Learn the skills you need to advance your career and shape the future of nursing.

If you are an advanced practice nurse and are ready to take your career to the next level, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Regis College will provide you with the skills you need to lead change in healthcare delivery by improving patient outcomes, influencing policy, and shaping future generations of nurses.

Upon graduating our DNP program, you will have the skills needed to evaluate the theoretical foundations 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.

Note: You can get your DNP at our Weston Campus with hybrid classes or through our fully online program.

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


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 a four scholarly project classes which allow you to explore in-depth critical issues in healthcare and share your work with the healthcare community.

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.

  • 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

Program Outcomes

Eighty-eight percent of our DNP students will complete the program, and eighty-nine percent will be employed within 2 years of graduation. Graduates are currently working at Good Samaritan Medical Center, Greater Lawrence Psychiatric Association, Fitchburg State University , and many other locations.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

  • 1) What is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)?

    The Doctor of Nursing Practice is one of the highest levels of education available to nurses. It is designed to help nurses advance in their careers, whether to an advanced nursing job or a leadership role within their organization. The program places heavy emphasis on teaching research methods, data analysis, and evidence-based practice.

  • 2) What is the difference between a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and a Nurse Practitioner (NP)?

    The primary difference between a Doctor of Nursing practice (DNP) and a Nurse Practitioner (NP) is this: The term “nurse practitioner” refers to a job title, while the term “doctor of nursing” refers to a specific degree.

    While a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is the minimum degree requirement in order to become a nurse practitioner, a DNP is an advanced degree that prepares you for advanced roles in the healthcare industry.

  • 3) What is the difference between a DNP and a PhD?

    While the a Doctor of Nursing is designed to prepare nurses for leadership roles within their organization (and the nursing community at large), improve key competencies, and improve patient outcomes, a PhD in Nursing is meant to prepare nurse scientists and scholars for advanced academic research.

  • 4) What kind of career will a DNP prepare me for?

    Depending on your exact interests and specialization, earning your DNP can prepare you for a variety of job titles and roles, including (but not limited to):

    • Nursing education
    • Senior level management within your organization
    • Advanced patient care
    • Clinical research
    • Policy making
  • 5) Do I need a master's degree to apply for a DNP?

    Yes. The DNP program is designed for individuals who hold a master’s degree in nursing and who function in an advanced practice or leadership role within their organization. This may include nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nursing leaders, and nursing educators.

    Other admission requirements include:

    • A completed Hours Verification Form in addition to the online application
    • Two essays, an up-to-date resume, and two letters of recommendation
    • A minimum graduate GPA of 3.0
    • GRE/MAT, though applicants with a GPA of 3.5 or higher in their MS in Nursing Program will have this requirement waived
    • An interview with the program director
I found the classes, with their hybrid format, to be conducive to my schedule. It is a challenging program, but provides excellent learning experiences for students. I was able to enhance my teaching practice techniques as an educator and improved my own critical thinking strategies through Regis' DNP program.
Ann Corcoran