Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-MS Option)

Description Objectives Curriculum Experience Next Steps

Tuition Credits for graduation Time to Complete
Academic Year
36 semester hours 3-7 years

Program Description

The advancing complexity of the US healthcare system has increased the demand for nurses educated at the doctoral level. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program provides education in evidence-based practice that prepares nurses to lead change in healthcare delivery, improve patient outcomes, and educate future generations of nurses. If you are an advanced practice nurse ready to take your career to the next level, the Regis Doctor of Nursing Practice program will provide you with the skills you need.

This program is offered in two convenient formats:

  • Oncampus Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-MS Option)
  • Online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-MS Option)


Program Objectives

Goals of this program include preparing you to evaluate the theoretical bases for nursing, synthesize evidence from research and theory to enhance delivery of quality health care, and generate knowledge through research and/or evidence based practice to advance the nursing profession.

Completion Rates

For students entering in 2009 to 2011, 88% of the students have completed the program within the designated accreditation standard time frame.

Job Placement Rates

Students are assessed 6 months after graduation for attainment of role specific employment status and the average rate of employment for the class of 2013-2015 is 89%. Graduates of the program have accepted positions as faculty, community health practitioners, nursing executives and leaders in health care.



Seven concentrations allow you to develop expertise in these areas: Education, Gerontology, Health Informatics, Health Policy, Integrative Health, Leadership, and Global Public Health. Also classes are offered primarily on weekends in a hybrid format with some classes conducted on-line and some in face to face sessions.


Fall 2018 Courses

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Coursework includes:

  • Advanced research methods for evidence based practice
  • Informatics in Healthcare
  • Advanced Epidemiology and Biostatistics


Gaining Experience

Four scholarly project classes allow you to explore in-depth critical issues in healthcare and share your work with the healthcare community. Graduates of the Regis Doctor of Nursing Practice Program are currently working at Good Samaritan Medical Center, Greater Lawrence Psychiatric Association, Fitchburg State University and others.


Next Steps

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Candidates for the program are master's prepared nurses functioning in advanced practice roles including nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nursing leaders and nurse educators.

Application requirements:

  • Completed application form and all transcripts
  • Completed Hours Verification Form (Applicants are required to complete this form in addition to the online application)
  • Two Essays; Resume; two letters of recommendation
  • A minimum Graduate GPA of 3.0 is required
  • Interview with the Program Director
  • The GRE/MAT requirement will be waived for those applicants whose GPA was 3.5 or higher in their MS in Nursing program.
  • Applicants are encouraged to review the AACN Essentials for Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice and incorporate these essentials in essays.


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