Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) prepares nurses for specialized advanced nursing practice with the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise. DNP graduates are expert nurse clinicians with critical thinking, leadership and political policy skills needed to advocate and create changes in healthcare practice at individual, population and organizational systems levels.

The UNC School of Nursing DNP degree is designed for those nurses with a MSN as an APRN or a BSN degree who are interested in a practice focused doctorate. As a result, there are two Pathways to the DNP degree:

Post Bachelors in Nursing - Graduates are qualified to be recognized as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) from the State Board of Nursing, apply for national certification and provide primary care health promotion and disease management for patients with episodic or chronic illnesses across the life span focusing on the underserved. This hybrid program is designed for the practicing BSN RN as a four year part-time (fewer than 9 credit hours/semester) program meeting on campus one day per week (Thursdays) or online.  This program of study meets the guidelines for nurse practitioner education as recommended by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties.

Post Masters in Nursing - Education at the doctoral level builds upon and extends content acquired at the baccalaureate and masters. This two year online accredited part-time program is designed for the practicing MSN APRN. (Campus meetings for orientation, DNP capstone proposal and DNP capstone defense are required.)

Post Bachelors in Nursing to DNP


APPLICATION (applications for the Fall 2016 start due February 1, 2016)

Post Masters in Nursing to DNP


APPLICATION (accepting applications for the Fall 2015)

Nurse Educator (Graduate students who wish to take education courses to prepare for DNP nurse educator roles may do so by completing additionally the Nurse Educator Certificate course work.)

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Program Coordinator:

Rhonda Squires, PhD, APRN-BC, FNP
Assistant Professor, DNP & FNP Coordinator
Campus Box 125, Gunter Hall
School of Nursing
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO  80639

Office: Gunter Hall, Rm 1170 

Phone: 970-351-2293 or 970-351-2662


fax: 970-351-1707