Doctor of Nursing Practice Advising

Current DNP Student Advising Resources

All DNP students are assigned a faculty member as an academic advisor. The advisor is a resource for program information and advice. Students should meet with their advisor at least once a quarter. 

DNP Student Handbook

This link will take you to the most current DNP Student Handbook 2019-2020 revised June 2019.

DNP Course Information

The most current course information can be found in Seattle University's Graduate Catalog

Seattle University Graduate Advising Mission Statement

Seattle University recognizes that academic advising is integral to the achievement of our educational mission. Academic advising at Seattle University is guided by our values: care, academic excellence, diversity, faith, justice, and leadership. Seattle University Mission Statement for Advising:

All DNP students are initially assigned a faculty member as an academic advisor. The advisor is a resource for program information and advice. Students should meet with their advisor at the beginning of each academic year.

Advisor’s Role/Context of Advising Relationship

An advisor's role is consultative in nature and is not one of granting or denying administrative approval to students for particular procedures or actions. The advisor assumes the following responsibilities, including, but not limited to:

  • Faculty advisors will serve in the primary role as advocates for student welfare
  • Assist students with the adjustment to school and maintain regular contact for the remainder of their academic career
  • It is the advisor’s responsibility to make the initial contact with their assigned student(s)
  • Provide guidance in helping students identify and address academic and non-academic problems early
  • Provide initial guidance and evaluation of the DNP Portfolio
  • Serve as or provide guidance in identifying an appropriate chair for the student’s DNP Project Committee
  • Direct advisees to resources in the University including other faculty
  • Address student issues in a confidential manner except in cases where there is concern about the welfare of the student or others
  • Provide students with a positive professional role model
  • Inform the Graduate Program Coordinator and Associate Dean by completing Form C (found in Appendices) if a student desires to change advisors

Questions to discuss with your advisor:

  1. What, if anything, worries you about your doctoral program?
  2. How can an advisor help you the most?
  3. Policies
  4. DNP Project and IRB guidance, if also serving as the DNP Project Chair
  5. Problems – personal, academic, financial
  6. Information
  7. Do you have concerns about adjusting to the program of study?
  8. Are you aware of the resources available to you? (tutoring, writing center, counseling, career planning, etc.)
  9. Are there special situations that may affect your participation in your program of study? For example, your job, family responsibilities, special provisions, or military obligations.

The advising process should move beyond directive practices to a more consultative approach. Such advising encourages student reflection upon and analysis of his/her DNP Project. The resulting advisor-advisee relationship would be implemented through a mentoring process featuring interactive communication, socialization into the academic community, and sponsorship into the profession.

Student Handbook and Learning Outcomes