Doctor of Nursing Practice

Nursing students working in groups

The program is designed for licensed RNs with a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in nursing who wish to go on for a doctorate in nursing practice. Doctoral-level nurses possess expertise in theory and practice and often hold positions of leadership in the field. You must choose one of three tracks of specialization: family nurse practitioner, psychiatric mental health practitioner or population health.

Students are admitted only in the fall semester. The priority application deadline is Dec. 1. If there is capacity to admit additional qualified students, we will extend the application deadline.

The DNP requires 72 – 74 credit hours. The typical student completes the program in three years if attending full time or four to five years part-time. The Graduate School allows 10 years.

Track options:

DNP courses are completed on campus online, and in clinical settings. You can expect to attend class in person on 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.

You may complete clinical course work at a variety of sites. Border Bill students may complete clinicals in either Oregon or Washington if they have a Washington license.

For further details, including nursing scholarships, see the systemwide WSU College of Nursing website.

Careers and salary

DNP nurses often work as family nurse practitioners, psychiatric nurse practitioners, health educators, clinical nurses, or patient care coordinators.

Salary varies by location and specialty, but most DNP-prepared nurses can expect an average starting salary of approximately $92,000.

Ready to apply?

Contact an academic advisor and see Steps to Apply.