Nursing, Advanced Practice Nursing Immersion, DNP

Seattle University’s Advanced Practice Nursing Immersion program offers college graduates with a non-nursing degree the opportunity to enter the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

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About this Program

Discover Your Path to Nursing Practice

The Advanced Practice Nursing Immersion (APNI) is an alternative path within the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program that welcomes a diverse range of students who have decided to seek out nursing as their second career or degree. This direct-entry option provides an intense, practice-based curriculum to fully prepare you to offer care to individuals and families in a wide range of health situations. At Seattle University, we help you build the foundation you need for a vital and rewarding career transforming the future of health care leadership.

Pre-Licensure for APNI to DNP Students

Your full-time program of study will take four calendar years. During your first 5 quarters of graduate study, you will focus on pre-licensure coursework that prepares you to take the National Council Licensure Examination Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) exam. The next three years of full-time doctoral study will prepare you as an advanced practice nurse. Upon successful completion of four years of study you will earn your Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

After successful completion of pre-licensure coursework and passing RN exams, you will begin advanced practice coursework in your selected program of study. Students choose from among four advanced practice areas of study when applying to the program.

Advanced Practice Nursing Immersion DNP at a Glance

Learn how the Advanced Practice Immersion to DNP degree will contribute to your career goals. Then, explore course requirements and see how impactful a Seattle University degree can be.

This program offers you a direct-entry Doctor of Nursing practice in only four years if you have already completed an unrelated baccalaureate degree. During the first five quarters of study you will focus primarily on pre-licensure coursework and preparation for the NCLEX-RN exam. Due to the intensity of the program, we don’t recommend that students work during the first five quarters of their degree.

APNI Pre-licensure Program of Study

5 Quarters - 600 Clinical Hours - 67 Credits

Summer Quarter - Foundational Courses for RN Practice (12 credits)

5024 Pathophysiology (5 credits)

5041 Foundational Concepts and Skills for Nursing Lab (4 credits)

5141 Foundational Concepts and Skills for Nursing Theory (3 credits)

Fall Quarter - Application of Nursing Process in Pediatric and Community Settings (17 credits)

5005 Pharmacology for Nursing Care (5 credits)

5008 Nursing Care of Children Clinical - 3 credits

5108 Nursing Care of Children Theory - 3 credits

5031 Promoting Population Health Clinical (3 credits)

5131 Promoting Population Health Theory (3 credits)

Winter Quarter - Leadership and Caring for Families (15 credits)

5012 Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family Clinical (3 credits)

5212 Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family Theory (3 credits)

5013 Leadership and Management (3 credits)

5021 Promoting Mental Health Clinical (3 credits)

5121 Promoting Mental Health Theory (3 credits)

Spring Quarter - Ethical and Evidenced Informed Care of Complex Patients (17 credits)

5025 Nursing Care, Acute and Chronic Altered Health Adults Theory (6 credits)

5027 Nursing Care, Acute and Chronic Altered Health Adults Clinical (4 credits)

6014 Theory Informed Critical Inquiry I (3 credits)

6110 Ethical Care for Social Justice (4 credits)

Summer Quarter - Population Based Health and Role Synthesis (6 credits)

5051 Population Health Role Synthesis Clinical (3 credits)

6120 Population-Based Health Care (3 credits)

The course sequence shown is based on 2023-2024 AY. Curriculum is subject to change. All courses begin with prefix NURS.

  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II with lab (within five years)
  • Microbiology with lab (within five years)
  • Chemistry, one-year high school or one quarter college (no time limit)
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Psychology Growth and Development
  • Algebra—Functions and Methods
  • Statistics

All prerequisites coursework should be completed within 10 years, except where noted. All pre-requisites must be completed before classes begin.

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APNI/BSN Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the BSN degree, Seattle University nursing students will be able to:

  1. Integrate knowledge from liberal arts, nursing science, and related disciplines to promote wellbeing through a generalist practice.
  2. Provide patient-centered care by applying the nursing process to maximize the health of clients.
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking attitudes, skills, and abilities in clinical decision making and evaluation of evidence-based nursing practice.
  4. Integrate technology and information management with relationship-centered nursing care across the health continuum in a variety of health care settings.
  5. Use interpersonal communication, collaboration, and organizational skills to work in partnerships with clients, families, communities, and the health care team to promote health.
  6. Apply leadership principles and quality improvement techniques to influence health policy, regulations, and the provision of care to ensure quality and safety.
  7. Demonstrate professional values through commitment to self-evaluation, lifelong learning, professionalism, service, respect for diversity, and social justice.

DNP graduates will: 

  1. Synthesize knowledge from nursing and other disciplines in the provision of evidence-based advanced practice nursing care. 
  2. Utilize information systems technology to improve healthcare access, quality, and outcomes. 
  3. Demonstrate competence in an advanced nursing practice specialty. 
  4. Exercise leadership through scholarship, advocacy, and community engagement to achieve just and equitable healthcare systems that improve health potential and reduce health disparities of vulnerable populations. 
  5. Evaluate and influence healthcare systems and health policy at local, state, federal, and global levels. 
  6. Demonstrate effective communication and interprofessional collaboration in the promotion of healthcare access, quality, and outcomes. 
  7. Evaluate beliefs, values, and ways of knowing to foster lifelong personal and professional development. 
  8. Apply ethical decision-making in complex clinical situations.

What You’ll Learn

Learn about the classes you’ll take as a student here.

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CCNE Accredited

Seattle University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


Job Placement Rate

For Seattle University Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) grads.


Top-Ranked Nursing School

Seattle University is a leader in WA state and among the top in the U.S. —College Factual, 2024

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State-of-the-Art Clinical Performance Lab

The Clinical Performance Lab is a state-of-the-art, 20,000 square foot facility located a few blocks from the Seattle University main campus at Swedish Cherry Hill Medical Center. You’ll take your classroom knowledge and practice in a safe clinical environment with realistic patient scenarios.


Uniquely Situated in The Dynamic Heart of Seattle

Only steps away from ‘Pill Hill’— so called because of the density of several major medical centers, giving students easy access to clinical classes in a variety of settings.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) CCNE Accredited

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Seattle University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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