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Doctorate of Nursing Practice BSN to DNP - 100% Online - No Campus Visits Required
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. The DNP program offered by the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) will build upon the base of a BSN in Nursing and experience in clinical practice.

The UCCS program is based upon the concepts of the DNP essentials and the curriculum has been approved by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in March 2015 through December 2026.

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.

BSN - DNP Level Admission Requirements:

  • Completion of an accredited (programmatic) baccalaureate degree in nursing program including prerequisite undergraduate coursework in:Minimum overall GPA of 2.75 for cumulative undergraduate course work and BSN GPA of 3.3 or higher Curriculum Vitae or Résumé
    • Introduction to Statistics
    • Nursing Research
    • Health Assessment
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Current unrestricted Registered Nurse license from the state where you practice during practicum rotations
  • Passing score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if your native language is not English
  • Submission of all required application materials by posted deadlines

NOTE: Prospective graduate students must possess skills in computer technology (e-mail including attachments, word processing i.e., MS Word, presentation software i.e., MS PowerPoint).

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.

Upon Admission to the Program:

  • Completion of a required Criminal Background check and Drug Screen (at student expense) will be required upon admission.
  • Submission of proof of the following:
    • MMR vaccinations (2 required) or titers showing immunity to all three diseases (not required if born before January 1, 1957)
    • Varicella vaccinations (2 required) or titer
    • Hepatitis B series of vaccinations (3 required) or titer showing immunity
    • Current PPD (TB skin test) test less than 1 year old or last chest x-ray if unable to take PPD
    • Current tetanus vaccination less than 10 years old
    • Current CPR certification at the BLS level


  • The Admission Committee will review all completed applications 15 business days after the deadline.
  • The student is given email notification as to admission status.
  • Visit the Technical Requirements page for computer and software requirements.

Requirements for BSN - DNP degree:
Upon admission to the BSN-DNP program, the student must complete a minimum of 70 credits at the graduate level and earn at least 70 credits to graduate with a doctorate at UCCS.  Students must maintain a B grade or better in all courses.  A GPA of 3.0 must be maintained to remain in the program. Students are expected to adhere to the UCCS Student Code of Conduct and the UCCS Academic Honor Code.  A successfully defended DNP project is required.  The student must complete all degree requirements within seven years.

DNP Curriculum Plan Expectations:
Our rigorous BSN-DNP program option is totally online with no campus visit requirement.  All clinical residency hours are set up and completed in the geographic area where you live and work. As a student in this program you can expect to spend 12-15 hours per week for every 3 credit hours of online course work.  It is important that you plan accordingly to be successful.  Most courses are 3 credits, the DNP project course credits are variable. Enrollment in 6 credits per semester is considered full-time at graduate level.

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

Approved or Accredited by:

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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Last Updated: June 7, 2017
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