Doctor of Nursing Practice

Our complex healthcare environment benefits from advanced knowledge and practice expertise, which can positively affect healthcare outcomes for individuals and populations. Colorado Technical University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program is designed for licensed RNs with a Master’s in Nursing who are looking to continue on to the Doctorate level, which is the terminal degree for nursing. Demand for nurses with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree continues to grow as employers are quickly recognizing the unique contributions that expert nurses are making in the practice arena, reports the AACN.1

Highlights of the DNP Program:

  • Developed using the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Comprehensive practice-focused program requires 1,000 hours of documented, supervised post-baccalaureate clinical hours for graduation, 500 of which must be completed at CTU
  • The program culminates in a project that allows you to translate evidenced-based practice and research findings into a practice change project using your area of advanced nursing practice.
  • Our focused doctoral program offers you the opportunity to pursue a degree in 21-27 months2 without putting your life on hold.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Goals:

  • To help students prepare for advanced nursing roles in systems leadership and administration, maximizing the application of evidence to improve healthcare outcomes.
  • To expand the knowledge of the advanced registered nurse for a leadership position in the profession.


Public Notice of Upcoming CCNE Accreditation Review

The College of Nursing of Colorado Technical University (CTU) is seeking programmatic accreditation of both its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CTU will be hosting a CCNE evaluation team for an on-site accreditation review on October 16, 2019, through October 18, 2019.

Program constituents (including students, faculty, representatives from the nursing community, and the public) are invited to submit comments concerning the qualifications of CTU’s BSN and DNP programs for CCNE accreditation status. CCNE will share comments with the evaluation team prior to the on-site visit and at no time will comments be shared with CTU. During its review of the BSN and DNP programs, the evaluation team will consider third-party comments (if any) that relate to the CCNE accreditation standards.

This notification indicates that written third-party comments will be received by CCNE until 21 days before the scheduled on-site evaluation at CTU. All written and signed third-party comments should be received by the CCNE by September 24, 2019.

All comments should be directed via U.S. mail or e-mail to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
- or -

Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission


  • October 01, 2019
  • November 12, 2019
  • January 07, 2020




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Program Details

  • Degree Requirements

    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    NRSG810 Scientific Underpinnings of Nursing Practice 4
    NRSG812 Applying Evidence-Based Practice and Research to Improve Health Outcomes 4
    NRSG815 Information Systems and Advanced Nursing Practice 4
    NRSG817 Health Policy and Advancing Nursing Practice 4
    NRSG825 Population Health and Epidemiology 4
    NRSG830 Organization and Systems Leadership 4
    NRSG831 DNP Project I: Design and Planning 6
    NRSG832 DNP Project II: Implementation of Evidence Based Practice 6
    NRSG833 DNP Project III: Evaluation of Change 5
    DNP Specialty Topic I 4
    DNP Specialty Topics II 4
    Total Credit Hours: 49
    Students who have not completed the required 500 post-baccalaureate clinical hours must complete the DNP Transitions course/s prior to beginning their DNP Project courses.
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    NRSG820 DNP Practice Transitions I
    NRSG821 DNP Practice Transitions II
    NRSG822 DNP Practice Transitions III
    Total Credit Hours: 13
    Courses- DNP Specialty Topic Options
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    HCML870 Health Policy and Regulations 4
    HCML872 Economics and Financing of Healthcare Organizations 4
    HCML874 Continuous Improvement for Systems in Healthcare 4
    HCML876 Informatics in Healthcare 4
    LDR870 Self-Insight and Personal Development as a Leader 4
    MGMT824 Strategic Thinking and Organizational Alignment 4
    ODC870 Organizational Strategy & Design 4
    ODC872 Current Topics in Organizational Development 4
    ODC874 Leading and Managing Large Scale Transformation 4
    ODC876 System Thinking and Decision Making 4
    PM874 Special Topics in Project Management 4
    PM876 Risk and Quality Management 4

    Total Credit Hours: 49

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  • Outcomes

    This degree program is designed to provide the following skills and knowledge:

    • Incorporate scientific principles from nursing and other disciplines to improve practice.
    • Appraise, synthesize and ethically apply evidence as an advanced practice nurse to complex health issues.
    • Demonstrate systems leadership promoting professional collaboration to improve healthcare outcomes.
    • Evaluate health issues of diverse populations to improve healthcare outcomes.
    • Analyze, advocate and apply policy to improve practice and healthcare outcomes.
    • Incorporate healthcare delivery models and strategies to improve quality healthcare delivery.
    • Apply principles of information systems and technology to improve healthcare outcomes.
  • Admission Requirements

    Admission to this program requires a current, active and unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the United States. All students must maintain this licensure throughout the program of study.

    Students must have graduated with a programmatically accredited Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from a regionally accredited institution. A minimum grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required for acceptance into the program.

    Prior to starting the nursing program all applicants must submit an unofficial or official copy of their college transcript from their MSN degree for review. Applicants to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program who meet all general admission requirements, but did not successfully complete a graduate level statistics course, may be granted provisional admission, until the completion of a graduate level statistics course with a B- or higher. Provisionally accepted students who do not complete a graduate level statistics course prior to NRSG812 Applying Evidence-Based Practice and Research to Improve Health Outcomes will be administratively withdrawn. CTU offers HCM671 Healthcare Statistics that fulfills this program requirement. Students who do not have prior graduate level statistics should consult with their Student Success Coach about options to satisfy this requirement.

    The DNP requires a minimum of 1,000 post-baccalaureate clinical hours. CTU may recognize up to 500 hours of supervised, documented clinical hours from your post-baccalaureate (MSN or Post Graduate Certificate) experience toward this clinical requirement.

    Potential DNP students must have completed a minimum of 120 documented clinical hours at the post-baccalaureate level prior to admission to the DNP program. Students with 120 clinical hours or greater, but less than 500 clinical hours, will be scheduled for the DNP transitions course(s). This course can be taken at varying credit hours depending on clinical hours transferred into the DNP program. Verification of post-baccalaureate clinical hours completed in the MSN or Post Graduate Certificate program must be submitted on the Colorado Technical University Attestation of Supervised Clinical/Practice/Practicum form.

    At this time, Colorado Technical University cannot accept inquiries for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program from residents of the states of Alabama, Alaska, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

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1. American Association of Colleges of Nursing, June 2017
2. This doctoral degree program can be completed in 21-27 months, depending on the number of clinical hours that need to be completed; however, many factors will impact your time to completion, including course loads, proficiency and/or, transfer credits and breaks.

This program is not a Nurse Practitioner program or a PhD and is designed for students with a current, active, and unencumbered RN license in the US. Applicants must also have a programmatically accredited Master of Science in Nursing degree from a regionally accredited institution

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