M.S. Nursing Completion for Certified Nurse Practitioners

Master of Science: Nursing

Gain a competitive edge by earning your M.S. in Nursing.

So, you're out in the field and doing what you love but feel there is yet something more to be accomplished? The Master of Science Completion Option (MSCO) is designed specifically for certified nurse practitioners who wish to earn a master's degree without changing their clinical specialty.

Students are required to earn a minimum of 30 semester hours to complete this graduate degree in nursing. The curriculum includes areas that promote the principles of a master of science degree, including theoretical frameworks, ethics, policy and research.

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Program Snapshot

Program Format
Online and web-based classroom courses

Credits for Completion
30-31 credit hours

Tuition for the 23-24 Academic Year
$785 per credit hour

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Sample Nursing Classes

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HCE 604: Ethics for Nurse Leaders

Examines ethical and moral reasoning relevant to professional nursing practice and health care delivery in today’s society.

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NR 608: Health Care Policy

Focuses on health policy formation, evaluation and change in the context of public policy and modern politics.

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NR 651: Professional Integration

Integrates core concepts in nursing for the nurse practitioner and builds on the skill set essential for independent practice.

Program Details

Get all the details on our M.S. Nursing completion option, including course requirements and application materials.


Applicants must be nationally certified in a nurse practitioner specialty, and have recent clinical experience in the specialty. 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.


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).

How to Apply

To apply directly to the M.S. Nursing completion program, you will need:

  • Completed online application
  • Nursing bachelor's degree from a NLN or AACN-CCNE accreditation program
  • Official degree-bearing transcript(s) from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Resume
  • Essay
  • 3 recommendations
  • Active RN license

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 23-24 Academic Year: $785 per credit hour
Total program credits: 30-31 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.

Rolling Admission

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. It is recommended you apply to this program at least 1 month prior to your desired start date to prepare for your first class.

Program starts are offered in January, May and August.

A Culture of Excellence

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