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:
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.
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 email@example.com
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)
We are currently unable to accept students from the following states:
It is the applicant's responsibility to check with the home state's board of nursing and board of education to determine if completion of our program will lead to advanced practice licensure and the ability to practice in your planned state of residence.
Apply via NursingCas by February 3rd
Beth-El College admits students into the DNP program options once per year for Summer session.
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Last Updated: May 14, 2015