Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The MSN to DNP curriculum is comprised of components modeled after guidelines from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials for Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice

MSN to DNP for Certified Advanced Practice Nurses and Advanced Administrators 

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800    3    Foundations of the DNP Role and Interprofessional Collaboration
 801 3 Philosophical, Theoretical & Ethical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice
 803 3 Advanced Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Population Health
 805 3 Clinical Scholarship for Advanced Nursing Practice
 809 3  Organizational Leadership and Health Policy for Advanced Nursing Practice
 821  4  DNP Seminar & Practicum I
 822  5  DNP Seminar & Practicum II
 883  3  Healthcare Informatics
 890  3  DNP Capstone Project

MSN to DNP with Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Specialization

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700    3    Advanced Diagnostics and Reasoning
704 3 Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Roles*
709 3 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Nursing Roles*
716 3 Clinical Management and Pharmacology I
717 3 Clinical Management and Pharmacology II
718 3 Clinical Management and Pharmacology III
720 1 Pediatric Seminar for the APN
726 2 FNP Practicum I
727 4 FNP Practicum II
728 4 FNP Practicum III
729 3 Advanced Health Assessment*
800 3 Foundations of the DNP Role and Interprofessional Collaboration
 801 3 Philosophical, Theoretical & Ethical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice
 803 3 Advanced Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Population Health
804 1 DNP Capstone I
 805 3 Clinical Scholarship for Advanced Nursing Practice
806 1 DNP Capstone II
808 1 DNP Capstone III
 809 3  Organizational Leadership and Health Policy for Advanced Nursing Practice
810 1 DNP Capstone IV
 829  6  DNP Residency
 883  3  Healthcare Informatics

* Requirements may be included depending on prior master's level coursework

Graduates are eligible to sit for the ANCC or AANP Certification Examination

 

BSN to DNP with Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization 

The BSN to DNP curriculum is comprised of components modeled after guidelines from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice, the National Task Force on Quality NP Education, and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties.

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700     3     Advanced Diagnostics and Reasoning
701 3 Translational Scholarship
702 3 Health Care Systems Policy and Advocacy
703 3 Clinical Prevention and Population Health
704 3 Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Roles
709 3 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Nursing Roles
716 3 Clinical Management and Pharmacology I
717 3 Clinical Management and Pharmacology II
718 3 Clinical Management and Pharmacology III
720 1 Pediatric Seminar for the APN
722 2 Diversity Practicum
726 2 FNP Practicum I
727 4 FNP Practicum II
728 4 FNP Practicum III
729 3 Advanced Health Assessment
730 3 Clinical Practice Management
800 3 Foundations of the DNP Role and Interprofessional Collaboration
 801 3 Philosophical, Theoretical and Ethical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice
 803 3 Advanced Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Population Health
804 3 DNP Capstone I
 805 3 Clinical Scholarship for Advanced Nursing Practice
 806 1 DNP Capstone II
 808 1 DNP Capstone III
 810 1 DNP Capstone IV
 809 3 Organizational Leadership and Health Policy for Advanced Nursing Practice
 829 6 DNP Residency
 883 3  Healthcare Informatics

Graduates are eligible to sit for the ANCC or AANP Certification Examination

 

Master of Science of Nursing (MSN)

The MSN curriculum for Clinical Nurse Leaders and Nurse Educators is comprised of components modeled after guidelines from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Masters Essentials of Nursing Education and Clinical Nurse Leader Competencies, the National League of Nursing Nurse Educator Core Competencies, and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses Graduate Competencies. 

MSN Graduate Core Courses: 

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701    3    Translational Scholarship
702 3 Health Care Systems Policy and Advocacy
703 3 Clinical Prevention and Population Health
704 3 Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Roles
709 3 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Nursing Roles
719 3 Foundations of Advanced Nursing Roles and Interprofessional Collaboration
745 2 Advanced Health Assessment for Clinical Nurse Leaders and Nurse Educators
746 2 Quality Improvement and Safety
783 3 Healthcare Informatics

 

MSN Specialty Courses for Clinical Nurse Leader Emphasis

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757     2     Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum II
759 3 Clinical Leader Immersion Practicum
761 2 Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum I
762 2 Leadership in the Clinical Nurse Leader Role
763 3 Quality in the Clinical Nurse Leader Role 

Graduates are eligible to sit for the CNC, CNL Certification Examination. 

 

MSN Specialty Courses for Nurse Educators

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736     3     The Education Process in Nursing 
737 1 Nurse Educator Practice Advancement
738 4 Advanced Educator Practicum
748 3 Assessment and Evaluation Strategies in Nursing Education
793 3 Culminating Experience

Graduates are eligible to sit for the NLN Nurse Educator Certification Examination.

 

Graduate Certificate Programs

 

Post MSN Clinical Nurse Leaders Certificate Program* 

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746     2     Quality Improvement and Safety
757 2 Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum II
759 3 Clinical Leader Immersion Practicum
761 2 Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum I
762 2 Leadership in the Clinical Nurse Leader Role
763 3 Quality in the Clinical Nurse Leader Role

*Requirements may include coursework in Advanced Physical Assessment, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Pathophysiology depending on prior master's level coursework.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the CNC CNL Certification Examination.

 

Post MSN Nurse Educator Certificate Program* 

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736     3     The Education Process in Nursing
737 1 Nurse Educator Practice Advancement
738 4 Advanced Educator Practicum
748 3 Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education

*Requirements may include coursework in Advanced Physical Assessment, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Pathophysiology depending on prior master's level coursework.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the CNC CNL Certification Examination.

 

Admission Requirements for Post-MSN Clinical Nurse Leader and Nurse Educator Certificate Programs 

  1. Master's degree in nursing from an ACEN (formerly NLNAC) CCNE accredited program. MSN coursework must show evidence of courses in Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Pathophysiology, and Advanced Pharmacology. Individual consideration may be given to graduates of graduate nursing programs that were not accredited at the time of graduation. 
  2. Students will apply to the program using the online application system for the graduate program.  The Office of Graduate Studies will evaluate transcripts and send a recommendation to the College of Nursing Graduate Office related to meeting the minimum GPA requirement.
  3. Current licensure as a registered nurse in the state of residence. 
  4. Two letters of reference from professional and/or work related sources. 
  5. Nursing practice experience recommended. 
  6. A personal interview 


Post Baccalaureate Healthcare Informatics Certificate Program* 

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768     3     Data Systems, Analysis and Design
769 3 Project Management and Methodology
777 3 Health Information Integration
778 2 Healthcare Informatics Capstone Project
783 3 Healthcare Informatics

Students without a healthcare background will also take:

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767     2     Introduction to the Healthcare Environment

Students not working in a healthcare informatics related field will also take: 

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779     1-4     Healthcare Informatics Capstone Project

*Credits (14-19) and course load are variable dependent upon student's prior background in healthcare and desire for certification.

Nursing students are eligible to sit for the ANCC Nursing Informatics Certification Examination.

 

Admission Requirements for Post-baccalaureate Healthcare Informatics Certificate program.

  1. Minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited program (it is not necessary to have a degree in nursing, but those who seek to be certified in Nursing Informatics must have a bachelor's degree in nursing).
  2. Minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate program.
  3. Students will apply to the program using the online application system for the graduate program.  The Office of Graduate Studies will evaluate transcripts and send a recommendation to the College of Nursing Graduate Office related to meeting the minimum GPA requirement.
  4. Two letters of reference attesting to ability to complete graduate level courses (same reference form used for College of Nursing graduate student applicants).
  5. The College of Nursing Graduate Program Director will evaluate admission materials and make recommendations to the Graduate  Program Committee and the Dean.

  

Non-Degree CHOICES and Requirements

Graduate Achievement Program (GAP)

PRIMARY HEALTHCARE GRADUATE ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM

The Graduate Achievement Program in Primary Healthcare Nursing is designed for people who already have a master's degree in nursing but wish to add a different area of nursing specialization. GAP applicants will be accommodated as class size permits. A minimum of 31 credits are required. 

Admission Requirements 

  1. Master's degree in nursing from a National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited program. Individual consideration may be given to graduates of graduate nursing programs that were not accredited at the time of graduation. 
  2. Current licensure as a registered nurse in Wisconsin. 
  3. Three letters of reference from professional and/or work related sources. 
  4. Nursing practice experience recommended. 
  5. A personal interview 
  6. An acceptable health assessment course with a lab or equivalent in the past two years, receiving a B or higher grade or validated use of all health assessment skills. Written exam (pass rate 85%) and performance exam to validate correct use of health history and physical exam skills. Written and demonstration exam has a fee. 
  7. For the Skill Enhancement GAP option, ANCC, AANP, or NAPNAP certification as a pediatric nurse practitioner or adult nurse practitioner is required 

 

Program Requirements

Family Nurse Practitioner GAP Skill Expansion Option: Skill expansion option, designed for master's prepared nurse administrators, educators, and clinical nurse specialists, is based on the family nurse practitioner curriculum. Credit for comparable courses will be evaluated individually. Contact the Graduate Nursing Office for information. 

Skill Enhancement Option: Two tracks are available to assist pediatric nurse practitioners (who would take the mature family track) and Adult Nurse Practitioners (who would take the young family track) to acquire competency in caring for families. 

 

FNP GAP Courses, Skill Expansion Option (31 Credits) 

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700     3     Advanced Health Assessment
  703 3 Health Promotion in Advanced Nursing
  704 3 Pathophysiology for the APN
  707 2 Epidemiology
  709 3 Pharmacotherapeutics for the APN
  716 2 Clinical Management and Pharmacology I
  717 3 Clinical Management and Pharmacology II
  718 3 Clinical Management and Pharmacology III
  726 2 FNP Practicum I (Clinical)
  727 4 FNP Practicum II (Clinical)
  728 4 FNP Practicum III (Clinical)

 

Young Family Track (12 credits in track; other GAP credits required.)

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750     6     Primary Healthcare for the Young Family I
751 6 Primary Healthcare for the Young Family II

 

Mature Family Track (12 credits in track; other GAP credits required.) 

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752     6     Primary Healthcare for the Mature Family I
753 6 Primary Healthcare for the Mature Family II

 

Certification Requirements

Graduates of the Family and Adult Nurse Practitioner curriculum meet the FNP and ANP eligibility requirements of the certification centers, ANCC and AANP. Educators and Clinical Nurse Leaders are eligible for certification exams in their specialty.