Doctor of Nursing Practice
University of Northern Colorado

Program Details

The online DNP degree program from the University of Northern Colorado, designed for practicing MSN / APNs, prepares students as clinical experts with a focus on the critical thinking, leadership, and political policy skills needed to advocate and create changes in healthcare practice at the individual, population, and organizational systems levels. Coursework explores topics such as:

  • Population Centered Health Care
  • Philosophical Underpinnings of Nursing Science
  • ​Design, Methods, and Analysis in Health Care Research
  • ​Leadership in Health Policy
  • ​Healthcare Finance


  • Minimum GRE score (taken within the last five years) of: 140 Quantitative, 146 Verbal Reasoning, and a combined score of at least 297 with an analytic writing minimum of 3.5. Test scores must be sent directly to the graduate school by the testing agency. UNC's institutional code is R4074.
  • Completion of a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from an accredited (NLN/ACEN or CCNE) nursing program, and a master’s degree from an accredited (NLN/ACEN or CCNE) program in nursing with a GPA of 3.0 or better (4.0 scale).
  • Proof of or eligibility for current Colorado licensure as a registered nurse or a compact state.
  • Two years teaching experience recommended.
  • Prerequisite course: SRM 600 Introduction to Graduate Research (3) or equivalent.
  • An interview with nursing faculty (scheduled by telephone or in person).

School Accreditation Statement

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