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2009 DNP graduate students at graduation ceremony

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DNP Curriculum | Background Check Policy (rev 12212010)

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, 2006) Practice Doctorate Nurse Practitioner Entry-Level Competencies.  In 2010, the DNP Program at 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

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: 3.0; Graduate Cumulative GPA 3.3
  • National Certification* as NP or CNS, or CNS portfolio reflecting expertise
  • Curriculum vitae and completion of application essay
  • Submission of all required application materials by posted deadlines

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 Coordinator, at 719.255.4424, 800.990.8227 (x4424) or

Approved or Accredited by:

The Doctor of Nursing Practice at Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Colorado is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

DNP Application Process

  1. Apply online
  2. Mail other required items to:

    Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences
    University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
    1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
    Colorado Springs, CO 80918
    ATTN: Graduate Nursing

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