Nursing, Adult-Gerontology-Administration - Doctor of Nursing Practice

(Code 700-832)

Program Requirements

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 clinical 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-and-a-half-year program that includes 31 credits of nursing courses. 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 approximately 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 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 and current information may be obtained from the Nursing Graduate Programs Director, College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the College website.

Criteria for admission into the DNP Post-Baccalaureate Program include (also see notes):

1. Acceptance as a graduate student in good standing in the university.

2. An undergraduate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited nursing program, with a GPA of 3.00 or higher.

3. Evidence of course work in statistics (grade of C or better) at the undergraduate level.

4. Wisconsin Registered Nurse licensure. 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 and submitted all application materials including but not limited to 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 (nonrefundable).

8. Completed health record, background check, and evidence of current CPR certification and other related requirements (needed by July 1st following admission).

NOTE 1: Examples of national accreditation for nursing programs include CCNE, NLN, and ACEN.

NOTE 2: WI RN licensure needed by July 1st following admission.

NOTE 3: Consideration may be given to previous practice experience and choice of population focus and role preparation.

NOTE 4: A graduate special student may not take more than two nursing courses or six credits in nursing before being admitted to the graduate program.

NOTE 5: Priority admission application deadline is January 4, unless otherwise specified.

NOTE 6: Must complete and be current with health requirements, CPR certification, WI RN licensure, and background checks in order to be enrolled in courses.

Nursing, Adult-Gerontology-Administration/Nurse Executive Curriculum

Post-baccalaureate DNP (BSN-to-DNP) students interested in the nursing administration/nurse executive role preparation may choose an adult-gerontologic or family population focus. The full-time program plan is for 3 years, with 4- and 5-year part-time options available. Consult with the Nursing Graduate Programs Director regarding role preparation course scheduling.

For the adult-gerontologic nursing administration/nurse executive option, the post-baccalaureate DNP program consists of approximately 68 credits (including 7 credits of cognates/electives) and 1,050 clinical hours.  The program includes 36 credits of courses at the 800 level, comprising core, role preparation, seminar, and practicum courses. Thirty-two credits are taken at the 700 level and include core, population focus, cognate, and role preparation theory and clinical practicum courses. A DNP project with presentation is required. No more than 2 C’s may be earned in the graduate program.

700-Level Core Courses

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

Population Focus

NRSG 719Human Responses in Health and Illness: Adults and Older Adults4
NRSG 720Advanced Theory and Practice of Adults and Older Adults I3

Functional Role Preparation

Administrator/Nurse Executive Role
NRSG 750Nursing Administration I6
NRSG 751Nursing Administration II5
NRSG 852 Nursing Administration III4
NRSG 853 Synthesis for the Nurse Executive3
Cognates/Electives 17

800-Level Core Courses

NRSG 800Advanced Nursing Practice and Informatics2
NRSG 802Philosophical, Theoretical, and Ethical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice3
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 824BSN to DNP Seminar II1
NRSG 825BSN to DNP Seminar III1
NRSG 892DNP Project I1
NRSG 893DNP Project II3
NRSG 894DNP Project III3
Total credits68
Note 1: Select from the following Cognates/Electives (others also may be appropriate):
Communicating for Success: Writing for Results
Managing Technology in Turbulent Times
Leading the Healthcare Workforce
Health Care Finance & Economics
700-level Nursing courses

 Program Learning Outcomes

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.