Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Program Description

The doctor of nursing practice (D.N.P.) 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. B.S.N. to D.N.P. and post-M.S.N. to D.N.P. options are available.

Nursing Specializations

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

Adult-Older Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Prepares the student 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 will be academically eligible to take the national certification examination for adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner.  This specialty may be attained through the M.S.N., D.N.P., or a Post Master’s certificate for nurses who already have a master’s degree in nursing.

Adult-Older Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Prepares the student 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 will be academically eligible to take the national certification examination for adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner.  This specialty may be attained through the M.S.N., D.N.P., or a Post Master’s certificate for nurses who already have a master’s degree in nursing.

Nurse Anesthesia 

The focus of the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program is advanced practice preparation at the very highest level–nurses who understand the complexities of health care, including the need for patient safety, advanced clinical care demands (diagnostics and treatments), information technology, business management and health care finance. Graduates of this program bring best practices to the point of service, having competence in evidence-based care and translational research methods for quality improvement.  

The 36-month Nurse Anesthesia program is full time and will confer the DNP degree at program completion.  The curriculum and clinical experiences prepare students as expert clinicians for every setting in which anesthesia is delivered to patients. Students gain hands on experience in a variety of regional and general anesthesia techniques under the supervision and guidance of certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) and physician faculty and practitioners.

Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

 

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 will be academically eligible to take primary care pediatric nurse practitioner national certification examinations. This specialty may be attained through the MSN, DNP, or a Post Master’s certificate for nurses who already have a master’s degree in nursing.

Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

The graduate will be prepared to manage complex chronically ill, acutely ill, and critically ill children.  Graduates will be eligible to take the national certification examination for the acute care pediatric nurse practitioner specialty.  This specialty may be attained through the M.S.N., D.N.P., or a Post-Master’s certificate for nurses who already have a master’s degree in nursing.

Dual Pediatric Primary and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

The program prepares nurses to practice as a dually trained pediatric acute care/primary care nurse practitioner. The graduate will be prepared to manage well children, pediatric acute and episodic illnesses, complex chronically ill, acutely ill, critically ill children. Graduates will be eligible to take the national certification examinations for the acute care and primary care pediatric nurse practitioner specialties. This specialty may be attained through the M.S.N., D.N.P., or a Post-Master's certificate for nurses who already have a master's degree in nursing. 

 Systems Leadership and Healthcare Quality

Prepares the student for leadership, administrative and executive roles in health care. Graduates will be academically eligible to take the national certification examination for Nursing Administration.  This specialty may be attained through the M.S.N., D.N.P. or a Post Master’s certificate for nurses who already have a master’s degree in nursing.


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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.

D.N.P. applicants are not eligible for summer admission.

Application Requirements

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Note: Prior to application, be sure to have the following requirements completed.

Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities.
  • 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.

Lizzie Kerrick

Graduate Program Recruiter

(414) 288-4792

elizabeth.kerrick@marquette.edu