Flexibility, Convenience for Working APNs

UNC’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) empowers you to affect the future of nursing and health care delivery. Available to licensed Advanced Practice Nurses who already hold a master’s degree in nursing, this two-year, online DNP program prepares you to exercise leadership on care teams, within your organization, and in the public policy arena. 

As the terminal degree in nursing practice, the DNP brings you to the highest levels of scientific mastery and critical analysis. You’ll complete an original research project and improve your communication skills, while working with experienced nursing faculty who are clinically active and excel as professional mentors. Upon completing the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, you will be qualified to formulate and advocate for policy reforms that have community-wide impact.

Degree Details

Credits Required:



Online + Greeley Visits

Time to Completion:

2 years (part-time)

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Degree Option

Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post-Master's)

The post-master’s online DNP program requires 33 to 37 credits of coursework and about 1,000 clinical hours. You can apply the clinical hours logged in your master’s program toward the 1,000-hour requirement. The DNP program includes three required visits to the University of Northern Colorado campus. You’ll finish the degree with a capstone project that addresses issues you encounter in your own professional practice. The DNP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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Online/Greeley Visits Program

Your Future in Nursing Leadership 

The aging of the U.S. population, combined with changes in the health care system, has resulted in a critical demand for leadership in the nursing profession. Current health care trends have left nurses with more responsibility than ever. The post-master’s DNP degree empowers you to analyze the scientific, technological and policy factors that influence the profession. You’ll be equipped with high-level expertise to help you bring about positive change for colleagues, patients and the communities you serve.

Consider UNC’s DNP post-master's certificate if you want to:

  • Exercise professional leadership
  • Raise standards of nursing practice and health care delivery
  • Improve communication within the discipline
  • Serve as a teacher and role model

You’ll learn:

  • Advanced scientific concepts
  • Advanced clinical practice
  • Translation of evidence and epidemiology
  • Policy formulation and analysis

Sample courses:

  • Epidemiology in Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Applied Nursing Genomics
  • Concepts in Advanced Evidence-Based Practice
  • Advanced Nursing Theory
  • Advanced Nursing Leadership in Health Care
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Faculty Spotlight

Faye Hummel, Ph.D., R.N., CTN-A
Professor, School of Nursing

Faye Hummel’s numerous contributions to the nursing program at UNC have helped to improve the education and profession of nursing, including developing nursing courses that focus on diversity and culture. With the help of two colleagues from other universities, and the creation of the Friendship Bridge Nurses Group, she also helped bring the first master's program in nursing to Vietnam.

For nearly two decades, the group has recruited nurses from across the United States to teach in the Southeast Asian country. The arrangement began with courses in undergraduate research and public and medical health, but did not confer a degree. In 2007, a master's program through the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Ho Chi Minh City was created and has since seen six cohorts of students receive degrees.

As a result of her work at home and abroad, Hummel was chosen as the 2015 recipient of the M. Lucile Harrison Award, one of UNC's top faculty honors.

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Where can your certificate take you?

Nurse bag

Organizational leadership 


Health care policy

Heart in hand

Multidisciplinary care teams


Translation of evidence to practice

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