Aspen University DNP program


  • Specializes in RN, BSN, PHN, CCM, CMCN, PAHM, MSHS. Has 17 years experience.

Hello does anyone have any insights on the DNP progam at Aspen? Any feedback helpful, thank you.

Specializes in Occupational Health. Has 19 years experience.

Looks like only the Bachelor's and Master's degrees in nursing are accredited...NOT the DNP

Specializes in RN, BSN, PHN, CCM, CMCN, PAHM, MSHS. Has 17 years experience.

Good to know, thank you.


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I never had to researched accreditation but I checked about Aspen University. It only list the two accreditations and then continues to the next university in Denver. Yes DNP is not accredited. 

This is copy/paste from

InstitutionAccredited ProgramConcentrationCityState / Territory / ProvinceCountry

1. Aspen University

Nursing - Baccalaureate


2. Aspen University

Nursing - Master's


3. Emily Griffith Technical College




Jilayne Karr

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I am a student at Aspen in the DNP program and almost ready to graduate.  It's a great program, I've learned a TON, and my practice project was right at the hospital where I work.  Don't listen to people who have no idea about Aspen and didn't attend there.   The program IS CCNE accredited and is not easy.  The content I learned is very relevant to hospital leadership I am glad I chose Aspen as I've been making payments along the way and will have it paid off in another two years.  I did not want to use financial aid at my age.  I loved the 8 week semesters.  Be sure you sign up for PERRLA ( to write your papers no matter what college you choose.  It formats everything APA for you and saved me TONS of time.

Here is the info on accreditation:  "The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, the master’s degree program in nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Aspen University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( and the DEAC".  It's a DOCTORATE so don't worry about transferring credits, it's a terminal degree.  All employers want to see is that DNP after your name.  Your reputation and work history speak more to your employability than where you got your DNP at.

Jilayne Karr

2 Posts

I am graduating from Aspen soon with a DNP.  I really liked it and the information I learned was very relevant to hospital leadership.  I do not regret my decision.  It's CCNE-accredited and that's what mattered most to me.  My instructors were very available and my advisor too.  They don't lecture to you, you get a topic with specific questions, and you research the heck out of it and type a very big paper each week along with discussion boards.  You learn a lot in that process but there is no hand-holding.  You have to be a self-starter, a good writer, and an independent learner.   I am SO EXCITED to be almost done.


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Specializes in psych/ SCI. Has 7 years experience.

 hello, Jilayne. how is the proctored exam like? What can I anticipate. Thank you.