Healthcare for the whole patient

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with a concentration focus in Integrative Health is designed to provide students with the experience and skills they need to provide a holistic, patient-focused approach to healthcare and wellness by merging traditional medicine with the emerging field of complementary and alternative methods in healthcare.

Quick Program Facts

36
Credits
$1,310
Cost Per Credit
$47,160
Total Cost*

* Based on the academic year 2019-2020. Cost per credit and total cost subject to inflation.

Why Earn a DNP in Integrative Health?

While traditional medicine tends to focus on treating a particular symptom, ailment, or organ system, integrative health aims to treat the whole person. Typically, this involves addressing the spiritual, social, mental, emotional, and community aspects of health and wellness—in addition to the physical. It has been found to be particularly helpful in promoting healthy behavior in patients, pain management, and relieving symptoms in cancer patients and survivors.

Students earning a DNP with a concentration in integrative health complete the program armed with the skills they need to be successful in a modern healthcare setting that involves coordinating care between a number of providers and institutions.

Curriculum

All Regis College DNP students are expected to complete a 27-credit core curriculum, as well as nine elective credits. This includes coursework on advanced research methods, as well as four scholarly project classes which allow you to explore in-depth critical issues in healthcare and share your work with the healthcare community.

For those pursuing the concentration in integrative health, these elective credits will consist of courses on complementary therapies, the science of integrative health, and integrative health as it applies to women.

The length of the DNP program can vary from three to seven years, depending on how many courses a student takes each semester. All students meet with the Dean of the School of Nursing to develop their own personal and customized curriculum plan, which takes into account the sequencing and cadence of courses.

The Regis DNP is formatted in a way that allows students to work full-time while working on their degree. Classes are offered evenings, weekends, online, or in a hybrid format. Candidates for the program are advanced nursing practice leaders, nurse practitioners, educators or clinical specialists

Note: A maximum of six graduate credits may be accepted for transfer.

  • Prerequisites

    • NU 601 Nursing Theory
    • HP 609 Health Policy, Politics and Perspectives
  • 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
  • Integrative Health Specialization

    Required Courses

    Course Name Credits
    NU 635 Complementary Therapies and the Nurse 3
    HP 645 Science of Integrative Health 3
    NU 648 Integrative Health for Women 3
    Total 9
  • 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.