Post-Master's Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Post Master's Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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.


Student Learning Outcomes

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 program is a quality-improvement project consisting of a paper, poster, and presentation.

Post-MSN DNP Full-Time Curriculum

Admissions Requirements

  • Active RN license in State of Practice
  • Master of Science Degree in Nursing from an accredited (CCNE/NLN) program
  • MSN cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • National Certification as NP or CNS

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.

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

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Wyoming
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Application Process


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 30 business days after the deadline. You will be notified by email as to your admission status.

Contact Us

Diane Busch
Program Assistant II
Debbie Schultze
Academic Services Professional