Program Overview

The online DNP degree program provides students the leadership skills needed for the highest level of nursing practice. Coursework focuses on biostatistics and population health, translational scholarship, evidence based practice, informatics, health care policy, managerial communication, and leadership.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: Yes

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education


    • A cumulative 3.5 GPA from previous MSN coursework (those applicants with a 3.25-3.49 cumulative GPA from MSN coursework will be considered on a probationary status).
    • MSN degree from an accredited school of nursing.
    • Current certification as an advanced practice nurse (nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, or registered nurse anesthetist) or as an advanced nurse administrator.
    • Graduate-level statistics course that includes descriptive and inferential statistics taken within the last five years and achieving a grade of B or higher.
    • Resume or curriculum vitae describing nursing experience and education and the applicant's progression in advanced practice or leadership positions. 
    • Two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues familiar with advanced practice nursing or leadership competence. References should address the applicant's potential for success in the DNP Program.
    • All official transcripts that led to undergraduate and graduate degrees.
    • Documentation of number of supervised clinical hours completed in the MSN program. This documentation must be on the school/university letterhead.
    • Admission essay.
    • Admission Interview.


    We are not accepting new students from Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, New York, New Mexico, Montana and Oklahoma.

    School Overview

    Concordia University Wisconsin is a Lutheran higher education community committed to helping students develop in mind, body, and spirit for service to Christ in the Church and the World. Lutherans in Wisconsin founded Concordia College in 1881. In 1886, Concordia received a perpetual charter from the State of Wisconsin which authorized it to provide "classical, technical, and religious instruction to young men and students who desire to prepare themselves for the ministry of the Lutheran Church." For approximately eight decades, Concordia offered high school and the first two years of a liberal arts college program. In 1978 Concordia was authorized by the Missouri Synod to become a 4-year accredited college providing education in teacher education, nursing, medical assistant, social work, and engineering.

    Concordia University Wisconsin provides a variety of educational opportunities for students who are preparing for vocations in the ministry of the church and for various professional and business careers in the community. The program of studies emphasizes a liberal arts curriculum and course offerings providing educational experiences that cultivate personal and vocational skills. Concordia offers associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees on-campus and online through six academic schools:

    • School of Arts and Sciences
    • School of Business Administration
    • School of Education
    • School of Health Professions
    • School of Nursing
    • School of Pharmacy



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