Continue your nursing education with a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Designed for professionals interested in pursuing education in advanced practice nursing, our rigorous, accredited program is an excellent option for those who have a master's degree in nursing and are looking to build on their existing education and experience. Our post-master's DNP program also includes an advanced clinical practice option for nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists or the nurse executive option.
As the knowledge necessary for a nursing career rapidly expands and patient care becomes increasingly more complex, the need for DNP graduates continues to grow. Throughout our rigorous and in-depth curriculum, you'll learn how to identify information-processing challenges and evaluate informatics solutions, helping to improve workflows and eliminate everyday obstacles. Coursework will also teach how to advocate for social justice and ethical health policies, giving a voice to those who need it.
Upon graduation, you'll have mastered strategies used in needs assessment and have learned how to successfully implement effective health care interventions, programs and policies. This enhanced knowledge will equip you with new skills, additional tools and more connections, making you well-prepared to advance your career.
There are a number of scholarships available to students seeking a graduate degree from UW-Eau Claire. For example, the Bauer Built Family Health Nursing Fund awards $1,500 to a promising student who is interested in family health nursing.
There are also a number of assistantships, fellowships and grants available to our graduate students. Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.
Financial Aid at UW-Eau Claire
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- Program length: 2 1/2 years
- Offered: hybrid
- Campus: Eau Claire
- Credits: 31
- Cost: $522 per credit
- Additional fee per 800-level course: approximately $253 per credit
- Students will earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.
The baccalaureate degree in nursing, the master's degree in nursing and the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, D.C. 20001, (202) 887-6791. The baccalaureate and master’s degree programs are accredited through Dec. 31, 2021, and the DNP degree program is accredited through Dec. 31, 2026. The programs are approved by the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing.
The U.S. Department of Education requires institutions to disclose information for programs leading to professional certification or licensure about whether each program meets state educational requirements for initial licensure or certification.
The requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: Minnesota, Wisconsin
The requirements of this program do not meet licensure in the following states: N/A
It has not been determined whether the requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming.
Firsthand research opportunities. UW-Eau Claire's unique collaboration with Mayo Clinic allows students to be a part of innovative research initiatives and network with a wide array of health care providers. You'll also have direct access to state-of-the-art technology and a variety of research opportunities right on campus while working with clients in our own clinical facilities.
Flexible coursework. We understand that you may have other things to juggle in addition to graduate school, such as working full time or family obligations. Our program is intentionally structured so that you are able to further your education while continuing to work, and advisors are here to help you plan your schedule each step of the way.
In-demand skills. Graduates of our DNP degree quickly become leaders in the nursing field, utilizing the knowledge, skills and experience they gained throughout their program. This degree will prepare you well for the next step of your career, allowing you to seamlessly transition into new roles and responsibilities.
Continuing your nursing education allows you to explore new careers, increase your salary and improve the skills you already have. Our CCNE-accredited program will give you the opportunity to work as a nurse practitioner, as well as many other executive nursing roles.
Doctor of nursing practice careers
- Nurse practitioners
- Clinical nurse specialists
- Certified nurse midwives
- Certified nurse anesthetists
- Nurse administrators
Our DNP curriculum is designed to expand your education by integrating the art and science of nursing with theory and knowledge in areas like biophysics, politics, ethics and more. You'll learn how to integrate clinical expertise with population-focused management, explore evidence-based practices and better understand health care policy. Courses are taught via immersion days on campus, with some online/hybrid content. Toward the end of earning your degree, you'll showcase your new knowledge with a presentation on a topic of your choice.
Classes for DNP students may include:
- Advanced Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Population Health
- Organizational Leadership and Health Policy for Advanced Nursing Practice
- Philosophical, Theoretical, and Ethical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice
Learn more about the doctor of nursing practice degree in the UWEC course catalog.
Learn more about the doctor of nursing practice, nurse executive degree in the UWEC course catalog.
Prior to applying, we strongly encourage you to contact Dr. Catherine Kenney, admissions coordinator, Graduate Nursing Programs, to review your career goals, discuss your interest in the program and address any questions you might have about the program. Information sessions are also available so that you can better understand the graduate nursing program options at UWEC.
Applications for fall 2021 are now closed. The application process for fall 2022 begins in August 2021 and ends in December 2021. Please check back soon for additional details.
When you are ready to apply, please submit the following materials for admission to the DNP program:
- A completed University of Wisconsin-Online Admission Application and a $56 University application fee. This fee may be paid by credit card at the time you submit the university application.
- A separate nonrefundable $35 program application fee that must be paid by a separate check or money order. Please write checks to “UWEC” and “Nursing grad app fee” in the memo. Checks can be mailed to the address below.
Office of Admissions
Schofield Hall 111
105 Garfield Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701
- Transcripts of your academic work from the institution that granted your baccalaureate degree in nursing and from any institution from which you have completed coursework necessary for admission (e.g., an undergraduate statistics course if taken at an institution different from your degree-granting institution) to be sent directly to the Office of Admissions.
- The MSN to DNP Demographic Data Form including information about your RN license. You must have a valid RN license in the U.S. to apply. An RN license in the state of Wisconsin is required by no later than two weeks prior to the start of the first class of the program.
- References from three individuals who are knowledgeable about your clinical ability and/or potential for graduate study (e.g., an employer, nurse manager, supervisor or instructor.) You will need to complete the top section of the form and send it as an attachment to your reference providers. Use only the DNP Reference Form.
- The DNP graduate admission essay when you submit your application to the university. You'll find the questions and instructions in the MSN to DNP Application Essay Details document.
- Your resume/curriculum vitae.
You can submit your Demographic Data Form and resume/curriculum vitae electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please have your references submit their completed forms to the same email address.
For consideration for admission, an applicant must have an undergraduate and graduate degree in nursing (with at least a 3.00 GPA) from programs accredited by CCNE, NLN or ACEN; U.S. RN licensure (Wisconsin RN license required following admission, and at least two weeks before starting the program); and prerequisite course content in undergraduate or graduate statistics (minimum grade of C). Additional information is required dependent on the master’s preparation. Please refer to the demographic form for additional information.
In the MSN to DNP Program Plan, you will find information that outlines the part-time program plan for the post-master’s option, which is 2 1/2 years. Courses are offered over the spring, summer, fall, and Winterim terms, with a required spring start. The post-master’s option is composed of 31 credits, encompassing core courses, DNP seminars and clinical practice credits, representing a total of 450 clinical hours for APRNs and 525 clinical hours for nurse executives.
All graduate coursework is taught by nursing faculty who hold doctoral degrees. Courses for the DNP program will be offered via a combination of classroom immersion days (either on Tuesday or Wednesday) and online. Clinical practicums require additional time scheduled during the week, though many of these hours can be arranged in your home community/region.
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