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Colorado DNP Programs

Colorado DNP Programs

Colorado DNP programs provide a terminal level nursing degree that is concentrated on clinical practice. There are currently approximately six DNP programs in Colorado, though this number is likely to grow quickly as the AACN pushes for advanced practice to move from the MSN requirement to the DNP.

Though different, Colorado's DNP programs have a similar mission. The programs aim to prepare nurses to be clinical experts with leadership, decision making, and political policy skills who can transform healthcare practice.

Addmission Requirements

Some DNP programs in Colorado have multiple entry-points, while others are open only to those with master's degrees and advanced practice certification. Regis University offers a post-master's online DNP program that takes six semesters of full-time study to complete. Sentinel University offers both an Educational Leadership and Executive Leadership DNP programs, both of which admit post-MSN students only. The University of Colorado and University of Northern Colorado, on the other hand, offer programs for both post-bachelor's and post-master's degree students.

Admissions requirements vary depending on the particular program in question, but there are many similarities. The University of Colorado, for example, requires that applicants submit an essay, four reference letters, official transcripts, copies of RN license and advanced practice certification, proof of graduation from a NLN or CCNE accredited school, a current resume, and an on-site or phone interview. Those who speak a language other than English primarily must prove English proficiency through TOEFL. The University of Northern Colorado, among other requirements, states that post-BSN applicants must have completed at least one year of clinical experience and post-MSN applicants must have completed a minimum of 500 clinical practicum hours in the APN master's program.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

The programs are slightly different in terms of completion requirements. University of Northern Colorado, for example requires that students complete a Capstone project and 1000 hour clinical practicum (1065 for post-BSN, at least 200 of which are with a Nurse Practitioner). The total credit hours for the two-year MSN-DNP pathway is unavailable, but the four-year BSN-DNP pathway is comprised of 81 credits. American Sentinel University also requires a Capstone project, and the post-MSN program consists of 42 credit hours and one 10-day residency per year of program. There is a capstone project in this program as well.

Tuition

Tuition ranges between schools, and is higher for out-of-state students than for residents. Generally speaking, in-state tuition ranges between $500-800 per credit. For example, resident tuition at UC Denver is approximately $520 per credit, while non-residents pay around $990 per credit.

Additional Resources

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Popular Programs:
  • Doctor of Health Science (Online)
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Grow, lead, succeed - with an online graduate degree Keiser University Graduate School provides student-centered, quality career education that enables you to make an immediate contribution to your profession. For over 35 years, Keiser University's commitment to excellence has led to success for our graduates. Our unique combination of a strong curriculum rich in relevant courses for today’s workforce and our students-first approach provides an outstanding academic experience. Become part of a caring, learning environment, whether online or on campus, led by experienced faculty who bring you real-world challenges and solutions.
Popular Programs:
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MS in Nursing
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  • And more...
Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education. Eligible students can receive college credit for prior military experience and coursework—up to 75 percent of the credit needed for a Kaplan University undergraduate degree.*
Popular Programs:
  • DNP - BSN-to-DNP (CCNE-accredited)
  • PhD - Health Care Administration
  • DHA - Health Administration
  • And more...
An accredited online university, Capella University offers bachelor’s, master’s/MBA, doctoral, and certificate programs designed to take you to the forefront of your profession. Our competency-based curriculum delivers foundational knowledge and real-world skills, so what you’re learning is immediately applicable to your career. We serve more than 36,000 students from the U.S. and around the world and offer more than 140 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 20 certificate programs.
Popular Programs:
  • Doctor of Health Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing/Nurse Education
  • Master of Health Administration/Master of Business Administration/Project Management
  • And more...
As the largest private university in North America, University of Phoenix has locations nationwide, and is available online in most countries around the world. Whether you're seeking a college degree at an associate's, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral level, we can help you reach your academic goal and sooner than you might think.
Popular Programs:
  • Ph.D. in Health Services- Health Care Administration
  • Ph.D. in Health Services - Self-Designed
  • Ph.D. in Health Services - Leadership
  • And more...
Balance your personal and professional commitments while earning a respected Ph.D., master's degree, or bachelor's degree online at Walden University. Programs offered in management, education, psychology and health and human services.
Popular Programs:
  • MA Human Services: Health & Wellness
Pioneering distance education since 1985, Liberty University is now the nation’s seventh largest university. With more than 300 online and residential areas of study, Liberty offers programs from the certificate to doctoral level.
Popular Programs:
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Bridge Program)
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Management and Organizational Leadership
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Case Management
  • And more...
Grantham University's 100% accredited online degrees are convenient, portable and designed so you can fit education into your life instead of arranging life around your education. 
Popular Programs:
  • Graduate Certificate-Health Services Management
A graduate degree really can make a difference, especially when it's from DeVry University's Keller Graduate School of Management. Online, evening and weekend classes are available.
Popular Programs:
  • M.S. in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems
  • M.S. in Health Care Administration
Earn your degree online with Grand Canyon University. We offer approximately 100 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs that can be completed 100% online. Degree programs are available in the fields of education, nursing and health sciences, business, fine arts and production, and liberal arts.
Popular Programs:
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  • Adult Health Nurse Practitioner (PGC)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (PGC)
  • And more...
Designed with the needs of working adult students in mind, South University, Online Programs is built on the similar curriculum offered at South University's campus locations. As a student at South University, Online Programs you will receive the same quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.
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Other CO Schools with DNP Programs

Colorado Mesa University
1100 North Avenue
Grand Junction, CO
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO
University of Colorado Denver
1250 14th Street
Denver, CO
University of Northern Colorado
1862 10th Avenue
Greeley, CO