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Doctorate of Nursing Practice

Program Details

The online DNP degree program from the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs builds upon students' previous education and experience to prepare them for leadership roles in nursing. Graduates of the program are 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 practice scholars 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


  • 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

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education


Due to individual state regulations, we are accepting students from these states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming.
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.