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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 an Advanced Practice Nurse

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

Submit a DNP Project Idea

Are you interested in working with Seattle University DNP students on a Process or Practice Improvement project at your organization? Students can work on a variety of projects such as:

  • Program planning or evaluation
  • Quality safety initiative or improvement
  • Evaluating outcomes from practice innovations and/or changes
  • Needs assessment and recommendations
  • Evaluate new models of care

Student Handbook and Learning Outcomes

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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


In U.S. News & World Report's best jobs of 2023 Nurse Practitioner ranks #1 in health care jobs and #2 in best jobs overall.


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Seattle University College of Nursing