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 School of Nursing
UW-Milwaukee is home to the largest School of Nursing in the state of Wisconsin. The UWM Doctor of Nursing Practice 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||4|
Requirements for Admission
The BS to DNP prerequisites are the following:
The admission requirements of the DNP program in Nursing are consistent with those requirements specified by the Graduate School of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In addition, students must also meet the following requirements for the School of Nursing (more details in the application):
- 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 RN experience.
- Completion with a grade of B or higher in an upper-level undergraduate course in
statistics within the last five years.
- A current unencumbered Registered Nurse license.
- Three (3) letters of recommendation for graduate study in nursing, two (2) of which are from persons most knowledgeable about the applicant’s recent academic and work experiences.
- Completion of a personal statement.
- Current CV or resume.
- Submission of one writing sample.
- Personal interview with a faculty member.
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 260|
|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|