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 DNP specializations

Click the specializations below to learn more about our program offerings. Requirements and course work can be found in the Graduate School bulletin

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

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.  


Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Care includes health promotion, advanced physical assessment, diagnosis and management of health problems in patients ages 13 and up in a clinic setting.


Nurse Anesthesia

Provide a variety of regional and general anesthesia techniques during one of the most critical moments of a patient's care.


Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Prepares the student to manage complex chronically ill, acutely ill and critically ill children. 


Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Prepares the student for advanced practice as a pediatric nurse practitioner.  Graduates are prepared to independently provide health care for children and families, from simple to complex health issues, usually in primary care settings. 

Dual Primary Care and Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Practice as a dual-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. 


Health Systems Leadership

Prepare for leadership, administrative and executive roles through understanding health systems, clinical operations, and strategic thinking.


Post-Master's DNP

A post-master's to Doctor of Nursing Practice program for nurses already holding a master’s degree in nursing with specialization in an advanced practice nursing role, nursing administration/ leadership, or health care policy. 

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Lizzie Kerrick

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Taylor Rose Pamperin

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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

  • 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 bachelor’s degree (or master’s degree if already earned) with a GPA 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 website. 
  • Adult-gerontology 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.

For a comprehensive listing of merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) please visit the departmental financial aid webpage. 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.