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

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Doctor of Nursing Practice in Visionary Leadership

Classes begin in April 2019

CCU will begin accepting applications for the Doctor of Nursing Practice on February 8, 2019. For more information, please contact enrollment counselor Marcus Laws at 303-963-3304 or

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

The online DNP 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 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 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
    • Two required onsite residencies
    • Final capstone project
    • Coursework can be completed in two years with full-time study

Benefits of the DNP Nursing program

  • Students have opportunities throughout the coursework to develop specialized nursing competency with a biblical worldview.
  • CCU coursework integrates faith, learning, and living with 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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