Gain a Competitive Edge by Getting Your M.S. in Nursing

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If you are a nationally certified nurse practitioner with recent clinical experience thinking about earning your master's degree in nursing, Regis University has a program to help you get your next credential and advance your career options!
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Nursing - Completion for Certified Nurse Practitioners

Degree Overview

So, you're out in the field and doing what you love but feel there is yet something more to be accomplished? The Master of Science Completion Option (MSCO) is designed specifically for certified nurse practitioners who wish to earn a master's degree without changing their clinical specialty.

Students are required to earn a minimum of 30 semester hours to complete this graduate degree in nursing. The curriculum includes areas that promote the principles of a master of science degree, including theoretical frameworks, ethics, policy and research.

You’ve got a head start on your master’s degree in nursing already. You are already on your way. Why not round out your experience with the Master of Science Completion Option and Regis University! We're ready for you!

Next Step:  Call (303.458.4344) or email.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of the Master of Science (MS) in Nursing, Completion Option for Certified Nurse Practitioners. The total degree requires 30-31 semester hours. This option is designed for baccalaureate prepared certified nurse practitioners without a master's degree who are currently practicing and wish to earn a Master of Science (MS) degree without changing their original practice specialization.

Master of Science in Nursing Completion Requirements
NR 600 Advanced Nursing Practice: Leadership and Theoretical Frameworks (3 semester hours)
NR 602 Adv. Apps. of Research for Evidence-Based Practice (3 semester hours)
HCE 604 Ethics for Nurse Leaders (3 semester hours)
NR 605 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice (3 semester hours)
NR 607 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice (3 semester hours)
NR 608 Health Care Policy (3 semester hours)
NR 614 Foundations of Financial Management for Nursing Leaders (3 semester hours)
NR 630 Advanced Health Assessment of the Family (3 semester hours) (FNP's Only)
NR 652 Health Assessment for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (4 semester hours) (NNP's Only)
NR 651 Professional Integration (3 semester hours)
Elective Graduate Elective (600 level) (3 semester hours)
NR 699 Comprehensive Evaluation (0 semester hours)

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.

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).

Visit our Cost of Attendance page to see the tuition and fee schedule for the Master's in Nursing: Completion for Certified Nurse Practitioners.


What are the prerequisites for the program?
Applicants must be nationally certified in a nurse practitioner specialty, and have recent clinical experience in the specialty. 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.

Are students required to have laptops for this program?
Yes. All campus based nursing students, including MS, Nursing completion students, are required to bring a laptop to class.

Expected technical specifications for the laptop include the following:

  • 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
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