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:
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 therapy. Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, 29(2). 84-89.
The DNP admissions standards differ from the UCCS Graduate School admissions in that the NP/CNS National Certification and RN license are required as well. Prerequisite graduate courses in nursing theory, research and policy are indicated only if the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to individual state regulations for online education, we can only accept students from these states:
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
The 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.
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Last Updated: May 3, 2016