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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

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Please Note: Beginning fall 2016, all DNP students (Post-BS and Post-MS) must complete a graduate-level statistics course before they begin their DNP coursework in the fall. Please refer to the Admissions FAQ document for details.

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Admission

The faculty admissions committee reviews applications once a year for fall admission. The application opens in early September, and all materials must be received by our February 1 deadline for consideration.

We accept applications from nurses who hold bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees in nursing. For program admission purposes the School considers Post-Baccalaureate (Post-BS) and Post-Master’s (Post-MS) applicants as described below.

  • Post-Baccalaureate students have a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Applicants who have a non-APN master’s degree in nursing are considered with Post-BS applicants and are able to waive up to 18 credits based on previous graduate coursework. 
  • Post-Master’s students 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-Baccalaureate  Post-Master’s 
Graduation from an accredited
baccalaureate degree program in nursing
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GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 credits for the
baccalaureate degree**
X  
Master’s degree from an accredited
nursing program
  X
GPA of 3.5 for the master’s degree**   X
RN license X X
Certification as an advanced practice nurse
X
One year of professional nursing experience X X
Grade of B or better in a graduate level
statistics course (pdf) within last 5 years
X X

International applicants:
-CGFNS Certification
-Minimum English proficiency scores in
one of the following:

  • TOEFL (600 PBT, 100 iBT)
  • IELTS (8)
  • MELAB (85)
X X

** Applicants who do not meet the minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA, but have an MS degree with at least a 3.5 GPA are eligible to apply.

DNP Application Process

To apply for the DNP program, you will need to complete the Graduate School’s online application and submit additional materials. The transcripts will be sent directly to the School of Nursing and all other materials will be uploaded to your online application.  

What is required?   How is it submitted?
Official transcripts Follow instructions here
Graduate School electronic application (e-app)  https://www.gradsch.wisc.edu/eapp/eapp.pl
Photocopy of nursing license Upload a copy in the Supplemental Application
section of the e-app
Reasons for Graduate Study/Statement of Purpose
(see instructions in Admissions FAQs)
Upload file in the Statements section of the
e-app
Three Letters of Recommendation Enter contact information in the
Recommendations section of the e-app
Curriculum vitae or resume Upload file in the Supplemental Application
section of the e-app

International applicants:

  • CGFNS Certification
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB scores
  • CGFNS Certificate is sent directly to the
    School of Nursing
  • TOEFL scores are sent electronically
    from ETS. Use ETS institution code 1846

 For additional information on admissions please read the Admissions FAQs

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