Maximize Your Potential

Nursing professor talking to a studentMaximize your potential and professional impact as you earn both a Master of Science in Nursing as an advanced practice nurse practitioner (FNP or NNP), and a leader in the field of nursing and healthcare with the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) all in one program.




  • A nursing baccalaureate degree from a NLN or AACN-CCNE accredited program.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale in all previous undergraduate and graduate level coursework.
  • A grade of "B" or better in all undergraduate nursing courses.
  • Two years of clinical practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) is preferred for FNP applicants, and two years of recent clinical practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in a Level III neonatal intensive care unit and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certification is required for NNP applicants.
  • An active, unrestricted or unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license in the state in which the student’s clinical/practicum experience will be completed.
  • Completion of a statistics course with a grade of "C" or better.
  • 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 the following language proficiency requirement:
    • 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.


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

    You are encouraged to submit all required application materials at once, with the exception of official transcripts.

    • The FNP application deadline is December 1 for the group starting the following May.  
    • The NNP application deadline is April 1 (odd years only) for the group that starts in August every-other-year (odd years only).
    • You must submit all application material by this deadline to be considered for admission.
    • Submit a completed online application form.
    • Request official transcripts to be sent directly to Regis University from all post-secondary educational institutions attended. Transcripts must be official. Official transcripts can be mailed or sent electronically. Regis accepts electronic transcripts from the following services: Scrip-Safe, Docufide, Avow Systems.
      • Submit mailed transcripts to:
        Regis University
        Office of Admissions
        3333 Regis Boulevard 
        Mail Code: P-28
        Denver, CO 80221-1099
      • Submit electronic transcripts to
    • Submit a two-page typewritten personal statement (double-spaced) that addresses the essay question in the application. Instructions are given when you reach the essay portion of the online application.
    • Submit a current resume which includes all professional and volunteer experiences with emphasis on leadership roles, experiences in primary and acute clinical care, and service to underserved and underrepresented populations.
    • Submit three recommendation forms. Select professional and academic references that can address your academic, professional, and leadership potential. One recommendation must be from a current clinical supervisor. The recommendation forms provided must be used.
    • Submit a nonrefundable $50.00 application fee. Instructions are given when you complete the payment portion of the online application.
    • A personal interview may be required.
    • Direct all written materials and inquiries to:
      Regis University
      Office of Admissions
      3333 Regis Blvd.
      Mail Code P-28
      Denver, CO 80221-1099
      Phone: 303.458.4344 or 800.944.7667
      Fax: 303.964.5534

    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?
    For the FNP track, the priority application deadline is December 1, 2016 for the class beginning in May 2017.
    For the NNP track, the priority application deadline is April 1, 2017 for the class beginning August 2017. 

    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.