Office of AdmissionGraduate Programs

MSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice

Post-Masters DNP for Advanced Practice Nurses (ARNP prepared)

The post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree builds on the master’s degree in advanced practice nursing (Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse Midwife, Clinical Nurse Specialist).  Students complete the DNP Core and DNP Scholarly Project coursework.  A gap analysis by the program director is conducted to determine what previous coursework meets the DNP competencies and which additional courses will be required for the PLU DNP.

Program Start Date

Summer term each year—early to mid-June

Program Length

2 years

Class Schedule

For the most part, classes are held Thursday evenings and all day Fridays, with a few day courses in the summer and January terms.  Credits vary from 3 to 7 credits per term, equating less than full-time study (8 credits is full-time).

Application Deadline

J-term or Spring Start--November 1

Summer Start--November 15

DNP candidates may apply for admission at any time during the year, however, application by the priority deadline will enhance applicants' potential for admission and for arranging financial assistance.  Applications are not reviewed until after the application deadline, and decisions are typically made from March through April.  Applications received after the priority deadline may be accepted on a space-available basis.


Please click here to see the MSN to DNP curriculum and course descriptions


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Affordability and Financial Aid

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Questions? Contact Us

To request more information or ask questions, please contact us:

Office of Admission, Graduate Programs
Phone: (253) 535-8570

PLU School of Nursing
Phone: (253) 535-7672

Information Request Form

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