Train the next generation of nurses and medical professionals.

Nurses continue to play an increasingly important role in U.S. healthcare, providing care and improving patient outcomes in every stage of the patient journey.

Unfortunately, despite the need for more nurses, qualified applicants continue to be turned away from nursing programs due to a lack of nursing faculty educators. In fact, in 2016 there were more than 1,500 faculty vacancies leading to nearly 65,000 applicants being turned away from undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with a concentration in Nursing Education is designed to address this nursing faculty shortage. Candidates for the program are nurses who are clinical specialists, educators, nursing practice leaders or nurse practitioners with a passion and drive for education.

You can get your DNP on our Weston campus or through our fully online program.

Quick Program Facts

Total Credit Hours
Cost Per Credit
Total Cost*

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

Why Earn a DNP in Nursing Education?

Earning a DNP in Nursing Education brings a number of benefits to those who complete the program. In addition to advancing in your career and preparing you to act in a leadership capacity at your organization, earning your DNP gives you the skills and training that you need to train the next generation of nurses.

On a practical level, this means that you will be able to, directly and indirectly, improve patient outcomes, reduce recidivism, and do your part to aid the overburdened healthcare system.


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 nursing education, these elective credits will consist of courses on teaching and learning for nurse educators, instructional methods in nursing education, and a course on assessment.

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.

*Note: A maximum of six graduate credits may be accepted for transfer. You can get your DNP on our Weston campus or through our fully online program.

Required Courses

  • Prerequisites

    Previous graduate course work 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
  • Required Concentration Courses

    In addition to the 27 credit DNP core requirement, the DNP concentration is nursing education consists of three courses (9 Credits) in nursing education:

    Course Name Credits
    NU 670 Seminar in Teaching and Learning for Nurse Educators 3
    NU 636 Instructional Methods in Nursing Education 3
    NU 637 Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education 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.