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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

About the DNP

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares you for a tripartite role in advanced practice nursing, leadership, and practice inquiry.

Advanced Practice nursing qualifies you to apply for national certification in a selected specialty. Post-master's DNP students who do not seek additional certification focus on integrating practice inquiry and leadership into practice.

Leadership encompasses organizations/systems, information technology, policy, professional identity, and skills in leadership and inter-professional collaboration within a social justice context.

Practice Inquiry focuses on critically appraising and translating evidence into practice.

DNP graduates provide leadership in multiple areas, including quality improvement and systems management. They are competent, reflective clinicians within their area of advanced practice nursing. Our DNP graduates are using their DNP preparation and degrees in a wide variety of settings!

DNP Degree Tracks

Applicants to the DNP degree program can choose from a wide variety of advanced practice nursing tracks:

If you already hold a license in an advanced practice track (e.g., Pediatric Nurse Practitioner) and do not seek certification in an additional track, you may be interested in applying to the DNP as a Post-Master's Not Seeking a New Track.

Important Curriculum & Track Admissions Information

The Doctor of Nursing Practice 2.0 curriculum was developed with the intent that students attend full-time. While first-year classes are sustainable because all DNP students take core courses, specialty tracks within the DNP are sustainable only if enough full-time students are enrolled; i.e., a minimum of 8 (clinical courses) or 10 (didactic courses) full-time students.

We cannot guarantee offers of admission to competitive applicants who choose specialty tracks within the DNP degree program unless enough full-time students will be available to take specialty courses in the second year and possibly beyond. Because we cannot make this guarantee, we encourage you to consider alternative options within the UW School of Nursing or to consider alternative options in other colleges or universities that have educational offerings in your area of interest. Please contact with questions.

See the footnotes below for important information regarding specific tracks.

¹NCNS and NNP are suspended and not accepting applications for the 2014-15 academic year.
²NM and PNS, while considered separate tracks, count their annual applicants and enrolled students collectively in order to meet minimum track sustainability.
³PNP and PNS, while considered separate tracks, count their annual applicants and enrolled students collectively in order to meet minimum track sustainability. 

Current DNP Student Profiles

Click on any of the images below to find out what current students are saying about their experience in the DNP program!

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Program Accreditation

The Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of Washingtopn is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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