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Doctorate of Nursing Practice

A higher level of nursing leadership

In response to market demand, Alverno College launched a post-master’s Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree that can be completed in as few as 18 months. This program is for nurses looking to increase their marketability and maximize their potential for career growth. Alverno’s JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing and Health Professions is fully accredited and widely recognized as one of the top nursing programs in Wisconsin.

Two tracks

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

Cost: $1,015 per credit hour

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Program Highlights

  • Twelve courses offered in a flexible hybrid format that blends online and classroom education
  • A cohort model offering year-round classes in manageable, eight-week blocks. Next start is January 2019.
  • Attend full or part time; program can be completed in 18 months of full-time attendance

Benefits of the Alverno DNP

  • One of the state’s premier nursing programs built on the college’s tradition of ensuring student success at all levels
  • Access to the expertise and resources you need to take your leadership skills to the next level
  • A vibrant network to keep you connected throughout your nursing career
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Advanced outcomes include leadership, interdisciplinary collaboration, evidence-based translational practice, advanced communication and informatics.

Where will your DNP take you?

Nurses with a DNP will be prepared to assume leadership roles in complex clinical environments, lead the development of health care policy, translate research into practice, and serve as expert clinicians in health care. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reported substantial growth in DNP programs between 2006-13 to meet the needs of the demanding and ever-changing health care system of tomorrow.