Applying to the Nursing DNP – (Post-Master's) Program

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Application Deadline

The deadline for completed applications (including all supplemental materials) each year is February 1. Admission is competitive and completed applications will be reviewed in the month of February.

If the cohort is not filled with the initial review of applications in February, additional applications will be considered on a space available basis. You may contact nursing@unco.edu to see if applications are still being accepted for the upcoming Fall term, or if you should apply for the following Fall.

Program Coordinator

Kathleen Dunemn, Ph.D., APRN, CNM-BC
kathleen.dunemn@unco.edu
970-351-3081

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Application Process

Thank you for your interest in this UNC graduate program! You will complete the UNC Graduate School application and then submit additional materials. Please review the Eligibility section of the Program Summary page prior to application.

U.S. applicants (outside of Colorado) for online programs: please be sure to check your eligibility by state of residence.

Step 1 – Apply

  • Apply to the UNC Graduate School. You will start a "UNC Graduate School Application." The following bullets will support you as you complete the application and material submission process.
  • On the application, choose the following program:

    • Nursing D.N.P. (Post-Master's) (Extended Campus)

  • Request 3 academic or professional letters of recommendation from those who can attest to your academic potential and abilities. You will be asked to supply contact information for your recommenders in the application.

    • The letters of recommendation should be from former faculty, supervisors, and/or professional colleagues that address your ability to complete a clinical doctorate.

  • International applicants: please visit the International Students Admission Requirements page for information about additional requirements.

  • If you are unable to complete your application in one session, you can log back in to your application later to complete it. The application fee process will appear once you submit your application.

Step 2 – Submit Transcripts & Supplemental Items

You will then continue in the system (or log into the Admissions Portal) to complete the following:

  • All applicants will need to request one official transcript from each regionally accredited college or university where a bachelor's degree or higher was earned (or is in progress). Some applicants may need to provide additional transcripts. Situations that require this are listed on the Graduate School website (choose Domestic or International). Directions for having your official transcript(s) sent to UNC are listed in the Application Portal.

  • A statement of career goals articulating "why now" for your practice doctorate. 

  • Current vita or resume.

  • Copy of current, unencumbered RN license (verification printout or link required).

  • Copy of APRN license and national APRN certification

  • Submission of a brief sample of professional writing (maximum of 10 pages). Examples:

    • Describe a scholarly evidence-based case study that best exemplifies your practice.
    • Describe a current practice related concept including its scope and significance, the patient population and the clinical setting of interest. Discuss alternative approaches described in the literature and identify an approach that you might take in addressing the concept.

  • A personal interview may be required.

  • The application portal will also show you which of your recommendations have been completed.

  • GRE scores are NOT required for this program.

Once you apply to the UNC Graduate School and your application packet is complete, your application will be reviewed by the graduate school then sent to the faculty/program for an admission decision. The timing of the admission decision depends on each individual program’s deadline and review process.

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