a part of the DNP Capstone series of courses, all DNP-PHN and DNP/MPH students
are required to complete practicum credit hours in public/community health
settings. Practicum experiences for out-of-state students must be negotiated
among course instructors, students, and their program advisors to best fit the
learning needs and professional goals of the student. For Colorado students,
the majority of current practice sites are in local and state, community-based
agencies, including public health departments. Many of the sites serve the most
vulnerable populations in Colorado.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2006) requires of DNPs a minimum
of 1,000 hours of supervised academic post-baccalaureate practice. CU’s DNP
curriculum provides 540 of the 1,000 practicum hours in public/community health
settings, with the first 500 hours generally completed in master’s level
nursing education. Applicants’ transcripts will be evaluated to determine the
coursework and number of credits/courses in Public Health and practicum
experiences attained prior to entry in the program. Additional clinical
practicum hours beyond those described in the dual degree curriculum may be
required to address any gaps.
Students work with a nationally and internationally recognized
faculty from both CU’s College of Nursing, which is ranked in the top 10 online
nursing programs nationwide,* and the Colorado School of Public Health.
Renowned for mentoring and expertise in research, scholarship,
and service, our faculty teaches nursing founded on empirical research and
Lead faculty have made significant contributions to public
health, interprofessional education, disabilities and chronic conditions,
parish nursing, and pediatric, adolescent, and adult health.
Project Director, Marilyn Krajicek, EdD, RN, FAAN
Scott Harpin, PhD, MPH, RN, PHCNS-BC
Kathy Shaw, DNP, RN, CDE
Marilyn Stember, PhD, RN, FAAN
more about lead faculty’s clinical and research interests.
*U.S. News and World Report, 2014
How is the DNP with a Public Health focus different from the traditional
(general) DNP program?
The DNP-PHN and DNP/MPH dual degree programs combine coursework
from CON and the CSPH, making it one of the first interdisciplinary programs of
its kind in the U.S. Coursework in our traditional DNP program is primarily within
the College of Nursing, with a focus on advanced clinical practice. Also, the
DNP/MPH and DNP-PHN programs include an option for students to conduct program
evaluation capstones, in lieu of quality improvement projects.
Does the program offer distance learning?
Yes. All didactic courses are available online. Practicum
courses may be arranged locally in consultation with CU program advisors,
course instructors, and local preceptors. There are four 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
No, you need not hold a certification in an APN specialty area
to apply for these options. Please refer to the Pathways tab for more
Will I be an APRN upon completion of one of these programs?
No, but dual degree graduates are prepared to sit for
certification in Public Health through the National Board of Public Health
How long does it take to complete the DNP-PHN or DNP/MPH
program? And what are the credit requirements of each?
Timing depends on whether you choose full- or part-time status,
and how many credit hours you take at a time. Please refer to the sample plans
of study for credits required and 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 per semester. 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.
plans of study
Are there both part-time and full-time options available?
Yes, please refer to DNP-PHN part-time and full-time and DNP/MPH part-time and full-time sample plans.
Do I need to be a Colorado resident to apply?
No. We consider applicants from inside and outside Colorado.
Out-of-state tuition applies to those who are not Colorado residents; however, residents
of 15 other states may qualify for in-state tuition through the WICHE program.
How many graduates have job offers when the graduate? What
types of jobs do graduates typically get?
Our program is too new to have statistics on the hire rates for
graduates. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in leadership
positions in: public health programs; program development, implementation and
evaluation; quality improvement; systems consultation; advocacy through policy
development and analysis; and care coordination for multiple chronic conditions.
When are applications due?
Applications to the College of Nursing for either the DNP-PHN or
the DNP/MPH program are due Feb 15 for fall semester of the same year, and July
1 for spring semester of the following year.
Can I take classes before I am formally admitted?
Yes. Please email Dr.
Judy Campbell for advice on enrolling with non-degree/professional
How do I apply?
Complete a CU College of Nursing application to the DNP program by February 15 (fall admission) or July 1
(spring admission the following year). Identify interest in the DNP-PHN and/or
DNP/MPH in the first sentence of the required essay.
CSPH requires recent GRE scores for admission to the MPH program;
this requirement may be waived for individuals with a master’s degree from an
accredited university. CON and CSPH staff work together to review applications
and ensure a seamless process for dual degree applicants. (GRE scores are not
required for application to the DNP-PHN program.)
Do I need to submit GRE scores as part of my application?
That depends on whether you apply to the DNP/MPH or DNP-PHN
program. GRE scores are not required for admission to the DNP-PHN program. The
CSPH does require official GRE scores for applicants to the dual degree program
(DNP/MPH). If the applicant holds a graduate level degree from an
accredited U.S. institution, the GRE requirement may be waived. The CPSH does
not currently have a minimum score requirement. The average scores of the
accepted applicants for a recent semester were: 153.5 Quantitative and
155.8 Verbal. The MCAT, DAT, LSAT, PCAT or GMAT may be substituted for the GRE.
Why should I consider a nursing program at the Anschutz
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.
What is the DNP Capstone Series?
The DNP Capstone Series is a sequence of four courses that 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.
NUDO 6052 Context of Practice, Population and
NUDO 7018 Clinical Evaluation Proposal
NUDO 8010 Leadership Role Residency and
NUDO 8018 DNP Capstone Clinical Evaluation