Be an Important Part of a Family's Health Care

Nursing professor talking to a studentFollow your passion for caring for the health care needs of families, while you increase your earning potential and your opportunities for professional advancement. Our FNP program caters specifically to working professionals with several delivery options.

ELIGIBILITY

  • A nursing baccalaureate degree from a NLNAC or AACN-CCNE accredited program.
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • A grade of "C" or better in all undergraduate nursing courses.
  • An active, unrestricted or unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license in the state in which the student’s clinical/practicum experience will be completed.
  • Two years of clinical practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) is preferred for all applicants
  • Completion of a statistics course with a grade of "C" or better (may be taken after admission but prior to NR 602).
  • Current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for health care professionals certification.
  • Eligibility for this program is pending the successful completion of a drug screening and a criminal background check. For a complete list of Disqualifying Offenses, click here.
  • A complete health history and physical examination record indicating that the student is physically able to meet the objectives of the program, and is appropriately immunized is required after admission to the program.
  • If English is not your native/first language, you must meet either of the following language proficiency requirements:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – Internet-based: Minimum score of 82 (24 Writing, 20 Speaking, 22 Reading, 16 Listening), Computer-based: Minimum score of 213. Regis University's TOEFL code is 4656.
    • Applicants that have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited US institution do not need to provide a TOEFL score.

RANKING

  • The FNP program has a competitive admissions process where students are selected based on a number of factors, including cumulative GPA, current resume, three recommendation forms, work experience, and the personal statement. A personal interview may be required.

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, 2016

Traditional FNP Pathway Campus-Based Format Deadline:
Application Deadline: December 1, 2016 
Program Start Date: May 8, 2017

Rural and Underserved FNP Pathway Distance Format Deadline:
Application Deadline: May 1, 2017
Program Start Date: August 2017

  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.

General Questions

What is the application deadline?
The application deadline for the Traditional FNP Pathway campus-based format is December 1, 2016 for the class beginning in May 2017.

The application deadline for the Rural and Underserved FNP Pathway distance format is May 1, 2017 for the class beginning in August 2017. 

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 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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 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 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.

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