Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Expansion

The DNP program expansion addresses a need for more nurses prepared at an advanced practice level who are equipped to address health locally and globally.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program now has options for college graduates with a variety of backgrounds to earn a clinical doctorate in nursing.

  • Non-nurses can complete requirements for RN licensure, obtain an education for an advanced practice role and graduate with a DNP in 4 years.
  • Registered Nurses with a bachelor’s can complete advanced practice courses and graduate with a DNP in 3 years.
  • Registered Nurses or Nurse Practitioners with a master’s in nursing can complete the DNP in 2 ½ years. Students at this level may also choose to pursue certification in a new area of advanced practice along with their DNP courses in a 3 year course of study.

Students pursuing a DNP select from two major tracks of study.

Primary Care Nurse Practitioner tracks prepares nurses to provide direct primary care for individuals and families. There are four focal areas offered in this track:

  • Adult Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Certified Nurse Midwifery

The Advanced Community Public Health Nursing track prepares nurses to collaborate with communities and organizations to design and implement health care programs that addresses the health of populations.

All applicants interested in graduate study at Seattle University College of Nursing will now apply to the DNP program. Application are now being accepted for 2017.

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