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Transforming Health Care for a Just and Humane World

The Seattle University Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program offers nurses with bachelor’s degrees and college graduates with no health care background the opportunity to play a formative role in the transformation of health care. As an Advanced Practice Nurse you will have the opportunity to offer care for individuals and families in a range of health situations, from high-risk health situations accompanied by physical and psychosocial stressors, to long-term patient care. Our Doctors of Nursing Practice are sought after for their mission-driven intellect and skill sets, and recognized throughout the industry as uniquely compassionate care providers and leaders.

Pursuing doctoral study at our nationally acclaimed College of Nursing leads to a practice doctorate in nursing, with a rigorous curriculum and access to hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art Clinical Performance lab. 

Non-nurses can earn their clinical doctorate in four years. RNs with bachelor's degrees can earn their DNP in three years. RNs with a master's degree can earn their DNP in two and a half years.

New to nursing, but already have an undergraduate degree?

Become a Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Practitioner tracks prepare nurses to provide primary or acute care for individuals and families. Students pursuing the DNP choose from these focal areas:

Acute Care

Primary Care


Attend an Information Session

Learn more about the DNP program at an upcoming online information session.

APNI-DNP Sessions for Non-Nurse Applicants

Thursday, September 16, 2021 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM PDT


Thursday, September 30, 2021 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM PDT


DNP Sessions for RN Applicants

Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM PDT


SU Graduate Programs Virtual Open House

SU Graduate Open Houses are held each quarter and are a great opporuntity to meet with nursing and graduate admissions counselors at the same time. Find out when the next session will be held.

Connect with us

Connect with a graduate admission counselor and stay up to date with important information about the admissions process. 

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Seattle University's DNP – Leading Leaders in Nursing

“The DNP program helped me ask better questions, lead with best available evidence, and evaluate for myself what is good and just.”

Joan Ching, DNP, RN, CPHQ DNP Class of 2016

Upon achieving your Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, you’ll be uniquely situated to make the meaningful contributions that leading health care systems are searching for:

  • Enhance care delivery systems through leadership.
  • Translate research into practice with a focus on quality patient and systems outcomes.
  • Collaborate with other health care leaders in quickly evolving patient-care environments.

Only steps away from internationally celebrated health care systems, clinics & research facilities, all of which work with the College of Nursing to offer DNP Practicums and Internships


Nurse Practitioner is ranked #3 in best careers & NPs are also among the highest paid nurses, industry-wide


Situated in Swedish Cherry Hill’s James Tower Life Sciences Center, equipped with realistic patient simulators

Notice Inviting Third Party Comments for the Accreditation of the Seattle University Midwifery Program

The nurse-midwifery education program at the Seattle University College of Nursing in Seattle, WA is scheduled to be reviewed by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) Board of Review (BOR) for continuing accreditation in August 2021. Please email any written third-party comments to or mail to ACME at 8403 Colesville Rd., Suite 1230, Silver Spring, MD, 20910-6374; Tel: 240-485-1803,; by August 20, 2021. In all instances, your comments must directly relate to the continuing accreditation of this program and the ACME Criteria for Programmatic Accreditation (Revised 12/2020). Please cite the particular criterion of concern in your comments. The criteria can be found online at Criteria for Programmatic Accreditation.

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