MS to DNP students will be granted the MS and the DNP degrees upon completion of each individual program. In the MS to DNP program, students will be able to select from eight (8) different master’s degree specialties, five of which include an interdisciplinary urban underserved (CU-UNITE) track. Past course work to be applied toward the degree will be evaluated on a case by case basis. The specific courses required for each MS option can be viewed on the specialty pages. The courses for the DNP degree can be viewed on the DNP program information page.
The CU College of Nursing has had more than a century to establish its reputation as one of the best in the country. We are known for our pioneering initiatives, including being the birthplace of the first nurse practitioner program in the world and offering online education many years before other schools. Four of our nurse practitioner and specialty options are ranked among the top ten in the nation, a rarity among nursing schools.
The adult gerontological clinical nurse specialist (CNS) option prepares nurses to become evidence-based and theory-guided advanced practice nurses providing quality care to acutely and critically ill patients, medical-surgical patients and older adults.
Adult gerontology nurse practitioners provide primary care to older adolescents and adults. Nurse practitioner students are prepared to provide safe, competent and satisfying care to their patients within the specialty.
Family nurse practitioners provide primary care to infants, children, adults and geriatric patients. Entry into practice as a primary care nurse practitioner demands educational preparation at a minimum of a master’s degree in nursing.
The FPMHNP program provides course work that focuses on complex psychiatric nursing assessment and interventions in children, adolescents, adults and older adults.
The field of informatics provides opportunities for health care professionals to become leaders in the forefront of health care transformation through the use of provider and patient care technologies. Our online programs prepare you to plan, select, design and implement emerging technologies that advance consumer engagement, support clinical decision making, promote safety and drive quality care.
The nurse-midwifery option prepares the graduate to provide safe, competent and satisfying care to women and their families during the childbearing years, as well as primary care health issues across the life span.
The pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) specialty focuses on the delivery of primary health care to infants, children and adolescents. This program is currently ranked by US News and World Report as the third best PNP program in the nation.
The women's health nurse practitioner option focuses on the primary health care needs of women from adolescence through the older adulthood.