Post BSN to DNP

Graduates are prepared as expert family or adult nurse practitioners to meet the complex primary health care needs in the areas of disease prevention/health promotion, chronic disease, restorative, and palliative/supportive care. The DNP graduate is prepared to lead and transform health care within diverse populations and settings through translation of evidence into practice, integration of systems thinking as a foundation for change management, and participation in quality improvement initiatives to improve practice, patient-centered care outcomes, and health policy.

General Information

  1. All students must maintain an unencumbered RN license while in the program. As this is an online program, sometimes there are out of state requirements that apply to the clinical setting. If clinicals will take place outside the state of Wisconsin, it is the student's responsibility to make sure their program of study is eligible and meets all requirements within that state's Department of Licensing & Regulation.
  2. Students must earn a minimum of a B in all courses. Policies regarding progression and retention will be applied if the student earns less than a B in any course.
  3. Students are expected to comply with the requirements as stated in the Student Responsibilities Agreement.
  4.  Students are required to complete 1000 leadership and practicum hours in a clinical setting.  Based on their level of performance, a student may need to complete additional hours to be successful.
  5. Students will identify and secure clinical preceptors which then need to be approved for appropriateness by the graduate faculty. The Clinical Contract Coordinator is available for assistance.
  6. Students must complete all degree requirements within a five-year period from the time of taking the first course in the program.

The Program has the Following Components:

  1. Coursework provides the knowledge and skills needed to meet the DNP competencies.     
  2. Students work with clinical preceptors and agency mentors to develop clinical and leadership skills. 
  3. The student will complete a DNP project that identifies a focus area for change to guide practice, policy, and to improve outcomes in a community or healthcare setting.      

Program Learning Outcomes 

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.


Core Curriculum
BIO 650Genetics, Immunology, & Microbiology for Advanced Nursing3
BIO 542Pharmacotherapeutics3
MBA 520Management Information Systems3
MBA 527Project Management3
NURS 530Healthcare Policy & Issues in Advanced Nursing3
NURS 534Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Roles and Interprofessional Collaboration3
NURS 536Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan3
NURS 540Evidence Based Nursing Practice3
NURS 645Role Transition for the APN (Core Curriculum)2
NURS 638Advanced Health Assessment3
NURS 903Biostatistics & Epidemiology4
NURS 915Advanced Evidence-Based Practice3
NURS 921Healthcare Informatics3
Select one of the following specializations
Specialization Course (FNP)
NURS 710Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Primary Care for the Family Nurse Practitioner3
NURS 711Adult Chronic and Acute Disease Management - FNP3
NURS 712Pediatrics, Women’s Health, and the Older Adult - FNP3
NURS 935FNP Clinical Residency I5
NURS 936FNP Clinical Residency II5
Specialization Courses (AGPCNP)
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Primary Care for the Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (3 credits)
Adult Chronic and Acute Disease Management - AGPCNP (3 credits)
Women’s Health and the Older Adult - AGPCNP (3 credits)
AGPCNP Clinical Residency I (5 credits)
AGPCNP Clinical Residency II (5 credits)
Leadership Courses
NURS 930DNP Project Practicum I1
NURS 931DNP Project Practicum II1
NURS 932DNP Project Practicum III1
NURS 933DNP Project Practicum IV (Residency Courses)1
NURS 940DNP Project I4
NURS 941DNP Project II4
Total Hours70

Entrance Requirements for the Graduate School of Nursing in Addition to Graduate School Requirements

  • BSN degree from an accredited nursing school
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Science GPA is evaluated as part of the admission process
  • Current unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in the USA
  • Actively working in practice. Preference is given to nurses with a minimum of two years of nursing experience.
  • Current CPR certification
  • Ability to perform Technical Standards for Registered Nurses
  • Successful completion of:  Statistics course – three credits with a minimum grade of B or higher. Must be completed before registering for NURS 540.

Application/Admission Process

Students may apply online through Concordia's direct online application at When applying directly, students will submit:

  • Application form available at
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • All official college transcripts leading to the bachelor's degree
  • An essay that addresses the following topics:
    • Rationale for choosing a career as a primary care Nurse Practitioner
    • Career goals as a primary care Nurse Practitioner
    • Personal compatibility with the CUW mission
    • Plans for academic success, including time management, stress management, and professional communication
    • Any previous academic issues
  • Professional resume and a Certified Background Check
  • Current unencumbered RN license
  • Three letters of reference: two must be professional and/or academic and one must be from an individual who has worked with the applicant in a professional capacity and has a minimum of a Master's degree.
  • Applicants who have completed graduate level classes and wish to have them evaluated must submit these transcripts and the transfer credit form. GRE exams are not required.

The deadline for fall admission is May 1.

The deadline for spring admission is October 1.

In addition to the Graduate Admission Requirements, there may be a pre-admission telephone interview.

The admission committee will review applications and make recommendations for admission. After the recommendation for admission is approved, a formal letter of acceptance or denial is sent to the student.

Transfer of Credit

The Graduate Nursing Program will accept up to 6 transfer credits, of previous graduate level coursework, into the Post BSN-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 Post BSN-DNP faculty committee).
  2. Courses transferred must be comparable in scope and subject matter to courses offered in the Post BSN-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 the Director 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 Post BSN-DNP program.