Online MSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice

Health care is a dynamic and ever-evolving field, and more is now expected of nurse leaders. In fact, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has called for a doctoral level education to become the requirement for advanced practice nursing. Earning an online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) puts MSN-credentialed nurses like you at the forefront of the industry — prepared for nurse education, patient care, and to shape future policies and procedures in health care.

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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 24 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
  • Learn to teach the next generation of nurses through our Nurse Education concentration
  • Choose from three start times per year and complete your coursework 100% online
  • Choose from 5 Nurse Practitioner tracks

 

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*You might have to take additional courses as part of the program.

Online Doctor of Nursing Practice at a Glance

If you are a master’s-prepared nurse working in an advanced practice role such as nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist or nurse educator, our online DNP is the next step toward advancing your career, allowing you to focus on one of the following specialized areas:

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 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 (AGNP)

Learn to provide primary care for adults from adolescence to old age.

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. Learn more.

Qualify to Sit for Certification Exams

Completing the online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree will prepare you to sit for exams from the following certification boards (based on your chosen specialty):

  • The American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Pediatric Nursing Certification Board

  • National League of Nursing (NLN)
  • National Certification Corporation

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Accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education

ACEN

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

NLN

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

The Princeton Review

Named “Best Regional College” by The Princeton Review

Why Choose Regis for Your Doctor of Nursing Practice?

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 innovative online DNP program prepares MSN-credentialed nurses like you for a deeper and more meaningful professional care. Our student-centered faculty supports and encourages you to create your own path while keeping an eye on the future of health care. Our online Doctor of Nursing Practice is accredited, and coursework is 100% online.

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Complete coursework
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Complete in 24 – 36 months

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Transfer credits accepted

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Apply with no
GRE/GMAT

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Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) offered*

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First DNP program in the Boston Area

*NFLP is offered to qualified students accepted into MSN-DNP Nurse Education program.

Top Jobs for Doctors of Nursing Practice

By 2025, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has recommended that the DNP be required for advanced practice nursing. Similarly, the Future of Nursing report issued by the Institute of Medicine 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:

 

Nurse
Researcher

$95,000

Use data to understand different health-related issues. Develop programs and initiatives for the improvement of public or private health. (explorehealthcareers.org)

Pediatrics Nurse Practitioner

$90,000

Provide primary care and nursing care to infants, children and adolescent patients. Performs physical exams, orders diagnostic tests, and provide medications. (Payscale.com)

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

$106,000

Provide mental health and nursing care to patients with psychiatric disorders, medical organic brain disorders or substance abuse problems. (Payscale.com)

Nurse
Educator

$100,770

Teach the next generation of nurses in an academic setting and clinical units. (BLS)

Nurse
Administrator

$87,858

Manage the nursing staff in a health care facility. Nurse administrators are licensed registered nurses with advanced education and experience in nursing. (Payscale.com)

Top 5 reasons for getting a DNP*

#1

You want to teach the next generation of nurses

#2

You have a passion for top-notch clinical care

#3

You want to move the profession forward

#4

You want to improve health care

#5

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

*medscape.com

Online Doctor of Nursing Practice Curriculum:

Designed for You.

There are 3 entry tracks to your DNP degree. Students might be eligible for transfer credits based on their educational background. Depending on the specialization taken, you will be presented with curriculum from the core and elective courses.

Curriculum includes:

NU 710Informatics in Health care
NU 713Epidemiology/Biostatistics
NU 716Cultural Perspectives in Health Care
NU 726Advanced Research Methods for EBP I
NU 727Advanced Research Methods for EBP II
NU 740Scholarly DNP Project I
NU 741Scholarly DNP Project II
NU 742Scholarly DNP Project III
NU 743Scholarly DNP Project IV

Concentration Areas

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

 

Concentration Courses*

Pediatrics (PNP)

NU 664A &
NU 664A-X
Clinical Concentration Course – Primary Care of the Child I (300 Clinical Hours)
NU 665A &
NU 665A-X
Clinical Concentration Course – Primary Care of the Child II (300 Clinical Hours)
ElectiveSelect one: NU 635 Complementary Therapy, NU 661, NU 643, or NU 670 – 24 field work hours)

Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP)

NU 643Advanced Psychopharmacology
NU 646Theory and Practice of Contemporary Psychotherapies
NU 664C & NU 664C-XClinical Concentration Course – Primary Care of the Psychiatric Mental Health Client I (300 Clinical Hours)
NU 665C &
NU 665C-X
Clinical Concentration Course – Primary Care of the Psychiatric Mental Health Client II (300 Clinical Hours)

Adult Gerontology (AGNP)

HP 626Political, Financial and Social Issues in Gerontology
NU 664E &
NU 664E-X
Clinical Concentration Course – Primary Care of the Adult-Geriatric Client I (300 Clinical Hours)
NU 665E &
NU 665E-X
Clinical Concentration Course – Primary Care of the Adult-Geriatric Client II (300 Clinical Hours)

Family (FNP)

NU 664B &
NU 664B-X
Clinical Concentration Course – Primary Care of the Family I  (300 Clinical Hours)
NU 665B &
NU 665B-X
Clinical Concentration Course – Primary Care of the Family II (300 Clinical Hours)
ElectiveSelect one: NU 635 Complementary Therapy, NU 661, NU 643, NU 670 – 24 field work hours, or HP 626

Nurse Education

NU 636Instructional Methods in Nursing Education
(24 field work hours)
NU 637Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education
(24 field work hours)
NU 656Introduction to Simulation in Nurse Education
(24 field work hours)
NU 670Seminar in Teaching and Learning Nurse Educators
(24 field work hours)
NU 677Online Instruction and Course Facilitation
(24 field work hours)
NU 678Online Development and Teaching Strategies
(24 field work hours)

Women’s Health (WHNP)

NU 664D & N664D-XNU 664D & 664D-X Clinical Concentration Course – Primary Care of the Woman I (300 Clinical Hours)
NU 665D &
N665D-X
Clinical Concentration Course – Primary Care of the Woman II (300 Clinical Hours)
NU 661Care of the Childbearing Woman

*You might have to take additional courses as part of the program.

Admission Requirements

  • MSN degree from regionally accredited institution and accredited nursing program
  • Active unencumbered RN license
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • APRN certification (if applicable)
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Resume and 2 essays
  • Verification of hours form
  • No GRE required
  • APRN and prescriptive authority license (if applicable)

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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.

Let’s move forward.

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.