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The College offers the DNP for clinical advanced practice nurses working in primary care settings. The DNP-PHN and DNP/MPH Dual Degree programs offer a population focus in public health nursing specialization. Much of the coursework in the DNP-PHN and DNP/MPH programs is interprofessional, including Colorado School of Public Health core courses. Also, this specialized public health nursing programs add the option of permitting the student to conduct a program evaluation capstone, in lieu of quality improvement projects.
All didactic courses are available through distance technologies. Practicum courses may be arranged locally in consultation with program advisors, course instructors, and local preceptors. There may be on-campus classroom sessions when the student begins the capstone series.
No, you need not hold a certification in an APN specialty area to apply for these options. Please refer to the DNP-PHN and DNP/MPH programs for clarification.
The DNP-PHN and DNP/MPH programs prepare graduates to be certified as Advanced Public Health Nurses (APHN) through the American Nurse Credentialing Center. Dual degree graduates may also sit for certification in Public Health (CPH exam).
Please refer to the sample plans of study for estimated time-frames 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. Students may opt to take a heavier course load than is depicted in sample the full- and part-time program plans to complete the program more rapidly.
Applications to the DNP-PHN and DNP/MPH begin at the CU College of Nursing. Please visit the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program page for information and admissions requirements. Applicants are encouraged to identify interest in the DNP-PHN and/or DNP/MPH in the first sentence of the required essay. College of Nursing Admissions staff will collaborate with CSPH Admissions staff to ensure a seamless process for dual degree applicants. A team of faculty from both schools will review applications as a part of the dual admissions process.
The CU College of Nursing does not require GRE scores for admission to the DNP program. Applicants for the DNP/MPH dual degree will need to submit GRE scores, as they are a requirement for application to the CSPH, although this requirement will be waived if the applicant has a master’s degree.
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.
The courses 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.