Online MSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice

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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 complete

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Length: 24-36 months*
Total Credits: 27-64 (64 for PMHNP specialization)

*MSN to DNP bridge program may take up to 44 months

Application Deadlines:
Spring 23: 11/22/2022
Summer: 3/19/2023
Fall: 7/17/2023

Upcoming Start Dates:
Spring: 1/3/2023
Summer: 4/30/2023
Fall: 8/28/2023


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.

Preparing You to Succeed in an Evolving, Global World

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 or nurses with a BSN and master’s in a relevant health care field 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.

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

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)

Jamie Papesca shares his journey toward becoming a nurse educator.


Check out this video discussion about the online MSN to DNP in Nurse Education program and get to know former online student and adjunct faculty member within the online graduate nursing programs at Regis, Dr. Jamie Papesca, DNP, MSN, CRNA, APRN.

Regis College Student Testimonial

Hear From Our Students

“My experience in this program exceeds my expectation of earning the DNP degree. I’ve gained a lot of knowledge from the course work of this program as well as from the faculty.”

Oluwatoyin Okafor

Online MSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice Program (Nurse Education)

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.

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 canceled. Learn more.

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. Find out more.

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. Get more details.

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

Top 5 Reasons for Earning a 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†


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 from a regionally accredited institution in a relevant health care field (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
  • 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

Meet Our Faculty

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.

“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.