Admission Requirements (DNP)


  • Post-baccalaureate DNP applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited program.
  • Post-master's DNP applicants must 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.


  • One year of full-time nursing practice preferred.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume.
  • Students must hold a current, unencumbered RN license in each state or United States territory where practice or clinical experiences occur.

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


  • Three letters of reference.
  • A telephone or in-person interview may be required.

Additional Admission Requirements

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