Are you a nurse looking to maximize your career potential and make a powerful and meaningful impact as a nurse practitioner? Regis University’s Loretto Heights School of Nursing offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) prepared RN’s the option to earn both the Master of Science (MS) in nursing degree in an advance practice role (Family Nurse Practitioner or Neonatal Nurse Practitioner focus) and the highest clinical nursing degree, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in one program.
Why both master’s and doctorate in one program? The increasing complexity of patient care, the volume of knowledge available today, and the very important need for the profession of nursing to help guide the future of health care policy and practice means that it’s critical for nurses to advance beyond the master’s level. This is an important time for health care policy in this country, and an important time for the profession of nursing. Your DNP will prepare you to elevate nursing to the next level and make a meaningful and positive impact. Be at the forefront of emerging roles, and complete population focused applied research with your selected patient population as part of the DNP program.
In the post BSN to DNP program, you will select either the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) focus. In the first two years of the program you will learn the advanced practice role of the population selected. These courses are taught through classroom instruction on our Denver campus either every-other-weekend for FNP, or one day a week for NNP. The campus courses allow for face-to-face learning of the important clinical skills needed for advanced practice nursing. Clinical hours are completed on a variable weekday schedule throughout the Denver area including urban and rural sites. Once you complete the first two years you will earn your Master of Science (MS) degree in Nursing and are eligible to sit for the corresponding certification exam.
The final two years of the program are offered entirely online with no campus visit required allowing you to work as a nurse practitioner while you earn your DNP. As a DNP graduate, you are prepared at the highest level of evidence-based practice. Graduates provide primary or acute health care to individuals and populations while providing leadership and innovation to their practice as a doctorally-prepared Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).
Graduates are awarded a Master of Science, Nursing degree upon completion of the MS portion of the program with a focus as either a Family Nurse Practitioner or Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice.
Deadline and Start Date
Applications are currently being accepted for the group starting in May 2014. A new group of FNP students starts each May. A new group of NNP students starts in May every-other-year (odd years) only.
Length of Program
Four year program which includes completion of a Master of Science in Nursing degree (FNP or NNP) after two years, and DNP after completion of all four years. Students may opt to complete only the MS portion, but are encouraged to complete the full four year program.
Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.
Commission URL: http://www.ncahlc.org
Commission Phone: 312-263-0456
The Loretto Heights School of Nursing is accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing - Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (AACN-CCNE). The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science (MS) programs are accredited through 2019. Additionally, effective October 2012, the DNP program is now fully accredited by AACN-CCNE.
If you would like more information on AACN-CCNE please go to: www.aacn.nche.edu/accreditation.
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