Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Program Description

The doctor of nursing practice (DNP) will emphasize development of nursing practice expertise at the highest level. The curriculum includes translational research, epidemiology, informatics, statistics, advanced clinical practice, health policy and professional issues. BSN to DNP and post-MSN to DNP options are available.

Nursing Specializations

Click the specializations below to learn more about our program offerings. You can also visit the Nursing DNP department webpage for additional information.

Requirements and course work can be found on the Graduate School bulletin.


 

Adult-Older Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Prepares students to have competence in leadership, evidence-based care and translational research methods for quality improvement as well as preparation at the very highest level to apply advanced clinical assessment and management skills to apply advanced clinical assessment and management skills to episodic and chronic health problems. Care includes health promotion, advanced physical assessment, diagnosis and management of health problems in patients aged 13 and up, in a clinic setting. Graduates are academically eligible to take the national certification examination for adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. 

Adult-Older Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Prepares students to have competence in leadership, evidence-based care and translational research methods for quality improvement as well as preparation at the very highest level to apply advanced clinical assessment and management skills to complex health problems. Graduates of this program care for acutely ill patients, ages 13 and up, in a variety of settings such as acute care facilities, specialty practice offices and skilled care. Graduates are academically eligible to take the national certification examination for adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. One year of full-time nursing experience in an acute care setting with the adult population is required prior to beginning clinical courses.

Nurse Anesthesia 

Prepares students to have competence in leadership, evidence-based care and translational research methods for quality improvement as well as preparation at the very highest level to apply advanced clinical assessment and management skills to complex health problems.

The nurse anesthesia program prepares expert clinicians who understand the complexities of health care, including patient safety, advanced diagnostics and treatments, information technology, business management and health care finance.

The curriculum and clinical experiences prepare students in a variety of regional and general anesthesia techniques for every setting in which anesthesia is delivered to patients. A minimum of one year, preferably two years, of full-time work experience (or its part-time equivalent) as a registered nurse in a critical care setting within the United States, its territories or a U.S. military hospital outside of the United States is required prior to application.

Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Prepares students to have competence in leadership, evidence-based care and translational research methods for quality improvement as well as preparation at the very highest level to apply advanced clinical assessment and management skills. The program prepares nurses for advanced practice as pediatric nurse practitioners. Graduates are prepared to independently provide health care for children and families from simple to complex health issues usually in primary care settings. Graduates are academically eligible to take primary care pediatric nurse practitioner national certification examinations. 

Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Prepares students to have competence in leadership, evidence-based care and translational research methods for quality improvement as well as preparation at the very highest level to apply advanced clinical assessment and management skills. Graduates are prepared to manage complex chronically ill, acutely ill and critically ill children.

Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination for the acute care pediatric nurse practitioner specialty. One year of full-time nursing experience in pediatric acute care setting is required prior to beginning clinical courses.

Dual Pediatric Primary and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Prepares students to have competence in leadership, evidence-based care and translational research methods for quality improvement as well as preparation at the very highest level to apply advanced clinical assessment and management skills.

The program prepares nurses to practice as a dually trained pediatric acute care/primary care nurse practitioner. Graduates are prepared to manage well children, pediatric acute and episodic illnesses, complex chronically ill, acutely ill and critically ill children.

Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examinations for the acute care and primary care pediatric nurse practitioner specialties. One year of full-time nursing experience in pediatric acute care setting is required prior to beginning acute care clinical courses.

 Systems Leadership and Healthcare Quality

Prepares students to have competence in leadership, evidence-based care and translational research methods for quality improvement as well as preparation at the very highest level to apply advanced clinical assessment and management skills. Prepares students for leadership, administrative and executive roles in health care. Graduates are academically eligible to take the national certification examination for Nursing Administration. 


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Application Deadline


Nov. 15  - For spring admission

Feb. 15 - For fall admission
Applicants who apply after the Feb. 15 deadline will be considered on a space-available basis for fall admission, provided their application is complete by June 1.

DNP applicants are not eligible for summer admission.

Application Requirements

New students apply through NursingCas. If you are a Graduate of Marquette's Direct Entry MSN program, please only apply directly through Marquette University Graduate School


Requirements also include:

  • Copies of colleges/university transcripts except Marquette.
  • Three completed recommendation forms prepared by previous or present employers and teachers familiar with graduate education in nursing.
  • A resume and written statement of professional goals, including reasons for pursuing graduate study.
  • GRE scores  (General Test only). Waived for applicants who have a master’s degree with a of 3.200 or above. Use DI Code 0093 for submitting GRE scores.
  • International applicants only: TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
  • For post-master's DNP applicants only: Evidence of certification in a specialty, if applicable.
  • An interview is required for applicants to the advanced practice nursing specializations in acute care nurse practitioner, nurse-midwifery and pediatrics.
  • All applicants must be registered in the United States as a professional nurse. Graduates of nursing schools in foreign countries must successfully complete the certification program administered by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools and must be licensed in Wisconsin.
  • Accepted graduate students must complete and submit the Graduate Student Health Status Report form as well as other health information, including a criminal background check that must be submitted to a program on the castlebranch.com website. 
  • Adult-older adult acute care nurse practitioner students must demonstrate evidence of current Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification and have experience working with acutely ill adults. Pediatric acute care nurse practitioner students need to be PALS certified and have experience working with acutely ill children. One year of practice in an acute care setting is required for acute care and pediatric acute care students prior to beginning clinical practicum course work.

You may be interested in the other graduate programs offered by Marquette University's Nursing Graduate School.

For a comprehensive listing of merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) please visit the departmental financial aid web page. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.


Ready to learn more about Marquette's Nursing graduate programs? Request more information now or schedule a campus visit.

Graduate Program Recruiter and Advisor

Lizzie Kerrick

Graduate Program Recruiter

(414) 288-4792

elizabeth.kerrick@marquette.edu


Taylor Rose Pamperin

Graduate Program Advisor

phone: (414) 288-5632

email: taylorrose.pamperin@marquette.edu