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FAQs about Marquette's College of Nursing D.N.P. program

Down ArrowQ: What is the purpose of the D.N.P. program?
     A: The D.N.P. is a response to the need for a better-prepared nursing workforce because of the complexities of health care, need for patient safety, aging population and other changing demographics, advanced clinical care demands (diagnostics and treatments), as well as a professional mandate. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the professional organization for baccalaureate and higher degree programs. The focus of our D.N.P. program is advanced-practice preparation at the very highest level. The D.N.P. will have preparation in the specialties of: pediatrics primary or acute care, adults-older adults primary or acute care nurse practitioner, adults-older adults clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwifery (post-master's certificate only), and systems leadership and healthcare quality.

Down ArrowQ. What are graduates of this D.N.P. program prepared to do?

     A: The program is designed to prepare graduates to:

  • Provide evidence-based advanced nursing care to individuals, families, communities and/or clinical populations.
  • Apply analytical methodologies to evaluate and monitor patient, population and care system outcomes.
  • Analyze and apply models, theories and scientific evidence to improve health care of diverse populations.
  • Demonstrate advanced levels of scholarship, clinical judgment, systems thinking and accountability in nursing practice.
  • Employ consultative and leadership skills within nursing and interdisciplinary health care teams to transform health care and complex health care delivery systems to improve health.

Down ArrowQ: Can I complete the program as a part-time student?
     A: Yes. Students may take one or two courses per semester. The post-bachelor's D.N.P. must be completed in 8 years.

Down Arrow Q: How many credits are required?

     A: The D.N.P. at Marquette requires 69 credits post-B.S.N. for the advanced practice options (pediatrics primary or acute care, adults-older adults primary or acute care nurse practitioner, adults-older adults clinical nurse specialist). The systems leadership and health care quality option requires 63 credits.

A D.N.P. post-master's program program is available for advanced practice nurses already holding an M.S.N. The minimum number of credits required is 33.

The specific domains of content for all options include: core courses, research, statistics and information systems, practicum courses, and a D.N.P. residency course. Health promotion/illness management is required for advanced-practice options. HCSL course examples include finance, outcomes management, human resources, program evaluation and mediation.

Down ArrowQ: How long does it take to complete the program?
     A: Both the B.S.N. to D.N.P. and M.S.N. to D.N.P. programs may be completed on a full- or part-time basis. The B.S.N. to D.N.P. can be completed in three to four years as a full-time student, depending on the option selected.

Down ArrowQ: What are the admission requirements and/or prerequisites?

     A: To apply to the D.N.P. program, you should have graduated with at least a B.S.N. degree from an accredited program, normally with a graduate GPA of at least 3.0 using the 4.0 system (4.0=A). A statistics course, including inferential analysis (within the past five years), an undergraduate course in nursing research, an undergraduate course in health assessment, and a copy of your current Wisconsin nursing license are required prerequisites. Other criteria include:

  • A completed online application form and fee
  • Statement of purpose
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Acceptable GRE scores (general test only); GRE waived if last cumulative GPA was 3.2 or greater.
  • Curriculum vita or résumé

Qualified applicants may be denied admission to the D.N.P. program because of space constraints.

Down ArrowQ: When can I apply?
     A: Students must have completed applications (all components) filed with Nursing CAS by February 15. Applications received after the February 15 deadline will be considered on a space available basis for a fall admission, provided the application is complete by June 1. Applications are due by November 15th for the Spring semester.

Down ArrowQ: Can I apply online?

     A: Yes. You must apply online via Nursing CAS website. Paper applications are not accepted.

Down ArrowQ: What is the cost of the program?

    A: For tuition information, cost per credit hour, see our Graduate School website.

Down ArrowQ: Where can I find information on financial aid?

     A: Financial opportunities for D.N.P. students include:

  • Division of Nursing Federal Nurse Traineeship
  • Agnes Reinders Scholarship
  • Graduate assistantships (research and teaching)
  • Marquette University tuition scholarships
  • Specific foundation awards

Some types of financial aid require full-time enrollment and are based on academic performance; other types of aid may stipulate specific criteria or obligations after graduation. Please note that the university funded financial aid application deadlines are:

  • February 15 (for the academic year or fall semester)
  • November 15 (for spring semester)

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Through a transformational Catholic, Jesuit education, Marquette University College of Nursing prepares nurse leaders to promote health, healing and social justice for all people through clinical practice and development of nursing knowledge.