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M.S. in Nursing: Certificate for Family Nurse Practitioners

Degree Overview

Are you a nurse looking to maximize your career potential and make a powerful and meaningful impact as a nurse practitioner? Regis University’s Loretto Heights School of Nursing offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) prepared RN’s the option to earn both the Master of Science (MS) in nursing degree in an advance practice role (Family Nurse Practitioner or Neonatal Nurse Practitioner focus) and the highest clinical nursing degree, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in one program.

Why both master’s and doctorate in one program? The increasing complexity of patient care, the volume of knowledge available today, and the very important need for the profession of nursing to help guide the future of health care policy and practice means that it’s critical for nurses to advance beyond the master’s level. This is an important time for health care policy in this country, and an important time for the profession of nursing. Your DNP will prepare you to elevate nursing to the next level and make a meaningful and positive impact. Be at the forefront of emerging roles, and complete population focused applied research with your selected patient population as part of the DNP program.

In the post BSN to DNP program, you will select either the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) focus. In the first two years of the program you will learn the advanced practice role of the population selected. These courses are taught through classroom instruction on our Denver campus either every-other-weekend for FNP, or one day a week for NNP. The campus courses allow for face-to-face learning of the important clinical skills needed for advanced practice nursing. Clinical hours are completed on a variable weekday schedule throughout the Denver area including urban and rural sites. Once you complete the first two years you will earn your Master of Science (MS) degree in Nursing and are eligible to sit for the corresponding certification exam.

The final two years of the program are offered entirely online with no campus visit required allowing you to work as a nurse practitioner while you earn your DNP. As a DNP graduate, you are prepared at the highest level of evidence-based practice. Graduates provide primary or acute health care to individuals and populations while providing leadership and innovation to their practice as a doctorally-prepared Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).


Graduates are awarded a Master of Science, Nursing degree upon completion of the MS portion of the program with a focus as either a Family Nurse Practitioner or Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Deadline and Start Date

Applications are currently being accepted for the group starting in May 2014. A new group of FNP students starts each May. A new group of NNP students starts in May every-other-year (odd years) only.

Length of Program

Four year program which includes completion of a Master of Science in Nursing degree (FNP or NNP) after two years, and DNP after completion of all four years. Students may opt to complete only the MS portion, but are encouraged to complete the full four year program.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for the Post-Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at Regis University. This degree program requires 74 semester hours (NNP Focus) or 79 semester hours (FNP) focus for completion.  Graduates are awarded both the Master of Science (MS) in Nursing and the DNP upon successful completion of all requirements.

Master of Science in Nursing Core Requirements
NR 600 Advanced Nursing Practice: Leadership and Theoretical Frameworks (3 semester hours)
NR 602 Advanced Application of Research for Evidence-Based Practice (3 semester hours)
HCE 604 Ethics for Nurse Leaders (3 semester hours)
NR 605 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan (3 semester hours)
NR 607 Advanced Pharmacology for Advanced Practice (3 semester hours)
NR 608 Health Care Policy and Issues in Practice (3 semester hours)
NR 614 Foundations of Financial Management for Nursing Leaders (3 semester hours)
NR 699 Comprehensive Evaluation, Master of Science (0 semester hours)
Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization
NR 630 Advanced Health Assessment of the Patient and Family (3 semester hours)
NR 642 Primary Health Care of Children and Their Families (5 semester hours)
NR 645 Clinical Integration Practicum (5 semester hours)
NR 649 Primary Care Procedures (1 semester hour)
NR 651 Professional Integration (3 semester hours)
NR 663 Primary Health Care of Adults and Older Adults I (5 semester hours)
NR 664 Primary Health Care of Adults and Older Adults II (5 semester hours)
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Specialization
NR 651 Professional Integration (3 semester hours)
NR 652 Health Assessment for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (4 semester hours)
NR 653 Genetics and Embryology for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (3 semester hours)
NR 654 Advanced Practice Procedures for the High Risk Infant (2 semester hours)
NR 656 Management of the High Risk Newborn (5 semester hours)
NR 657 Clinical Integration for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (5 semester hour)
Doctor of Nursing Practice Requirements
NR 701 Theoretical Application for the Doctoral Nursing Practice(3 semester hours)
NR 702 Applied Statistics (3 semester hours)
NR 703 Informatics (3 semester hours)
NR 704 Epidemiology and Health Promotion for Populations (3 semester hours)
NR 707 Clinical Research for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (3 semester hours)
NR 708 Health Policy Analysis and Development (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 715A-C Application to Practice Clinical Hours (1-7 semester hours)
NR 706A-C DNP Capstone Project (1-7 semester hours)
NR 799 Capstone Defense (0 semester hours)

A thesis option is available. Students electing the thesis option complete an additional six semester hours 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

MS Tuition (per semester hour) $715
DNP 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 (Jan. 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 Post BSN to DNP students. Please see FAQs for laptop hardware and software requirements. Since Post BSN to DNP students also take online courses during the DNP portion of the program, be sure to review the online system requirements here.

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General Questions

What is the application deadline?
The deadline is February 1, 2015 for the class beginning in May 2015 (FNP only).

Am I required to complete both the Master of Science in Nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice? Can I just complete the Master of Science degree?
While it is an option to complete only the first two years of the program and earn your Master of Science in Nursing degree as an FNP or NNP, we highly encourage students to continue on to the DNP level. We believe that the content you learn in the first two years will further solidify the need for the DNP training and motivate you to continue.

Can I continue to work throughout the program?
The post BSN to DNP program does allow students the opportunity to maintain employment. However, students may need to decrease hours in order to meet the clinical demands during the program.

What if I get off track due to life events? What options do I have to complete the program?
Regis University’s Loretto Heights School of Nursing offers several graduate level options and as such, many of the courses overlap. This allows students who get ‘off track’ to pick up courses either online or on campus and continue to progress through to graduation. Your faculty advisor is available to help guide you throughout your time with Regis and our goal is to see you through to graduation.

Do I need specific nursing experience to apply?
We recommend that applicants have a minimum of two years of professional experience, although all BSN prepared nurses are eligible to apply. For those interested in the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) option, it is required that you have 2 years of Level III NICU experience.

Are students required to have laptops for the Post BSN to DNP program?
Yes. All campus based nursing students, including Post BSN to DNP students, are required to bring a laptop to class. Below are the system requirments for laptops.

  • 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

  • MSWord, Excel, PowerPoint (recommend MS Office)
  • Browser: most recent version of IE, Firefox, Safari or Chrome
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser
  • Adobe Reader, Flash, APA template
  • Since Post BSN to DNP students also take online courses during the DNP portion of the program, be sure to review the online system requirements here.

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