Online BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice

Health care is seeing an industry-wide demand for advanced practice nurses trained at the doctoral level due to the changing landscape, drive for improved patient outcomes, and a shortage of qualified nurses. If you’re an RN with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and ready to take your career to a higher level, the Regis Doctor of Nursing Practice can prepare you for advanced nursing practice.


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Length: 40 months
Total Credits: 73-76 (76 for PMHNP specialization)

Application Deadlines:

Fall: August 2020
Spring: November 2020

Upcoming Start Dates:

Fall: 8/31/2020
Spring: 1/4/2021

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Our curriculum can prepare you for new leadership opportunities.

With our online program, you can earn your Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in as few as 40 months and position yourself to take on a high-level role in health care.

  • Enhance your knowledge of patient care, policies and procedures, and research methods
  • Choose from three start times per year and complete your coursework 100% online
  • Choose from 5 Nurse Practitioner tracks


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Why choose the Regis online BSN to DNP?

Regis is a leading Catholic, co-ed university whose mission is to prepare students to succeed in our evolving, global world. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph, at Regis, you’ll benefit from our experienced faculty dedicated to helping you evaluate the theoretical basis for nursing, using evidence from research and theory to enhance delivery of quality health care and enabling you to reach the top level of nursing you desire. Our BSN to DNP online degree is designed to help you promote lasting change in health care while always looking toward the future.

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Online BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice at a Glance

The online BSN to DNP program is open to baccalaureate-prepared RNs with the drive to pursue an advanced practice career. Regis has designed our online BSN to DNP program with five areas of concentration, allowing you to focus on your specific professional interests:

Pediatrics (PNP)
Focus on a variety of health needs and issues in an outpatient, primary care pediatric setting.

Family (FNP)
Develop skills and knowledge to work with every age in a family practice environment.

Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP)
Using contemporary psychotherapy modalities and knowledge of psycho-pharmacology, provide care to mental health clients across the lifespan.

Women’s Health (WHNP)
Learn to care for women at all life stages, including primary care, gynecological and obstetrical healthcare needs.

Adult Gerontology (AGNP)
Learn about chronic illness and aging, including polypharmacy management, palliative care, and end of life considerations.


Accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education


Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)


Designated as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing

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Named “Best Regional College” by The Princeton Review

Top Jobs for Doctors of Nursing Practice

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has called for a doctoral level (DNP) education to become the requirement for advanced practice nursing. Similarly, the Future of Nursing report issued by the Institute of Nursing has called for nurses to take on greater responsibility to handle the growing number of patients requiring care. An online Doctor of Nursing Practice can put you at the forefront of health care, prepared to take on high-level positions and help meet the rising demand. Some of the nursing jobs and average salaries your DNP from Regis can prepare you for include:


Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


Provide patient care to those with mental and psychiatric health issues, as well as substance abuse issues, working in mental health clinics, hospitals, and rehab facilities. (

Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner


Work closely with geriatric patients to help them manage and overcome various conditions and illnesses. (

Pediatric Nurse


Work with children in an intensive care or clinical environment, providing specialized levels of care. (

Family Nurse


Family nurse practitioners perform many of the same functions as physicians. They diagnose, treat, prescribe medicines, and can even serve as primary care providers. (

Women’s Health
Nurse Practitioner


Deliver comprehensive health care to women throughout their lifespan, with an emphasis on reproductive and gynecologic health needs. (


5 Reasons to earn your online DNP


You want to teach the next generation of nurses


You have a passion for top-notch clinical care


You want to move the profession forward


You want to improve health care


Great ROI – the average salary for a DNP graduate is $114,000*


Nurse practitioners rank #5 in the 100 Best Jobs by U.S. News & World Report.

Online BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice Curriculum:
Designed for You.

Go from BSN to DNP in as few as 40 months through our online BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice option. There are three start times per year: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

Curriculum includes:

  • NU601 Nursing Theory
  • NU605 Concepts in Nursing Leadership
  • NU629 Health Promotion – Disease Prevention
  • HP609 Health Policy, Politics and Perspectives
  • NU606 Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NU641 Advanced Clinical Pharmacology
  • NU650 Advanced Health Assessment (64 clinical hours)
  • NU623 Regulatory Issues: Nurse Leadership
  • NU668 Roles and Issues in APN
  • NU716 Cultural Perspectives in Health Care
  • NU713 Epidemiology / Biostatistics
  • NU726 Advanced Research Methods for EBP I
  • NU710 Informatics in Healthcare
  • NU727 Advanced Research Methods for EBP II
  • NU740 Scholarly DNP Project I
  • NU741 Scholarly DNP Project II
  • NU742 Scholarly DNP Project III
  • NU743 Scholarly DNP Project IV


Concentration Areas

  • Pediatrics (PNP)
  • Family (FNP)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP)
  • Women’s Health (WHNP)
  • Adult Geriatrics (AGNP)



Concentration Courses

Pediatrics (PNP)

Choose 1 of 4*

  • NU 661* Care of the Childbearing Women
  • NU 670* Teaching & Learning Seminar in Nurse Education (24 field work hours)
  • NU 635* Complementary Therapy
  • NU 643* Advanced Psychopharmacology
  • NU 664A Clinical Concentration Course (300 clinical Hours)
  • NU 665A Clinical Concentration Course (300 Clinical Hours)

Adult Gerontology (AGNP)

  • NU 664E Clinical Concentration Course (300 Clinical Hours)
  • NU 665E Clinical Concentration Course (300 Clinical Hours)
  • HP 626   Sociological, Political, and Economic Perspectives in Gerontology

Women’s Health (WHNP)

  • NU 664D Clinical Concentration Course (300 Clinical Hours)
  • NU 665D Clinical Concentration Course (300 Clinical Hours)
  • NU 661 Care of the Childbearing Woman

Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP)

  • NU 643 Psychopharmacology
  • NU 664C Clinical Concentration Course (300 Clinical Hours)
  • NU 665C Clinical Concentration Course (300 Clinical Hours)
  • NU 646 Theory and Practice of Contemporary Psychotherapies

Family (FNP)

Choose 1 of 5*

  • NU 661* Care of the Childbearing Women
  • NU 670* Teaching & Learning Seminar in Nurse Education (24 field work hours)
  • NU 635* Complementary Therapy
  • NU 643* Advanced Psychopharmacology
  • HP 626* Political, Financial and Social Issues in Gerontology
  • NU 664B Clinical Concentration Course (300 Clinical Hours)
  • NU 665B Clinical Concentration Course (300 Clinical Hours)

Admission Requirements

  • BSN degree from regionally accredited institution and accredited nursing program
  • Active unencumbered RN license
  • Prerequisite course in statistics
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Resume and 2 essays
  • No GRE required

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About Regis

As a leader in education, Regis is dedicated to offering programs with a holistic view of health care that are designed for the future of the field. Through cutting-edge coursework, industry-active faculty members, and an array of majors and graduate programs, Regis has been able to positively impact the educational community, health care landscape, and personal lives of students nationwide. When you choose Regis, you join a closely knit community with big university benefits. As a Regis student, you have the opportunity to build a solid foundation, lasting professional connections, and the specialized expertise you need to expand your skills and perspective. Prepare to enter the workplace confidently with an education of the highest standard.

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Wherever you are in your career and wherever you want to be, look to Regis for a direct path no matter your education level. Fill out our form to learn more about our program options or to get started on your advanced degree today.