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

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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 professionals with several delivery options.
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Nursing - 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.

Format: The FNP program is offered in two formats.

  • Traditional FNP Pathway: Face to face classes are offered on the main Northwest Denver campus in two delivery models: the first; classes are offered one day per week, and the second; classes are offered every other weekend (Saturday and Sunday). You will be expected to be present from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. This program begins in the Summer semester.
  • FNP for Rural and Underserved Communities: This is a low-residency program specifically designed to serve rural and underserved communities. Synchronized online learning with technology allows you to be a part of the class in real-time from a distance! You will be expected to participate in the online classroom once per week from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Additionally, five on-campus intensives are required throughout the program on the main Northwest Denver Colorado campus. This program begins in the Fall semester.

Clinical Rotations: Clinical experiences begin during the fourth semester (second year). The clinical experience encompasses 630 hours divided among pediatrics, adult, women’s and family situations. The clinical hours are equally distributed across the last three semesters of the program. This ensures the opportunity to consolidate skills and apply theory to authentic learning experiences.

Traditional FNP Pathway: Student flexibility is essential in meeting clinical requirements since hours are often completed on weekdays.

FNP for Rural and Underserved Communities: Clinical practicums will be completed in your home rural areas with support from local health care facilities and clinics.

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 both locally and abroad 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 Practitioners Certification Examination (AANP) 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.

Prerequisite
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 667 Primary Care Procedures I (1 semester hour)
Summer Semester IV (11 semester hours)
NR 660
Primary Health Care Across the Lifespan I (5 semester hours)
NR 602 Research in Nursing (3 semester hours)
NR 614 Foundations of Health Care Economics (3 semester hours)
Fall Semester V (9 semester hours)
NR 661
Primary Health Care Across the Lifespan II (5 semester hours)
HCE 604 Ethics and Society (3 semester hours)
NR 668 Primary Care Procedures II (1 semester hours)
Spring Semester VI (8 semester hours)
NR 662 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.

Accreditation

Regis University is accredited in 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 in the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


May 2016-April 2017

Tuition (per semester hour) $750
University Fees
Application Fee (NursingCAS) $65
Lab Fee (one time only) $300
Procedures Lab Fee (one time only) $500
Graduation Application Fee $50
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Additional costs may be incurred based on individual and program specific needs. Some costs are controlled by external vendors and are subject to change without notice. A complete list of all program specific requirements is provided to admitted students prior to the start date. The following list gives you an estimate of additional expenses but may not be inclusive of all needs. Students may need uniforms, and/or lab equipment. Costs may be incurred for travel to practicums/clinicals or service learning. Expenses for books will be incurred, as well as potential costs for required technology not already owned. All campus-based nursing students are required to have a laptop for access to web-based content during class. Please click here for hardware and software requirements.

Other anticipated costs  Estimated Cost
Complio®/Compliance Tracking Annual Fee
$22
Background Check and Drug Screen $57
My Clinical Exchange (if needed)
$36.50
Basic Life Support Certification Varies
Vaccinations Varies
Physical Exam Varies
Proof of Health Insurance
TYPHON (software tracking system) (one time only) $80

*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.

Tuition and fees are subject to change.

FAQS

General Questions

What is the application deadline?
The application deadline for the Traditional FNP Pathway campus-based format is December 1 for the class beginning in the Summer semester (May).

The application deadline for the Rural and Underserved FNP Pathway distance format is June 15 for the class beginning in the Fall semester. 

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?
The Traditional FNP Pathway offers campus-based, face to face classes taught on our main Northwest Denver campus. Two schedules are available. The first; classes are offered one-day-per-week, and the second; classes are offered every-other-weekend (Saturday and Sunday). You will be expected to be present from 8am-5pm on class days. This program begins in the Summer semester

The Rural and Underserved FNP Pathway uses online learning technology that allows you to be a part of the class in real-time from a distance. You will be expected to participate in the class which is held one day per week from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Additionally, five on-campus intensives are required throughout the program on the main Northwest Denver, Colorado campus.

When do I attend clinicals?
The clinical component of the FNP program begins in the fourth semester (second year). 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.

The Rural and Underserved FNP Pathway clinical practicums will be completed in your home rural areas with preceptors from local health care facilities and clinics. Students will be required to secure their sites within the community.

Is the program offered online?
The Rural and Underserved FNP Pathway is offered in a distance model. The FNP program is offered in the following formats:

  • Traditional FNP Pathway: Face to face classes are offered on the main Northwest Denver campus in two delivery models: the first; classes are offered one day per week, and the second; classes are offered every other weekend (Saturday and Sunday). You will be expected to be present from 8am-5pm.  This program begins in the Summer semester.
  • Rural and Underserved FNP Pathway: Synchronized online learning with technology allows you to be a part of the class in real-time from a distance. You will be expected to participate in the online classroom once per week from 8am-5pm. Additionally, five on-campus intensives are required throughout the program on the main Northwest Denver, Colorado campus. This program begins in the Fall semester.

How much does the program cost?
Based on the current tuition rates the entire program would cost approximately $36,000.

How many students apply each year?
The Traditional FNP Pathway campus-based program receives approximately 125 applications and we accept approximately 46 students per year.

The Rural and Underserved FNP Pathway program accepts approximately 20 students per year.

What if I have not taken a statistics course?
You are eligible to apply, but admitted students must have a completed statistics course prior to matriculating into the program. Regis University offers several statistics courses, and offers one specific to healthcare professionals (MT 274 Statistics for Health Professionals). We allow students to enroll in these courses as a non-degree seeking student. Additionally the course can be taken at any regionally accredited college or University including community colleges. For those in the Colorado area looking at the community college offerings, MAT 135 Introduction to Statistics will fulfill this requirement.

If you're interested in enrolling in this course at Regis University, complete the 'Non Degree Application' and contact your admission counselor to register.  

Do you require an academic reference from a college instructor?
No. We require three letters of reference on the forms provided in the application. One reference must be from your current employer or supervisor and the other two can be either professional or academic. 

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

Expected technical specifications for the laptop include the following:

HARDWARE

  • Recommended screen size: 13 inches or greater
  • Required Wi-fi compatible
  • Required Operating system: Windows: XP or higher, Mac: OS X 10.5.8 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

  • SOFTWARE
  • 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
  • How to Apply

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

    You can email your admission counselor with questions at healthcare@regis.edu or call 303.458.4344.

    All applicants must apply through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS). Review the NursingCAS site and the information below for details on how to apply. All application materials are sent to NursingCAS directly. Your application must be submitted to NursingCAS by the deadline date.

    It is in the applicant’s best interest to initiate the application no less than a month prior to the application deadline. It is the responsibility of the applicant to plan ahead to ensure that all parts of the application arrive by the specified deadline and to monitor their application status to ensure that all parts of the application arrive on time (transcripts and letters of recommendation, along with all other components of the application).

    Application Opens: September 1

    Traditional FNP Pathway Campus-Based Format Deadline:
    Application Deadline: December 1
    Program Start Date: Summer semester (May)

    Rural and Underserved FNP Pathway Distance Format Deadline:

    Application Deadline: June 15, 2017

    Program Start Date: Fall semester (August)

    1. Submit the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) application online at www.nursingcas.org.
    2. Submit three recommendation forms directly through NursingCAS. Select professional and/or academic references that can address your academic, professional, and leadership potential. One recommendation must be from your current employer or supervisor. The recommendation forms provided must be used. 
    3. Submit (upload) a one-page typewritten statement (double-spaced) that addresses the essay question per the NursingCAS application instructions.
    4. Submit (upload) a current resume noting professional and volunteer experiences and relevant healthcare certifications.
    5. Request official university and/or college transcripts to be sent directly to NursingCAS. Official transcripts should not to be sent directly to Regis University. Arrange for NursingCAS to receive a separate official transcript from each regionally accredited U.S. university and/or college you attended. NursingCAS will not verify your application until all official transcripts and other required materials are received. See NursingCAS for Transcript Request Forms. 
    6. A personal interview may be required.

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

    Get detailed program eligibility and application instructions.