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Intensive, comprehensive, innovative and nationally ranked. All of this describes the DNP/MBA program jointly offered by the College of Nursing and Lubar College of Business at UWM.

The program provides a unique opportunity to get a cutting-edge education in advanced nursing practice and business. Graduates are prepared for roles as executives and managers in the health care industry with the highest level of clinical nursing competence.

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UW-Milwaukee’s location in the health care, corporate and financial capital of Wisconsin provides DNP/MBA students access to faculty and mentors who lead in their professions and their health care system.

This unique program is designed for current and emerging nurse leaders and administrators. The cohort is small, the curriculum diverse and demanding. The graduates already are personalizing and improving the clinical care experience for patients and transforming health care delivery in southeastern Wisconsin.

The DNP/MBA offers a Fall start with 83 credits.

Year 1

CourseCourse NumberCredits
Theoretical Foundations of Advanced NursingNURS 7353
Adv. Perspectives on Cultural Diversity and Disparities in Health CareNURS 7263
Accounting Analysis and ControlBUS MGMT 7043
Evidence-Based PracticeNURS 7253
BiostatisticsNURS 7203
Corporate FinanceBUS MGMT 7053
Epidemiological Principles for Population HealthNURS 7253
Outcomes and Quality ManagementNURS 7503

Year 2

CourseCourse NumberCredits
Information Systems for Clinical Decision MakingNURS 7733
Managing in a Dynamic EnvironmentBUS MGMT 7063
Information Tech. Mgt. in International BusinessesBUS MGMT 7073
Predictive Analytics for ManagersBUS MGMT 7093
Nursing Administration NURS 7703
Health PolicyNURS 8033
Translational and Implementation ScienceNURS 8053
Specialty Theory3

Year 3

CourseCourse NumberCredits
Health Care Organization and Systems Leadership for Advanced PracticeNURS 8043
Marketing Strategy Concepts and PracticeBUS MGMT 7083
Global Supply ChainBUS MGMT 7113
Nurse Executive Practicum INURS 8263
Strategic Mgt. in Health Care OrganizationsBUS MGMT 7203
DNP Project Plan I: PlanNURS 9932
Nurse Executive Practicum IINURS 8273
Specialty Theory3

Year 4

CourseCourse NumberCredits
Nurse Executive Practicum IIINURS 8283
Human Resource MgtBUS ADM 7383
DNP Project II: ProposalNURS 9942
DNP Project III: Leadership Practice ImmersionNURS 9954

Specialty Course Options

CourseCourse NumberTime OfferedCredits
Health Care Acct., Law, and EthicsBUS MGMT 727Odd years, Fall only3
Health Care Adm. and Delivery SystemsBUS ADM 755Even years, Fall only3
Managed Care and Integrated Health NetworksBUS ADM 757Odd years, Spring only3
Economics of Health Care and Health Care SystemsNURS 711Even years, Spring only3

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.

Prerequisites for the UWM DNP/MBA

Applicants must have:

  • 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;
  • completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) if the previous undergraduate and graduate GPA calculated by the Graduate School is less than 3.2.

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

Program Advising

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Important Dates

Priority Application Deadline

February 1
(Fall start)

October 1
(Spring start)

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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

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