BS to DNP

Elevate your career and expand your knowledge base with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the UWM College of Nursing.

The highest possible degree in advanced practice, the DNP, instills in graduates the knowledge and leadership skills necessary to strengthen healthcare delivery, patient outcomes and system management. DNP graduates are skilled practitioners who use their grounding in the discipline of nursing and evidence-based practice to conduct inquiry to further clinical, policy, education, and healthcare delivery needs in a variety of settings.

This 64-credit program is the highest achievement in clinical nursing practice. Four highly specialized tracks offer students their choice of intensive, focused degree options that prepare graduates for employment in competitive clinical and nonclinical nursing careers.

Specializations

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
    • Adult/Gerontology
    • Maternal/Child
    • Pediatrics
    • Psychiatric-Mental Health
  • Nursing Systems Leadership
  • Community Health/Aggregate

Discover more about the program opportunity and find a full course plan in our Forms & Material section.

How to Apply

Prerequisites

Applicants must complete or be in process of completing an approved undergraduate statistics course within 5 years, with a grade of B or better prior to the start of the program.

BS-DNP applicants must hold a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from a professionally accredited program with a minimum grade point average of at least 2.75 (4.00 scale) for admission.

Application Materials

All applicants must apply to the Graduate School plus meet the following requirements for nursing
  1. Apply online and complete graduate school admission application (including a nonrefundable application fee) Submit Official transcripts from all and any, school attended directly to the Graduate School.
  2. Apply online and complete College of Nursing application using nursingCAS by AACN. A completed application must include the below listed materials. The application checklist and recommendation form can be accessed on the online application through nursingCAS. If you choose not to select nursingCAS to download your materials, you may send your materials directly to the College of Nursing Student Affairs/Graduate Advisor. This option will be available only for the Spring 2015 applicants. After the Spring 2015 admission cycle has ended, applicants will be required to submit and download their materials through nursingCAS.
  • BS-DNP Application Checklist
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Three Letters of Reference from people knowledgeable about your academic experience and potential for graduate study in nursing.
  • Personal Statement 3-4 pages, double spaced, addressing the following 5 components:
    • Brief overview of professional experiences
    • Describe short and long term professional goals
    • Identify your nursing practice interests
    • Address your motivation for pursuing a doctoral degree
    • Address your educational objectives (what do you hope to learn from this degree)
  • 2 Original Works: Select and submit 2 works that reflect your scholarship (reflect your writing ability). Examples of original works could be: Evidenced based projects, clinical guidelines, examples of QI/QA projects in which you had a primary role, published articles reflecting aspects of research.
    If you do not have 2 examples of scholarly work, you may substitute 2 written papers in lieu of 2 original works. The papers must be 5-7 pages in length using APA format. If you need 2 original works, you need to write 2 papers. If you have 1 original work, you need to then write 1 paper. Choose from the following paper topics
    • Select a current, controversial issue facing health care today and discuss the issue.Provide a description of the issue, the controversy and its impact on health care providers.
    • Funding primary prevention has been cited as a potential cost containment measure towards controlling skyrocketing health care costs.Define primary prevention and provide examples of how this might be true.
    • Advance practice nurses (APNs) fill a unique niche in health care delivery.Discuss the role of APNs and their impact on health care outcomes.
  • Submit Graduate Record Exam/GRE results only if your undergraduate CUM GPA as calculated by the Graduate School is below 3.20 or if you have a master’s degree, you are exempt from taking the Graduate Record Exam/GRE. If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.20 and you do not have a master’s degree, you are required to take the GRE. Go to www.gre.org to register for the GRE.
  • Nursing License: Submit evidence of your current RN license from the United States (must include license number)
  • English Proficiency –The language of instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is English.All international applicants must provide scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with some exceptions. Minimum test scores and exceptions are located on the Center for International Education/CIE website. http://www4.uwm.edu/cie/futurestudents/69/ Email questions to: isss@uwm.edu

For application questions and inquiries please contact Jennifer Daood, Student Affairs Graduate Advisor