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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program emphasizes the highest level of education in order to prepare experts in specialized advanced nursing rolesThis degree is not a PhD (research-focused) doctorate, rather the focus is as a "practice-doctorate".

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has advised that as of 2015, the educational entry level for advanced practice nurses should be at the DNP level.  The DNP is the first doctorate degree to be offered at UW Oshkosh.  The MSN to DNP Program began in summer 2010.  The BSN to DNP Program began in 2012.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washinton DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.  The accreditation action was effective as of April 4, 2011 and extends to December 31, 2016.

 

Spring 2014 MSN to DNP Student Capstone Presentations:

 
 

MSN to DNP

  • The UW Oshkosh College of Nursing offers a 30-credit 2-year part-time plan of study MSN to DNP program for master's-degree holding nurses with specialization as an Advanced Practice Nurse or Advanced Nurse Administrator.  Theoretical courses are 100% online with seminar and practicum courses, as well as the Capstone Project, delivered in a hybrid format.

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MSN to DNP with FNP emphasis

  • The MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) to DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) Program with Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) emphasis is designed for those who already possess a MSN degree and prepares graduates for doctoral level advanced practice nursing .

  • This variable credit program ranges in the number of credits for each individual dependent upon applicant credentials (e.g. current APRN versus non-APRN)

  • The program curriculum meets both the Essentials for Doctoral Education in Advanced Nursing Practice (AACN, 2006) and FNP certification requirements.

  • The FNP role provides nurses with advanced practice knowledge and skills in health appraisal and management for clients throughout their lifespan with emphasis on health promotion, maintenance and restoration and care of common acute and stable chronic conditions.

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BSN to DNP

  • The UW Oshkosh College of Nursing offers a 74-credit post-BSN to DNP Program with Family Nurse Practitioner specialization.  Students progress through an integrated doctoral program of study culminating with a focus on FNP specialization including an FNP residency and completion of a scholarly Capstone Project.  Graduates are eligible to sit for the FNP certification examination.  A 3 year full-time and 5 year part-time plan of study are available.  This hybrid program combines online and face-to-face courses.

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For more information on UW Oshkosh College of Nursing DNP Program please contact Assistant Director of Advanced Practice Nursing Dr. Bonnie Nickasch at nickascb@uwosh.edu.  For general Graduate Program questions contact us at congrad@uwosh.edu.   

Application Deadlines and Information

BSN to DNP students are admitted once per year with classes starting in fall.

  • Applications:  BSN to DNP applications are accepted from July 1st through April 1st for the fall admission cycle. Application/fee along with official transcripts must be received by the Graduate Studies Office by April 1st to be eligible.

  • Interview Dates (eligible applicants):  The College of Nursing Graduate Program will hold interview for fall admission once a month beginning in August.  Upon successful submission of all application materials, the College of Nursing Graduate Program Office will contact the applicant with further information regarding the exact interview date.  Applicants will be interviewed monthly until April.  The maximum number of applicants admitted into the BSN to DNP Program may be reached prior to April.  If the maximum number of applicants are accepted prior to application closure on April 1st, applicants will be added to a wait list and offered enrollment if a spot becomes available in the emphasis. 

  • Orientation:  All new admits must attend a mandatory College of Nursing Graduate Program orientation session on campus.  The orientation date will be announced in January. 

MSN to DNP students are admitted once per year with classes starting in summer

  • Applications:  MSN to DNP applications are accepted from July 1st through April 1st for the summer admission cycle.  Application/fee along with official transcripts must be received by the Graduate Studies Office by April 1st to be eligible.

  • Interview Dates (eligible applicants):  The College of Nursing Graduate Program will hold interview for fall admission once a month beginning in August.  Upon successful submission of all application materials, the College of Nursing Graduate Program Office will contact the applicant with further information regarding the exact interview date.  Applicants will be interviewed monthly until April.  The maximum number of applicants admitted into the MSN to DNP Program may be reached prior to April.  If the maximum number of applicants are accepted prior to application closure on April 1st, applicants will be added to a wait list and offered enrollment if a spot becomes available in the emphasis. 

  • Orientation:  All new admits must attend a mandatory College of Nursing Graduate Program orientation session on campus.  The orientation date will be announced in January. 

DNP Program is fully approved by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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