Why is a DNP degree important?
There are over three million nurses in the U.S. health care workforce. Yet, fewer than one percent hold a doctoral degree in nursing, or in a nursing-related field.
The highest clinical degree in the field – a DNP – can broaden your career options and increase your value to employers. A doctorate can give you a seat at the table among physicians, administrators, and other health team members as you make decisions about patient care.
Is a DNP degree for me?
If you want to lead others and influence change in your field, a DNP may be the path for you.
Consider some of the main benefits of a DNP degree: A DNP degree will increase your level of clinical education and help strengthen your leadership abilities. By becoming a leader in our nursing community, you’ll go on to help improve the practice of nursing and patient outcomes, while strengthening health care delivery overall.
If you’re looking to take the next step in your career – such as a leadership role in clinical practice, administration or nursing education – a DNP degree from Regis may be right for you.
Choose from three specializations:
- Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
The DNP with the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) specialization is for those with a background as an advanced practice nurse.
- Advanced Leadership in Health Care (ALHC)
The DNP with the Advanced Leadership in Health Care (ALHC) specialization is for those with a background in nursing leadership
- Executive Leadership in Health Care (ELHC)
The DNP with the Executive Leadership in Health Care (ELHC) specialization is recommended for individuals with five or more years of experience in mid to senior level nurse manager role working at the systems level. Applicants should already be working in an executive role or aspire to after graduation.
What will I learn in Regis’ Doctor of Nursing Practice program?
This post-master’s DNP curriculum prepares nurses at advanced levels of leadership and clinical practice, covering topics like:
- Epidemiology and health promotion for populations
- Advanced leadership for collaborative models of care
- Dynamics of organizations, systems design, and evaluation
- Health policy analysis and development
- Clinical research for evidence-based practice
What are the benefits of a DNP degree from Regis? Our unique program is tightly aligned with our Jesuit values and focuses on service to vulnerable, underserved and diverse populations. Community-based doctoral projects create educational experiences and teach students to apply classroom knowledge.
Is Regis’ DNP program accredited?
Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.
The Loretto Heights School of Nursing (LHSON) at Regis University in Denver, Colorado is fully accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (AACN-CCNE).
What class formats are available?
The online DNP program format allows you to log in any time, day or night, as you complete assignments. You can continue to work while you pursue your DNP degree. The majority of classes are in an 8-week format, with a few taking a full semester. This structure allows you to progress quickly. Degree plans include a 6-semester (24 month) and 9-semester (36 month) options. No campus visits are required for online students.
When do DNP classes start at Regis University?
- APRN and ALHC courses begin in May every year. We offer two plans of study for the doctor of Nursing Practice program: a two-year (six-semester) option, or a three-year (nine-semester) option.
- ELHC – Executive DNP courses begin in January each year. A two-year (six semester) option exists.
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