Colorado Christian University
DNP Admission Requirements

DNP Admission Requirements

Admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Admission to the online Doctor of Nursing Practice in Visionary Leadership at Colorado Christian University is selective. Each applicant is carefully evaluated on previous academic performance, personal and professional accomplishments, and strength of character. A strong desire to complete doctoral-level work in a Christ-centered community of nurse leaders is required.

Application Deadlines

While applications for admission to the DNP program are accepted year round, they must be submitted at least one month prior to the program start date. Admitted students must attend the required on-campus residency prior to the start of the program.

Admission Requirements for the DNP Program

  • Complete the online admission application to CCU's College of Adult and Graduate Studies.
  • Have an active, unrestricted or unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license in the state in which the clinical/practicum experience will be completed.
  • Have completed a master’s degree in nursing (MSN) from a regionally accredited higher education institution. The college or university must have national nursing program accreditation from either CCNE or ACEN.
  • Have earned a graduate degree GPA of 3.0 or above based on a 4.0 scale.
  • Complete a criminal background check and drug screen through CastleBranch. In the upper right corner, enter package code LS08 (first two alpha, second two numeric). Note: Practice sites may require a second background check and/or drug screen at the student’s expense. Admission to and/or progression in the program may depend on the results of these checks. Be sure to review the list of disqualifying offenses. Fees apply and are the responsibility of the student.
  • Complete the web-based interview for admission.

Submit the following admission documents

  • Official transcripts from all college/university educational experiences, including clinical hours completed in an MSN program.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Proof of RN licensure and any current certifications.
  • Three letters of professional reference who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for success in a graduate program. One letter must be from a graduate program faculty who can speak to the student’s ability to be successful in a doctoral program. Additional letters could be from other graduate program faculty, professional colleagues, or work supervisors.
  • Personal narrative (1-2 pages) describing practice experience, professional goals, and why the applicant wishes to pursue a DNP.
  • If English is not the applicant’s native/first language, provide proof of meeting the College of Adult and Graduates Studies requirements related to English language proficiency.

To submit application-related materials that were not already submitted through the online application, email them to AdmissionsSupport@ccu.edu or mail to:

Colorado Christian University
Attn: Service Central – CAGS Transcripts
215 Union Blvd, Suite 600
Lakewood, CO 80228

Additional DNP Admission Process Information

  • Students who apply to the DNP program having completed less than 500 clinical hours in their MSN program will need to complete additional practice hours for a total of no less than 1025 clinical practice hours required for graduation. There are opportunities within the program to complete additional hours as needed.
  • All students must have a reliable computer throughout the program that meets the CAGS requirements for internet connections and broadband width. (See CAGS Student Handbook.)
  • Since this is an online course and you can take classes from outside Colorado, students will need to have adequate software and internet capabilities to participate in web-based discussions, watch video streaming, and internet-based learning activities.

Residency Requirements

Two onsite residencies are required in the DNP program. Both are held on the Lakewood, Colorado, campus at separate times throughout the program. Full attendance for each residency is required. Residencies will consist of a Wednesday through Friday schedule and will be posted in advance. Transportation to and from campus, lodging, and some meals are at the student’s expense.

  • Residency 1 occurs at the beginning of the program and includes: orientation to the DNP program; review of the course sequence; individual meetings with advisors & faculty; socialization to the DNP role; introduction of DNP program faculty, director, and Dean; introduction to CCU; use of library resources; introduction to BlackBoard (Learning Management System); writing workshop; APA format workshop; preparing for the DNP project; introduction to evidence-based practice; and options for international learning experiences/projects.
  • Residency 2 occurs at the end of the program and includes: preparation for dissemination of DNP project results; poster and oral presentation of DNP project in a public forum; recognition ceremonies (when applicable).

Time Limitation: How Long is the DNP Program?

Students must complete all DNP courses and the project within 9 semesters or 3 years. If all courses, clinical hours, or the project are not completed after the 3-year period, the student will be required to petition for an exception to the academic policy. Continuing study is not guaranteed and must be approved by the Nursing Graduate Program Director.


State Exclusions for Online Students

The College of Adult and Graduate Studies (CAGS) at Colorado Christian University offers courses to online students in all states with the exception of the following program-specific state exclusions:

  • CAGS does not offer Educator Licensure or Non-Licensure (Undergraduate or Graduate) courses to online students who reside in Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, or Kentucky.
  • CAGS does not offer Master of Arts in Counseling courses to online students who reside in Delaware.
  • CAGS does not offer Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in Clinical Care Management in Adult and Geriatrics courses to online students who reside in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
  • CAGS does not offer Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in Nursing Education courses to online students who reside in Alabama, Alaska, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
  • CAGS does not offer Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) courses to online students who reside in Alabama, Alaska, District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin, or Wyoming.

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