DNP – Population Health Nurse

DNP – Population Health

Applications for Fall 2017 start will close at 11:59 p.m. on April 15, 2017.

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

Program Delivery

DNP courses are completed on campus at WSU Spokane, WSU Tri-Cities, or WSU Vancouver, online, and in clinical settings. You can expect to attend class in-person on your campus for 5 sessions per semester (two 2-day sessions and three 1-day sessions), for a total of 7 on-campus days per semester. Courses are archived online and can be accessed to review class materials. You will complete clinical course requirements working in various health care settings across the Northwest.

Flexible Scheduling

Full and part-time study options are offered allowing for maximum flexibility for the working nurse. If you are a bachelor’s prepared student attending full-time, you will complete the program in about 3-4 years. if you attend part-time, you will likely complete the degree requirements in 4-5 years.

Current Students

The College of Nursing provides academic support for students at both the Spokane campus and the Tri-Cities campus. Visit the current students resources page for access to all the information you’ll need to be successful.

The College of Nursing awards at least $345,000 each year to support high-achieving nursing students who are striving to improve the quality of health care.

You must have a Washington state RN license and have worked as a full-time nurse for at least 1 year to be eligible to apply.


  • Post-baccalaureate DNP applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited program
  • Post-master’s DNP applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing or another field AND:
    • A master’s degree in nursing from a program accredited by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission OR
    • A graduate nurse anesthesia degree from a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists OR
    • A graduate nurse-midwifery degree from a program accredited by the American College of Nurse Midwives Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher in a bachelor’s, and if applicable, master’s program
  • Written goal statement congruent with program’s philosophy and focus
  • Official transcripts from all previous college work


  • 1 year of full-time nursing practice
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • For U.S. residents, current Washington state RN licensure

International students are eligible to apply if they are eligible to obtain a current Washington state registered nurse (RN) license, which must be obtained prior to enrollment in any clinical or practicum course. International applicants must meet general Graduate School international applicant requirements.


  • 3 letters of reference
  • Written interview
  • A telephone or in-person interview may be required in addition to the written interview

Additional Admission Requirements

For a complete list of nursing requirements for newly admitted students, visit the WSU Spokane Admitted Students section.

Congratulations! You’ve Been Admitted. Now What?

Refer to WSU Spokane’s Admitted Student section of our website for information on what’s next in the admission process. This site includes orientation information, a list of nursing requirements, important dates and deadlines, and additional resources you will need during the admission process.

Graduate program costs are subject to change and are meant to give you a general idea of program costs. For more information on the estimated cost of programs, visit the WSU Student Financial Services. Nursing program costs are listed under Professional Students.

MN & DNP Program Costs

WSU Application Fee $75
Tuition (in state) $8,878 per semester ($888 per credit for part-time)
Books $600 per year approximately
Course Fees $88-$144 per semester approximately
E*Value Fee $50 per semester
CPR/First Aid $65 approximately, cost varies
National Background Report $85 one time, upon admission
Washington State Patrol Background Report $10 yearly, beginning second year
Liability Insurance $20 yearly approximately
Name Badge $10 upon entrance
Health Fee (if taking 7+ cr) $87 yearly
Immunizations Varies, depending on need and where received
Graduation Application Fee $50-$75

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Tami Kelley

Program Coordinator, Graduate Program

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