The Doctor of Nursing Practice, BS to DNP program, offers nurses with a bachelor’s degree in nursing to achieve the highest level of nursing practice for advanced roles as innovative clinical and policy change agents.
UWM offers students five highly specialized tracks in both clinical and nonclinical areas.
About UWM College of Nursing
UW-Milwaukee is home to the largest College of Nursing in the state of Wisconsin. The UWM Doctor of Nursing Practice is ranked in the top 10% of all DNP programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and offers students in the BS to DNP program a choice of seven specialty role options in clinical and nonclinical areas of nursing.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice is the highest achievement in clinical nursing practice. Five highly specialized tracks offer students their choice of intensive, focused degree options that prepare graduates for employment in competitive clinical and nonclinical nursing careers.
Specializations of the BS to DNP
- Adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioners provide care to patients suffering from chronic, acute or severe illnesses. Practicums are in hospital or specialty clinic settings.
- Clinical nurse specialists provide direct patient care by providing education, improvement projects and delivery of health care services to specific populations of patients. Practicums will be in hospital settings.
- Family nurse practitioners work in primary care settings. Their focus is care of the family. Student practicums will be in primary care settings such as family medical clinics, urgent care clinics, community clinics, schools and correctional facilities to provide primary and urgent care to individuals and families across the lifespan.
- Nurse executives work in an administrative or leadership role to manage patient services and support organizational goals. Practicums will be in hospital or community settings.
- Psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners provide mental health treatment to patients across the lifespan. They educate their patients about their diagnoses and help manage treatment plans. Practicums will be in outpatient or inpatient behavioral clinics.
Considering a APRN Certificate?
APRN-prepared nurses can expand their practice through a UWM graduate certificate. Learn more about our Graduate Certificate options.
Scholarships & Funding
We understand that financial support is important to every student. A variety of options are available to help students finance their education at UWM, including over $500,000 in nursing scholarships & funding awarded annually, as well as loans, grants, student employment, fellowships, military education benefits and more. UWM offers generous aid options for students seeking to be nurse educators or nurse faculty.
Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice
|Advanced Perspectives on Cultural Diversity and Disparities in Health Care||NURS 726||3|
|Epidemiological Principles for Population Health||NURS 728||3|
|Theory for Advanced Practice||NURS 735||3|
Evidence-Based Practice Core
|Biostatistics and Applications for Nursing Practice||NURS 720||3|
|Evidence-Based Practice in Health Care||NURS 725||3|
|Translational and Implementation Science||NURS 805||3|
|Outcomes and Quality Management||NURS 750||3|
|Information Systems to Support Clinical Decision-Making||NURS 773||3|
|Health Policy||NURS 803||3|
|Healthcare Organization and Systems Leadership for Advanced Practice||NURS 804||3|
Specialty Theory and Practicum
Students take 27 total credits of theory and practicum in one of the following specialty areas:
- Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
- Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
- Nurse Executive
|DNP Project I: Plan||NURS 993||2|
|DNP Project II: Proposal||NURS 994||2|
|DNP Project III: Leadership Practice Immersion *||NURS 995||1-4|
To be considered for admission, all applicants must apply through the Graduate School’s application system, Panthera. Select Apply Now, College of Nursing, and choose the DNP program of interest. You will need to submit the Graduate School application with the following:
- a nonrefundable application fee;
- unofficial transcripts from each academic institution attended where at least nine or more credits were attempted or completed.
- applicants are required to submit official transcripts after an admission offer is accepted.
- current curriculum vitae;
- references from three different people who know about your academic experience and your potential for graduate study in nursing.
- personal statement: three to four pages, double-spaced, addressing the following five components:
- Overview of professional experiences
- Short- and long-term professional goals
- Nursing practice interests
- Motivation for pursuing a doctoral degree
- Educational objectives you hope to pursue if admitted;
- two original works that reflect your scholarship and writing ability. Examples of original works could be: evidence-based projects, clinical guidelines, examples of QI/QA projects in which you had a primary role and published articles reflecting aspects of research. If you do not have two examples of scholarly work, you may substitute one or two written papers in lieu of one or both original works. The papers must be five to seven pages in length using APA format. Choose from the following paper topics:
- Select a current controversial issue facing health care today and discuss the issue. Provide a description of the issue, the controversy and its impact on health care providers
- Funding primary prevention has been cited as a potential cost containment measure towards controlling skyrocketing health
care costs. Define primary prevention and provide examples of how this might be true
- Advanced practice nurses (APNs) fill a unique niche in health care delivery. Discuss the role of APNs and their impact on health care outcomes.
- RN license: submit evidence of your current RN license from the United States (must include license number);
- an interview with a faculty member may be requested.
Requirements for Admission
The BS to DNP prerequisites are the following:
- a bachelor’s degree or a master’s in nursing from a professionally accredited program with a minimum grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale);
- one year of clinical experience relevant to the chosen specialty;
- completion of an upper-level undergraduate course in statistics (within the last five years) with a grade of B or higher;
The below courses are approved undergraduate statistics courses that qualify for the UW-Milwaukee Master of Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice program prerequisite.
|UW-Milwaukee||Educational Statistical Methods I||ED PSY 624|
|UW-Milwaukee||Statistics in the Health Professions||KIN 270|
|UW-Milwaukee||Elementary Statistical Analysis||MTHSTAT 215|
|UW-Milwaukee||Psychological Stats||PSYCH 210|
|UWM at Waukesha||Statistical Methods in Psychology||CGS PSY 210|
|UWM at Waukesha||Elementary Statistics||CGS MATH 215|
|Milwaukee Area Technical College||Basic Statistics||MATH 210|
|Madison College||Basic Statistics||MATH 240|
|UW Colleges Online||Statistical Methods in Psychology||PYSCH 210|
|UW Colleges Online||Elementary Statistics||MATH 117|
|UW-Extension Independent Learning||Elementary Statistics||U3600-246|
|UW-Green Bay||Introductory Statistics||MATH 260|
|UW-LaCrosse||Elementary Statistics||MATH 145|
|UW-Madison||Introduction to Statistical Methods||STATS 301|
|UW-Parkside||Psychological Statistics||PSYCH 250|
|UW-Whitewater||Educational Statistics||ED FOUNDATIONS 482|
|Alverno College||Probability and Statistics||MGT 250 or BSC 256|
|Cardinal Stritch||Applied Statistics||MT 120|
|Carthage College||Applied Stats for Management and Economics||BUS 2340|
|Jackson College (online)||Introduction to Probability and Statistics||MATH 133|
|Lakeland College||Probability and Statistics||MAT 220|
|Marian University||Intro to Probability and Statistics||MAT 122|
|Marquette University||Modern Elementary Statistics||MATH 1700|
|Marquette University||Psychological Measurements and Statistics||PSYC 2001|
|Marquette University||Social Statistics||SOCI 2060|