Below you'll find a list of all of the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs available in Colorado.
Full List of Programs
American Sentinel University
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at American Sentinel University offers Executive Leadership as an area of specialization. This specialization prepares nurses (with MSN degrees) for leadership roles in the healthcare system. The DNP program is offered online and open to nursing managers with at least two years of leadership experience within five years of applying for acceptance to the program. The curriculum includes topics such as Statistics for Health Care Administrators, Health Care Finance, and Health Services Research. A three-part capstone project is required to complete the program. The DNP Travel Assistance Program covers hotel stay for students during their first- and second-year residencies. The university's DNP program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
Colorado Mesa University
Grand Junction, Colorado
Colorado Mesa University offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice program that is designed for nurses seeking an advanced practice nursing role as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). Students accepted to the program follow a curriculum that includes coursework in health information systems, health policy, nursing theory and research, organizational leadership, statistics, and evidence-based practice. Individuals can apply to the program post-BSN or post-MSN. Post-MSN students must present verification of the number of supervised clinical practicum hours they completed in their advanced practice educational program. All students are required to complete a DNP scholarly capstone project in order to graduate. Colorado Mesa University's DNP-FNP program is accredited by CCNE.
BSN required for:
Regis University offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice program with an Advanced Leadership in Health Care specialization. This is a post-master's degree with a unique focus on serving diverse, underserved, and vulnerable populations in both rural and urban settings. Regis University's DNP program is offered online, with each class lasting approximately eight weeks. Students can expect to earn their degree within two years if they pursue a full-time program of study. Pursuing the DNP program on a part-time basis can take up to three years. The curriculum includes courses such as Epidemiology and Health Promotion for Populations and Strategic Planning in an Evolving Health Care Environment. The DNP program at Regis University is accredited by CCNE until 2017.
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, Colorado
The DNP program at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs is CCNE-accredited and offered 100 percent online, with no required campus visits. Clinical Residency can be completed in a student's geographical area. Students can pursue the program on a full-time (two years) or part-time (three years) basis. The program's curriculum is based on The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice developed by the AACN. Since this is a post-master's program, applicants must have their MSN or hold national certification as Nurse Practitioners or Clinical Nurse Specialists. The curriculum includes courses such as Population-Based Health Care for Improving the Nation's Health, and Advanced Health Care Policy, Ethics and Law. The completion of a capstone project is required for graduation.
MSN required for:
University of Colorado Denver
The University of Colorado in Denver offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice program that is delivered mostly online, with no more than three on-campus one- to two-day intensive sessions per academic year. The program considers both post-bachelor's (BSN to DNP) and post-master's (MSN to DNP) applicants. Students accepted to the program via the BSN to DNP pathway earn their MSN enroute to the DNP degree. The completion of a clinical experience and a capstone project are required for graduation. The College of Nursing and the School of Public Health offer two advanced DNP/Public Health degree options: DNP/MPH (Master of Public Health) dual degree and DNP-PHN (Public Health Nursing) degree. The university's DNP program is CCNE-accredited.
University of Northern Colorado
The University of Northern Colorado has two pathways to its Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The post-bachelor's DNP option is designed for practicing RNs and prepares them for the Family Nurse Practitioner APN specialty. The program follows a hybrid delivery format and can be completed with four years of part-time study. Students are required to attend a one-day on-campus orientation scheduled on the week before the fall semester begins. The post-master's DNP pathway is for practicing APRNs and also follows a hybrid delivery format. The program can be completed with two years of part-time study. A three-day on-campus orientation is required for all post-master's DNP students, which is typically scheduled in mid-July. The university's DNP program has CCNE accreditation until 2017.