Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

D.N.P. Programs logoThe doctor of nursing practice emphasizes 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. The doctor of nursing practice includes two entry points: the post-master to doctor of nursing practice and the post-baccalaureate to doctor of nursing practice.

Post-Masters to DNP

The post-master to doctor of nursing practice entry requires the student to have a master of science in nursing with a specialization in an advanced practice or leadership/policy role. If students do not have this preparation in their master of science of nursing, a post-master’s certificate in one of these areas must be completed concurrently with the post-master’s doctor of nursing practice degree.

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Post-Bachelors to DNP Specializations

The post-baccalaureate to doctor of nursing practice entry prepares expert advanced practice nurses or nursing leaders who understand the complexities of health care, including patient safety, advanced 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. Graduates are eligible for specialty certification.

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At the completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced, evidence-based management of care in a cultural context at the individual, family, population, and/or organizational/systems level. 
  2. Demonstrate policy analysis and advocacy for social justice, equity and ethical policies in health care delivery.
  3. Analyze and apply models, theories and scientific evidence to improve quality of health care of diverse populations.
  4. Employ interprofessional and leadership knowledge and skills to transform health care and complex delivery systems.
  5. Integrate knowledge of and skills in information systems and patient care technologies for the improvement and transformation of health care.

Our DNP program is offered via a combination of in-person, hybrid and/or online courses. The DNP clinical and residency requirements vary. These clinical courses help the students attain the required amount of clinical hours for their specialty. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s recommends a minimum of 1,000 hours of supervised clinical practice for the DNP.

The Nurse Anesthesia specialty can only be attained through the DNP program, which is 91 credits of full-time study. The other postbaccalaureate DNP programs require 63–69 credits and can be completed on a full- or part-time basis. These programs include all existing master’s courses plus additional courses to help students meet the DNP competencies. With the exception of the Nurse Anesthesia program, the DNP program was deliberately planned so students will earn a master’s degree en route to the DNP and be eligible to write for the certification exam in their area of specialization upon completion of required courses.

The 30-credit post-master’s DNP program builds on the existing master’s program and is completed generally on a part-time basis. Transcripts of students whose master’s degrees are from nursing master’s programs other than Marquette are evaluated on a case-by-case basis to assure attainment of prerequisite knowledge and clinical experience. Additional course work beyond the 30 credit requirement may be necessary to meet all of the essentials of doctoral education for advanced practice.



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Graduate School tuition rates for the current year may be found on the Graduate School's website. Several sources of financial assistance, including scholarships, are available.

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Graduate Program Advisor

Taylor Rose Pamperin

Assistant Dean for 
Graduate Programs/
Director of Nurse
Practitioner Programs

Christine Shaw, Ph.D., FNP-BC, ANP-BC

Post-Masters to DNP


Option Coordinator/Email


Post-Masters to DNP

Susan Breakwell DNP, PHNA-BC

(414) 288-3848

Post-Bachelors to DNP


Option Coordinator/Email


Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP

Debra Casper, M.S.N. CCRN, ACNP-BC

(414) 288-3871

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP

Madeline Schmidt, DNP, ANP

(414) 288-3870

Nurse Anesthesia

Lisa Thiemann, Ph.D., CRNA, FNAP

(414) 288-3858

Pediatric Primary Care NP

Kristin Haglund, Ph.D., FNP, PNP, BC

(414) 288-3824

Pediatric Acute Care NP

Christine Schindler, Ph.D., CPNP-PC, AC

(414) 288-6179

Dual Pediatric Primary and Acute Care NP

Kristin Haglund, Ph.D., FNP, PNP, BC 

Christine Schindler, Ph.D., CPNP-PC, AC

(414) 288-3824

(414) 288-6179