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DNP to Ph.D. in Nursing Research and Nursing Education

Unlock Your Full Potential and Become an Advanced Educator and Nurse Researcher

Our innovative DNP to Ph.D. in Nursing program focuses on sharpening your skills as a nursing researcher and educator. We employ an innovative “dissertation by publication” approach that allows you to prepare and submit three publications at specific points during the program.

As a graduate of the DNP to Ph.D. in Nursing program at Regis, you will be prepared to create new knowledge for the nursing discipline and engage in innovative nursing education at the highest academic level.

Sharpen Your Skills
  • Research and evidence-based practice
  • Advanced Nursing Education
  • Health care teaching and education
  • Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Leadership and management of health care teams
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Policy advocacy
  • Quality and patient care improvement
  • Informatics and technology proficiency

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Program Snapshot

Program Format
Online classes
8-week terms
Semester-long (16-week) doctoral seminars
Annual on-campus "intensive"

Credits for Completion
36 credit hours

Tuition for the 23-24 Academic Year
$937 per credit hour

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Graduates of the Regis University DNP to Ph.D. in Nursing program pursue a wide range of career pathways, including:

  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Researcher
  • Health Care Administrator
  • Health Policy Analyst/Advocate
  • Nursing Education
  • Academic Role

Join Regis alumni working at some of the most respected companies and organizations in the country.

  • Regis University: Loretto Heights School of Nursing
  • University of Colorado: College of Nursing
  • CSU Pueblo: School of Nursing
  • Banner Health
  • Centura Health
  • Children's Hospital Colorado
  • DaVita
  • Denver Health
  • UCHealth

Imagine Yourself In ...

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Philosophy of Nursing Science

Explore the integration of scientific, philosophical and theoretical concepts as the basis for the highest level of nursing practice, while examining the scientific underpinnings for nursing knowledge development, including major theoretical frameworks and the interrelated concepts that inform nursing knowledge, research and practice.

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Research Theory, Design and Methods

Gain core knowledge and skills necessary for understanding, analyzing and designing research at the graduate level. You’ll explore the philosophy of science, the role of theory and multiple research processes, as well as quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods research designs and data collection methods.

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Pedagogical Practices in Nursing Education

Discover the application of educational theories to the nurse-educator role in higher education, with an emphasis on the role of the teacher in the clinical and classroom setting, teaching strategies and student-centered learning outcomes.

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Excellence in Nursing Education

As one of the top nursing schools in Colorado, the Loretto Heights School of Nursing has been training generations of nursing professionals since 1948. Our graduates are recognized for their knowledge, competence, compassion, ethics and leadership abilities, as well as their commitment to social justice and community service.

The Loretto Heights School of Nursing (LHSON) at Regis University in Denver, Colorado is fully accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (AACN-CCNE).



Nursing School in Colorado*


Private College in Colorado with Best ROI**


Best Colleges for Nursing in Colorado***

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How to Apply

To apply directly to the DNP to Ph.D. in Nursing program, you will need:

  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • Submit a completed Nursing CAS online application.
  • Current CV/resume
  • Submit three letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay


All Ph.D. candidates must have previously completed their Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the 2023-2024 academic year: $937 per credit hour
Tuition is one part of the overall cost of attendance, which includes all expenses students may have, including basic living costs. For more information about tuition, fees and your estimated cost of attendance, visit our Cost of Attendance for Doctoral Students page. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

To learn about financial aid options available, contact the financial aid office at 800.568.8932 or visit If you are an active-duty military member or veteran, visit to find out more.

Admission Deadlines

The online DNP to Ph.D. in Nursing program begins in August of each year.

Final deadline: June 1

All applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on the application deadline.

A Culture of Excellence

The Doctor of Nursing Practice to Ph.D. is offered by the historic Loretto Heights School of Nursing within the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions.