CCU Launches Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Visionary Leadership

Provided by Colorado Christian University News

According to the Medical Research Archives Journal, “The complexity of the healthcare system, the volume of new best practices, the driving forces of policy and the evolving models of healthcare financing have generated the need to ensure nurses are well prepared to meet the Institute of Medicine (IOM) mandate of adding nursing’s unique perspective to the interprofessional approach, thus improving the health of the nation.” (Edwards, 2018).

“DNP programs are growing rapidly across the country to meet the need for advanced clinicians and leaders,” Dr. Kristen Mauk, director of graduate nursing programs at Colorado Christian University, said. “It is considered the terminal clinical degree for practicing nurses. In contrast to the Ph.D., which emphasizes original research, the DNP prepares nurses at an advanced level to implement evidence-based practice to improve health outcomes.”

Colorado Christian University announces its first doctoral-level degree program, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Visionary Leadership. The DNP will be offered through the School of Nursing and Health Professions in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies. This new program has been developed in response to the rising need for doctoral level nursing programs to prepare nurses for leadership and advanced practice.

CCU’s program will not only prepare students to be excellent nurses but will also prepare them to practice nursing as ministry. “At CCU, we emphasize that nursing isn’t just a vocation, it’s a ministry and a calling,” Dr. Donald W. Sweeting, president of CCU, said. “This new doctoral program will continue our tradition of educating Christ-centered, compassionate nursing leaders.”

CCU’s DNP is an online, 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. Graduates will learn enhanced leadership and nursing practice skills to strengthen healthcare delivery. The online program can be completed in two years of full-time study. Doctoral candidates must have already earned a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. The DNP requires 525 hours of clinical experience beyond the MSN.

Applications are now being accepted. Prospective student inquiries should be directed to Marcus Laws at 303-963-3304, or Additional information can be found at

About CCU:
Colorado Christian University’s College of Adult & Graduate Studies offers flexible online degree programs designed for adult students. Courses are taught from a Christian worldview, emphasizing how your personal values and ethics can impact your education, your life, and your work. Learn more at