For MSN-to-DNP students, the program consists of 29-30 credits taken at the 800-level. The 800-level courses include five core courses, two seminar and practicum courses (provide 450 clinical hours), and DNP project experience courses. The courses are offered as hybrids that combine online components with on-campus immersion days taken over two to three years for part-time students. The clinical experiences are accomplished under the guidance of a faculty member and an agency facilitator.
For the BSN-to-DNP students, the program consists of approximately 68 credits (including 6 credits of cognates/electives) and a total of 1,050 clinical hours for the administration/executive role preparation; and approximately 73 credits and a total of 1,087 clinical hours for nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist role preparations, including the DNP project experience hours. The full- time program plan is for 3 years, with 4- and 5-year part-time options available, including summers. For full-time students, the first year of courses are 700-level courses taught on-campus on Mondays; and the second year of courses include 700- and 800-level courses taught on Tuesdays. The third year consists of all 800-level courses and are taught on Wednesdays. The 800-level courses are offered as hybrids that combine online components with on-campus days.
Special Admission Guidelines
To apply to the DNP program, an applicant must contact Dr. Catherine “Kitty” Kenney and submit the following documents for consideration by the priority date of January 4 for the summer (for MSN to DNP) or fall semester (for BSN to DNP):
- A complete application for graduate admission along with the application fees.
- Official transcripts from postsecondary institutions.
- An undergraduate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited (CCNE or NLN) nursing program, with a 3.0 GPA or higher. For MSN to DNP, a graduate degree in nursing from an accredited program with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
- Three references (only per reference form) from individuals who are knowledgeable of the applicant’s clinical ability and/or potential for graduate study.
- An essay.
- A complete DNP Demographic Form.
- Wisconsin Registered Nurse licensure (U.S. licensure at application, with WI by July 1).
- Evidence of undergraduate-level coursework in statistics (BSN-to-DNP students).
Send materials to:
Schofield Hall 111
Eau Claire WI 54702-4004
Those applying to MSN to DNP also need to submit evidence of:
- A master’s degree in nursing from a nationally accredited (CCNE or NLN) nursing program, with a role preparation in Advanced Practice Nursing as an Adult/Gerontologic or Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist, or Nurse Administrator (transcript required). Other nursing practice specialties may be considered.
- Evidence of 550 hours of master’s level clinical practicum (or national certification by a body approved by the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing).