DNP-PHN and DNP/MPH dual degree students will work with a nationally and internationally recognized faculty. Renowned for mentoring and expertise in research, scholarship, and service, the College of Nursing faculty is dedicated to expanding and imparting nursing knowledge through empirical research and application of evidence to practice.
Lead faculty for the DNP-PHN and DNP/MPH programs at the College of Nursing are:
Project Director, Marilyn Krajicek, EdD, RN, FAAN
Scott Harpin, PhD, MPH, RN, PHCNS-BC
Kathy Shaw, DNP, RN, CDE
The faculty have made significant contributions to public health, interprofessional education, disabilities and chronic conditions, parish nursing, and pediatric, adolescent, and adult health. For more information about the faculty’s clinical and research interests, visit and review the College of Nursing faculty pages and bios.
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How is the DNP with a Public Health focus different from the current (general) DNP program?
The College offers the DNP for clinical advanced practice nurses working in primary care settings. The DNP-PHN and DNP/MPH dual degree programs offer a population focus in public health nursing specialization. Much of the coursework in the DNP-PHN and DNP/MPH programs is interprofessional, including Colorado School of Public Health core courses. Also, this specialized public health nursing programs add the option of permitting the student to conduct a program evaluation capstone, in lieu of quality improvement projects.
Does the program offer distance learning?
All didactic courses are available through distance technologies. Practicum courses may be arranged locally in consultation with program advisors, course instructors, and local preceptors. There may be on-campus classroom sessions when the student begins the capstone series (NUDO 6052).
Do I need to be an APRN to apply for either of these programs?
No, you need not hold a certification in an APN specialty area to apply for these options. Please refer to the DNP-PHN and DNP/MPH Pathways tabs for clarification.
Will I be an APRN upon completion of one of these programs?
The DNP-PHN and DNP/MPH programs prepare graduates to be certified as Advanced Public Health Nurses (APHN) through the American Nurse Credentialing Center. Dual degree graduates may also sit for certification in Public Health through the National Board of Public Health Examiners.
How long does it take to complete the DNP-PHN and DNP/MPH programs and what are the credit requirements of each?
Please refer to the sample plans of study for estimated timeframes for completion of the DNP-PHN and DNP/MPH programs as a full- or part-time student. Full-time status at the University of Colorado is a minimum of 5 credits. Students may opt to take a heavier course load than is depicted in the sample full- and part-time program plans to complete the program more rapidly.
Are there both part-time and full-time options available?
Yes. Both dual degree programs offer a part- and full-time option.
Must one live in Colorado to take part in this program?
No. Residents of other states may seek admission to this program. Out-of-state tuition applies to those who are not Colorado residents. However, the CU College of Nursing DNP program is approved by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) so that permanent residents of 15 other western states may be eligible for doctoral education in Colorado at the in-state tuition rate. (WICHE states include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.) See http://www.wiche.edu/wrgp.
Where are graduates finding jobs and what percentage have job offers at the completion of their studies?
First admissions to the program occur in summer semester 2014. Alumni employment data are not yet available.
When does this program start? What is the admission cycle?
Application to the College of Nursing for either the DNP-PHN or the DNP/MPH program must be completed by Feb 15. In 2014 only, study in open courses may commence upon acceptance (May-June start dates) or fall 2014. Thereafter, admissions are for the academic year starting in the fall of the year.
Can I take classes before I am formally admitted?
Yes. Please contact program staff to find out how to enroll as a professional development or continuing education student nondegree student under professional development. More information about that special registration may be found here.
Where do I apply?
Applications to the DNP-PHN and DNP/MPH begin at the CU College of Nursing with an application to the DNP program. Applicants are encouraged to identify interest in the DNP-PHN and/or DNP/MPH in the first sentence of the required essay. CSPH requires recent GRE scores for those who do not hold a graduate degree. College of Nursing Admissions staff will collaborate with CSPH Admissions staff to ensure a seamless process for dual degree applicants. A team of faculty from both schools will review applications as a part of the dual admissions process.
Do I need to submit GRE scores as part of my application?
The CU College of Nursing does not require GRE scores for admission to the DNP program. For applicants for the DNP/MPH dual degree program, official GRE scores must be submitted to meet CSPH requirements. The CPSH does not currently have a minimum score requirement. The average scores of the accepted applicants for the Fall 2013 semester were: 153.5 Quantitative and 155.8 Verbal. The MCAT, DAT, LSAT, PCAT or GMAT may be substituted for the GRE. If the applicant holds a graduate level degree from an accredited U.S. institution, the GRE may be waived.
Why should I consider a nursing program at the Anschutz Medical Campus?
Although both the DNP-PHN and DNP/MPH dual degree programs are available online, students may elect to take coursework onsite at the Anschutz Medical Campus, which is located in Aurora, Colorado, adjacent to Denver. The campus is home to several health profession education institutions, including the CU College of Nursing, and is the CU site of the collaborative Colorado School of Public Health. The campus offers many new facilities with state-of-the-art technology and is home to two (soon to be three) Magnet Hospitals. Prospective students are invited to explore the campus website at http://www.ucdenver.edu/anschutz/Pages/landing.aspx.
What is the DNP Capstone Series?
The DNP Capstone Series is a sequence of four courses (NUDO 6052 Context of Practice, Population and Patient Management; NUDO 7018 Clinical Evaluation Proposal; NUDO 8010 Leadership Role Residency; and NUDO 8018 DNP Capstone Clinical Evaluation Project). The courses focus student efforts on a final project as the culmination of the DNP education. In the series, the student identifies, develops, and implements a project that addresses a systems-level practice or patient issue.