Post BSN to DNP

Are you a nurse looking to maximize your career potential and make a powerful and meaningful impact as a nurse practitioner? Regis University’s Loretto Heights School of Nursing offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) prepared RN’s the option to earn both the Master of Science (MS) in nursing degree in an advance practice role (Family Nurse Practitioner or Neonatal Nurse Practitioner focus) and the highest clinical nursing degree, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in one program.

Why both master’s and doctorate in one program? The increasing complexity of patient care, the volume of knowledge available today, and the very important need for the profession of nursing to help guide the future of health care policy and practice means that it’s critical for nurses to advance beyond the master’s level. This is an important time for health care policy in this country, and an important time for the profession of nursing. Your DNP will prepare you to elevate nursing to the next level and make a meaningful and positive impact. Be at the forefront of emerging roles, and complete population focused applied research with your selected patient population as part of the DNP program.

In the post BSN to DNP program, you will select either the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) focus. In the first two years of the program you will learn the advanced practice role of the population selected. These courses are taught through classroom instruction on our Denver campus. Classes are offered one day per week. The campus courses allow for face-to-face learning of the important clinical skills needed for advanced practice nursing. Clinical hours (625 total hours for MS portion) are completed on a variable weekday schedule throughout the Denver area including urban and rural sites. Once you complete the first two years you will earn your Master of Science (MS) degree in Nursing and are eligible to sit for the corresponding certification exam.

The final two (or three) years of the program include the DNP courses and these are offered entirely online with no campus visit required allowing you to work as a nurse practitioner while you earn your DNP. As a DNP graduate, you are prepared at the highest level of evidence-based practice. Graduates provide primary or acute health care to individuals and populations while providing leadership and innovation to their practice as a doctorally-prepared Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). Additional clinical time is completed in the DNP portion of the program to meet the requirement per the AACN for completion of a total of 1000 post-baccalaureate clinical hours.


Graduates are awarded a Master of Science, Nursing degree upon completion of the MS portion of the program with a focus as either a Family Nurse Practitioner or Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Deadline and Start Date

The application cycle for the FNP program will run from September 1st to December 1st. Program starts in the Summer semester (May). 

The applications cycle for the NNP program will run from January 1st to July 15th. Program starts in the Fall semester (August). 

Length of Program

Four to Five year program which includes completion of a Master of Science in Nursing degree (FNP or NNP) after two years, and DNP after completion of all final two to three years. The DNP portion of the program can be completed in either a two year, or three year option depending on each students preferred pace. Students may opt to complete only the MS portion, but are encouraged to complete the full program.

Listed below are the required courses for the Post-Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at Regis University. This degree program requires 74 semester hours (NNP Focus) or 79 semester hours (FNP) focus for completion.  Graduates are awarded both the Master of Science (MS) in Nursing and the DNP upon successful completion of all requirements.

Master of Science in Nursing Core Requirements
NR 600 Advanced Nursing Practice: Leadership and Theoretical Frameworks (3 semester hours)
NR 602 Advanced Application of Research for Evidence-Based Practice (3 semester hours)
HCE 604 Ethics for Nurse Leaders (3 semester hours)
NR 605 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan (3 semester hours)
NR 607 Advanced Pharmacology for Advanced Practice (3 semester hours)
NR 608 Health Care Policy and Issues in Practice (3 semester hours)
NR 614 Foundations of Financial Management for Nursing Leaders (3 semester hours)
NR 699 Comprehensive Evaluation, Master of Science (0 semester hours)
Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization
NR 630 Advanced Health Assessment of the Patient and Family (3 semester hours)
NR 651 Professional Integration (3 semester hours)
NR 660  Primary Health Care Across the Lifespan I
NR 661  Primary Health Care Across the Lifespan II 
NR 662 Primary Health Care Across the Lifespan III (5 semester hours)
NR 667 Primary Care Procedures I
NR 668 Primary Care Procedures II
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Specialization
NR 651 Professional Integration (3 semester hours)
NR 652 Health Assessment for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (4 semester hours)
NR 653 Genetics and Embryology for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (3 semester hours)
NR 654 Advanced Practice Procedures for the High Risk Infant (2 semester hours)
NR 656 Management of the High Risk Newborn (5 semester hours)
NR 657 Clinical Integration for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (5 semester hour)
Doctor of Nursing Practice Requirements
NR 701 Theoretical Application for the Doctoral Nursing Practice (3 semester hours)
NR 702 Applied Statistics (3 semester hours)
NR 703 Informatics (3 semester hours)
NR 704 Epidemiology and Health Promotion for Populations (3 semester hours)
NR 707 Clinical Research for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (3 semester hours)
NR 708 Health Policy Analysis and Development (3 semester hours)
NR 711 Advanced Leadership for Collaborative Models of Care (3 semester hours)
NR 712 Dynamics of Organizations, Systems Design, and Evaluation (3 semester hours)
NR 715A-C Application to Practice Clinical Hours (1-7 semester hours)
NR 706A-C DNP Capstone Project (1 semester hour per course)
NR 799 Capstone Defense (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.

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

You can email your admission counselor with questions at 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).

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

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 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.


  • 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 the program is pending the successful completion of a drug screening and a criminal background check. Admission to Regis University does not guarantee professional licensure. To learn more, visit Disqualifying Offenses and Eligibility of Licensure Notification.
  • 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.


Due to regulatory requirements in the states listed below, Regis University’s Loretto Heights School of Nursing is unable to accept or enroll students who intend to reside and/or do clinical in any of these states while pursuing RN-BSN, MS Nursing, Post-Graduate Certificate, or DNP education through any of our distance learning formats. For more information click here.

Louisiana | New York | North Dakota | Oregon (APRN only)

Visit our Cost of Tuition page to see the tuition and fee schedule for the Post BSN to DNP program.

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).

General Questions

What is the application deadline?
For the FNP track, the application deadline is December 1st for the class beginning in the Summer semester (May).
For the NNP track, the priority application deadline is May 1st for the class beginning in the Fall semester (August). 

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.

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 taking NR 602 in 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 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.