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


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Application Deadline

The deadline for completed applications (including all supplemental materials) for fall 2024 is August 1, but we encourage you to apply as soon as you are ready because we will admit students on a rolling basis. Admitted students can secure their spot and prepare for the fall semester start.

Program Coordinator

Carolyn Bottone-Post, DNP, APRN, CNM-BC, FACNM
School of Nursing:

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Application Process

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

Applicants must apply to the program through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS). Please submit all required materials by the application deadline to avoid a delay in the evaluation and screening of your application. All official transcripts that will be required for program admission will be submitted to NursingCAS, and do not need to be resubmitted to UNC.

The UNC School of Nursing will review applications following the application deadline. Official admission notifications will be sent in the 2-4 weeks that follow.

Start Your NursingCAS Application

Apply via NursingCAS. The following bullets will support you as you complete the application and material submission process.

  • In the Nursing CAS application system, click on the "Add Program" tab, search for "University of Northern Colorado" and choose the following program via the "+" icon:

    • Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice

Items You Will Submit for This Program

You will then continue in the Nursing CAS system (or log back in) to complete the following:

  • 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 leadership and your ability to complete a clinical doctorate.

  • 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 are listed in the Application Portal.

  • Current vita or resume.

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

  • Copy of APRN license and national APRN certification

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

  • 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.

  • GRE scores are NOT required for this program.

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If you are admitted to the program:

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

  • Veterans: if you intend to use Veteran’s Education Benefits, an official transcript from all colleges or universities attended will be required in order to maintain compliance with Veteran’s Affairs policies. Directions can be found on the graduate admissions pages.