The Gerontology Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program specializes in the ongoing care of older adult patients from health promotion to the diagnosis and treatment of serious illness. Designed to be flexible for the full-time working professional, classes are offered in the evenings, on weekends, online, and in an intensive format.

Students meet with the director of the DNP program or the Dean of the School of Nursing prior to enrolling in order to develop a personalized curriculum plan that fits their specific career goals and schedule.

The program is comprised of 27 core curriculum credits and nine elective credits in gerontology. The curriculum has an interdisciplinary focus and incorporates sociological, political, and economic perspectives with a focus on the implications of chronic disease management and end-of-life care. A maximum of six graduate credits may be accepted for transfer.

The length of the program varies from three to seven years based on how many courses a student takes per semester. For up-to-date tuition information, please view Regis Graduate Program's Tuition and Fees.

  • Prerequisites

    Previous graduate coursework may be transferred to fulfill prerequisites

    Course Name Credits
    NU 601 Nursing Theory 3
    HP 609 Health Policy, Politics, and Perspectives 3
  • DNP Core Requirements

    Course Name Credits
    NU 710 Health Care Informatics 3
    NU 713 Advanced Epidemiology and Biostatistics 3
    NU 716 Culture and Health Perspectives 3
    NU 726 Advanced Research Methods for EBP I 3
    NU 727 Advanced Research Methods for EBP II 3
    NU 740 Scholarly DNP Project I 3
    NU 741 Scholarly DNP Project II 3
    NU 742 Scholarly DNP Project III 3
    NU 743 Scholarly DNP Project IV 3
    Three Electives 3 (each)
    Total 30
  • Gerontology Specialization Requirements

    The DNP with a concentration in gerontology consists of the 27-credit DNP core requirements and three gerontology focused courses listed below:

    Course Name Credits
    HP 623 Gerontology: A Multidisciplinary Approach 3
    HP 626 Sociological, Political and Economic Perspectives in Gerontology 3
    HP 629 Chronic Illness and Aging: Management, Palliation and End of Life Considerations 3
  • Admission Requirements

    Candidates eligible for this program hold a master's degree in nursing, and function in advanced practice roles including nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nursing leaders and nursing educators.

    • Completed application form, including all transcripts.
    • Completed Hours Verification Form (applicants are required to complete this form in addition to the online application).
    • Two essays; a 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 their essays.