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Intensive, comprehensive, innovative and nationally ranked. All of this describes the DNP/MBA program jointly offered by the School 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. It is a hybrid, 83-credit program. 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 7283
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

Prerequisites for the UWM DNP/MBA

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 (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.

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 260
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

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Jennifer Daood
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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
Jennifer Daood
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