Below you'll find a list of all of the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs available in Wisconsin.
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The online post-master's DNP program at Concordia University offers two tracks - Direct Care - Provider Track and Indirect Care - Leadership Track. The program's cohort format and accelerated, eight-week classes allow students to complete the program in 18 months. Individuals who wish to pursue the DNP - Direct Care Track must hold a current board certification in a Family, Pediatric, Adult or Geriatric Nurse Practitioner specialty, an unencumbered RN license, and Advanced Practical Nurse license in their state of residence. DNP - Leadership Track applicants must have current Educator or Administrator (MSN prepared) certification. Students are required to complete a clinical residency as well as a capstone project in order to graduate from the program. Concordia University's DNP program is CCNE-accredited.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Edgewood College specializes in indirect care (Leadership). The program is offered in a blended/online format, with students meeting face-to-face in the evenings only two to three times during the semester. The rest of the coursework is done online. Students have the option of pursuing the DNP program on a full-time or part-time basis. The curriculum offers courses that cover topics such as biostatistics, epidemiology, healthcare finance, informatics, and quality management. All DNP graduates will be eligible to take the following national specialty certifications: Nurse Executive (NE-BC), or Nurse Executive, Advanced (NEA-BC); Informatics certification; and, Certified Nurse Manager & Leader (CNML), or Certified Executive Nursing Practice (CENP).
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Marquette University considers post-B.S.N. and post-M.S.N. applicants for their DNP program. Students accepted to the program can choose to specialize in pediatric - primary care, pediatric - acute care, adult/older adults - primary care, adult/older adults - acute care, and health care systems leadership. The B.S.N to D.N.P. and M.S.N. to D.N.P. programs may be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis. Courses are offered as a combination of in-person, hybrid and/or online formats. Marquette is now offering a new M.S.N. to D.N.P. Executive Program for Nurse Leaders. This cohort program is designed for RNs with master's degrees and a minimum of five years of systems leadership experience. It is offered mostly online with a few scheduled on-campus intensive sessions.
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
The University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire offers both post-baccalaureate (BSN to DNP) and post-master's (MSN to DNP) programs. The BSN to DNP program has the following areas of specialization: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP, Family NP, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Nurse Administrator or Nurse Executive. The post-baccalaureate program can be completed in three years (full-time), or in four or five years (part-time). First and second year courses are taught on campus; required courses for succeeding years are delivered in a hybrid format. The MSN to DNP program has two options - advanced clinical practice and nurse executive. Courses for this program are delivered in a hybrid format. The program can be completed in one year (full-time) or over two years (part-time)
University of Wisconsin-Madison
The post-baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Wisconsin in Madison prepares students for APN certification in the following areas: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP and CNS, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP, Pediatric Primary Care NP, and Psychiatric Mental Health NP. The university also offers a post-MSN DNP program for RNs with a master's degree in a specialty track and certified as APRNs. Students can add a nine-credit nursing education focus to receive dual preparation as an APRN and Nurse Educator. Required courses for both DNP program options are offered primarily online, with a few scheduled face-to-face classroom sessions. Full-time and part-time plans of study are available. The DNP program at the University of Wisconsin Madison is CCNE-accredited.
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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
The University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee offers a post-baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice program with specialized tracks in the following areas: Family Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist (Adult/Gerontology, Maternal/Child, Pediatrics), Nursing Systems Leadership (Nurse Executive, Informatics), and Community Nursing-Public Health. This program is offered on campus and can be pursued as a full-time or part-time program. The university's post-master's DNP program is designed is for APRNs who hold national certifications in their specialty field (Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Midwife, Nurse Anesthetist). This program is offered online. The College of Nursing and the Lubar School of Business jointly offer a dual DNP/MBA program designed for professional nurse leaders and administrators. The university's DNP program is accredited by CCNE until 2018.
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University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh has a Family Nurse Practitioner specialty. Several courses for the completion of the program are offered 100 percent online; others follow a hybrid format of delivery. Following a full-time plan of study, students can expect to earn their DNP degree after three years. If pursued on a part-time basis, it can take up to five years to complete the program. The MSN to DNP program offers two options - one with an FNP emphasis and another without an FNP emphasis. Both options can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis and courses are offered both online and on campus. The program has CCNE accreditation until December 2016.
La Crosse, Wisconsin
The post-BSN Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Viterbo University offers two tracks: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner (Lifespan). Courses are delivered both online and on-campus and the program can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis. The length of the program depends on a student's chosen track. Clinical residency can be completed within a student's geographical area. The post-MSN option is designed for practicing nurse practitioners as well as for MSN degree holders seeking initial NP role preparation. Ethical Leadership is another post-MSN program for applicants who are not APRNs but who are seeking advanced specialty practice at the systems or organizational level. The Ethical Leadership DNP option will be available in the fall of 2016.