Post-MSN to DNP Nursing Program

Program description

The College of Nursing offers 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.

Nurses who have a master's degree in nursing, but not in one of these three foci, are required to complete a post-master's certificate in one of these specialties while pursuing the DNP.  

Program Highlights

  • The post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree requires 30 credit hours of course work
  • Advanced level residency coursework to allow you to practice at the highest level
  • Personalized program plan to fit your need
  • Advisor who works closely with you throughout your program
  • Offers a variety of in person, hybrid and online courses
  • DNP and PhD prepared faculty to guide you through your DNP scholarly project

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DNP Coursework- 30 credits

DNP Core Courses - 30 Credits

HEAL 6825/7825     Quality & Patient Safety in Health Care -OR-

HEAL 6830/7830     Quality Improvement Science in Health Care

HEAL 6835/7835     Health Care Informatics, Technology and Professional Issues

HEAL 6848              Health Care Policy -OR-

NURS 6746             Professional Issues in APN/DNP Practice

HEAL 7010              Translational Research

HEAL 7012              Epidemiology

HEAL 7049              Outcomes Management

HEAL 8015              Applied Statistics for Health Sciences

NURS 7980-86        Residency appropriate to specialization

NURS 7996             Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone 1

NURS 7997             Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone 2

Full requirements and course work can be found in the Graduate School bulletin.

Program Faculty

Susan Breakwell DNP, PHNA-BC (Option Coordinator)

Kristin Haglund PhD, PNP, FNP

Joan PenningtonTotka PhD

Abiola Keller, PhD, PA-C

Maharaj Singh, PhD

Kathryn Rapala, DNP, JD, RN, CPPS


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Application Deadline: Rolling Admission

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Requirements also include:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

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Program Contact

Taylor Rose Pamperin, M.Ed.

Graduate Student Success Advisor

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