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 MSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Regis College can help position yourself at the forefront of the industry — prepared for nurse education, patient care, and to shape future policies and procedures in health care.
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 24-36* months and become prepared 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 6 nurse practitioner specializations, Nurse Education, or Nurse Leadership
*MSN to DNP Bridge program students may take up to 44 months to completeGet Curriculum Details
Length: 24-36 months*
Total Credits: 27-64 (64 for PMHNP specialization)
*MSN to DNP bridge program may take up to 44 months
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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
- Certified Nurse Educator (CNE)
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, nurse educator, or a BSN-credentialed nurse with a master’s in a relevant health care field, our online DNP is the next step toward advancing your career, allowing you to focus on one of the following specialized areas:
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
Focus on a variety of health needs and issues in an outpatient, primary care pediatric setting.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
Provide care to mental health clients across the lifespan using contemporary psychotherapy modalities and knowledge of psychopharmacology.
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)
Learn to care for women at all life stages, including primary care, gynecological, and obstetrical health care needs.
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
Develop skills and knowledge to work with every age in a family practice environment.
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.
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.
Study informatics, regulatory issues, organizational structures, and more for director, management, and executive positions.
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 canceled. Learn more.
Meet Our Faculty
Cassandra Godzik, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CNE
Associate Dean, Graduate Online NursingView Full Bio of Cassandra Godzik, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CNE
Lisa Rinke, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
DNP Program DirectorView Full Bio of Lisa Rinke, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
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.
“In recent years, Regis has become a powerhouse in professional and graduate education in nursing and health sciences. As a result, our university has become increasingly visible locally, nationally, and internationally.”
Dr. Antoinette Hays RN, Ph.D.
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.