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.

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

Attend an Information Session

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

APNI-DNP Sessions for Non-Nurse Applicants

Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM PDT


Thursday, October 28, 2021 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM PDT


DNP Sessions for RN Applicants

Thursday, October 21, 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.

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.

"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