Washington State University

Nursing - Doctorate


14204 Northeast Salmon Creek Avenue

Vancouver, WA 98686

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) degree program prepares nurses to be leaders in clinical practice. Students practice at the most advanced level of nursing, working in various health care settings under the guidance of experienced faculty mentors and community experts. An integral part of the program is the completion of the Practice Transformation Project, which provides students with the knowledge and skills to utilize research and leadership in practice and to participate in research relevant to their practice. D.N.P. graduates are prepared to:

-Translate evidence-based research into practice
-Lead interdisciplinary care teams
-Measure health-related outcomes
-Improve the health of individual patients, groups, populations, and communities

PROGRAM OPTIONS                           

Add the D.N.P. degree to your current advanced practice license (e.g., Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner) with the Post-Master's DNP. Post-baccalaureate and post-master’s nursing students may choose from these tracks:

-D.N.P. - Post-Master’s
-D.N.P. - Family Nurse Practitioner (F.N.P.)
-D.N.P. - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (P.M.H.N.P.)
-D.N.P. - Population Health (P.H.)

We offer a Post-Master’s D.N.P. option 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.

Master’s degree-prepared nurses who want to add a new specialty (such as becoming a nurse practitioner) can complete an individualized plan of study and should contact the Graduate Program Coordinator for more information.

D.N.P. courses are completed on campus at WSU Spokane or WSU Vancouver, online, and in clinical settings. Students can expect to attend class in-person on their 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. Students complete clinical course requirements working in various health care settings across the Northwest.

Part- and full-time study options are offered allowing for maximum flexibility for the working nurse. Bachelor’s prepared students attending full-time complete in about two years, and those attending part-time usually complete degree requirements in three to four years.

The D.N.P. program qualifies nurses for clinical settings including:

-Acute care
-Home health
-Public health
-Health care clinics


Northwest Association of Schools and of Colleges and Universities, Commission on Colleges and Universities

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: Loans may be available. To determine eligiblity for federal student aid, students should begin by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Federal School Code: 003800

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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