Colorado Christian University
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Online MSN to DNP Program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice in Visionary Leadership at CCU is designed for nurses who already have an MSN. This can be nurse practitioners, nurse administrators and healthcare leaders, clinical nurse specialists, and/or nurse educators. Considered the final clinical degree for nurse clinicians, DNP leadership programs have expanded by nearly 150% between 2012 and 2016.*

The online DNP program at CCU is a practice-focused doctorate that will prepare experts in specialized advanced nursing practice. Graduates will be able to apply credible research and translate evidence-based practice into improved health outcomes. The doctoral program provides development of advanced competencies for increasingly complex practice and enhanced leadership to strengthen healthcare delivery.

The DNP degree equips graduates for career advancement in several professions, including Director of Nursing, CNO, leadership in a healthcare system, consulting, academe, staff and professional education, clinical practice, and nursing entrepreneurs.

CCU's online DNP can be completed in two years of full-time study. The program includes 525 hours of clinical experience beyond the MSN.

    • 30 credit hours of online coursework and 525 clinical hours
    • Complete in as little as 2 years (full-time study)
    • Two required onsite residencies
    • Final capstone project

Benefits of the DNP Nursing program

  • Students have opportunities throughout their coursework to develop a specialized nursing competency with a biblical worldview.
  • CCU coursework integrates faith, learning, and living with an emphasis on biblical principles, moral leadership, and advanced nursing roles.
  • The online format enables nurses to earn their DNP in their home community while collaborating with other nurses throughout the country.

* National Center for Education Statistics: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Completions reports, 2012-2016.

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  • Today is Colorado Free Application Day! Prospective students who submit a completed admissions application on October 15, 2019 can apply for free! Use promo code CCUAPPDAY to waive the $50 application fee.