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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing
 

Doctor of Nursing Practice Admissions

Admission Requirements


DNP Program 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.



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.

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

    Language Requirements

    If your primary language is not English, or if you are an International Student, you will need to demonstrate required English language proficiency by meeting one of the following criteria:
    1.     You are a citizen of a country whose official language is English including Australia, Belize, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, Ghana, United Kingdom, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
    2.     You have obtained a total score of at least 560 on the paper-based TOEFL and 50 or above on the Test of Spoken English (TSE); a score of 83 on the Internet-based TOEFL with 26 or above on the spoken English section. For other minimum subscores see http://internationaladmissions.ucdenver.edu
    The College of Nursing TOEFL Exam Code is 3377. Be sure to use this code when registering for the exam to ensure that we will receive the results
    3.     You have obtained a total score of 6.5 on IELTS with minimum subscores as follows:
    ·       Reading – Minim score of 5.5
    ·       Writing – Minimum score of 5.5
    ·       Speaking – Minimum score of 5.5
    ·       Listening – Minimum score of 5.5
    Official IELTS scores must be sent directly to the College of Nursing
    4.     You have graduated from the University of Colorado Denver’s ESL Academy.
    5.     You have graduated from a US/UK accredited school abroad with English as the medium of instruction.
    6.     You have earned an Associate or Bachelor’s degree in the U.S. or you have successfully completed a minimum of 2 semesters of full-time study in a master’s program at an accredited institution in the U.S., or you have completed the GTPathways core at a Colorado Community College where you were deemed to have the required English language proficiency.
    7.     You have graduated from and completed one year of secondary school in the US that included at least one unit of college preparatory English.  

    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.

    English Language Proficiency

    If your primary language is not English, or if you are an International Student, you will need to demonstrate required English language proficiency by meeting one of the following criteria:
    1.     You are a citizen of a country whose official language is English including Australia, Belize, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, Ghana, United Kingdom, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
    2.     You have obtained a total score of at least 560 on the paper-based TOEFL and 50 or above on the Test of Spoken English (TSE); a score of 83 on the Internet-based TOEFL with 26 or above on the spoken English section. For other minimum subscores see http://internationaladmissions.ucdenver.edu
    The College of Nursing TOEFL Exam Code is 3377. Be sure to use this code when registering for the exam to ensure that we will receive the results
    3.     You have obtained a total score of 6.5 on IELTS with minimum subscores as follows:
    ·       Reading – Minim score of 5.5
    ·       Writing – Minimum score of 5.5
    ·       Speaking – Minimum score of 5.5
    ·       Listening – Minimum score of 5.5
    Official IELTS scores must be sent directly to the College of Nursing
    4.     You have graduated from the University of Colorado Denver’s ESL Academy.
    5.     You have graduated from a US/UK accredited school abroad with English as the medium of instruction.
    6.     You have earned an Associate or Bachelor’s degree in the U.S. or you have successfully completed a minimum of 2 semesters of full-time study in a master’s program at an accredited institution in the U.S., or you have completed the GTPathways core at a Colorado Community College where you were deemed to have the required English language proficiency.
    7.     You have graduated from and completed one year of secondary school in the US that included at least one unit of college preparatory English.  
    1. 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.
    2. 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.