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Be an Important Part of a Family’s Health Care – Explore Our Nurse Practitioner Program

Increase your earning potential and your opportunities for professional advancement through our FNP program which caters specifically to working professions with classes held every-other-weekend (Saturday and Sunday).
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M.S. in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner

Degree Overview

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. Less than 15 percent of nurses nationwide hold a master’s degree in nursing. This elite group of professionals is missing you.

Learn how to provide primary care nursing across the lifespan looking holistically at the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual side of care.

The FNP program is offered on the main campus. FNP classes meet every-other-weekend (Saturday and Sunday) with clinical experiences beginning during the third semester. The clinical experience encompasses 630 hours divided among pediatrics, adult, women’s and family situations. Half of these hours are completed in the last semester of the program to ensure the opportunity to consolidate skills and apply theory to authentic learning experiences. Student flexibility is essential in meeting clinical requirements since hours are often completed on weekdays.

Additionally, 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. There is often opportunity to serve at-risk populations and in the past, faculty and selected students have worked in community health projects in China and with Native American populations through the Service Learning Department. The work throughout the family nurse practitioner program is ambitious and the learning is intensive, but the rewards will be evident throughout your career.

Degree: Graduates are awarded the Master of Science, Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner specialization and are eligible to take both the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Examination.

Length of Program: The nurse practitioner program is completed in six semesters of study (two years).

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 46.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

MS: Family Nurse Practitioner Core Courses

HCE 604 - Ethics for Nurse Leaders

Examines ethical and moral reasoning relevant to professional nursing practice and health care delivery in today's society. Explores philosophical and faith-based foundations, including Catholic moral tradition, socio-cultural influences, professional codes, organizational and personal ethical norms. Ethical issues are examined with emphasis on advanced practice nursing, leadership roles and models of health care delivery. Introduces skills in analyzing ethical dilemmas and evaluating ethical practice using ethical theory, moral argument, and case studies. NOTE: This course was previously titled Ethics and Society.

Cross listing(s): NR 690E NR 604.

NR 601 - Theoretical Frameworks

Examines the theoretical basis of nursing which guides advanced nursing practice. Critiques and evaluates theories from nursing and related fields such as the natural, social, organizational, and biological sciences. Analyzes the usefulness and applicability of theory in nursing practice, research, education, and administration. Regis University, Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions and the Loretto Heights School of Nursing mission and goals are discussed. Service Learning is introduced in this course in the campus-based MS program.

NR 602 - Adv Apps of Research for Evidenced-Based

Addresses best practices for evidence-based nursing practice. Quantitative and qualitative research designs and analytical procedures are compared. Methodologies for implementing evidence-based practice are examined and ethics associated with research are appraised.

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*600 OR NR*622;

Cross listing(s): NR 690F.

NR 608 - Health Care Policy/ Issues in Practice

Focuses on health policy formation and evaluation. Learning activities will facilitate student?s opportunities to learn about change in the context of public policy and politics. Public health care policy will be examined with emphasis on its relationship and application to advanced practice nursing, leadership roles in management and education, and models of health care delivery. Topics include history, trends, and issues in health care systems; legal issues; legislation and regulation; funding, planning, delivery, and evaluation of health care services to individuals and populations; and accessibility, quality and outcome issues. Advocacy as part of service learning will be explored. NOTE: Graduate standing or permission of Program Director required.

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*600 OR NR*622;

Cross listing(s): HCA 408 HSA 608.

NR 699 - Comprehensive Eval/Master of Science

A comprehensive evaluation of the student's achievement of Regis University and LHSON MS Program outcomes. Students provide a presentation reflecting on the Regis University and LHSON MS Program Outcomes with provision of evidence of this achievement. NOTE: All MS coursework must be completed or student must be in NR 623 to register for this course. Pass/No Pass grading only.

Family Nurse Practioner Advanced Practice Courses

NR 605F - Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice

Utilizes a comprehensive approach addressing the underlying principles of disease processes. Includes etiology, epidemiology and theories related to pathogenesis. Focuses on the differentiation of pathophysiological findings and identification of treatment modalities. *Note: NR 605F is designed for Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) students and NR 605N is designed for Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) students.

NR 607F - Adv Pharmacology for Advanced Practice

Prepares advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) and MS in Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems students for drug therapy management across the life span in a variety of primary care settings. Studies the mechanisms of action, indications for use, efficacy, adverse effects, monitoring parameters, dosing principles and drug interactions for common drug classes used in primary care. Identification and selection of appropriate drug management regimens for selected disease states will be addressed. Develops safe prescribing techniques using evidence-based pharmacotherapeutics and standards of practice. NOTE: Graduate standing or permission of Program Director required.

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*600 OR NR*622;

NR 630 - Adv Health Assessment Patient & Family

Provides a framework for systematic data collection, organization, precise recording, accurate physical and psychosocial assessment, and communication of data reflecting the health status of the patient and family. A holistic perspective facilitates an analysis of cultural, occupational, and environmental factors integral to an understanding of both the patient and family?s physical and psychosocial wellbeing. Provides the student an opportunity to develop advanced skills necessary to evaluate deviation from the normal assessment. Includes practice advanced physical assessment skills in simulated clinical settings. NOTE: Graduate standing or permission of Program Director required.

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*600 OR NR*622;

NR 640 - Adv Practice Roles/Concepts

Addresses a variety of concepts essential to advanced nursing practice. History and role development within advanced nursing practice and primary care are examined. Family theory and dynamics integral to advanced nursing practice are explored. Standards of advanced practice nursing are defined and practiced.

NR 651 - Professional Integration

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

Pre-requisite: NR*601 NR*602 NR*604 NR*608 NR*640

Family Nurse Practitioner Emphasis Courses

NR 642 - Prmry Hlth Care of Chldrn/Fam

Addresses well child care, and health maintenance and promotion for children from birth through adolescence. Develops skills in assessment and management of minor acute illness, chronic illness and injuries. NOTE: 105 clinical hours required.

Pre-requisite: NR*644

NR 645 - Clinical Integration Practicum

Integrates advanced family nurse practitioner theory and practice. Students examine and evaluate outcomes of nursing therapeutics and collaborative management strategies in specific primary care situations. Students discuss and defend clinical data assessment and decision making. Liability insurance fee required. NOTE: 315 clinical hours required. Current Regis University liability insurance is required.

Pre-requisite: TAKE NR*642 NR*663 NR*664;

NR 649 - Primary Care Procedures

A theory, application, and skills course addressing the assessment and management of urgent patient conditions commonly encountered in primary care settings.

Pre-requisite: NR*607 NR*630 AND NR*643

NR 663 - PHC-Adult/Older Adult I

Addresses health maintenance, disease prevention, and health promotion for adults from young adulthood through geriatric age. Emphasizes skills in assessment, diagnosis, treatment, management, education and follow up of health maintenance exams, minor acute illness, and minor acute injury. NOTE: 105 clinical hours of preceptored experience are required.

Pre-requisite: NR*605 NR*607 NR*630

NR 664 - PHC-Adult/Older Adult II

Addresses health maintenance, disease prevention, and health promotion for adults from young adulthood through geriatric age. Emphasizes skills in assessment, diagnosis, treatment, management, education and follow up of complex and chronic illness. NOTE: 105 clinical hours of preceptored experience are required.

Pre-requisite: NR*663



The course descriptions for the above mentioned class could not be found. Please contact Academic Records & Registration at 303-458-4126 with questions. Some additional course information is available and shown here.

Statistics Prerequisite--Required prior to NR 602
(Regis courses that fulfill requirement include
MT 270 OR MT 274)


Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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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.

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May 2014-April 2015

Tuition (per semester hour) $695
Other Fees
Application Fee $75
Health Insurance* (waived with proof of other insurance)
   Summer (May 5, 2014-August 21, 2014)
   Fall Rate (August 22, 2014-December, 31 2014)
   Spring/Summer Rate (January 1, 2015-August 21, 2015)

Lab Fee (one time only) $300
Background Check and Drug Screen (external agency fee) $105
Graduation Application Fee $50

*Students who elect the University sponsored health insurance are enrolled for the entire year and cannot drop mid-year without a change of life exception. Only students who are enrolled in programs that require health insurance are eligible for the University sponsored plan.

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