Family Nurse Practitioner treating a male child patient

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.

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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.

Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice

CourseCourse NumberCredits
Advanced Perspectives on Cultural Diversity and Disparities in Health CareNURS 7263
Epidemiological Principles for Population HealthNURS 7283
Theory for Advanced PracticeNURS 7353

Evidence-Based Practice Core

CourseCourse NumberCredits
Biostatistics and Applications for Nursing PracticeNURS 7203
Evidence-Based Practice in Health CareNURS 7253
Translational and Implementation ScienceNURS 8053

Systems Core

CourseCourse NumberCredits
Outcomes and Quality ManagementNURS 7503
Information Systems to Support Clinical Decision-MakingNURS 7733
Health PolicyNURS 8033
Healthcare Organization and Systems Leadership for Advanced PracticeNURS 8043

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

Project Core

CourseCourse NumberCredits
DNP Project I: PlanNURS 9932
DNP Project II: ProposalNURS 9942
DNP Project III: Leadership Practice Immersion *NURS 9951-4
 *May be completed over one or two semesters.

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.

University/CollegeCourseCourse Number
UW-MilwaukeeEducational Statistical Methods IED PSY 624
UW-MilwaukeeStatistics in the Health ProfessionsKIN 270
UW-MilwaukeeElementary Statistical AnalysisMTHSTAT 215
UW-MilwaukeePsychological StatsPSYCH 210
UWM at WaukeshaStatistical Methods in PsychologyCGS PSY 210
UWM at WaukeshaElementary StatisticsCGS MATH 215
Milwaukee Area Technical CollegeBasic StatisticsMATH 210
Madison CollegeBasic StatisticsMATH 240
UW Colleges OnlineStatistical Methods in PsychologyPYSCH 210
UW Colleges OnlineElementary StatisticsMATH 117
UW-Extension Independent Learning Elementary StatisticsU3600-246
UW-Green BayIntroductory StatisticsMATH 260
UW-LaCrosseElementary StatisticsMATH 145
UW-MadisonIntroduction to Statistical MethodsSTATS 301
UW-ParksidePsychological StatisticsPSYCH 250
UW-WhitewaterEducational StatisticsED FOUNDATIONS 482
Alverno CollegeProbability and StatisticsMGT 250 or BSC 256
Cardinal StritchApplied StatisticsMT 120
Carthage CollegeApplied Stats for Management and EconomicsBUS 2340
Jackson College (online)Introduction to Probability and StatisticsMATH 133
Lakeland CollegeProbability and StatisticsMAT 220
Marian UniversityIntro to Probability and StatisticsMAT 122
Marquette UniversityModern Elementary StatisticsMATH 1700
Marquette UniversityPsychological Measurements and StatisticsPSYC 2001
Marquette UniversitySocial StatisticsSOCI 2060
Jennifer Daood
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The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program in nursing at UW-Milwaukee is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education