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Doctor of Nursing Practice Admissions

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DNP Program Application

Applications Moving to NursingCAS

The College of Nursing will be moving our application process to NursingCAS​ for spring 2017. NursingCAS is an online tool used by many schools and colleges of Nursing to process applications. NursingCas provides customer support and verification of materials received for you application.  The application for spring 2017 will open February 1, 2016 and will close June 15, 2016.

NOTE:  If you have applied for prior semesters and now want to reapply you will need to apply through NursingCAS and complete the application.       


DNP Pathways

CU’s College of Nursing (CON), together with the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH), offers two advanced public health degree options:

The Doctor of Nursing Practice/Master of Public Health (DNP/MPH) dual degree and

The Doctor of Nursing Practice – Public Health Nursing (DNP-PHN) degree

 

What’s the difference?


Students earn a DNP in both programs and both degrees are interdisciplinary. The DNP-PHN program leads to a Doctor of Nursing Practice with a public health focus. The DNP/MPH option leads to both a DNP and a Master of Public Health because the curriculum has more depth in public health. There are also different prerequisites for each program.

See 
“Pathways” to find out which program is ideal for you.

About the DNP-PHN

The DNP-PHN program prepares students for nursing leadership roles in public and community health settings, with particular emphasis on prevention and management of populations with multiple chronic conditions.

Scholars take concurrent courses in the University of Colorado’s CON and in the Colorado School of Public Health. Electives allow students to tailor studies to their interests.

The DNP- PHN degree is ideal for:

Nurses who have a BSN and MPH.

Nurses who have a BSN and MS in public or community health nursing.

Nurses who have a BSN and current ANCC certification as an Advanced Public Health Nurse (APHN-BC) (requirements may viewed here.)

Have a BSN only or a BSN and MS in a nursing specialty other than public/community health nursing? Consider the DNP/MPH degree.


Requirements

      1.    Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Public Health or Community Health in Nursing degree from a regionally accredited institution.

      2.    Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree with CCNE or ACEN (formally NLNAC) program accreditation.

      3.    (1) copy of the transcripts from the college of university where your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree was awarded will need to be submitted as part of your NursingCAS application. (Please upload this item in the "Documents" section.)

      4.    (1) copy of the transcripts from the college or university where your Master of Science in Public HEalth degree was awarded will need to be submitted as part of your NursingCAS application. (Please upload this item in the "Documents" section.)

      5.    Current curriculum vitae (CV)/resume. (Please upload this item in the "Documents" section.)

      6.    Four (4) letters of professional reference - at least one academic reference is strongly recommended. (Submit requests for references to be uploaded electronically on your behalf by your reference writers in the "Supporting Information" section.)

      7.    Copy of current and unencumbered nursing license. (Please upload this item in the "Supporting information" section.)

      8.    Out-of-state applicants must submit a copy of their current and unencumbered nursing license and must obtain a current Colorado nursing license prior to starting their program of study if doing clinical course work in Colorado. Please visit the Colorado Board of nursing website for detailed information.

      9.    Copy of current advanced practice specialty certification. (Please upload this item in the "Supporting Information" section.)

      10.  Minimum nursing degree GPA of 3.0 or higher.

      11.  Language Requirement - Please visit our website for language requirements.

      12.  On-site or telephone interview required.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE INFORMATION 

Although it is not required, all applicants are encouraged to submit their application to NursingCAS 6 weeks prior to the deadlines listed, as it can take up to 4-6 weeks for NursingCAS to receive and verify applicant transcripts. Please do not wait on transcripts and references/recommendations to be received by NursingCAS before submitting your application. This will help to ensure that your application is reviewed in a timely manner.

 

Applicants should monitor the NursingCAS application portal weekly after application submission for completion of tasks such as verification of your transcripts and receiving recommendations. Notifications regarding your application will only be sent through the NursingCAS portal, and it is the applicant’s responsibility to check and take action on necessary tasks or if missing items are identified.

Please Note: All materials submitted in support of your application become the property of University of Colorado College of Nursing. We cannot return materials or copies to applicants. Thank you for considering the University of Colorado College for your graduate school needs.