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DNP Curriculum | Background Check Policy

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 Beth-El College at UCCS 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 2010, the DNP Program at Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences was accredited 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:

  • Use scientific evidence, theories, and practice methods to develop and evaluate health care models to improve health care delivery
  • Provide effective leadership to create cost-effective, culturally competent, population focused, quality improvement programs that fill current health care needs
  • Critically analyze current research and clinical practice guidelines for application in clinical practice to improve health care outcomes
  • Participate in the analysis and application of information technology in the clinical setting
  • Participate in the analysis, evaluation and creation of equitable health care policies
  • Collaborate in inter/intra professional teams to improve the quality and delivery of health care
  • Propose ethical solutions that are based on epidemiology, biostatistics, socio-economic environment and cultural preferences that meet the health care needs of individuals, families, and populations
  • Demonstrate independent practice, advanced clinical reasoning, and systems thinking when partnering with others to create and evaluate evidence-based quality improvement programs

The final product of the student Capstone Project will be a scholarly manuscript in APA format.  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 therapy. Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, 29(2). 84-89.

Post-Master of Science in Nursing Level Admission Requirements

  • Active RN license in State of Practice
  • Master of Science Degree in Nursing from an accredited (CCNE/NLN) program
  • Undergraduate Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and Graduate Cumulative GPA 3.3 or higher
  • National Certification* as NP or CNS 
  • Curriculum vitae and completion of application essay

The DNP admissions standards differ from the UCCS Graduate School admissions in that NP/CNS National Certification and RN license are required as well. Prerequisite graduate courses in nursing theory, research and policy are indicated only if MSN programs were in deficit of this core courses.

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

Approved or Accredited by:

The Doctor of Nursing Practice at Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Colorado is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation)


Due to individual state regulations, we are accepting 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.

Apply via NursingCas by February 3rd 

Beth-El College 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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Last Updated: 14 Oct, 2015
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