Washington State Nursing Doctorate Degree Programs

Seattle University: DNP Program Review
Seattle University, College of Nursing, 901 12th Ave, P.O. Box 222000, Seattle WA 98122.
Seattle University is a private, Catholic university established in 1891. The university grants undergraduate and graduate degrees to over 7,500 students. Seattle University is one of 28 Jesuit colleges in the nation. Seventy percent of graduate students receive some form of financial aid. Several college ranking lists have names Seattle University among the most affordable colleges.

To apply to the nursing program, prospective DNP students should have an MSN (Masters of Science in Nursing) and an RN license with no restrictions. Admission criteria include two letters of recommendation, a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and proof of at least 500 hours of clinical practicum experience at the MSN level.

Prerequisite courses in advanced health assessment, pathophysiology and pharmacology are required for some DNP tracks. It is preferred, though not required that applicants to the DNP hold APRN certification.

Like many DNP programs, Seattle University’s DNP program has a focus on vulnerable populations, a feature that is also in line with the university’s Jesuit heritage that values community service. The DNP program can usually be completed in six quarters or two years of study. Federal financial aid and work study programs are available; nursing graduate students interested in financial aid opportunities should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

University of Washington: DNP & PhD in Nursing Program Review

University of Washington

School of Nursing

Box 357260

Seattle, Washington 98195

The University of Washington is based in downtown Seattle. The university was founded in 1861. Additional UW campuses are located in Tacoma and Bothell. The Princeton Review ranks the University of Washington among the most eco-friendly campuses in the nation.

The DNP program at the University of Washington can be completed in as little as one year for masters prepared nurses or three years for bachelors prepared nurses. Distance learning is an option depending on a student’s area of focus in the DNP program. There are numerous specialties offered in the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program, which include:

Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Practitioner

Cross-Cultural and Global Health

Occupational and Environmental Health

Family Nurse Practitioner

Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Practitioner


Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Practitioner

Perinatal Nurse Specialist/Mental Health

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Students in the DNP program also have the opportunity of retaining their previous specialty from their MSN (Masters of Science in Nursing) program.

The PhD in Nursing Science is a campus-based program. The doctoral nursing program can be completed in approximately 4.5 years of study. After the first year of the nursing PhD program, students may study on a part time schedule. Applicants with a bachelors degree may be considered for the PhD in Nursing program as long as they hold a valid Washington RN License. A BSN is not required. Applicants should have a 3.0 or higher GPA. The GRE is not required for admission consideration.

Washington State University: DNP & PhD in Nursing Program Review

Washington State University

College of Nursing

Graduate Program Office

Nursing Building Room 133

PO Box 1495

Spokane, WA 99210

Washington State University is a public research university founded in 1890. WSU is based in Pullman with additional campuses located in Spokane, Vancouver and Richland. Washington State University is among a select group of American universities classified with a Carnegie classification designating “very high research activity.”

Admission requirements to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree program include a bachelors or masters degree in nursing from an accredited program and a GPA of 3.0 or above. Students should submit three letters of recommendation, a personal statement, transcripts of all schools attended and a curriculum vitae to be considered for admission to the DNP.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice is currently offered on the Spokane and Vancouver campuses of Washington State University. Full time students can complete the DNP in seven months.

The nursing PhD program at Washington State University is offered on the Spokane campus. The PhD in Nursing is delivered in a hybrid format, utilizing both campus-based and online instruction. Admission requirements to the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing include a masters degree in nursing or a related healthcare field and a 3.5 or higher GPA.

A score for the analytical writing portion of the GRE and submission of scholarly writing samples are admission criteria for both the DNP and PhD in Nursing programs.