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

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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.

Accreditation

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).


Tuition

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


FAQ

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:

HARDWARE
  • 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

  • SOFTWARE
  • MSWord, Excel, Powerpoint (recommend MS Office)
  • Browser: most recent version of IE, Firefox, Safari or Chrome
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser
  • Adobe Reader, Flash, APA template
  • How to Apply

    Take the next step in your Regis experience and start your application today. Your first step is to create an account, a simple and quick form to get you started.

    Take your next step and attend an information session or webinar.

    You can email your admission counselor with questions at healthcare@regis.edu.

    Admission Criteria

    ELIGIBILITY

    • 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 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 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.

      Admission Procedure

      Take your next step and apply or attend an information session or webinar.

      You can email your admission counselor with questions at healthcare@regis.edu or us at 303.458.4344.

      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).

      FNP
      Application Opens: September 1st
      Application Deadline: December 1st
      Program Start Date: Summer semester (May)

      NNP
      Application Opens: January 1st
      Priority Application Deadline: May 1st
      Program Start Date: Fall semester (August)

        • Submit the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) application online at www.nursingcas.org by the deadline date.
        • 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 e-forms provided must be used. 
        • Submit (upload) a two-page typewritten statement (double-spaced) that addresses the essay question per the NursingCAS application instructions.
        • Submit (upload) a current resume noting professional and volunteer experiences and relevant healthcare certifications.
        • 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. 
        • 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.