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DNP in APRN

Doctor of Nursing Practice in Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (licensure)

Become the leader in nursing you were born to be.

Regent’s fully online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN) is for nurses who are looking to obtain a terminal degree in their practice, sit for national certification, and become eligible for their APRN licensure. You can be prepared in areas of interprofessional collaboration, healthcare policy, evidence-based research, healthcare informatics, and patient-centric advocacy.

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Expand Your Career

Become proficient in the necessary nursing and healthcare skills to educate and lead others.

Be the Change in Culture

Receive an education deeply rooted in and balanced with the Christian faith to address modern nursing industry issues.

LEARN FROM THE BEST

Be mentored by faculty in Virginia Beach who hold the highest degrees in their field. Regent has been ranked among Top National Universities by the U.S. News & World Report for four years (2019, 2020, 2022 and 2023).

Fulfill A Need

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted that openings for nurse practitioners in the U.S. will increase 45% between 2020 and 2030, and that between 2014 and 2024, every state in the U.S. will see an increase in jobs for nurse practitioners.

Please complete the Request Information form on this page to learn more about this program.

The curricula, including the practicum requirements of the Nursing programs offered at Regent University, are written to adhere to the requirements outlined by the Virginia Board of Nursing. However, the rules and regulations vary from state to state. Regent University’s School of Nursing works to ensure our out-of-state enrolled students can utilize practicum sites outside of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Still, we cannot guarantee placement in every state due to ever-changing requirements and regulations. You are urged to check with the regulator in each state where you intend to undertake practicum or to practice to determine the impact of that state’s requirements on your attendance at Regent University.

Regent University is currently not admitting students residing in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Louisiana, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wyoming. This is not a comprehensive list, and due to the ever-changing requirements and regulations, this list is subject to change on an ongoing basis. Prospective students are urged to verify requirements with their state of residence and/or intended practice.

Regent's fully online DNP in APRN with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner is designed to prepare nursing leaders who are looking to obtain a terminal degree in their practice, sit for national certification, and become eligible for their APRN licensure.

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Regent's fully online DNP in APRN with a concentration in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is for nurses who are looking to obtain a terminal degree in the mental healthcare field, sit for national certification, and become eligible for their APRN licensure.

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On completing the DNP–APRN degree, you can:

  • Lead at the forefront of providing preventive care services to the public.
  • Promote policies and initiatives that support patient safety.
  • Integrate evidence-based principles and strategies that improve patient outcomes. 
  • Advise on treatment plans using patient-centric advocacy skills.

Career Opportunities

Depending on your track, pursue a career as a nurse practitioner in: 

  • Family Health Care
  • Mental & Behavioral Health Professional
  • Hospital-Based Practice
  • Remote Telehealth
  • Advanced Organizational and Professional Nursing Leader
  • Clinical or Academic Nursing Educator

This post-master’s DNP program is a minimum of 74 credit hours in length*. The core courses are outlined as follows:

Clinical practice and leadership experience that will provide the opportunity to gain advanced skills and engage in scholarship. Depending upon the student's track, the clinical practicum site will be the focus area of their DNP Scholarly Project. A total of 1,000 post-baccalaureate practice hours are required for the DNP degree.
Nursing and other relevant theories that apply to advanced nursing practice. Applies biblical worldview to ethical decision-making.
Advanced practice nurse’s role in the use and management of information in the healthcare industry. Major topics related to nursing informatics and technology.
System-focused content addresses the normal physiologic and pathologic mechanisms of disease that serve as the foundation for advanced clinical assessment, decision-making, and management. Developmental physiology, normal etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations of commonly found/observed altered health states and responses to illness and treatment modalities.
Expands the advanced practice student’s knowledge of the evidenced-based practice of Pharmacotherapeutic management. A practical advanced practice approach in applying pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamic principles across the lifespan for both acute and outpatient client-centered care.
Comprehensive physical assessment and the obtainment of an in-depth health history across the lifespan; risk reduction, health promotion and prevention, early detection of physical and common emotional illnesses, and clinical decision making. Culturally competent patient education, health promotion and clinical prevention considerations will be integrated.
Nursing and healthcare delivery systems including organization and financing, and the economic, legal and political factors that influence health care. The professional role of an MSN nurse in relation to healthcare delivery systems in the delivery of safe high quality care to patients will be explored.
Expands the research knowledge gained at the baccalaureate level. Application of nursing research to nursing practice along with the role of biostatistics in nursing research. A quality improvement/research project will validate the student’s skills in data collection and analysis methods, interpretation, and reporting of statistical results. Students are expected to consider the process(es) of change management related to their project.
Continued application of nursing research and biostatistics in nursing practice; research project will validate the student’s skills in data collection and analysis methods, interpretation, and reporting of statistical results. Includes focus on professional role development as students translate biostatistics into practical applications to advocate and improve population health. Prerequisite: NURS 633.
Develop and conduct a DNP scholarly project under the direction of a faculty committee. The content of the study can be an empirical study or another suitable professional activity/project approved by the faculty committee.
Provides an overview of various nursing leadership roles in various healthcare settings and examines the knowledge, expertise and character traits necessary to produce an eminent nurse leader.
Examines foundations of healthcare policy making, advanced policy analysis for nurses in leadership roles, as well as population health management. Gain greater understanding in the dynamics related to the roles and influences of healthcare providers and consumers, government and law.
Overview of perspectives and issues in nursing education. Various activities and competencies inherent in the role of the nurse educator within academia and healthcare.
Key elements of quality improvement in the healthcare environment; indicators for quality assessment and appropriate and relevant benchmarks. Six Sigma to ensure standardization of the quality improvement approach.
Overview of nurse leadership and management; various activities and competencies inherent in the role of the nurse leader within the healthcare setting.

* The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) requires all DNP students to complete a minimum of 1,000 practicum hours post-BSN.  The final credit hours required will depend on the number of clinical hours students obtained previously during post-BSN practicum courses.

2023-24 Semester Check-In Deadlines

All students are expected to check-in for the semester two weeks before the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.

SessionSemester Check-InSession Start Date
Session AFriday, August 11Monday, August 21
Session CThursday, January 4Monday, January 8
Session EFriday, April 26Monday, May 6

Application Deadline & Interview Dates

Application Deadline for Spring 2024

  • November 30, 2023 – Application and all required materials must be submitted by this date to be considered for a review.
  • Faculty will review and issue individual interview invitations.

Interview Dates

  • December 11-15, 2023 – Interview Week. Interviews are by invitation only and will be conducted virtually.

Prerequisites

DNP in APRN applicants must:

  • Have a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from an accredited institution and a 3.0 GPA in previously completed nursing courses.
  • Report no more than two previous documented failures in DNP courses.

Admissions Requirements

Step 1: Apply to Regent University

Submit your application using the Regent University Online Application.

Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office at 757.352.4990 or admissions@regent.edu and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.

Step 2: Submit Your Unofficial Transcripts

Submit your unofficial transcripts to regent.edu/items.

Upon submitting your application, you will receive an email requesting authorization for Regent University to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution. International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES, AACRAO or NAFSA approved agency.

Step 3: Complete an Admissions Questionnaire

Please complete a brief admissions questionnaire based on your professional goals and interests. This should only take a few minutes to complete but please answer the questions completely and thoughtfully. This gives us a better opportunity to get to know you and align your objectives with our programs. Once completed, it will be sent directly to an admissions counselor who will be in touch with you right away to help complete the rest of your application.

Step 4: Submit Your Resume

In order to be admitted to the DNP program, you must submit a resume showing one year of full-time clinical RN experience before entering the degree.

Applicants with less than two years of full-time clinical experience will need to submit an employment verification letter from their employer(s) detailing their position(s) and dates of employment. The letter should utilize the company’s official letterhead.

Please submit to regent.edu/items.

Step 5: Submit Your Nursing License

To be admitted to the DNP program, you must submit an active unencumbered/unrestricted Registered Nurse license from your state of practice. Please submit a scanned copy or photograph of it to regent.edu/items.

Step 6: Submit Your Government-Issued ID

To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please submit a scanned copy or photograph of it to regent.edu/items.

Step 7: Faculty Interview

Interviews for the DNP program are by invitation only after review of the completed application by School of Nursing faculty. Interviews are held virtually with faculty and will take place on designated dates in December via Zoom or Skype to best assist with an interactive interview experience for our applicants. It is expected that the candidate will be willing to discuss personal history within the interview process. Additional details will be provided to those invited for an interview.

Applicants invited to the virtual interview should keep in mind that an interview does not assure admission. The School of Nursing reserves the right to determine in its sole discretion whether a candidate is suitable for admission to the DNP program.


Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4990 or admissions@regent.edu should you have any further questions about the application process.

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

PART-TIME STUDENTS

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
DNP$5803$1,740
MSN$5806$3,480

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
DNP$5806$3,480
MSN$5809$5,220

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$850 (Fall & Spring)
$700 (Summer)
University Services Fee (Online Students)$700

Military Admissions & Aid » | Cost of Attendance »

Part-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
DNP$5803$1,740
MSN$5806$3,480

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
DNP$5806$3,480
MSN$5809$5,220

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$850 (Fall & Spring)
$700 (Summer)
University Services Fee (Online Students)$700

Military Admissions & Aid » | Cost of Attendance »

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

  1. Demonstrate competence in the integration of nursing and the related sciences required to analyze, design, implement, and evaluate aggregate outcomes of nursing care in diverse populations.
  2. Analyze and apply research outcomes in the practice setting, resolve practice outcomes across healthcare environments and communicate results intended to advance clinical practice.
  3. Demonstrate competence in the application and determination of appropriate health care informatics and emergent technologies designed to improve health care outcomes.
  4. Advocate for policies and contribute to the development of policies that lead to improved health outcomes for populations and improvement of the quality of the healthcare system.
  5. Demonstrate competence in the leadership, communication, collaboration, and consultation skills required to advance interprofessional teams and partnerships and provide quality and safe care.
  6. Apply evidence-based advanced clinical decision making to deliver ethical, person-centered, and culturally competent care to diverse individuals, families, and populations.
  7. Demonstrate an advanced level of understanding of nursing and relevant sciences as well as the ability to translate this knowledge into practice in order to promote positive health care outcomes for individuals, populations, or systems.
  8. Demonstrate skills necessary for independent, person-centered, advanced-level nursing practice and apply best available evidence to continuously improve quality of clinical practice.

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