Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

Welcome to the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) website. We know you have many choices for graduate education, and we’re pleased you are considering UW–Madison for your advanced practice education.

Health care is changing rapidly, bringing new and expanded professional opportunities for advanced practice nurses (APNs). The DNP program at the UW–Madison prepares nurses for these exciting new roles as both clinicians and future nurse leaders.

UW–Madison School of Nursing Offers

  • A rigorous program that incorporates the latest clinical evidence
  • Blended learning program - courses offered primarily online with periodic in-person class sessions
  • Program plans for Post-BS and Post-MS students
  • Full-time and part-time program options
  • Coursework and practicum to become a nurse educator
  • Preparation for APN certification in the following areas:
 Population Focus Role Focus 
 Adult-Gerontology  Clinical Nurse Specialist
 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care  Nurse Practitioner
 Adult-Gerontology Primary Care  Nurse Practitioner
 Pediatric Primary Care  Nurse Practitioner
 Psychiatric Mental Health  Nurse Practitioner

Our Program

Our DNP program provides students with excellence in educational preparation plus the opportunity to develop long-lasting professional colleagues. Our classes focus on developing clinical expertise in your chosen population area and leadership skills to expand your job prospects in health care.

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, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

 Read the expected student outcomes here (pdf).

Faculty and Resources

Our diverse faculty include nationally and internationally recognized experts in a variety of clinical practice areas as well as nurse leaders in education and research. Faculty teaching in the clinical component are board-certified advanced practice nurses who maintain an active clinical practice in addition to their teaching roles. A wealth of clinical and practice scholarship sites are available for student experiences.

Beginning fall of 2014, the School of Nursing is proud to call Signe Skott Cooper Hall "home." The new building boasts state-of-the-art technology and patient-simulation learning environments designed specifically for the needs of nursing students.

To Learn More about Our DNP Program

Distance Education State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) Notice

All applicants are advised to determine whether this program meets requirements for licensure in the state where they live. See the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website for contact information for state licensing boards.

Best wishes as you explore DNP education!

Pamela Ann McGranahan, DNP, APHN-BC
Assistant Clinical Professor and DNP Program Director