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Earning Your Doctor of Nursing Practice at Regis

If you want to influence policy and advance the field of nursing, our online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) will give you the knowledge and skills you need. The Loretto Heights School of Nursing (LHSON) at Regis University helps master’s-prepared nurses strengthen their leadership abilities so they’ll continue to practice in an ever-changing health care environment. With a DNP, you’ll be ready to reshape health care systems and improve patient outcomes.

Doctor of Nursing Practice - Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Specialization

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Before applying, you should ask yourself the following questions:

Why is a DNP degree important?

There are over three million nurses in the U.S. health care workforce. Yet, fewer than one percent hold a doctoral degree in nursing, or in a nursing related field.

The highest degree in the field, a DNP can broaden your career options and increase your value to employers. A doctorate can give you a seat at the table among medical doctors and psychiatrists as you make decisions about patient care.

Is a DNP degree for me?

If you want to lead others and influence change in your field, a DNP may be the path for you.

Consider some of the main benefits of a DNP degree: A DNP degree will increase your level of clinical education and help strength your leadership abilities. By preparing to become a leader in our nursing community, you’ll go on to help improve the practice of nursing and patient outcomes, while strengthening health care delivery overall.

So if you’re looking to take the next step in your career – such as a leadership role in clinical practice, administration, or nursing education – a DNP degree from Regis may be right for you.

What will I learn in Regis’ Doctor of Nursing Practice program?

This post-master’s DNP curriculum prepares nurses at advanced levels of leadership and clinical practice, covering topics like:

  • Informatics
  • Epidemiology and health promotion for populations
  • Advanced leadership for collaborative models of care
  • Dynamics of organizations, systems design, and evaluation
  • Health policy analysis and development

What are the benefits of a DNP degree from Regis? Our unique program is tightly aligned with our Jesuit values and focuses on service to vulnerable, underserved, and diverse populations. Community-based service projects create educational experiences and teach students to apply classroom knowledge.

Regis is fully accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (AACN-CCNE).

What class formats are available?

The online format allows you to log in anytime, day or night, as you complete assignments. You can continue to work while you pursue your DNP degree. Each class lasts eight weeks, so you can progress quickly. No campus visits are required for online students.

We offer two plans of study for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program: a two-year (six-semester) option, or a three-year (nine-semester) option.

Meet our nursing faculty

Click here to learn more about our Loretto Heights School of Nursing faculty.

Career Opportunities

What careers can I get with a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree?

After graduating, you'll be prepared to positively impact your local community and the medical field by taking on a leading role in:

  • Direct patient care
  • Management of care for individuals and communities
  • Health care policy decision making
  • Senior level management within health care organizations
  • Nursing education

With the current shortage of primary care providers, faculty and nurse leaders, nurses with a DNP are in great demand.

Career support from Regis

Career Services at Regis provides you with the resources and advice to help you establish and meet your career goals. That means we’ll help you choose the right program, explore and advance your career path, or create the tools for a successful job search that will promote your career. To learn more, visit our Career Services page.

What salary can I get with a DNP?

Nurse practitioners with a DNP earned an average salary of $113,618 per year in 2014, making them the highest paid nurse practitioners surveyed by Advance Healthcare Network

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Specialization degree at Regis University. This degree program requires 31 semester hours. There are two plans of study available, a two year (six semester) option outlined below, or a three year (9 semester option). Three Year Plan of Study Outline (Click Here)

NR 701 Theoretical Application for Doctoral Nursing Practice (3 semester hours)
NR 703 Informatics (3 semester hours)
NR 704 Epidemiology and Health Promotion for Populations (3 semester hours)
NR 706A Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone Project A (1 semester hour)
*NR 715A Application to Practice Clinical Hours (1-7 semester hours)
NR 707 Clinical Research for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (3 semester hours)
NR 711 Advanced Leadership for Collaborative Models of Care (3 semester hours)
NR 712 Dynamics of Organizations, Systems Design, and Evaluation (3 semester hours)
NR 706B Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone Project B (1 semester hour)
*NR 715B Application to Practice Clinical Hours (1-7 semester hours)
NR 708 Health Policy Analysis and Development (3 semester hours)
*NR 715C Application to Practice Clinical Hours (1-7 semester hours)
NR 702 Applied Statistics (3 semester hours)
NR 706C Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone Project C (1 semester hour)
NR 799 Capstone Defense (0 semester hours)

*A verification process of each student’s completed post-graduate application to practice/clinical hours will be used to determine the number of NR 715A-C courses and semester hours required based on the AACN requirement for completion of a total of 1000 post baccalaureate clinical hours.

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above. For further information contact the Office of Admissions at 303.458.4344.

May 2016-April 2017

Tuition (per semester hour) $840
Other Fees
Application Fee $50
Health Insurance* (waived with proof of other insurance)
   Fall Rate (August 22, 2015-December, 31 2015)
   Spring/Summer Rate (January 1, 2016-August 21, 2016)

Background Check and Drug Screen (external agency fee) $69
Graduation Application Fee $50
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*Students who elect the University-sponsored health insurance are enrolled for the entire year and cannot drop mid-year without a change of life exception. Only students who are enrolled in programs that require health insurance are eligible for the University-sponsored plan.

How to Apply

Take the next step in your Regis experience and start your application today. Complete the Regis Application or the NursingCAS Application. NursingCAS is the centralized application service for Nursing programs. Regis University accepts either application and gives equal consideration to both.

Take your next step and attend an information session or webinar.

The application requirements are the same regardless of which application you utilize to apply.  If utilizing the Regis Application all documents are submitted directly to Regis University.  If utilizing the NursingCAS application, all documents are submitted directly to NursingCAS.    

  • Submit a completed online application.
  • Request official transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions attended. Transcripts must be official. Official transcripts can be mailed or sent electronically. Regis accepts electronic transcripts from the following services: Scrip-Safe, Docufide, Avow Systems.
    • Submit mailed transcripts to:
      Regis University
      Office of Admissions
      3333 Regis Boulevard 
      Mail Code: P-28
      Denver, CO 80221-1099
    • Submit electronic transcripts to sendtranscripttoRU@regis.edu.
  • Submit a two-page typewritten personal statement (double-spaced) that addresses the essay question in the application. Instructions are given when you reach the essay portion of the online application.
  • Submit three recommendation forms. One letter of recommendation must be from a current clinical supervisor and one must be academic in nature. The third recommendation should be completed by either a professional or academic reference. The recommendation forms provided must be used.
  • Submit a current resume including all professional and volunteer experience with emphasis on leadership roles, experience in primary and acute clinical care, and service to underserved and underrepresented populations.
  • Submit a nonrefundable application fee. Instructions are given when you complete the payment portion of the application.
  • A personal interview may be required.
  • Direct all written materials and inquiries to:
    Regis University
    Office of Admissions
    3333 Regis Blvd.
    Mail Code P-28
    Denver, CO 80221-1099
    Phone: 303.458.4344 or 800.944.7667
    Fax: 303.964.5534
    Email: healthcare@regis.edu

Materials in support of an application for admission become the property of Regis University and will not be provided or returned to an applicant.

You can email your admission counselor with questions at healthcare@regis.edu.