The Doctor of Nursing Practice with a concentration in Health Policy at Regis College will provide you the resources to address social and class disparities in healthcare. This program prepares you to become a leader capable of developing and implementing regulations and policies which impact communities and individuals.

The World Health Organization states that explicit health policies can solve several things: it defines a vision for the future which in turn helps to establish targets and points of reference for the short and medium term. The public health employment growth is projected to increase 20-28% between 2010 - 2020.

The DNP concentration in health policy is comprised of 27 core curriculum credits and nine elective credits in health policy offered through Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management. A maximum of six graduate credits may be accepted for transfer. The Regis DNP is designed for students with a full-time job, and offers classes in the evenings, on weekends, online, and in an intensive capacity.

The length of the program varies from three to seven years based on how many courses a student takes per semester. It is important that you meet with the director of the DNP program or the dean of the School of Nursing to develop your personal curriculum plan as the sequencing of courses can impact the time it takes for you to complete the program. For up-to-date tuition information, please view Regis Graduate Programs' Tuition and Fees.

Required Courses

  • 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
  • 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.