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Gain a Competitive Edge by Getting Your M.S. in Nursing

If you are a nationally certified nurse practitioner with recent clinical experience thinking about earning your master's degree in nursing, Regis University has a program to help you get your next credential and advance your career options!
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M.S. in Nursing: Completion for Certified Nurse Practitioners

Degree Overview

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.

You’ve got a head start on your master’s degree in nursing already. You are already on your way. Why not round out your experience with the Master of Science Completion Option and Regis University! We're ready for you!

Next Step:  Call (303.458.4344) or email.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of the Master of Science (MS) in Nursing, Completion Option for Certified Nurse Practitioners. The total degree requires 30-31 semester hours. This option is designed for baccalaureate prepared certified nurse practitioners without a master's degree who are currently practicing and wish to earn a Master of Science (MS) degree without changing their original practice specialization.

Master of Science in Nursing Completion Requirements
NR 600 Advanced Nursing Practice: Leadership and Theoretical Frameworks (3 semester hours)
NR 602 Adv. Apps. of Research for Evidence-Based Practice (3 semester hours)
HCE 604 Ethics for Nurse Leaders (3 semester hours)
NR 605 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice (3 semester hours)
NR 607 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice (3 semester hours)
NR 608 Health Care Policy (3 semester hours)
NR 614 Foundations of Financial Management for Nursing Leaders (3 semester hours)
NR 630 Advanced Health Assessment of the Family (3 semester hours) (FNP's Only)
NR 652 Health Assessment for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (4 semester hours) (NNP's Only)
NR 651 Professional Integration (3 semester hours)
Elective Graduate Elective (600 level) (3 semester hours)
NR 699 Comprehensive Evaluation (0 semester hours)

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above. For further information contact the Office of Admissions at 303.458.4344.


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 baccalaureate degree in nursing/master's degree in nursing leadership and nurse practitioner/Doctor of Nursing Practice and/or post-graduate APRN certificate at Regis University-Loretto Heights School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791. www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation.

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.

All campus based nursing students are required to have a laptop for access to web based content during class. This includes all MS, Completion students. Please see FAQs for hardware and software requirements.


What are the prerequisites for the program?
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.  Applicants must also be nationally certified in a nurse practitioner specialty, and have recent clinical experience in the specialty.

Are students required to have laptops for this program?
Yes. All campus based nursing students, including MS, Nursing completion students, are required to bring a laptop to class.

Expected technical specifications for the laptop include the following:

  • Recommended screen size: 13 inches or greater
  • Required Wi-fi compatible
  • Required Operating system: Windows: XP or higher, Mac: OS X 1o.5.8 or higher
  • Required memory: minimum 1GB
  • Required hard disk space: minimum 60GB
  • Required battery: minimum 2 hour life, recommended 4 hours or higher
  • Recommended backup battery: minimum 2 hour life, recommended 4 hours or higher

  • MSWord, Excel, Powerpoint (recommend MS Office)
  • Browser: most recent version of IE, Firefox, Safari or Chrome
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser
  • Adobe Reader, Flash, APA template
  • How to Apply

    Take the next step in your Regis experience and start your application today. Your first step is to create an account, a simple and quick form to get you started.

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    Take your next step and attend an information session or webinar.

    You can email your admission counselor with questions at healthcare@regis.edu.