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Doctor of Nursing Practice in Leadership

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree emphasizes the highest level of education in order to prepare experts in specialized advanced nursing roles.  The DNP offered by Edgewood College is in indirect care (Leadership).  Graduates of this program bring the best practices to managing health services, having competence in care systems management, and providing evidence-based care and translational research methods.

A rounded curriculum will include preparation in:

  • epidemiology, biostatistics, healthcare finance, informatics, and quality management
  • a capstone (research) project
  • a customized practicum experience (500-1000 hours based on previous practicum experience in a master’s program)

The 30 credit post-master’s DNP program builds on the existing Edgewood College MSN-Administration program. Transcripts of students whose master’s degrees are from nursing master’s programs other than Edgewood College are evaluated on a case-by-case basis to assure attainment of prerequisite knowledge and leadership experience.  

Degree completion is targeted for two years from the start of the program with students taking two courses/semester (including summers). Additional course work beyond the 30 credit requirement may be necessary to meet all of the essentials of doctoral education for advanced practice in leadership. Classes meet on weekday evenings (5:45 - 9:15) at the Deming Way Campus. New students may begin the program in either the fall or spring semesters.

Elective options in Edgewood’s Nursing Education and MBA programs are also available.

Edgewood College is a primary sponsor of The Center for Nursing Excellence, a state-of-the-art simulation lab that serves nursing students and practicing professionals in south-central Wisconsin. Watch this WMTV news story to learn more about The Center for Nursing Excellence.

Program Goals

At the end of the program, graduates will:

  • Integrate scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genomics and genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for the continual improvement of nursing and health care across diverse settings
  • Conceptualize new care delivery models based on contemporary nursing science, organizational and systems leadership that are feasible within current organizational, political, cultural, and economic perspectives
  • Translate new science, its application and evaluation; as well as generate evidence through their practice to guide practice improvements
  • Use information systems/technology to support and improve patient care and healthcare systems
  • Analyze the policy process and engage in politically competent action at the institutional, local, state, regional, federal, and international levels through the interface between practice, research, and policy
  • Establish, participate and assume leadership in interprofessional teams to accomplish safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable, and patient-centered care in complex environments
  • Analyze epidemiological, biostatistical, occupational, and environmental data in the development, implementation, and evaluation of clinical (disease and illness) prevention and population health
  • Demonstrate assessment and base practice on the application of biophysical, psychosocial, behavioral, sociopolitical, cultural, economic, and nursing science as appropriate in their area of specialization [leadership]
  • attain skills in human resource management, strategic planning, accounting principles, healthcare finance, healthcare economics, and other facets of leading operations within organizational mission, vision and regulatory requirements


All DNP Graduates may be prepared to sit for national specialty certifications in several options below.  Additional individual review and study will be necessary for successful completion of any of these exams:
Nurse Executive (NE-BC), or Nurse Executive, Advanced (NEA-BC) as determined by the American nurses
                        Credentialing Center (ANCC)
Informatics certification
Certified Nurse Manager & Leader (CNML), or Certified Executive Nursing Practice (CENP) as determined by the
                        American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE)