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The Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) represents the highest level of preparation in nursing practice based on nursing science and prepares leaders for nursing practice. This program builds upon the base of a Master's Degree in Nursing Preparation in Nurse Practitioner (NP) and Clinical Nurse Specialty (CNS) programs and excellence of practice based on validations by standard sets of competencies in national certification processes and specialty credentials. The Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences program is based upon The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice from the American Association of College of Nursing (AACN, 2006) and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF, 2014) Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies.  In 2015, the DNP Program at Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences was reaccredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education, the accrediting body of the AACN.

DNP Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the DNP program, the graduate will be able to:Upon completion of the DNP program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Use translation science, theoretical frameworks, and scientific methods to describe, develop, implement and evaluate health care practice to create new models of care to improve health care outcomes
  2. Provide leadership to strategically transform the healthcare system; creating ethical, cost-effective, safe, culturally competent, evidence based, patient-centered care
  3. Participate as a practice scholar to analyze, create, implement and evaluate how adjustments to healthcare systems can foster safe, effective, efficient, equitable, patient-centered outcomes
  4. Demonstrate independent reflective practice skills, in complex evidence-based settings using systems thinking and clinical reasoning to provide care it individuals, families, communities and populations
  5. Collaborate on inter-professional teams to create safe, effective, health care systems that promote health and improve population outcomes
  6. Participate in the critical analysis and translation of knowledge into the practice setting and the construction of policies that decrease health disparities, increase access to care, honor cultural differences, and promote social justice and equality for all people
  7. Critically analyze data, technology and information systems to determine how best to incorporate this knowledge to improve patient outcomes, healthcare programming and healthcare systems

The final requirement of the DNP project is a scholarly manuscript.  Students are strongly encouraged to submit their scholarly manuscript for publication.  An example of a published Capstone Project manuscript is: Sweeney, T.J., Kenny, D.J., and Schubert, C.C. (2013). Inpatient insulin pump therapyJournal for Nurses in Professional Development29(2). 84-89.

BSN-to-DNP: Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

DNP Courses

  • NURS 6120 Nursing Research (3)
  • NURS 7010 Philosophical/Theoretical Found. of APN (3)
  • NURS 7030 Adv Hthcre Policy, Ethics & Law (3/1 Clin Res)
  • NURS 7070 Population Based Healthcare (3/1 Clin Res)
  • NURS 7080 Evidence Based Practice (3)
  • NURS 7090 Business, Finance & Ent for AP (3/1 Clin Res)
  • NURS 7100 Org. Systems/Leadership/Quality Improvement (3/1 Clin Res)
  • NURS 7110 Inferential Statistics (3)

APN Core Courses

  • NURS 6280 Clinical Pharmacotherapies
  • NURS 6730 Advanced Health Assessment
  • NURS 6740 Advanced Pathophysiology

Nurse Practitioner Specialty Focus (Adult/Gero NP)

  • NURS 6910 Primary Care of Acute Health Conditions (6)
  • NURS 6920 Primary Care of Chronic Health Conditions (6)
  • NURS 6930 Foundational Prin. for Care of Older Adults (2)
  • NURS 6940 Geriatric Clinical Syndromes (4)
  • NURS 6980 Synthesis Practicum (8)

Nurse Practitioner Specialty Focus (Family NP)

  • NURS 6900 Primary Care of Pediatric Patients (5)
  • NURS 6910 Primary Care of Acute Health Conditions (6)
  • NURS 6920 Primary Care of Chronic Health Conditions (6)
  • NURS 6980 Synthesis Practicum (8)

DNP Project

  • NURS 8030 - 10 Credit Minimum/20 Credit Maximum until successfully defended

Post-Bachelor of Science in Nursing Level Admission Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 for all undergraduate course work and a BSN GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Completion of an accredited baccalaureate degree in nursing program including prerequisite undergraduate courses:
    • Introduction to Statistics
    • Nursing Research
    • Health Assessment
  • Current unrestricted Registered Nurse License from the state where you practice during practicum rotations
  • Passing score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if your native language is not English.

For more information about this program, contact Diane Busch, DNP Program Assistant, at 719.255.4424, 800.990.8227 (x4424) or dbusch@uccs.edu


Due to individual state regulations for online education, we can only accept students from these states: :

    • Arizona
    • California
    • Colorado
    • Idaho
    • Iowa
    • Kansas
    • Michigan
    • Montana
    • Nebraska
    • Nevada
    • New Mexico
    • North Dakota
    • Ohio
    • Oklahoma
    • South Dakota
    • Texas
    • Utah
    • Virginia
    • Wyoming

Admitted Students: You have been admitted to our program as a resident of the particular state in which you resided at the time of application. If you plan to move to a different state while in our program, or do any practicum hours in a different state, it is your responsibility to check our List of Approved States to make sure that you may continue in our program after moving to that state. For more information, see http://www.cu.edu/state-authorization/professional-licensure

Professional licensure requirements vary by profession and by state. The University of Colorado has not determined whether a course, program, certificate, or degree meets requirements for professional licensure outside of Colorado. Prior to enrolling, online and distance students are strongly advised to check with the appropriate licensing board in their current or intended state of residence to ensure the online course, program, certificate, or degree will meet that state's requirements. Contact information for your state's Board of Nursing is available at: https://ncsbn.org/contact-bon.htm

Apply Online 

  • Application deadline is February 3

Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences admits students into the DNP program options once per year for Summer session.


  • The Admission Committee will review all completed applications 15 business days after the deadline.
  • The student is given written notification as to admission status via United Spates Postal Service sent out 15 business days after committee decisions.
  • Visit the Online Information page for computer and software requirements.

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