- Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale in all previous undergraduate and graduate level coursework.
- A nursing baccalaureate degree from a NLN or AACN accredited program, offered at a regionally accredited school.
- A grade of "B" or better in all undergraduate nursing courses.
- Two years of clinical practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) is preferred for FNP applicants, and two years of level III NICU experience is required for NNP applicants.
- Current unrestricted and unencumbered RN licensure in the state in which your clinical experience will be completed.
- Completion of a statistics course with a grade of "C" or better.
- Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification for Health Care Providers.
- Eligibility for this program is pending the successful completion of a criminal background check. For a complete list of Disqualifying Offenses, click here.
- If English is not your native/first language, you must meet the following language proficiency requirement:
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) — Internet-based: Minimum score of 82 (24 Writing, 20 Speaking, 22 Reading, 16 Listening) on the TOEFL.
- TOEFL — Computer-based: Minimum score of 213
- Regis University's TOEFL code is 4656.
The program has a competitive admissions process where students are selected based on a number of factors, including cumulative GPA, current resume, three recommendation forms, and the personal statement. A personal interview may be required.
You are encouraged to submit all required application materials at once, with the exception of official transcripts.
- The priority application deadline is February 1, 2014 for the May 2014 Post BSN to DNP program (FNP applicants only). Contact an admission counselor about our early applicant review and interview process.
- Submit a completed online application form.
- Request official transcripts to be sent directly to Regis University from all post-secondary educational institutions attended. Transcripts must be official. Official transcripts can be mailed or sent electronically. Regis accepts electronic transcripts from the following services: Scrip-Safe, Docufide, Avow Systems.
- Submit mailed transcripts to:
3333 Regis Blvd. A-8
Denver, CO 80221-1099
- Submit electronic transcripts to sendtranscripttoRU@regis.edu.
- Submit a two-page typewritten personal statement (double-spaced) that addresses the essay question in the application. Instructions are given when you reach the essay portion of the online application.
- Submit a current resume which includes all professional and volunteer experiences with emphasis on leadership roles, experiences in primary and acute clinical care, and service to underserved and underrepresented populations.
- Submit three recommendation forms. Select professional and academic references that can address your academic, professional, and leadership potential. One recommendation must be from a current clinical supervisor. The recommendation forms provided must be used.
- Submit a nonrefundable $75.00 application fee. Instructions are given when you complete the payment portion of the online application.
- A personal interview may be required.
- Direct all written materials and inquiries to:
Office of Admissions, Mail-Code G-9
3333 Regis Blvd
Denver, CO 80221-1099
What is the application deadline?
The deadline is February 1, 2014 for the class beginning in May 2014 (FNP only).
Am I required to complete both the Master of Science in Nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice? Can I just complete the Master of Science degree?
While it is an option to complete only the first two years of the program and earn your Master of Science in Nursing degree as an FNP or NNP, we highly encourage students to continue on to the DNP level. We believe that the content you learn in the first two years will further solidify the need for the DNP training and motivate you to continue.
Can I continue to work throughout the program?
The post BSN to DNP program does allow students the opportunity to maintain employment. However, students may need to decrease hours in order to meet the clinical demands during the program.
What if I get off track due to life events? What options do I have to complete the program?
Regis University’s Loretto Heights School of Nursing offers several graduate level options and as such, many of the courses overlap. This allows students who get ‘off track’ to pick up courses either online or on campus and continue to progress through to graduation. Your faculty advisor is available to help guide you throughout your time with Regis and our goal is to see you through to graduation.
Do I need specific nursing experience to apply?
We recommend that applicants have a minimum of two years of professional experience, although all BSN prepared nurses are eligible to apply. For those interested in the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) option, it is required that you have 2 years of Level III NICU experience.