Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program


The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program, guided by Christian principles, prepares leaders at the highest level of nursing practice to use the best evidence to advance the profession and positively influence health outcomes for diverse populations.

Program Objectives

At the completion of the program, the post-masters DNP graduate will be able to:

  1. Synthesize liberal arts and scientific background into advanced nursing roles.
  2. Develop leadership skills for quality improvement initiatives related to advanced nursing roles across healthcare delivery systems.
  3. Demonstrate advanced levels of scholarship and analysis in implementing and evaluating evidence-based  approaches to advanced nursing roles at the systems level.
  4. Evaluate information systems and patient care information technologies to improve healthcare.
  5. Influence healthcare policy development as related to healthcare delivery systems and the nursing profession.
  6. Lead intraprofessional and interprofessional teams to influence health outcomes of individuals and populations.
  7. Use cultural, epidemiological, biostatistical, and environmental data to influence clinical prevention and population health outcomes at the systems level.
  8. Model scholarship, professionalism, and excellence in advanced nursing roles.
  9. Use advanced clinical judgment, systems thinking, and accountability to provide evidence-based care in the area of specialization or in systems leadership.

The Program has the Following Components:

  1. Coursework providing the knowledge and skills needed to meet the DNP competencies.     
  2. Residency requirements providing experiential learning; students work with preceptors or mentors to develop leadership skills and practice interests.    
  3. The DNP Project where students apply knowledge and skills to an integrative, transformational experience, under the guidance of a faculty chairperson and agency mentor.

Delivery Options

Post-master’s DNP program is delivered online in a cohort format.  There are two mandatory cohort meetings on-campus; one prior to the program start, and one coinciding with graduation.

Entrance Requirements

Admission to the post-master's DNP Program is competitive. We admit a cohort class of students each spring for an August start.

  1. MSN degree from an accredited school of nursing.
  2. Current RN licensure in the state of residence.
  3. Current certification as an advanced practice nurse (nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, or registered nurse anesthetist) or as an advanced nurse administrator.
  4. 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).
  5. Graduate-level statistics course that includes descriptive and inferential statistics taken within the last five years (must have achieved a grade of B or higher).

Admissions Requirements

  1. Application form available at
  2. Non-refundable $50.00 application fee.
  3. Professional resume or curriculum vitae describing nursing experience and education and the applicant's progression in advanced practice or leadership positions.   
  4. Admission essay explaining reasons for enrolling  in the DNP program at Concordia. Address future professional goals, including plans for scholarship to meet the DNP Project.
  5. 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.
  6. All official transcripts that led to undergraduate and graduate degrees.
  7. Documentation of the number of faculty-supervised clinical hours completed in the MSN program.
  8. Admission interview (may be conducted by phone).

The priority deadline is March 1st for the cohort beginning the following August.

Degree Requirements

The 30 hour curriculum is delivered online with the exception of two mandatory cohort meetings at the CUW Campus in Mequon, Wisconsin.

DNP - Leadership Track

Initial Cohort Meeting CUW Mequon Campus
DNP 903Biostatistics & Epidemiology4
DNP 940DNP Project I4
DNP 915Advanced Evidence-Based Practice3
MBA 842Six Sigma Process & Applicat3
MBA 920Economics and Public Policy of Health Care3
MBA 803Ethics & Org Leadership3
DNP 921Healthcare Informatics3
MMC 820Manag Comm Prog & Pract3
DNP 941DNP Project II4
Final Cohort Meeting / Presentation of DNP Projects
Total Hours30

Transfer of Credit

The Graduate Nursing Program will accept up to 6 transfer credits, of previous graduate level coursework, into the DNP program based on the following criteria:

  1. Coursework must have been completed within five years prior to admission to the program (or be approved by the DNP faculty committee).
  2. Courses transferred must be comparable in scope and subject matter to courses offered in the DNP Program. The student will need to provide a course description and the course syllabus for any course requested for transfer. A transfer credit form must be completed and submitted to the Graduate Nursing Office for approval upon admission.
  3. All courses transferred in must be at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. All transfer credits must be certified by the Registrar and approved for the degree by one of the Co-Directors of the Graduate Nursing program.
  5. Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics will not be accepted as transfer credits.
  6. Transfer credits will not be applied to the cumulative grade point average the student earns while in Concordia's DNP program.