For Nurses with Master's Degree

Driven by Curiosity. Driven to Lead.

If you are a nurse who currently holds a Master's degree, our Health Systems Leader Doctor of Nursing Practice degree offers you the opportunity to lead and transform health care systems on a local and national level. Our students are mission-driven to effect change on a larger scale and improve efficiencies in complex health care systems and policies. Often led by a clinical question that arises in their current community or place of work, our students seek to continue their education and advance their understanding of research-based practice to better apply their skills to larger, systematic problems.

Unlike other pathways to the DNP, you can complete the program as a full-time or part-time student, allowing you to balance work and studies. The DNP program at Seattle University supports you in developing a sophisticated understanding of your practice and its larger context.

Schedule an online advising appointment

Prospective students can schedule an online advising appointment via Zoom to learn more about our programs and the admissions process. Contact us at to book a time.

Attend an Information Session

Learn more about the DNP and Post-Graduate Certificate programs at an upcoming online information session.

APNI and DNP Online Information Sessions

Saturday, April 11, 2020 from 2 to 2:30 PM PST


Wednesday, April 15, 2020 from 6:30 to 7 PM PST


Saturday, April 25, 2020 from 2 to 2:30 PM PST


SU Graduate Programs Open House

Fri, October 2, 2020

4-6 p.m., Student Center, First Floor

SU Graduate Open Houses are held each quarter. Find out when the next session will be held.

Sample Curriculum

Admission Requirements

Why the DNP at Seattle U?

Complete the program in three years
Gain practical experience at world-class health care institutions
Lead and transform health care systems
Shape public policy and advance the health of populations
Translate research into practice and engage in interprofessional collaboration

Alumni Taking the Lead in Today's Health Care Systems

Our alumni go on to careers as health care leaders in systems across the Seattle area and the nation.

DoQuyen Huynh, DNP, ARNP

"Seattle University’s DNP degree enabled me to take the next step in my career; that is, to address the primary care shortage crisis by giving nurse practitioners the tools they need to succeed in complex community health settings."

DoQuyen Huynh, DNP, ARNP DNP Class of 2014