Play a Critical Role in the Health Care of High-Risk Infants

A nursing student using a stethoscope Neonatal specialists are in demand playing a critical role in providing care to the growing high-risk infant population. Our program provides unparalleled training for BSN prepared nurses with NICU experience. Continue to work while pursuing one of the professions most rewarding specializations.




  • A nursing baccalaureate degree from a NLNAC or AACN-CCNE accredited program.
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • A grade of "C" or better in all undergraduate nursing courses. 
  • An active, unrestricted or unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license in the state in which the student’s clinical/practicum experience will be completed.
  • Two years of recent clinical practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in a Level III or IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certification.
  • Completion of a statistics course with a grade of “C” or better (may be taken after admission, but prior to NR 602).
  • 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.


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

The application opens January 1, 2017 for the August 2017 NNP program. The application deadline is June 15, 2017. You must submit all application materials by this deadline to be considered for admission.

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: January 1, 2017
Application Deadline: June 15, 2017
Program Start Date: August 30, 2017

  1. Submit the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) application online at  Select the 'Hybrid' option in the first drop down menu. 
  2. 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 forms provided must be used. 
  3. Submit (upload) a one-page typewritten statement (double-spaced) that addresses the essay question per the NursingCAS application instructions.
  4. Submit (upload) a current resume noting professional and volunteer experiences and relevant healthcare certifications.
  5. 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. 
  6. 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.

What is the application deadline?
The priority application deadline is June 15, 2017, for the August 2017 program. You must submit all application materials by this deadline to be considered for admission. Applications are reviewed as they are completed so it's best to submit your application sooner than later. The program starts in the fall of every year.

What are the prerequisites for the program?
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 and two years of level three or four NICU experience. You must also submit all application materials before the deadline. Applications are completed via the NursingCAS application system. 

How long does it take to complete the program?
Students take approximately 2 years to complete the coursework. The program starts in the Fall semester and students continue with courses through Fall, Spring and the Summer semester for the first year, and then the Fall and Spring semester of the second year.  

When do the classes meet?
Courses meet one day per week from 8-5 p.m MST (Wednesday) either on our North West Denver campus, or online. All students regardless of campus-based or online format are required to attend two on-campus intensives in the second and forth semester lasting 2-3 days each.

Is the program offered online?
Yes. The program is offered in two formats; on-campus classes taught on our North West campus in Denver, Colorado, OR online synchronized classes where students connect via technology to the on-campus class in real-time from a distance. All students regardless of campus-based or online format are required to attend two on-campus intensives in the second and fourth semester.

When do I attend clinicals?
The clinical component of the NNP program begins in the second semester. Clinical schedules are arranged by the individual student in collaboration with the Clinical Support Unit and are variable throughout the week. Student flexibility is essential in meeting clinical requirements.

Is working as an RN in the NICU while in school a requirement/expectation?
No. While many of our students do work while in the program, it is not a requirement. Students do not have to work while in the program but must have two years of recent experience as a nurse (RN) in a NICU or PICU setting.

How much does the program cost?
Based on the current tuition rates, the entire program would cost approximately $32,250.

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 NNP program?
We recommend all students have either a laptop or desktop computer access. 

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 two hour life, recommended four hours or higher
  • Recommended backup battery: minimum two hour life, recommended four hours or higher

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