Family Nurse Practitioner

Master of Science in Nursing

Care for every member of the family.

If you hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and feel passionate about caring for the health care needs of families, Regis University’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program is for you. Face-to-face classes are offered on the Northwest Denver campus, and classes are held one day per week - meaning you can continue to work while pursuing your FNP. Learn how to provide primary care nursing across the lifespan looking holistically at the physical, emotional, social and spiritual side of care.

Classes in our traditional pathway are held face-to-face on our Northwest Denver campus. Preparation for national certification is incorporated into the curriculum, with Regis University FNP graduates having one of the highest pass rates in the U.S. A second pathway for students living outside of the Denver Metro Area is available in a synchronous online format.

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Program Snapshot

Program Format
On-campus courses
16-week semesters

Credits for Completion
48 credit hours

Tuition for the 23-24 Academic Year
$965 per credit hour

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Sample Family Nurse Practitioner Classes

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NR 659: Primary Health Care of Children and Families

Examines growth and development, health maintenance, health promotion and disease prevention for children from birth through adolescence.

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NR 667: Primary Care Procedures

Introduces theory, application, and skills addressing the assessment and management of patient procedures commonly encountered in primary care settings and prepares students for clinical practice.

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NR 608: Health Care Policy and Issues in Practice

Focuses on health policy formation and evaluation, examining public policy and its relationship and application to advanced practice nursing, leadership roles in management and education and models of health care delivery.

Clinical Rotations

Clinical experiences begin during the fourth semester (second year). The clinical experience encompasses 630 hours divided among pediatrics, adult, women’s and family situations. The clinical hours are equally distributed across the last three semesters of the program.

Program Length

The Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner degree is designed to be completed in two years, or six semesters, of continuous study. Courses are held once per week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on our Northwest Denver campus.


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).

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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.

Preparation for national certification is incorporated into the curriculum, with Regis University FNP graduates having one of the highest pass rates in the U.S. The work throughout the family nurse practitioner program is ambitious and the learning is intensive, but the rewards will be evident throughout your career.

How to Apply

To apply directly to the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program, you will need:

  • Completed online application through NursingCAS
  • Official degree bearing transcript(s) sent directly to NursingCAS
  • Three professional letters of recommendation (one from a current employer or supervisor)
  • Resume and Essay
  • Admissions interview may be required


  • Nursing bachelor's degree from a NLN or AACN-CCNE accredited program
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher, with a grade of "C" or better in all nursing courses
  • Completion of a statistics course with a grade of C or better (must be taken prior to NR 602)
  • Active RN license
  • Current AHA Basic Life Support (BLS) certification
  • Two years of clinical practice as an RN (preferred)

The first step in the application process is to contact an admissions counselor, who can evaluate your prior learning credit, provide information regarding financial aid and tuition assistance and help you through the entire application process.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the 2023-2024 academic year: $965 per credit hour
Total program credits: 48 credit hours
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 Adult Undergraduates and Graduate Students page. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Additional fees may include a background check and drug screen costs, application fees and clinical fees, among others.

Regis offers a variety of scholarships, grants and other programs to help you pay for school. Visit Financial Aid for more information.

Important Dates

The on-campus FNP program begins once a year in May.

Application opens: Sept. 1

Application deadline: March 15

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

A Culture of Excellence

The Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner is offered by the historic Loretto Heights School of Nursing within the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions.