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Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post-Baccalaureate)

Take it to the next level

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree option is for individuals pursuing education in advanced practice nursing. The DNP is a clinical doctorate with two options to prepare nurses to assume leadership roles in the areas of advanced clinical practice (nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist) or nurse executive. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has determined the DNP is the preferred graduate degree for advanced practice nurses, including clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, and nurse administrators.

The DNP program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Both post-masters (MSN-to-DNP) and post-baccalaureate (BSN-to-DNP) options are offered. The BSN-to-DNP option includes adult-gerontologic primary care nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, adult-gerontologic clinical nurse specialist, and nurse administrator/nurse executive (adult-gerontologic or family population focus) options.

The post-baccalaureate option consists of 68-73 credits with full-time (three-year completion) and part-time (four and five-year completion) plans available.

Learn More

To learn more about the BSN-to-DNP program, please attend a Graduate Program Information Session or contact Dr. Catherine (Kitty) Kenney, Graduate Programs Admission Coordinator, 715-836-3638.

Application Information

Applications now being accepted for Fall 2020.

Adult Gero Primary Care Nurse Practitioner role applications continue to be accepted - Open
Family Nurse Practitioner applications are no longer being accepted - Closed

Application for Fall 2020

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