Nursing, Family Health-Nurse Practitioner - Doctor of Nursing Practice

(Code 700-836)

UW-Eau Claire offers Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree options for individuals pursuing education in advanced practice nursing. The DNP is a clinical doctorate designed to prepare nurses to assume leadership roles in the areas of advanced practice nursing (nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist) or nursing administration/nurse executive. Both MSN-to-DNP and BSN-to-DNP options are offered.

The post-master's (MSN-to-DNP) option includes an advanced clinical practice option (for nurse practitioners or clinical nurse specialists) or a nurse executive option. The MSN-to-DNP option typically is a part-time two-year program that includes 30 credits of nursing courses (29 credits for the Nurse Executive Option). The plan requires students to take courses during Summer, Fall, Winterim, and Spring terms.

The post-baccalaureate (BSN-to-DNP) option includes an adult-gerontologic or family nursing population focus and a primary care nurse practitioner (NP), clinical nurse specialist, or nurse administrator/nurse executive role preparation.  Students choose from the following BSN-to-DNP options:

  • Adult-gerontologic primary care nurse practitioner

  • Adult-gerontologic clinical nurse specialist
  • Family nurse practitioner
  • Nurse administrator/nurse executive (adult-gerontologic or family population focus)

The post-baccalaureate DNP program includes approximately 68 credits for administration/nurse executive students and 73 credits for advanced clinical practice students (nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist).  The courses are taken over three academic years for full-time students and four to five years for part-time students.

Program costs are higher than typical University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire graduate programs and thus the 800-level DNP courses involve additional course fees. Graduate students must earn a grade of C or above in courses and practica to successfully progress. No more than 2 C’s may be earned in the graduate program. Further information may be obtained from the Nursing Graduate Programs Director, College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the College website.

A graduate of the DNP program will be prepared to:

  1. Expand advanced nursing practice by integrating the art and science of nursing with theory and knowledge from biophysical, psychosocial, political, ethical, technical, analytical, cultural, spiritual, environmental, and organizational realms.
  2. Promote culturally sensitive, holistic advanced nursing practice care and services in a global community, with emphasis on disease/illness prevention and health/wellness promotion as well as restoration and maintenance.
  3. Synthesize leadership skills, systems analysis, and advocacy expertise.
  4. Integrate clinical expertise and competence with population-focused management, evidence-based practice, and health care policy.
  5. Analyze health–related information systems and technology for the improvement of health care.
  6. Develop, implement and evaluate evidence-based approaches to advanced nursing practice.
  7. Evaluate the outcomes of advanced nursing practice.
  8. Apply clinical scholarship and leadership skills to advanced nursing practice.
  9. Evaluate personal scholarship, professional growth, and excellence in practice.

Criteria for admission into the DNP Post-Baccalaureate Program include:

  1. Acceptance as a graduate student in good standing in the university.
  2. An undergraduate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited (CCNE, NLN, or ACEN) nursing program, with a GPA of 3.00 or higher.
  3. Evidence of course work in statistics at the undergraduate level.
  4. Wisconsin Registered Nurse licensure (needed by July 1st following admission). Current nursing licensure in one of the jurisdictions of the United States required at time of application.
  5. Satisfactory evidence of personal qualifications and capacity for doctoral study in nursing.
  6. Competence in health assessment.
  7. Completed application materials including a DNP Demographic Form, essay, resume, university application, official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended, three references (forms provided) from individuals who are knowledgeable of the applicant’s clinical expertise and/or potential for graduate study, and all application fees.
  8. Completed health record, background check, and evidence of current CPR certification and other related requirements (needed by July 1st following admission).

NOTE: Consideration may be given to previous practice experience and choice of population focus and role preparation.

Nursing, Family Health-Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

Post-baccalaureate DNP (BSN-to-DNP) students interested in the primary care nurse practitioner role preparation choose the adult-gerontologic or family population focus. The post-baccalaureate DNP program consists of approximately 73 credits and 1,087 clinical hours for the family nurse practitioner option. The fulltime program plan is for 3 years, with 4- and 5-year part-time options available. The post-baccalaureate program includes 48 credits of courses at the 800 level, comprising core, role preparation, seminar, and practicum courses. Twenty-five credits are taken at the 700 level and include core, population focus, and role preparation theory and clinical practicum courses. A DNP project with presentation is required.

700-Level Core Courses

NRSG 701Nursing Research: Methods4
NRSG 702Nursing Research: Application2
NRSG 715Leadership and Health Policy in Nursing3

Population Focus

Family
NRSG 722Individual, Family, and Community Responses4
NRSG 725Advanced Theory and Practice of Family Health Nursing I4

Functional Role Preparation

Advanced Clinical Practice Role - Nurse Practitioner
NRSG 708Advanced Health Assessment: Family2
NRSG 709Advanced Physiological and Pathophysiological Concepts3
NRSG 712Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Clinical Practice3
NRSG 814Family Health: Advanced Clinical Practice I7
NRSG 818Family Health: Advanced Clinical Practice II7
NRSG 844Advanced Clinical Practice of Families within Vulnerable Populations3
NRSG 848Synthesis of Advanced Practice Family3

800-Level Core Courses

NRSG 800Advanced Nursing Practice and Informatics2
NRSG 801Philosophical, Theoretical, and Ethical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice4
NRSG 803Advanced Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Population Health4
NRSG 805Clinical Scholarship for Advanced Nursing Practice4
NRSG 809Organizational Leadership and Health Policy for Advanced Nursing Practice4

800-Level Seminar/Practica and DNP Project

NRSG 820BSN to DNP Seminar & Practicum I3
NRSG 823BSN to DNP Seminar II2
NRSG 890DNP Project I2
NRSG 891DNP Project II3