Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students meeting with faculty member

The Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) online is a practice-focused doctoral program that prepares advanced practice nurses (NP, CNS, CNM, CRNA) for the highest level of clinical nursing practice beyond the initial preparation in the discipline.

Program Type

Doctoral

Program Format

Online
Request Information
Loading…

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 Post-Master’s to DNP program option a 32-credit online program.

Enroll and engage in the DNP online curriculum from anywhere in the world. Join a cohort of ambitious, supportive fellow students.

This 32 credit online program includes 11 courses and finishes with a four-credit, 460-hour leadership immersion experience in a clinical or community setting that focuses on improving practice through a scholarly DNP project.

Online Fall Start (32 credits)

Year 1

CourseCourse NumberCredits
BiostatisticsNURS 7203
Health Care Organization and System Leadership for Advanced PracticeNURS 8043
Epidemiological Principles for Populations HealthNURS 7283
Evidence-Based PracticeNURS 7253

Year 2

CourseCourse NumberCredits
Health PolicyNURS 8033
Outcomes and Quality ManagementNURS 7503
DNP Project I: PlanNURS 9932
Information Systems for Clinical Decision MakingNURS 7733
Translational and Implementation ScienceNURS 8053

Year 3

CourseCourse NumberCredits
DNP Project II: ProposalNURS 9942
DNP Project III: Leadership Practice ImmersionNURS 9954

Online Spring Start (32 credits)

Year 1

CourseCourse NumberCredits
BiostatisticsNURS 7203
Evidence-Based PracticeNURS 7253
Outcomes and Quality ManagementNURS 7503

Year 2

CourseCourse NumberCredits
Health Care Organization and System Leadership for Advanced PracticeNURS 8043
Health PolicyNURS 8033
Epidemiological Principles for Populations HealthNURS 7283
DNP Project I: PlanNURS 9932
Translational and Implementation ScienceNURS 8053

Year 3

CourseCourse NumberCredits
Information Systems for Clinical Decision MakingNURS 7733
DNP Project II: ProposalNURS 9942
DNP Project III: Leadership Practice ImmersionNURS 9954

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

The Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice prerequisites the following:

  • a master’s degree from a professionally accredited program with an advanced practice focus (nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, midwifery, or anesthesia) with a minimum grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale);
  • 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
  • Senior Advisor
Accreditation

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program in nursing at UW-Milwaukee is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education http://www.ccneaccreditation.org.