University of Wisconsin–Madison
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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

How to Get In

Post-BS Applicants

Post-BS applicants have a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Applicants who have a non-APN Master’s degree (i.e. nurse education) are considered Post-BS applicants and are able to waive up to 18 credits based on previous graduate coursework, pending review of syllabi.

DNP Program Eligibility Requirements: Post-BS

  • Graduation from an accredited baccalaureate program in nursing
  • GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 credits for the baccalaureate degree
  • RN license
  • One year of professional nursing experience
  • Grade of B or better in a graduate level statistics course within the last 5 years. (Note: The course does not need to be taken before applying, but must be successfully completed prior to the start of the fall term.)

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

  • CGFNS Certification
  • Minimum English proficiency scores in one of the following:
    • TOEFL (600 PBT, 100 iBT)
    • IELTS (8)
    • MELAB (85)

Post-MS Applicants

Post-MS applicants have a Master’s degree in a specialty track and are certified (or eligible for certification) as advanced practice nurses.

DNP Program Eligibility Requirements: Post-MS

  • Graduation from an accredited baccalaureate program in nursing
  • Master’s degree in a specialty track from an accredited nursing program
  • GPA of 3.5 for the Master’s degree
  • RN license
  • Certification as an advanced practice nurse
  • One year of professional nursing experience
  • Grade of B or better in a graduate level statistics course within the last 5 years. (Note: The course does not need to be taken before applying, but must be successfully completed prior to the start of the fall term.)

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

  • CGFNS Certification
  • Minimum English proficiency scores in one of the following:
    • TOEFL (600 PBT, 100 iBT)
    • IELTS (8)
    • MELAB (85)

Tuition

DNP students pay a differential tuition. Rates are subject to change by term.

Tuition Costs Per Credit  (select Doctor of Nursing Practice from the ‘Student Career’ drop-down menu)

Total Costs

This cost of attendance information may help in estimating costs—you will need to substitute the DNP tuition rate:

Graduate School Cost of Attendance

Financial Support

Graduate students in the School of Nursing have access to traineeships, fellowships, scholarships, loans, and research and teaching assistantship positions that may come with full tuition remission.

The majority of funding decisions are made in the Spring for the following academic year. All students are encouraged to apply for funding.

Visit the Costs & Financial Aid page for full information about financial support.

The faculty admissions committee will review applications once each year for fall admission. All DNP program applicants must complete the Graduate School’s online application and submit the required supplementary materials.

  • Application opens: Early September
  • Deadline: February 1

For the purposes of application review, unofficial transcripts may be uploaded directly to the application. Official records will be requested by the Graduate School for all candidates who are recommended for admission.

Students must indicate their intended population focus and whether or not they intend to follow the full- or part-time program plan as part of the application. Requests to switch population focus areas after starting the program are only seldom possible and considered on a case by case basis.

Application Materials

  • Graduate School electronic application and fee
  • Supplemental application materials
    • Transcripts
    • Photocopy of nursing license
    • Reasons for Graduate Study/Statement of Purpose
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation
    • Curriculum vitae or resume
    • International applicants:
      • CGFNS Certification
      • Official TOEFL, ILETS, or MELAB scores

Certification

In addition to earning a doctoral degree, Post-BS graduates are prepared to sit for the following professional nursing certification examinations upon successful completion of the program.

Population Focus Role Preparation Professional Certification Examination
Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist ANCC Adult-Gerontology CNS
Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner ANCC Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP
Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner ANCC Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP
Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner ANCC Pediatric Primary Care NP
PNCB Primary Care Pediatric NP
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner ANCC Psychiatric-Mental Health NP

Connect with an Advisor

Graduate Admissions

gradadmit@son.wisc.edu

608-263-5180

Call or email with any questions you have—we are glad to help!

Carol Aspinwall

Career Advisor

caaspinwall@wisc.edu

608-263-9109

Kristi Hammond

DNP & PhD Program Coordinator

kristi.hammond@wisc.edu

608-263-5258

Mandi Moy

Director of Admissions & Recruitment

mandi.moy@wisc.edu

608-263-5261

The program meets the AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice and the NTF Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.