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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing
 

Doctor of Nursing Practice Admissions

Admission Requirements


There are two major pathways to the DNP. For applicants with a BS in nursing, the MS/DNP pathway offers the MS in nursing with an advanced practice specialty while simultaneously advancing toward the DNP degree. Applicants with a BS in nursing apply through the MS program. For more information, review the MS to DNP page to review specific requirements.

For students with a MS in nursing and a specialty certification, graduate course work at the post-MS level will complete the DNP program. Applicants who already have been awarded a MS in nursing will follow the application procedures outlined in the DNP admissions page.

MS Applicants

Applicants with a MS in nursing must complete the following application procedures:

University of Colorado DNP application for admission.

  1. Non-refundable application fee of $65 is payable online in the application 
  2. Essay (see application for instructions)
  3. Four (4) letters of reference: The online application data system will require you to submit the names, telephone numbers and e-mail address for your recommenders. Once you complete your application and hit submit, your recommenders will receive an e-mail with instructions, along with information and an e-address to submit their recommendation on your behalf. It will take the data system approximately 24-72 hours to deliver this information to the recommender once you have submitted your application.
    • Official transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution to the College of Nursing.
    • One (1) official transcript from the institution where you received the BS in nursing.
    • One (1) official transcript from the institution where you received the MS in nursing. 
    • Copy of RN License and advanced practice specialty certification.
    • Proof of NLN or CCNE accreditation that covers the years that you graduated with your BS and MS in nursing. Accreditation information can be found on the NLN or CCNE web sites or from your institutions.
    • Current curriculum vitae (CV) (see application for instructions).
    • On-site or telephone interview required.
    • TOEFL Test Required for All Applicants with a Primary Language other than English: It is the policy of the College of Nursing to require all applicants to the college whose primary spoken language is not English to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores as part of the application process. (All international applicants to the College of Nursing must submit a TOEFL score.) Effective July 1, 2009, a total score of at least 560 on the paper-based TOEFL and 50 or above on the Test of Spoken English (TSE), 220 on the computer-based TOEFL and 50 or above on the TSE, or 83 on the Internet-based TOEFL with 26 or above on the Spoken portion is required. Potential applicants that do not currently meet the minimum TOEFL requirement may participate in the College’s free English as Second Language (ESL) workshops that are offered on Saturdays throughout the school year. Current students, faculty and staff at the College of Nursing may also participate in the ESL workshops at no cost.

    Once admitted, you must register for a portfolio class. You will receive more information in your admit letter.

    ND Applicants

    For applicants with both the MS in nursing and ND degrees from the College of Nursing must complete the following application procedures:

     

    As of December 2015 the portfolio process to convert ND graduates to the DNP will no longer be available

     

    The application deadlines for all DNP applicants with an MS in nursing are as follows:

    • July 1 – for Spring semester
    • February 15 – for Fall semester

    University of Colorado ND-DNP application for admission.

    1. Non-refundable application fee of $65 is payable online in the application
    2. Four (4) letters of reference: The online application data system will require you to submit the names, telephone numbers and e-mail address for your recommenders. Once you complete your application and hit submit, your recommenders will receive an e-mail with instructions, along with information and an e-address to submit their recommendation on your behalf. It will take the data system approximately 24-72 hours to deliver this information to the recommender once you have submitted your application.
      • Official transcripts from the institutions where the MS and ND degrees were received. This includes the official transcript from College of Nursing registrar’s office. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar’s office of the issuing institution to the Office of Student Affairs and Diversity. To request transcripts for credits completed at the College of Nursing, call 303-724-0859. Official transcripts are also needed if you completed course work after the MS and ND degrees.
      • Copy of RN License and advanced practice specialty certification
      • Proof of NLN or CCNE accreditation for the MS degree if it was received at an institution other than at the College of Nursing 
      • Current curriculum vitae (CV) (see application for instructions)
      • On-site or telephone interview required
      • TOEFL Test Required for All Applicants with a Primary Language other than English: It is the policy of the College of Nursing to require all applicants to the college whose primary spoken language is not English to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores as part of the application process. (All international applicants to the College of Nursing must submit a TOEFL score.) Effective July 1, 2009, a total score of at least 560 on the paper-based TOEFL and 50 or above on the Test of Spoken English (TSE), 220 on the computer-based TOEFL and 50 or above on the TSE, or 83 on the Internet-based TOEFL with 26 or above on the Spoken portion is required. Potential applicants that do not currently meet the minimum TOEFL requirement may participate in the College’s free English as Second Language (ESL) workshops that are offered on Saturdays throughout the school year. Current students, faculty and staff at the College of Nursing may also participate in the ESL workshops at no cost.

      Once admitted, you must register for a portfolio class. You will receive more information in your admit letter.

      Technical Standards

      All applicants to the College of Nursing must meet the minimum requirements outlined in the technical standards:

       
      Introduction
      Observation
      Communication
      Motor Abilities
      Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities
      Behavioral and Social Abilities
      Health and Related Requirements
      Physical & Sensory Requirements

      International Applicants

      International applicants are encouraged to begin the application process one year prior to their requested admission term.

      1. In addition to the standard admission requirements, international applicants must submit the following:
        • A copy of your current passport.
        • Financial statement for international applicants. Call 303-315-2230 for more information.
      2. TOEFL Test Required for All Applicants with a Primary Language other than English: It is the policy of the College of Nursing to require all applicants to the college whose primary spoken language is not English to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores as part of the application process. (All international applicants to the College of Nursing must submit a TOEFL score.) Effective July 1, 2009, a total score of at least 560 on the paper-based TOEFL and 50 or above on the Test of Spoken English (TSE), 220 on the computer-based TOEFL and 50 or above on the TSE, or 83 on the Internet-based TOEFL with 26 or above on the Spoken portion is required. Potential applicants that do not currently meet the minimum TOEFL requirement may participate in the College’s free English as Second Language (ESL) workshops that are offered on Saturdays throughout the school year. Current students, faculty and staff at the College of Nursing may also participate in the ESL workshops at no cost.

         

      3. For all applicants with educational coursework from a country other than the U.S.:

      A course by course evaluation for U.S. equivalency of international transcripts done by an approved international transcript evaluation service.

        • Evaluation by World Education Services (WES) is preferred.
        • The evaluation must be mailed directly from the evaluation service to the College of Nursing.

      4.  The applicant will be notified of admission status by mail. Please contact the Office    of  Student Affairs and Diversity for changes in name, address, telephone number or e-mail address.