Post-BSN to Doctorate of Nursing Practice

Post-BSN to Doctorate of Nursing Practice

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.


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 to 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

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. A successfully defended DNP project is required. The student must complete all degree requirements within seven years.

The final requirement of the DNP program is a quality-improvement project consisting of a paper, poster, and presentation.

BSN-DNP Full-Time Curriculum Plan
BSN-DNP Part-Time Curriculum Plan

Admissions Requirements

  • BSN GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • 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
  • Beginning Spring 2021 any applicant with a BSN GPA of less than 3.5 will be required to submit scores for the GRE along with their application. Any application not meeting this requirement, if needed, will not be reviewed. 

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