Maximize Your Potential

Nursing professor talking to a studentMaximize your potential and professional impact as you earn both a Master of Science in Nursing as an advanced practice nurse practitioner (FNP or NNP), and a leader in the field of nursing and healthcare with the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) all in one program.


  • 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.


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.

    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: October 1, 2016
    Application Deadline: December 1, 2016
    Program Start Date: May 8, 2017

    Application Opens: December 1, 2016
    Application Deadline: April 1, 2017
    Program Start Date: August 30, 2017

      • 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.

    General Questions

    What is the application deadline?
    For the FNP track, the priority application deadline is December 1, 2016 for the class beginning in May 2017.
    For the NNP track, the priority application deadline is May 1, 2017 for the class beginning August 2017. 

    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.