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. It is offered 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).
The campus courses allow for face-to-face learning of the important clinical skills needed for advanced practice nursing. Clinical hours (630 total hours for MS portion) 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 (or three) years of the program include the DNP courses and these 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). Additional clinical time is completed in the DNP portion of the program to meet the requirement per the AACN for completion of a total of 1000 post-baccalaureate clinical hours.
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
The application cycle for the FNP program will run from September 1, 2016 to December 1st 2016. May 2017 start.
The applications cycle for the NNP program will run from January 1, 2017 to April 1st, 2017. August 2017 start.
Length of Program
Four to Five 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 final two to three years. The DNP portion of the program can be completed in either a two year, or three year option depending on each students preferred pace. Students may opt to complete only the MS portion, but are encouraged to complete the full program.