doctor of nursing practice program


Adult-Older Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Adult-Older Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner


Nurse Anesthesia (New for Fall 2018, pending COA accreditation)

Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Dual Pediatric Primary and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Systems Leadership and Healthcare Quality

Program Description

The doctor of nursing practice will emphasize 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. B.S.N. to D.N.P. and post-M.S.N. to D.N.P. options are available.

Visit the Department Web Page for more detailed program information.

Application Requirements

Apply and submit all application requirements via NursingCAS (

  • A completed application form and fee online.
  • 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.
  • GRE scores (General Test only). Waived for applicants who have a master’s degree with a of 3.200 or above. Use DI Code 0093 for submitting GRE scores.
  • International applicants only: TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
  • For post-master's D.N.P. applicants only: Evidence of certification in a specialty, if applicable.
  • An interview is required for applicants to the advanced practice nursing specializations in acute care nurse practitioner, nurse-midwifery and pediatrics.
  • 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.
  • Upon acceptance to the graduate program, students must complete and submit the Graduate Student Health Status Report form. Information on CPR requirements, physical examination and immunization status, including results of a T.B. skin test and proof of Wisconsin R.N. licensure (or Indiana R.N. licensure for students in the adult-older adult acute care nurse practitioner - Indianapolis M.S.N.) and a criminal background check must be submitted to a program on the website Results of a T.B. skin test must be provided annually, an influenza vaccine is required annually, and a drug screen must be completed three months prior to beginning clinical practicum courses. Students are responsible for the cost of these services. The information is required for progression within the program.
  • Adult-older adult acute care nurse practitioner students must demonstrate evidence of current Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification and have experience working with acutely ill adults. Pediatric acute care nurse practitioner students need to be PALS certified and have experience working with acutely ill children. One year of practice in an acute care setting is required for acute care and pediatric acute care students prior to beginning clinical practicum course work.

Application Deadline

Nov. 15  - For spring admission

Feb. 15 - For fall admission
Applicants who apply after the Feb. 15 deadline will be considered on a space-available basis for fall admission, provided their application is complete by June 1.

D.N.P. applicants are not eligible for summer admission.

Financial Aid

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