Nursing - Doctor of Nursing Practice
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-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 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Synthesize leadership skills, systems analysis, and advocacy expertise.
- Integrate clinical expertise and competence with population-focused management, evidence-based practice, and health care policy.
- Analyze health–related information systems and technology for the improvement of health care.
- Develop, implement and evaluate evidence-based approaches to advanced nursing practice.
- Evaluate the outcomes of advanced nursing practice.
- Apply clinical scholarship and leadership skills to advanced nursing practice.
- Evaluate personal scholarship, professional growth, and excellence in practice.
Criteria for admission into the DNP Post-Master’s Program include:
- Acceptance as a graduate student in good standing in the university.
- An undergraduate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited (CCNE, NLN, or ACEN) nursing program, with a GPA of 3.00 or higher.
- A master’s degree in nursing from a nationally accredited (CCNE, NLN, or ACEN) nursing program, with a role preparation in Advanced Practice Nursing as an Adult (-Gerontologic) or Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult (-Gerontologic) Clinical Nurse Specialist, or Nurse Administrator, with a GPA of 3.00 or higher.
- Evidence of at least 550 hours of master’s-level clinical practicum (or national certification by a body approved by the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing).
- Evidence of basic epidemiology content.
- Evidence of graduate-level pharmacology (not required for nursing administration students).
- Evidence of graduate-level nursing research and nursing theory.
- 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.
- Satisfactory evidence of personal qualifications and capacity for doctoral study in nursing.
- 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.
- Completed health record, background check, and evidence of current CPR certification and other related requirements (needed by July 1st following admission).
NOTE 1: Priority admission application deadline is January 4.
NOTE 2: Must complete and be current with health requirements, CPR certification, and background checks in order to be enrolled in courses.
Nursing - Post-Master's DNP Advanced Clinical Practice Curriculum
The post-master’s DNP (MSN-to-DNP) advanced clinical practice option includes 31 credits of courses at the 800 level, including core and seminar and practicum courses. A DNP project with presentation is required. Students complete a minimum of 450 hours of clinical for the MSN-to-DNP option. Courses are taught via immersion days on campus with some online/hybrid content.
|800-Level Core Courses|
|NRSG 800||Advanced Nursing Practice and Informatics||2|
|NRSG 802||Philosophical, Theoretical, and Ethical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice||3|
|NRSG 803||Advanced Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Population Health||4|
|NRSG 805||Clinical Scholarship for Advanced Nursing Practice||4|
|NRSG 809||Organizational Leadership and Health Policy for Advanced Nursing Practice||4|
|800-Level Seminar/Practica and DNP Project|
|NRSG 826 MSN to DNP Seminar & Practicum I||3|
|NRSG 827 MSN to DNP Seminar & Practicum II||4|
|NRSG 892||DNP Project I||1|
|NRSG 893||DNP Project II||3|
|NRSG 894||DNP Project III||3|