CON DNP IRB submission guidelines

Timeline Note

Due to understaffing and high submission volumes, please expect possibly significant delays in response/processing ... and plan accordingly. Thank you for your understanding and patience.


Coronavirus and Human Subjects Research

King County remains in Phase 2, therefore in-person interactions are restricted to ensure that research activities do not increase risk of virus transmission. Please review the SU IRB Research Decision Tree re COVID, and contact the IRB at or 206-296-2585 to ask about any permitted in-person activities before submitting your protocol. We will clarify restrictions and consult on possible alternatives.


Guidance for Doctor of Nursing Practice Students and Faculty Advisers

Prior to engaging in a DNP project that may need IRB oversight or consideration, carefully review the IRB/DNP flow chart below to determine what steps are required.

If your project will need further IRB consideration, complete the DNP IRB Application. [Last updated Sept. 2020]

To avoid delays and returned applications:

  • If your project has already gone through an institutional IRB process, send the SU IRB both the determination/email and your final approved application.
  • Always download the latest version of the DNP Project submission form before completing.
  • Before submitting your application to the SU IRB, double check for completeness and readability.
  • Have you and your faculty mentor both signed the application? (Typed italic fonts will not be accepted.)
  • Has your clinical supervisor or site liaison signed the form OR sent a permission email to the IRB (after reading your complete application)?
  • Is the PDF of good quality? Is it right-side up, readable, and with pages in proper order?
  • Your DNP submission should clearly describe materials and processes. Do not include attachments other than an informed consent form (if applicable). We will request other materials if needed.
  • CITI certificates are not required.

Always copy your faculty mentor on your submission and all IRB correspondence.

If you have any questions, contact Copy your faculty adviser on all IRB correspondence.

Click here for a PDF version of the DNP IRB Flow Chart PDF.

 A flow chart for IRB review level of Doctor of Nursing Practice projects