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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 visit campus for orientation and to celebrate your graduation!

Length of Program: We offer two plans of study for the DNP program: a 2 year (6 semester) option, or a 3 year (9 semester) option.  

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.


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

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science degree in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Regis University’s Loretto Heights School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

May 2015-April 2016

Tuition (per semester hour) $825
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

*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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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.