UW-Eau Claire offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree option for individuals pursuing education in advanced practice nursing. The DNP is a clinical doctorate intended for nurses assuming leadership roles in the areas of advanced clinical practice (nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist) or nursing administration/executive. Both MSN-to-DNP and BSN-to-DNP options are available. The DNP program is fully accredited by the Commission Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
The UWEC nursing program deepened my passion for nursing more than I ever thought possible. It prepared me to approach my current practice as a registered nurse holistically with a focus on the patient above all else. This program inspired me to consistently strive to be the best I can be. I have such trust and loyalty in the UWEC College of Nursing and Health Sciences, that I chose to continue my education here in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program.
Contact InfoCatherine "Kitty" Kenney, DNP, RN, Nursing
5 Roosevelt Avenue
Prepared for success
- 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.
Why UW-Eau Claire
Did You Know - Fact
- U.S. News & World Report magazine consistently ranks UW-Eau Claire among the top public regional universities in the Midwest in its annual America’s Best Colleges guidebook.
Rankings / Reputation / Well-funded programs
- UW-Eau Claire’s reputation as an interactive university has been cited in publications such as Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, Money Magazine and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
- UW-Eau Claire is a member institution of The Council of Graduate Schools and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Special Admission Guidelines
- 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
- 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).