Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a terminal degree for nurses who are interested in becoming a nursing practice expert. Applicants must hold a current, active and unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the United States, as well as a programmatically accredited Master of Science in Nursing degree from a regionally accredited institution.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice is designed to build on the skills, talents and educational groundwork of a Master of Science in Nursing program and helps students prepare for advanced nursing roles in systems leadership and administration, maximizing the application of evidence to improve healthcare outcomes. The program provides instruction in healthcare delivery systems, health economics and finance, health policy, research methods, translation of evidence into practice, concepts in population health, and nursing leadership.


This program does not lead to additional licensure or certification.  As such, CTU has made no determination regarding prerequisites for licensure or certification in any state or jurisdiction.

Mission Statement

College of Nursing Mission Statement:

Through an innovative curriculum and student- centered teaching, the nursing faculty teaches, supports, and inspires students to become competent, caring, and accountable professionals who serve a diverse client population within a dynamic health care environment.

Program Accreditation and Alignments

Colorado Technical University utilized the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Doctoral Essentials (2006) to develop the doctoral nursing program. (


  • 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.

Degree Requirements


NRSG810Scientific Underpinnings of Nursing Practice


NRSG812Applying Evidence-Based Practice and Research to Improve Health Outcomes


NRSG815Information Systems and Advanced Nursing Practice


NRSG817Health Policy and Advancing Nursing Practice


NRSG825Population Health and Epidemiology


NRSG830Organization and Systems Leadership


NRSG831DNP Project I: Design and Planning


NRSG832DNP Project II: Implementation of Evidence Based Practice


NRSG833DNP Project III: Evaluation of Change


DNPSPIDNP Specialty Topic I


DNPSPIIDNP Specialty Topics II


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.

NRSG820DNP Practice Transitions I


NRSG821DNP Practice Transitions II


NRSG822DNP Practice Transitions III


Total Credit Hours:13

Courses- DNP Specialty Topic Options

HCML870Health Policy and Regulations


HCML872Economics and Financing of Healthcare Organizations


HCML874Continuous Improvement for Systems in Healthcare


HCML876Informatics in Healthcare


LDR870Self-Insight and Personal Development as a Leader


MGMT824Strategic Thinking and Organizational Alignment


ODC870Organizational Strategy & Design


ODC872Current Topics in Organizational Development


ODC874Leading and Managing Large Scale Transformation


ODC876System Thinking and Decision Making


PM874Special Topics in Project Management


PM876Risk and Quality Management


Total Credit Hours: 49-62

Program 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.


  • Virtual Campus

Area of Study

  • Nursing

Degree Level

  • Doctorate