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.


  • 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

Application Deadlines:

January 1 for Fall start
September 1 for Spring start


Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing from a professionally accredited program with a minimum grade point average of 2.75 (4.00 scale) to be considered for admission.

Applicants must have completed (within 5 years), or be in the process of completing an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of B or better prior to the start of the program. See listing of approved courses.

Application Process

To be considered for admission, all nursing applicants must apply through the Graduate School and submit listed materials for the College of Nursing.  


Complete online Graduate School Application  (including a nonrefundable application fee). Submit official transcripts from all and any school attended directly to the Graduate School. 


Submit online through NursingCAS: Complete College of Nursing application using the online NursingCAS system by AACN. A completed application must include the required materials listed below. Forms such as the checklist and recommendation form can be accessed online, through NursingCAS.

Required materials for the College of Nursing

  • BS-DNP Application Checklist
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Recommendation Form: Submit three recommendation forms 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:
    • Overview of professional experiences
    • Short and long term professional goals
    • Nursing practice interests
    • Motivation for pursuing a doctoral degree
    • Educational objectives you hope to pursue if admitted
  • 2 Original Works: Select and submit 2 original works that reflect your scholarship and 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 and published articles reflecting aspects of research.
    If you do not have 2 examples of scholarly work, you may substitute 1 or 2 written papers in lieu of  1 or both original works. The papers must be 5-7 pages in length using APA format. 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:  Current GRE scores are required for applicants with an undergraduate degree below a 3.20 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the UW-Milwaukee Graduate School. Exceptions will be made for applicants with a Master’s Degree in Nursing who obtained a 3.20 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher GPA as calculated by UW-Milwaukee’s Graduate School. Visit the GRE website for more information about preparation and registration:
  • 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. Email questions to:

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

College of Nursing
Cunningham Hall 135

PO Box 413
Milwaukee, WI  53201