Applications for Fall 2017 start will close at 11:59 p.m. on April 15, 2017.
Two pathways are available
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
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 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. You will complete clinical course requirements working in various health care settings across the Northwest.
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.
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
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.
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
Tuition (in state)
$8,878 per semester ($888 per credit for part-time)