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Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) online program (several visits to campus required) 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.

This mostly online DNP degree program is designed for those nurses with a MSN as an APRN. Education at the doctoral level builds upon and extends content acquired at the baccalaureate and masters levels.  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.

Applications are due February 1st for the Fall start. Late applications are accepted, however admission priority is given to those meeting the above deadline. You may contact the School of Nursing to see if applications are still being accepted for the upcoming Fall term. Admission is competitive.


The UNC Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program is brought to students through UNC Extended Campus.  Visit their website for additional details about tuition, course descriptions, eligibility, and admissions requirements.


For advising and other questions about the Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program, please contact Mellany Archer, Graduate Program Management Specialist, at mellany.archer@unco.edu or 970-351-2234.