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Prepare for a Leading Role in Direct Patient Care

With a unique focus on service to underserved, vulnerable and diverse populations our online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) gives master’s prepared nurses the ability to be leaders in the service of others by improving direct and indirect health care access.
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Doctor of Nursing Practice: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Specialization

Degree Overview

The Loretto Heights School of Nursing at Regis University offers an online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. This post-masters DNP educates nurses working in advanced practice and leadership roles with the values and additional knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to practice in an ever-changing health care environment. The DNP graduate will be poised to take on a leading role in direct patient care, in the management of care for individuals and communities, in health care policy decision making, and at the senior level of management within healthcare organizations.  The LHSON is fully accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing - Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (AACN-CCNE).

The DNP with the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) specialization is available for those with an APRN background (NP, CNS, CNM or CRNA).

This unique program has a focus on service to vulnerable, underserved, and diverse populations in both rural and urban settings. In accordance with the University’s mission, the DNP curriculum prepares nurses at the advanced levels of leadership and clinical practice to be leaders in the service of others.  Community-based service projects create educational experiences and teach students to apply classroom knowledge while meeting the needs of the underserved.

Format:  The online format allows you to log in anytime, day or night as you complete assignments.  Each class lasts 8 weeks allowing you to progress quickly. No campus visits are required for online students, but we encourage you to celebrate your graduation in person!

Length of Program: The required DNP curriculum is a full time program, completed in 6 semesters.  The rigor of the program may require students to consider a hiatus from full-time employment.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 31.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

RHCHP: DNP Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

NR 701 - Theoretical Application for DNP

Facilitates development and evaluation of new practice and delivery approaches based on theories from various disciplines of study. Students examine, critique, and develop theoretical frameworks that direct health care delivery to improve the health of individuals, aggregates, and communities. Reflecting on the complexity of health care, students develop ethical and evidence-based approaches for the application of natural and social sciences to communities of interest. The course also integrates the concepts of population health and equity of care delivery for vulnerable, underserved, and diverse populations. Note: DNP students only

NR 702 - Applied Statistics

Develops skills and knowledge to manage and analyze biomedical data. Statistics used for decision-making, population health assessment, and inferential research analysis are applied to describe the health of populations, quality assurance initiatives, appraisals of effectiveness of interventions, and predicting risk in urban or rural, geographic or population-based, vulnerable or underserved populations. Note: DNP students only

NR 703 - Informatics

Provides knowledge and skills for nurse leaders to analyze, evaluate, and utilize health care information systems for the delivery of patient care. Students examine clinical, administrative, patient education, and evidence-based practice informatics applications, ethical and legal issues, and the design and implementation of information systems in health care systems. Note: DNP students only

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*600 OR NR*622;

Cross listing(s): NR 603.

NR 704 - Epidemiology & Hlth Promotion for Popltn

Provides the epidemiological foundations for assessing and planning population health promotion and disease prevention. Emphasizes core concepts of epidemiology including epidemiology models, determinants of health and illness, epidemiological methods and data measurements and examining the epidemiology of populations across the lifespan. Students examine the role of the DNP in collaborating with community partners in using epidemiology study results for addressing gaps in care for vulnerable and underserved populations at local, state, national, and global levels. Note: DNP students only

NR 706A - DNP Capstone Project

Capstone projects are change initiatives demonstrating evidence based application knowledge which meets program outcomes. Students identify a vulnerable population and practice problem, review literature, and plan the change initiative. A capstone committee guides each project. Note: DNP students only

NR 706B - DNP Capstone Project

Capstone projects are change initiatives demonstrating evidence based application knowledge which meets program outcomes. Students identify a vulnerable population and practice problem, review literature and plan the change initiative. A capstone committee guides each project. Note: DNP students only

NR 706C - DNP Capstone Project

Capstone projects are change initiatives demonstrating evidence based application knowledge which meets program outcomes. Students identify a vulnerable population and practice problem, review literature and plan the change initiative. A capstone committee guides each project. Note: DNP students only

NR 707 - Clinical Research for DNP

As the costs of health care continue to rise, and society's ability to meet these costs declines, there is increasing interest in the efficacy, economic evaluation, and overall patient satisfaction with health care interventions across populations. This course provides background information on the theoretical foundations, implementation, and evaluation of outcomes research in evidence-based practice, and emphasizes the ongoing use of data to improve the processes, systems, and delivery of care to vulnerable, underserved, and diverse populations. Examines concepts related to utilization of outcome data in clinical decision-making at the programmatic and organizational level and develop an outcomes research project proposal. Note: DNP students only

NR 708 - Health Policy Analysis and Development

Students critically analyze public policy and the implications of policy to consumers, professionals and policy makers. Financial and legal influences are discussed as students evaluate policy decisions and strategize ways to drive policy supportive of health care, health care delivery, health care education and the practice of nursing. Shows evidence of leadership in the development and implementation of health care policy within institutions and the public arena at all levels from local to international. Note: DNP students only

NR 711 - Avd Leadership Collab Models of Care

Addresses advanced practice models for nurse practitioners, including scope of practice, standards of care, practice guidelines and credentialing. Collaborative models of health care and collaborative practice are presented and address issues related to access to care. Principles of leadership and management are presented and include advanced communication skills, ethical decision-making, office management, and insurance and billing. The role of the nurse practitioner as a member of health care delivery teams is presented with a focus on coalition building, human relations development, and workforce planning. Leadership skills emphasize creating change and negotiating conflict to provide health care to selected populations within collaborative care models. Evaluation strategies and outcomes served as a basis for determining quality of care. Note: DNP students only

NR 712 - Dynamics of Orgs, Systems Design, & Eval

Analyzes the theoretical basis for organizations and the role and structure of organizations across the health care continuum both globally and within multiple context. Students examine quality and safety initiatives, relationships of structure, finance, function, design, and risk management from a systems model perspective. Further, students use ethical leadership concepts to analyze complex situations and environment to operationalize best practice standards in service to vulnerable, underserved, diverse populations. Note: DNP students only

NR 715A - Applications to Practice A

Students register for a variable number of credit hours based on faculty review of transcripts and degree plan requirements. These precepted experiences are designed to assist students apply theory to practice, identify theory to practice disjunctions, and complete a DNP Capstone Project in the student's area of interest. Application to practice hours may be scheduled in conjunction with the student's capstone project courses. Note: DNP students only

NR 715B - Applications to Practice B

Students register for a variable number of credit hours based on faculty review of transcripts and degree plan requirements. These precepted experiences are designed to assist students apply theory to practice, identify theory to practice disjunctions, and complete a DNP Capstone Project in the student's area of interest. Application to practice hours may be scheduled in conjunction with the student's capstone project courses.Note: DNP students only

NR 715C - Applications to Practice C

These precepted experiences assist students apply theory to practice, identify theory to practice disjunctions, and complete a DNP Capstone Project. Application to practice hours are scheduled in conjunction with students' capstone project courses. Note: DNP students only

NR 799 - Capstone Defense

Required of all DNP students. Consists of an oral comprehensive presentation on core and specialty course content and evidence of achievement of program and University outcomes. Note: DNP students only

Accreditation

Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Commission URL: http://www.ncahlc.org
Commission Phone: 312-263-0456

The Loretto Heights School of Nursing is accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing - Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (AACN-CCNE). The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science (MS) programs are accredited through 2019. Additionally, effective October 2012, the DNP program is now fully accredited by AACN-CCNE.

If you would like more information on AACN-CCNE please go to: www.aacn.nche.edu/accreditation.

May 2014-April 2015

Tuition (per semester hour) $825
Other Fees
Application Fee $75
Health Insurance* (waived with proof of other insurance)
   Summer (May 5, 2014-August 21, 2014)
   Fall Rate (August 22, 2014-December, 31 2014)
   Spring/Summer Rate (January 1, 2015-August 21, 2015)

$652
$1,102
$1,102
Background Check and Drug Screen (external agency fee) $105
Graduation Application Fee $50

*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.

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