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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program emphasizes the highest level of education in order to prepare experts in specialized advanced nursing roles.  This degree is not a PhD (research-focused) doctorate, rather the focus is as a “practice-doctorate”.  

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has advised that as of 2015, the educational entry level for advanced practice nurses should be at the DNP level.  The DNP is the first doctorate degree to be offered at UW Oshkosh.  The Master’s to DNP Program began in summer 2010.  The BSN to DNP FNP emphasis began in 2012.  The BSN to DNP CRNA emphasis will begin summer 2017.  The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.  The accreditation action was effective as of April 4, 2011.