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

  • 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
  • Provide leadership to strategically transform the healthcare system; creating ethical, cost-effective, safe, culturally competent, evidence based, patient-centered care
  • 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
  • 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
  • Collaborate on inter-professional teams to create safe, effective, health care systems that promote health and improve population outcomes
  • 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
  • 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 therapy. Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, 29(2). 84-89.

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

NOTE: 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.

Application Process:

  • Click here to Apply Online- As of 5/3/2017, UCCS has transitioned to a new Graduate School Application system and if you started an application prior to 5/3/17 you can click here to return to the old application system and continue your application. Your username and password and application already started in the old system are valid until the deadline for that application. Your username and password for the old system are NOT valid for the new application system.

    If you want to start a new application, please click here to go to our new application system to begin. You will have to register for a username and password as a first time user and then start the application.

  • Application deadline is February 3
  • 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.


  • The Admission Committee will review all completed applications 15 business days after the deadline.
  • The student is given email notification as to admission status.

For additional information regarding this program option please contact:

Diane Busch
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO  80918
Telephone:   (719) 255-4424 or 1-800-990-8227 (X4424)
Fax: (719) 255-4496

Due to individual state regulations, we are accepting students from these states:

  • 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 click the hyperlink Professional Licensure

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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 by clicking the hyperlink. 


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