College of Nursing Graduate Programs

With more than 3 million members, nurses represent the largest segment of healthcare in the U.S. This group has the voice, intellect, and vision to transform the future of healthcare delivery, nursing education, and leadership both in Washington state and abroad. We invite you to join us.

At Washington State University College of Nursing Tri-Cities we offer several exceptional graduate nursing degree programs with a mix of on-campus and distance-friendly options.

An Historic Partnership

A generous gift has allowed WSU to expand its DNP program in Tri-Cities. Now we are recruiingt new faculty who will begin breathing life into it. Read more…

Degree Options

MN - 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 Course Work (non-Thesis)
View MN Education Course Work (with Thesis)

MN - 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 Course Work(non-Thesis)
View MN Leadership Course Work (with Thesis)

MN - Invidualized Study

The MN Individualized Study track is for students who want to earn their MN degree and focus on a chosen area of study. With this option you will take the master’s program core course work, plus 3, 3-credit (9 credit total) elective courses specific to your area of interest. Advisors can assist you with identifying appropriate courses.

View MN Individualized Study Course Work (non-Thesis)
View MNIndividualized Study Course Work (with Thesis)


The RN-Master of Nursing program allows RNs with a bachelor’s degree in any field to pursue an advanced nursing degree while maintaining life’s commitments. Master’s prepared nurses are in high demand and needed to assume existing and emerging roles in a number of healthcare settings including management, administration, education, research, policy, and consulting to name a few. Full and part-time programs of study are available.

DNP - Family Nurse Practioner

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program is designed to prepare the student for a career in primary care settings, providing care across the lifespan to children, adolescents, child-bearing women, adults, and elders. Population health and epidemiology, management of information systems, and interprofessional collaboration are all emphasized. Students learn laboratory analysis, clinical procedures, and advanced assessment. Pharmacology and pathophysiology prepare students for diagnosis and prescriptive authority.

Two Pathways are available:

Post-baccalaureate to DNP-FNP
Post-master’s to DNP-FNP

DNP - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program prepares students to provide psychiatric and mental health services to individuals of all ages and to groups and populations. A strong background in assessment, pharmacology, diagnostic, and treatment modalities is provided. Students have clinical experiences with psychiatric mental health practitioners in the community and are supervised by faculty who maintain active practices themselves.

Two pathways are available:

Post-baccalaureate to DNP-PMHNP
Post-master’s to DNP-PMHNP

DNP - Population Health

The DNP Population Health (DNP-PH) focuses on the health of populations across the lifespan while providing a background in assessment, pharmacology, and pathophysiology. Health policy, epidemiology, and health promotion concepts are integrated into the curriculum. Graduates of this program will gain enhanced 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

Post-Master's DNP

Do you already have a master’s degree but want to earn your DNP in your current area of specialty?

Focused on evidence-based practice, leadership, and research, the post-master’s general plan is for nurses wanting to advance their knowledge by earning their DNP. This program is for the following advanced practice nurses:

  • An RN with an MN or equivalent degree
  • An RN with an ARNP certification and a MN or equivalent degree
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) with a MN or equivalent degree
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