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Be an Important Part of a Family’s Health Care – Explore Our Nurse Practitioner Program

Increase your earning potential and your opportunities for professional advancement through our FNP program which caters specifically to working professions with classes held every-other-weekend (Saturday and Sunday).
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M.S. in Nursing: Certificate for Family Nurse Practitioners

Degree Overview

If you hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and feel passionate about caring for the health care needs of families, Regis University’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program is for you. Less than 15 percent of nurses nationwide hold a master’s degree in nursing. This elite group of professionals is missing you.

Learn how to provide primary care nursing across the lifespan looking holistically at the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual side of care.

The FNP program is offered on the main Northwest Denver campus. FNP classes meet every-other-weekend (Saturday and Sunday) with clinical experiences beginning during the third semester. The clinical experience encompasses 630 hours divided among pediatrics, adult, women’s and family situations. Half of these hours are completed in the last semester of the program to ensure the opportunity to consolidate skills and apply theory to authentic learning experiences. Student flexibility is essential in meeting clinical requirements since hours are often completed on weekdays.

Additionally, preparation for national certification is incorporated into the curriculum, with Regis University FNP graduates having one of the highest pass rates in the U.S. There is often opportunity to serve at-risk populations and in the past, faculty and selected students have worked in community health projects in China and with Native American populations through the Service Learning Department. The work throughout the family nurse practitioner program is ambitious and the learning is intensive, but the rewards will be evident throughout your career.

Degree: Graduates are awarded the Master of Science, Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner specialization and are eligible to take both the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Examination.

Length of Program: The nurse practitioner program is completed in six semesters of study (two years).

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for the Family Nurse Practitioner, Master of Science (MS) in Nursing program at Regis University. The total degree requires 48 semester hours.

MT 270 Introduction to Statistics (or MT 274) (3 semester hours)
Summer Semester I (6 semester hours)
NR 605 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice (3 semester hours)
NR 600 Theoretical Frameworks (3 semester hours)
Fall Semester II (6 semester hours)
NR 630 Advanced Practice Assessment (3 semester hours)
NR 607 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice (3 semester hours)
Spring Semester III (8 semester hours)
NR 608 Health Care Policy (3 semester hours)
NR 637 Women's Health and Childbearing for the Family Nurse Practioner (2 semester hours)
NR 659 Primary Health Care of Children and Their Families
(2 semester hours)
NR 649 Primary Care Procedures I (1 semester hour)
Summer Semester IV (11 semester hours)
NR 642
(or NR 664)
Primary Health Care Across the Lifespan (5 semester hours)
NR 602 Research in Nursing (5 semester hours)
NR 614 Foundations of Health Care Economics (5 semester hours)
Fall Semester V (9 semester hours)
NR 664
(or NR 642)
Primary Health Care Across the Lifespan II (5 semester hours)
HCE 604 Ethics and Society (3 semester hours)
HCE 668 Primary Care Procedures II (3 semester hours)
Spring Semester VI (8 semester hours)
NR 645 Primary Health Care Across the Lifespan III (5 semester hours)
NR 651 Professional Integration (3 semester hours)
NR 699 Comprehensive Evaluation (0 semester hours)

A thesis option is available. Students electing the thesis option complete an additional six semester hours (54 semester hours total) for this degree.

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) $715
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)

Lab Fee (one time only) $300
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.

All campus based nursing students are required to have a laptop for access to web based content during class. This includes all FNP students. Please see FAQs for hardware and software requirements.

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General Questions

What is the application deadline?
The deadline is February 1, 2016 for the class beginning in May 2016.

What are the prerequisites for the program?
You must meet the admissions requirements which include a current unencumbered RN license, a BSN from a regionally accredited institution, and a cumulative GPA above 2.75. You must also submit all application materials before the deadline.

How long does it take to complete the program?
The program is designed to be completed in six semesters of study or two years.

What is the class schedule?
Students meet for classes every other weekend on Saturday and Sunday for the duration of the program.

When do I attend clinicals?
The clinical component of the FNP program begins in the third semester. Clinical schedules are arranged by the individual student in collaboration with the Clinical Support Unit and are variable throughout the week. Student flexibility is essential in meeting clinical requirements.

Is the program offered online?
The FNP program is offered only on our main campus in Denver, Colorado.

How much does the program cost?
Based on the current tuition rates the entire program would cost approximately $30,000.

How many students apply each year?
We receive about 125 applications and accept approximately 48 students per year.

Are students required to have laptops for the FNP program?
Yes. All campus based nursing students, including FNP students, are required to bring a laptop to class.

Expected technical specifications for the laptop include the following:


  • Recommended screen size: 13 inches or greater
  • Required Wi-fi compatible
  • Required Operating system: Windows: XP or higher, Mac: OS X 1o.5.8 or higher
  • Required memory: minimum 1GB
  • Required hard disk space: minimum 60GB
  • Required battery: minimum 2 hour life, recommended 4 hours or higher
  • Recommended backup battery: minimum 2 hour life, recommended 4 hours or higher

  • MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint (recommend MS Office)
  • Browser: most recent version of IE, Firefox, Safari or Chrome
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser
  • Adobe Reader, Flash, APA template
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