Online MSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice

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Why Regis for Your Online MSN to DNP Degree?

Complete in 24-36* months

Transfer credits accepted

Apply with no GRE/GMAT

Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) offered**

First DNP program in the Boston Area

*MSN to DNP bridge program may take up to 44 months to complete.
**NFLP is offered to qualified students accepted into MSN-DNP Nurse Education program.

Prepare to play a critical role in the future of health care.

Demand is growing for nurse leaders as the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has made advanced nursing education a priority. Both the AACN and the Institute of Medicine’s “Future of Nursing” report recommend doubling the number of doctorally prepared nurses by 2025.

Get a head start with an online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Regis. Here, you’ll receive a doctoral-level education in evidence-based practice and get to choose from one of eight specializations. We offer four entry paths into the program – MSN NP to DNP, MSN NP to DNP (second specialization), MSN NP to DNP (Doctorate only) and MSN to DNP bridge program. A DNP prepares you to lead change in health care delivery, improve patient outcomes, and educate future generations of nurses.

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MSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice Specializations

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

Family (FNP)
Develop skills and knowledge to deliver family-focused care.

Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP)
Use contemporary psychotherapy modalities and knowledge of psycho-pharmacology to provide care to mental health clients.

Women’s Health (WHNP)
Learn to provide primary care services and address reproductive concerns of women at all life stages.

Adult Gerontology – Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)
Learn to diagnose and treat critical medical conditions in adults in an acute care setting. Learn advanced diagnostics, pathophysiology, and more.

Adult Gerontology – Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)
Learn to provide primary care about chronic illness and aging, including polypharmacy management and end-of-life considerations. Formerly referred to as AGNP.

Nurse Leadership
Study informatics, regulatory issues, organizational structures, and more for director, management, and executive positions.

Nurse Education 
Learn to educate the next generation of nurses through courses focusing on curriculum development, simulation, online pedagogy, and evaluating outcomes. Find out more about the program.

Regis College offers Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) to qualified students accepted into MSN-DNP Nurse Education track. Loan recipients may get up to 85% of their loan cancelled.

5 Reasons to Earn Your 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†


“I’ve been able to apply the knowledge gained from the DNP program to my teaching job and have utilized different learning and teaching theories in the classroom. I also incorporated cultural competence into my teaching practice.”

Oluwatoyin Okafor

MSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice (Nurse Education)

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for this program, students must meet the following qualifications:

  • MSN degree from regionally accredited institution and accredited nursing program‡
  • BSN degree from regionally accredited institution and accredited nursing program (For Bridge program students only)
  • Master’s degree in a relevant health care field from a regionally accredited institution (For Bridge program students only)
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA preferred
  • Active unencumbered RN license

Application Requirements

You can begin your application process today. To get started you will need to submit the following:

  • Application form
  • Non-refundable application fee of $65
  • Proof of active unencumbered RN license
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume and statement of purpose
  • Verification of hours form
  • APRN certification (if applicable)
  • APRN and prescriptive authority license (if applicable)

‡Not applicable for MSN to DNP Bridge program students

Ways to Save on Your Tuition

Employee Discounts

Regis partner employees can receive a discount on their tuition. Find out if your employer is a partner.

Federal & Military Discounts

Federal government employees as well as active and reserve military and veterans are eligible for a 15% discount on tuition.

Alumni Discounts

Regis alumni who have received a previous degree from Regis are eligible for a 10% discount on tuition. Speak to an advisor for more information.

Financial Aid

We are here to support you through the process. Speak to an advisor to learn more.

Graduate Assistantship

Earn financial aid helping fellow students while also gaining valuable professional skills.

Regis discounts cannot be combined with any other discount or scholarship offered by Regis. Some exceptions may apply.

About Regis

Regis is a leading Catholic university, founded by the sisters of St. Joseph, that prepares students to succeed in an evolving, global world. Regis students benefit from the unique perspective of a values-based education integrated with cutting-edge technology and learning opportunities. Our student-centered faculty supports and encourages you to create your own path while keeping an eye on the future of health care.

Regis College is 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 2008-2020

Among The Princeton Review’s
“Best Regional Colleges”

Ranked among the Top 25 Fastest-Growing Colleges by The Business Journals