelor’s degree in any field.

Note: This is NOT a clinical nurse leader (CNL) program.

View MN Leadership Curriculum (non-Thesis)
View MN Leadership Curriculum (with Thesis)

Career Options

With this degree, you will be prepared to work as a nurse … » More …

RN-BSN Admission Requirements

RN-BSN Admission Requirements

Students interested in applying to the RN-BSN program must meet the following admission requirements:

A current, unencumbered Washington state RN license or eligibility for licensure is required.
Applicants must be at junior standing (60 semester hours/90 quarter hours), have a direct transferable AA/AS degree, or have a bachelor’s degree.
Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in all college course work.
Students must complete College of Nursing prerequisite courses and WSU’s University Common Requirements (UCORE) or equivalent course work. Some associate of arts (AA), associate of science (AS), or bachelor’s degrees may satisfy these requirements. Check with your … » More …

Prerequisites and Requirements

Prerequisites & Requirements

Please review this information carefully, as many frequently asked questions are answered here. For admission to the BSN programs, applicants must fulfill all Nursing prerequisites and the WSU Common Requirements (UCORE) prior to enrollment in the program. An Associate in Pre-Nursing Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) usually fulfills all admissions requirements for the BSN Pre-Licensure program, while an Associate in Nursing DTA usually fulfills all admissions requirements for the RN-BSN program.

Nursing Prerequisites

Below is the general list of the College of Nursing prerequisites for the BSN programs. For more detailed information of specific course equivalencies, please refer to the lists of … » More …


History of the College of Nursing

In the mid-1960s, there were no four-year nursing programs in all of Eastern Washington. Nurses in the region were educated in diploma programs offered by area hospitals. Yet a visionary group of nurse leaders from Spokane knew the bachelor’s degree would become increasingly important in the profession. They proposed an innovative solution: to create a consortium baccalaureate nursing (BSN) program that would serve Eastern Washington, North Idaho and Western Montana. Called the Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education (ICNE), the consortium was the first of its kind in the nation and included Eastern Washington State College (now Eastern Washington University), … » More …

Mission and Vision

Our Mission, Vision and Values


The Washington State University College of Nursing delivers excellent academic programs and engages in research and service in partnership with educational institutions and community stakeholders. Nursing and interprofessional education are delivered locally and globally to advance nursing science, education, and practice to enhance health and quality of life. The college functions as an integrated multi-campus system. Working across campuses, educational, research, and service initiatives strengthen the assets of each campus as well as the college as a whole.


The Washington State University College of Nursing will be recognized as a leader in transforming healthcare now and for … » More …

Why Choose the WSU College of Nursing?

Why WSU?

For nearly 50 years the WSU College of Nursing has elevated the practice and science of nursing, and our graduates at all levels are highly skilled and in-demand.

History of Innovation

Our founders were visionary nurse-leaders in Spokane, who understood the role that nurses with bachelor’s degrees would play in improving health care. In 1968, four colleges in Eastern Washington created the first intercollegiate nursing education program in the nation, called the Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education (ICNE). Our name has changed over the years but our values never wavered – to advance nursing at all levels and contribute to the excellence of … » More …

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