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Doctorate of Nursing Practice


A higher level of nursing leadership

Alverno College's Doctor of Nursing Practice degree will prepare you to assume leadership roles in complex clinical environments, lead the development of health care policy, translate research into practice and serve as role models, facilitators, consultants and expert clinicians in health care.

In response to market demand and the increasingly complex health care landscape, Alverno launched the Doctor of Nursing degree in January 2017. Throughout the program, you will have access to the expertise and resources you need to take your leadership skills to the next level.

 Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Two tracks
• Leadership (32 credits)
• Direct Care (30 credits)

 DNP program highlights 

  • Twelve courses are offered in a flexible hybrid format that blends online and classroom education to develop knowledge and skills in key areas.
  • The cohort model offers year-round classes in manageable, eight-week blocks. Cohort starts are in January.
  • Students can attend full or part time; the program can be completed in 18 months with full time attendance.
  • Advanced outcomes include leadership, interdisciplinary collaboration, evidence-based translation practice, advanced communication and informatics. 

  Graduate Nursing Program Leaders


Diane Duffy PhD RN

Associate Dean of Graduate Nursing Studies, 414-382-6293





Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Chair



Contact Janet Stikel at 414-382-6112 or for admissions requirements. 



  • Epidemiology
  • Practice-based Inquiry
  • Clinical Practicum I & II
  • Information technology & Data Driven Inquiry
  • Translational Research I & II
  • Scholarly Project I & II
  • Health Systems and Public policy
  • Ethical Leadership in Health Care
  • Genetics and Genomics in Health Care (Direct care only)
  • Creating Agility in Dynamic Environments (Leadership only)


Alverno is fully accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the only agency devoted exclusively to accrediting baccalaureate and higher degree nursing education. Alverno has been granted the maximum 10-year accreditation period, extending from December 2009 through December 2019.


The JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing and Health Professions is also approved by the Wisconsin Board of Nursing. Alverno College maintains continuous accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.