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Family Nurse Practitioner: Rural and Underserved Communities

Master of Science in Nursing

Care for those who need it most. 

If you hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and feel passionate about caring for the health care needs of families within rural and underserved communities, Regis University’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program offers a pathway specifically focusing on meeting their specific needs. 

This low-residency program is offered as a synchronized online learning program, allowing you to be part of a class from a distance. Students living along the front range (Fort Collins to Colorado Springs) must work at Denver Health, Clinica Family Health or Peak Vista Community Health to be eligible for this program. Regis University also offers an FNP program at our Northwest Denver campus for local students.

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Program Snapshot

Program Format
Web-based classroom
1x per week from 8am-5pm

Credits for Completion
48 credit hours

Cost of Tuition
$910 per credit hour

Sample Rural Family Nurse Practitioner Classes

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NR 637: Women's Health and Childbearing for the NP

Prepares students to assume professional roles and responsibilities in the management of normal and common primary care of female bodies, including the broad scope of prenatal care and women's health issues.

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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 614: Foundations of Health Care Economics

Apply the essentials of financial management to nursing leadership roles in health care systems with an overview of health care economics, financial concepts, and budgeting in health care organizations.

Program Details

Get all the details on our online Rural and Underserved FNP program, including course requirements and application materials. 

Clinical Rotations

Clinical practicums will be completed in your home rural areas with support from local health care facilities and clinics. Clinical experiences begin during the fourth semester (second year) and encompass 630 hours divided among pediatrics, adult, women’s and family situations. 

Program Length

The Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner degree is designed to be completed in 2 years, or six semesters of continuous study. Students in the Rural and Underserved pathway attend the online classroom once per week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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) for Rural and Underserved Communities program, you will need: 

  • Completed online application through NursingCAS
  • Official degree bearing transcript(s) sent directly to NursingCAS
  • Three professional or academic letters of recommendations (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)
  • Applicants living along the Colorado front range (Fort Collins to Colorado Springs) must work at Denver Health, Clinica Family Health or Peak Vista Community Health to be eligible for this program
The first step in the application process is to contact an admissions counselor, who can evaluate your prior learning credits, provide information regarding financial aid and tuition assistance and help you through the entire application process. 

Tuition and Fees

Program tuition: $910 per credit hour
Total program credits: 48 credit hours

Addtional fees may include 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 Rural and Underserved online FNP program begins once a year in August. 

Application opens: January 1

Application deadline: July 1

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: Rural and Underserved Communities is offered by the historic Loretto Heights School of Nursing within the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions.