Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP)

Nurse practitioners: the solution to our primary care shortage

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program is designed to prepare the student for a career in primary care. In many states, including Washington, Oregon and Idaho, a family nurse practitioner (FNP) has full practice authority.  The FNP may assess, order and interpret diagnostic tests, diagnose and manage health problems which includes the prescribing of medication.  FNPs promote health and wellness through patient education and empowerment.

DNPs use research and evidence to improve health care and patient outcomes. Through scholarly inquiry you’ll learn how to translate research into practice in a health care setting. As a DNP student you’ll work alongside clinical and research faculty to learn how to create change in organizations, and work in interprofessional groups to prepare you for a team-oriented career.

Before admission

If you have a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited program, you may qualify for the Post-Baccalaureate to DNP-FNP.

If you have a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited program or another field, and you also have a master’s degree in nursing, anesthesia or midwifery, you may qualify for our Post-Master's to DNP-FNP.

Students must hold a current, unencumbered RN license in each state or United States territory where practice or clinical experiences occur. One year of full-time nursing practice is preferred. To learn about other prerequisites, visit the DNP Admission Requirements page.

After graduation

Certification & Licensure

Graduates of the DNP-FNP program may take the Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination offered by either the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board to become certified and then state licensed.

DNP–FNP nurses often work in:

  • Private practices, federally qualified health centers, rural health clinics, clinics that are part of a large health care organization, and urgent care clinics and palliative care. 

Contact us

For questions, visit our FAQs page or contact: Tami Kelley, program coordinator, tamara.kelley@wsu.edu, 509-324-7334.